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South Africa hope for better outings in shorter format against Sri Lanka

DAMBULLA: The Test series was conceded without much of a fight, but South Africa head into the five-match one-day internationals – the opener will be played on Sunday, 29 July – hoping the change in formats will change their fortunes. In particular, they will want a better show against spin. In the 2-0 reversal in the Tests, South Africa were completely flummoxed by all of Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandkan and Akil Dananjaya over the course of the two matches. However, the ODI side has plenty of fresh…

Mathews is key to Sri Lanka’s World Cup hopes, says Sangakara

COLOLBO: Kumar Sangakkara has hailed the importance of Angelo Mathews to Sri Lanka’s chances at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The Sri Lankan batting legend, who is the only player in history to score four consecutive centuries at the Cricket World Cup, believes Sri Lanka need Mathews’ all-round ability to be able to launch a challenge at next summer’s tournament. While Sri Lanka’s batting isn’t an issue in Sangakkara’s eyes, their lack of depth in the bowling department does raise doubts. “I think they’ll go…

Wasim Akram, Tendulkar and Sangakara are part of Mathews All Time XI

Sri Lanka's limited overs skipper, Angelo Mathews has picked XI best players from around the World to form his All Time cricketing XI. Mathews in a video shared by Lord's cricket ground YouTube page, went with Indian little master Sachin Tendulkar and Srilankan veteran wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakara, as openers for his All Time ideal XI. "I would go with Sachin Tendulkar and Kumar Sangkara as openers for my team, "Sachin is the highest run-scorer of Test cricket while Sangakara will compliment him as…

Angelo Mathews ruled out of tri-nation series in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka limited-overs captain Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of next month's tri-nation Twenty20 tournament after failing to recover from a hamstring injury, the country's cricket board said Tuesday. The hosts will be led by Dinesh Chandimal in the series starting March 6 at Colombo's R Premadasa Stadium. India and Bangladesh are the other two teams. Sri Lanka Cricket announced a 20-man preliminary squad that will be cropped to 15 on Wednesday. "Angelo Mathews was not considered for selection as he is…

Angelo out as Sri Lanka add three new faces for Pakistan test

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka all-rounder and former skipper Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of the first test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi next week with a calf injury, but the uncapped Sadeera Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva and Lahiru Gamage are in the squad. Middle order batsman Silva could be given the chance to make a late test debut for his country at the age of 28, along with fast bowler Gamage, who is a year older. Silva was called up by Sri Lanka last year, but did not play. At 22, wicketkeeper-batsman Samarawickrama is…

‘It’s one of the top wins, to beat India’

LONDON: Angelo Mathews saluted Sri Lanka's underdogs after they staged a brilliant run chase to stun Champions Trophy holders India by seven wickets on Thursday. Mathews' side were written off by many experts in the build-up to the crucial Group B clash at The Oval, but they ignored the doubters to keep alive their bid to qualify for the semi-finals. Tasked with chasing 322 to win, Sri Lanka knocked off the runs with eight balls to spare thanks to memorable contributions from Kusal Mendis (89), Danushka Gunathilaka…

Sri Lanka hit by Kapugedera injury ahead of India match

LONDON: Sri Lanka received a latest blow with injury of Chamara Kapugedera, ahead of their all important Champions Trophy match against India at The Oval today. Kapugedera was ruled out of the rest of the Champions Trophy after suffering an injury in practice on Wednesday. Kapugedera sustained what the International Cricket Council later confirmed was a knee injury on the eve of Sri Lanka's second match in the tournament against India at the Oval on Thursday (today). The ICC said its event technical committee had…

Proteas eager to maintain Sri Lanka run in Champions Trophy

LONDON: South Africa begin their Champions Trophy challenge at the Oval on Saturday by taking on a Sri Lanka side against whom they have already enjoyed overwhelming one-day international success this year. The Proteas whitewashed Sri Lanka 5-0 in a bilateral series in South Africa in January. Sri Lanka were not alone in being a touring side routed in 50-over cricket by South Africa, with the Proteas previously also hammering Australia 5-0. Yet for all they are top of the one-day international rankings, South Africa…

Sri Lanka skipper doubtful for Champions Trophy opener

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews has suffered a calf injury and may not play in their first Champions Trophy group match on Saturday, the cricket board said. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said he was "most likely to sit out" the 50-over match against South Africa at the Oval, in south London. Mathews rejoined the team after a five-month layoff due to a hamstring injury that forced him to return home halfway through the tour of South Africa in January. The board said Mathews, who turns 30 on Friday, had complained…

Sri Lanka relishing underdog status at Champions Trophy: Mathews

LONDON: Sri Lanka will start next month's Champions Trophy as underdogs but are confident they have the quality to compete for the title, captain Angelo Mathews said on Thursday. Sri Lanka, who have reached one semi-final since finishing joint-winners in 2002, feature in Pool B with defending champions India, Pakistan and South Africa. "I think in the past few months we have had a few lapses here and there. Nobody will give us a chance, to be really honest, but we are happy to enter the tournament as underdogs,"…