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Herath likely to miss Quarter final
Monday, 16 March 2015 - 10:58 AM SL Time

Key player Rangana Herath is most unlikely to be fit for the World Cup quarter final against South Africa on Wednesday, Sri Lanka team sources told Daily Mirror yesterday. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Shakib targets India after pushing New Zealand
Saturday, 14 March 2015 - 10:26 AM SL Time

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan insists they have nothing to fear when they tackle India for a place in the World Cup semi-finals after giving in-form New Zealand a huge scare on Friday. Full Story     Post Reply To This

World s worst Bhutan beat Sri Lanka in WC qualifier
Friday, 13 March 2015 - 9:59 AM SL Time

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, the lowest-ranked team in international football, enjoyed a dream debut in the World Cup qualifiers Thursday by recording a shock 1-0 away victory over Sri Lanka.

Tshering Dorji scored the only goal in the 81st minute at Colombo s Sugathadasa stadium, stunning the vast majority of the 3,500-strong crowd who had been expecting the hosts to swat aside the visitors.

The winner came as Bhutan launched a counter attack after a sustained period of Sri Lankan pressure, with the skipper Karma Shedrup Tshering passing to Dorji who slotted home calmly from inside the penalty box.
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Bitter blow as Chandimal ruled out of World Cup
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 - 10:01 AM SL Time

Batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup after he sustained a hamstring injury during the epic clash between Sri Lanka and Australia in Sydney on Sunday. Chandimal had to retire hurt due to the hamstring injury during the run chase after his sparkling half-century kept Sri Lankan fans interested.

Chandimal hurt his hamstring when he attempted to play a pull shot off Mitchell Johnson in the 41st over of the Sri Lankan innings. He was in pain and received treatment from team s physiotherapist Steve Mount. With runners not allowed after the rule change to playing conditions, Chandimal continued. He dived attempting a second run later in the same Johnson over and that seemed to have aggravated the injury.
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Sangakkara ton in vain as Australia beat Sri Lanka
Monday, 9 March 2015 - 11:39 AM SL Time

Champion batsman Kumar Sangakkara cracked his third century in as many innings in the ICC World Cup to extend his purple patch, but was completely overshadowed by a spectacular century from much younger opponent Glenn Maxwell as Australia registered a thrilling 64-run victory here at the Sydney Cricket Grounds to advance into the quarter finals of the tournament.

Sangakkara who reached the landmark of 14,000 ODI runs in his 402nd match when he scored 39, made 104 off 107 balls with eleven boundaries, but it was Maxwell, eleven years younger to Sangakkara, who stole the show with his savage hitting.
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Sri Lanka gets timely boost for spin-friendly venue
Friday, 6 March 2015 - 10:15 AM SL Time

He had dashed his hand on the ground while diving for an attempted catch and had to be sent for X rays after the swelling in his small finger did not go down. The report has indicated a fracture, added Jayasuriya who was at the ground with the team.

We have been informed that he will have to undergo surgery and will not be available at least for a month. We have decided to send him back home and have called up Kusal Janith to be stand by, said Jayasuriya.

Jayasuriya said that they will make an immediate request to the event technical committee to replace Karunaratne with Seekkuge Prasanna who is already in Australia as cover for injured spinner Rangana Herath.
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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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