Dharmasena reaches yet another World Cup final ICC has officially named Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena and England’s Richard Kettleborough as the two on-field umpires for the all important world cup final match between the co-hosts Australia and New Zealand on Sunday (29). After representing Sri Lanka for 12 years in the international arena, Dharmasena made his international debut as an umpire in 2009. Yet the turning-point in ...

Aussies too good for India, qualify to meet NZ in final Reporting from Australia & New Zealand SYDNEY: So it will eventually be a Trans-Tasman World Cup final on Sunday at Melbourne after four-time champions Australia outplayed defending champs India to win the second semi-final by 95 runs at the SCG on Thursday. It was clearly evident that once Australia had posted a total in excess of 300, India would struggle ...

SLC search for new talent Earlier this week, the National selectors held a meeting to name the 28 players for the Sri Lanka ”A” ODI and 4-day pool. It was then decided to categorize the players separately for both ODI and the 4-day format. The two 15 man squads are to be announced officially by the end of this week. The 28-man squad which was ...

Another thriller on the cards – Australia take on India Experience will play a big part says Clarke Reporting from Australia & New Zealand SYDNEY: Following the edge-of-the-seat semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa at Auckland on Tuesday, standby for another crackerjack World Cup semi-final when hosts Australia take on defending champs India at the SCG tomorrow under lights. Like New Zealand, India have also gone through the tournament ...

South African guides Black Caps to first WC final Reporting from Australia & New Zealand AUCKLAND: It took a South African-born cricketer Grant Elliott to guide New Zealand to their first World Cup final after six semi-final defeats when they beat South Africa in a nerve-wracking semi-final by four wickets with a ball to spare under the Duckworth/Lewis rain rule at Eden Park on Tuesday night. Elliott, 36 ...

The quarter final defeat to South Africa demolished Sri Lanka’s dreams of regaining the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup at Sydney on Wednesday. Sri Lanka had done quite well up until the knock out stage but the African counterparts proved too good for them as Mathews and co had to take an early flight back to the country. Losing the ...

We just weren’t good enough – Sangakkara Reporting from Australia & New Zealand SYDNEY: South Africa put up a clinically efficient display on the field to outsmart and outplay Sri Lanka in the first quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup and earn themselves a place in the semi-finals at the SCG on Wednesday. The Proteas proved to be too good for the Lankans bundling them out ...

Sri Lanka were handed an embarrassing defeat to end their World Cup campaign as they were outplayed by a strong South African outfit who sealed the first of the four quarter finals with a nine-wicket win at Sydney Cricket ground on Wednesday. Kumar Sangakkara who was playing his last ODI match for the country top scored with 45 runs while ...

Sri Lanka hit by Herath injury ahead of quarter-finals Reporting from Australia & New Zealand SYDNEY: Injury-hit Sri Lanka were dealt another blow ahead of their World Cup quarter-final against South Africa here on Wednesday at the SCG when their leading spinner Rangana Herath was virtually ruled out of the match with a finger injury. Herath had four stitches inserted into the index finger of his bowling left hand ...

We’ve been working for this game for the last 2-3 years Reporting from Australia & New Zealand SYDNEY: South Africa may have a rather chequered history in past World Cup tournaments, but AB de Villiers team is determined that they don’t follow the line of their predecessors when they take on Sri Lanka in the first quarter-final under lights at the SCG on Wednesday, “It’s an important game. It’s exactly what ...

Atapattu expresses confidence as team gears up for q’final Reporting from Australia & New Zealand SYDNEY: Sri Lanka head coach Marvan Atapattu expressed confidence that his team was geared up for the challenge as they come up to the knockout stage of the 2015 cricket World Cup. Sri Lanka are likely to have South Africa as their quarter-final opponents at the SCG on Wednesday and Atapattu stated,” We don’t ...

Sussex sign Mahela Jayawardene for NatWest T20 Blast Sussex CCC are announced the signing of Sri Lanka Batsman Mahela Jayawardene for the first half of their 2015 NatWest T20 Blast campaign. The vastly experienced Sri Lankan will be available for the first seven matches of Sussex’s campaign, beginning with the match against Kent Spitfires on Friday 15th May at Canterbury after retiring from all forms of the game ...

Peerless Sangakkara breaks world batting record Reporting from Australia & New Zealand HOBART: Peerless Kumar Sangakkara became the first batsman in one-day international cricket history to score four consecutive hundreds when he made 124 off 95 balls to help Sri Lanka coast home to an easy 148 runs win over associate member Scotland in their final World Cup Pool A match played at Bellerive Oval ...

Sanga sets record as SL win final group stage game Sri Lanka ended their group stage round on a high with a comprehensive 148 run win over Scotland and the Lankans will now have to sit back and watch the other games to learn which spot they would end up in Pool ‘A’. Electing to bat first, Sri Lanka posted 363 for 9, the 4th time the Lankans went past ...

Chandimal ruled out of 2015 World Cup, Kusal as replacement The International Cricket Council has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Kusal Perera as a replacement player for Dinesh Chandimal in Sri Lanka’s squad for the tournament. Chandimal suffered a hamstring injury during his side’s match against Australia in Sydney and has been ruled out of further participation in the ...

Sangakkara to retire from Test cricket in August SYDNEY: The great Kumar Sangakkara, easily the best batsman/wicket-keeper produced by Sri Lanka has finally decided to end his glorious international cricket career in August. Sangakkara is due to retire from one-day international cricket at the end of the ongoing cricket World Cup along with his long time buddy Mahela Jayawardene, but had left a window open in Test ...

Australia finish on top in high scoring game Australia beat Sri Lanka by 64 runs in an entertaining high scoring game at the Sydney cricket ground, to very much seal the number 2 spot in Pool A. Batting first, the hosts hammered a mammoth 376 with Glenn Maxwell scoring a blistering century off 51 ball, the second fastest in World cup history. Skipper Michael Clarke announced his return ...

Our build up has been good – Mahela Reporting from Australia & New Zealand SYDNEY: Sri Lanka’s most experienced campaigner Mahela Jayawardene expressed satisfaction the way the team has been shaping up so far in the World Cup despite starting the tour in New Zealand with a loss. “In New Zealand what you have to realise is that we made a lot of runs. We made 280 or ...

Dimuth Karunaratne fractures hand out of World Cup Reporting from Australia & New Zealand SYDNEY: Sri Lanka batsman Dimuth Karunaratne became the latest casualty in the team when he fractured his left small finger at practice at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday and was ruled out of any further participation in the ongoing World Cup. “Dimuth injured his hand during a fielding session and X’rays indicated a ...

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