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Clarke predicts triple century in ODIs
Thursday, 5 March 2015 - 6:46 AM SL Time

Clarke was speaking after his side demolished Afghanistan by a World Cup record 275 runs on Wednesday at the WACA Ground, led by a punishing David Warner century.

The left-handed opener belted 178 from 133 balls in the Australian innings of 417 for six, falling when the chance to become the fifth batsman to score an ODI double century beckoned.

There were still 12.3 overs remaining in the Australian innings at the time.

Indian Rohit Sharma holds the record for the highest individual with 264 against Sri Lanka at Kolkata last November, while Chris Gayle scored 215 earlier in the World Cup for the West Indies.
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Afghanistan not scared of Australia, says skipper
Wednesday, 4 March 2015 - 8:55 AM SL Time

We are not scared of them, but we respect them because they have good attacking bowlers and qood quality batsmen and fielders as well, Nabi told reporters at the WACA ground on Tuesday.

Afghanistan have provided one of the most compelling stories of this World Cup, with their thrilling one-wicket win over Scotland in Dunedin last time out one of the highlights of the competition so far.

But the pace and bounce of the WACA pitch has troubled far more experienced overseas batsmen than are in the Afghanistan line-up and Australia have the fast bowlers to make the most of the conditions.
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ECB chairman opens door to Pietersen return
Monday, 2 March 2015 - 9:32 AM SL Time

Pietersen, 34, has not played for England since the ECB effectively called time on his international career following the disastrous Ashes tour of 2013-14.

But with England toiling at the World Cup and Pietersen having spoken of his eagerness to return to the team, Graves has suggested that a return to English county cricket could open the door for a dramatic comeback.

The first thing he has to do if he wants to get back is start playing county cricket, Graves told BBC Radio 5 on Sunday.
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Woeful West Indies must banish De Villiers-led nightmare
Saturday, 28 February 2015 - 10:00 AM SL Time

When a team has been destroyed by a special knock like the one AB de Villiers conjured up against West Indies on Friday, it can make it easy to explain a defeat away.

But the manner of West Indies 257-run loss to South Africa on Friday the joint worst in World Cup history would worry West Indies skipper Jason Holder.

Five weeks after blazing a world record 31-ball century against West Indies, De Villiers smashed 162 not out off 66 balls as if he was on a mission to redefine one-day batsmanship.
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Dilshan s best and Sanga s fastest crush Bangladesh
Friday, 27 February 2015 - 9:00 AM SL Time

Tillakaratne Dilshan plundered a career-best 161 not out while Kumar Sangakkara celebrated his 400thODI with his fastest ever century as Sri Lanka demolished Bangladesh by 92 runs in a World Cup Pool A match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here today.

The two seniors put on an unbroken 210 runs for the second wicket in just 25.3 overs as Sri Lanka mercilessly took advantage of Bangladesh s sloppy fielding performance to pile up a mammoth 332 for the loss of just one wicket.
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Sri Lanka bat against Bangladesh
Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 10:04 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka s captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bat in the World Cup Pool A match against Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.

Sri Lanka brought in batsman Dinesh Chandimal in place of all-rounder Jeevan Mendis, who was ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury.

Bangladesh retained the same side that defeated Afghanistan in their first game.

Bangladesh, playing for the first time at the iconic stadium, have three points and Sri Lanka have two from the two games the rivals have played so far in the tournament.
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Called-in Tharanga can bat anywhere Jayasuriya
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 9:47 AM SL Time

Upul Tharanga s proven ability to bat anywhere in the order and his brilliant recent form in domestic circuit influenced them to call him in to be stand-by for injured all rounder Jeevan Mendis, chief national selector Sanath Jayasuriya told Daily Mirror yesterday.

Jayasuriya added that it would also mean the team might have to use more of Tillakaratne Dilshan s hitherto under-utilised spin in the on-going ICC Cricket World Cup.
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Sri Lanka look to find form against Afghanistan
Saturday, 21 February 2015 - 11:15 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka get the chance to atone for their first up loss to New Zealand in the World Cup when they play tournament novices Afghanistan in Dunedin on Sunday.

It is a game the Sri Lankans particularly bowling spearhead Lasith Malinga need to start feeling comfortable in the battle to sort out the pecking order of the top four in Pool A.

With Australia and New Zealand likely to contest the top two play-off berths, and rankings suggest Sri Lanka are against England for the third and fourth places in a group that also includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Scotland.
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McCullum hits fastest World Cup fifty
Friday, 20 February 2015 - 11:23 AM SL Time

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum recorded the fastest-ever World Cup fifty when he reached the landmark off just 18 balls against England at Wellington on Friday. The opener s whirlwind half-century featured seven fours and four sixes as New Zealand rapidly closed in on victory after skittling England out for just 123. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Elections for Sri Lanka Cricket board on 30th April
Thursday, 19 February 2015 - 10:09 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s cricket authority, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Wednesday announced that the election to appoint office bearers to the cricket board will be held on 30th April.

SLC said that on a request made by the Executive Committee the Minister of Sports and Tourism Naveen Dissanayake has given his approval to hold the elections on 30th April.

The Minister has also approved holding the Annual General Meeting on the same day.
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Dharmasena s blunder shocks World Cup
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - 8:56 AM SL Time

As Sri Lanka lost the World Cup curtain raiser against New Zealand on Saturday, another Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena made a shockingly poor decision, something completely unexpected of an ICC Elite Panel umpire, perhaps endangering his future in this World Cup as well as in the Elite Panel.

Australia beat England by a huge 111 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in a match that ended amidst a huge controversy though the margin of victory may suggest there could be little reason for it.
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Mathews sees no reason to panic
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 - 8:11 AM SL Time

Butter fingered Sri Lankans let the World Cup opening game against New Zealand slip from them at Christchurch s Hagley Oval on Saturday as the hosts clinched the game in convincing style while causing a noticeable dent in Sri Lanka s morale. Sri Lanka have always been a force to be reckoned with in global tournaments for the past decade or so, but their body language as well as their performance in the curtain raiser did not suggest that they were ready for a serious challenge. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Mathews stresses need for consistency
Monday, 16 February 2015 - 9:44 AM SL Time

ri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews stressed the need for consistency after his team s heavy 98-run loss to New Zealand in the curtain-raiser of the ICC Cricket World Cup in Christchurch on Saturday.

Speaking to journalists on Sunday, the Sri Lankan skipper said the team needed to deliver in all three disciplines to produce good results.

`The main thing is we lack consistency. One game we bat well, the next game we don t. One game we bowl well and the next game we don t. Our fielding has been up and down. Consistency is lacking and we need to be more consistent to produce results,` Mathews said.
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Sammy, Simmons take West Indies past 300
Monday, 16 February 2015 - 9:31 AM SL Time

It was as if West Indies had a long night out in Nelson but forgot to invite Darren Sammy and Lendl. The rest sleepwalked to 87 for 5 through some woeful shots and thinking against Ireland who were accurate with the ball and excellent in the field. Sammy and Simmons, though, rescued them with a 154-run partnership off 21.1 overs, which gave them a shot at avoiding an embarrassing defeat. Sammy`s 89 off 67 was highest score for a No. 7 in World Cups, Simmons scored his second ODI hundred, and West Indies scored 167 in the last 15 overs.
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