Sri Lanka becomes a cricketing tragedy. Suspension adds insult to injury in its worst World Cup – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE (eLanka Sports editor) The saying, “when it rains, it pours”, got true relevance if you look at the current plight of Sri Lanka cricket. Quadruple setbacks from just one outing at the World Cup appears at this stage just the tip of the iceberg, with a rash of more repercussions on its way to the beleaguered nation. They first endured the Matthews controversy, suffered the worst campaign at a World Cup, then got suspended by the ICC and now have been eliminated from the forthcoming Champions Trophy. While reeling from those setbacks, there’s a legal stoush looming over matters relating to the World Cup as legal experts try to decipher appropriate battle plans with the country’s cricket administration. They also have to figure out how to deal with ...

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Maxwell pyrotechnics sink dumbfounded Afganistan – One of the best knocks in World Cup history. – By  TREVINE RODRIGO IN ELBOURNE. (eLanka Sports editor) Wankhede stadium in Mumbai has not seen pyrotechnics of this kind since India beat Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final, but this time it came from the bat of Australian freak Glenn Maxwell who smashed a memorable double century to sink Afganistan. The Maxwell fireworks came at a time when Australia had their backs to the wall and appeared to be heading for another certain shock result in the World Cup. He came to the crease with Australia tottering at 91 for 7 and left after a whirlwind innings that left the crowd and a numbed Afganistan in disbelief, as Australia scampered to victory with 19 balls remaining. This innings by Maxwell will rate as the greatest ever in a World Cup and those ...

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India rout Sri Lanka once more sending an ominous warning to the rest in the World Cup. – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE.  (eLanka Sports editor). India sent tremors through the World Cup with another demolition of a completely out of tune Sri Lanka and duck season would best describe the Islanders pathetic run chase at Wankhede stadium. If there were doubts about the one sided Asia Cup final, India dispelled all of them as their bowlers ran riot to give them five more runs, 50 all out in the Asia Cup, and 55 all out here and a 302 run win. Chasing 357 Sri Lanka were never in with a chance as Mohamed Shami and Mohamed Siraj wreaked havoc on a clueless Sri Lanka batting line-up after Jasprit Bumrah prised out usually consistent Pathum Nissanka in his first ball.  This set the stage for what could be a record five ...

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Angelo Matthews added to Sri Lanka squad replacing Pathirana. – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE. (eLanka Sports editor) Sri Lanka’s desperation to be competitive in the World Cup has seen the dramatic inclusion of Angelo Matthews to the squad replacing injured paceman Matheesha Pathirana as a substitute.  The veteran,  who has a wonderful record in all formats for a considerable period,  was rushed in as a travelling substitute for injured Skipper Dasun Shanaka and Pathirana and any other players in the foreseeable future. If it was a like for like replacement, Dushmantha Chameera should have got the nod ahead of Matthews similar to Chamika Karunaratne replacing all-rounder Shanaka.  But the Sri Lanka think tank have made a calculated decision and preferred Matthews due to his allround capability and his invaluable experience. Whether the gamble pays off will reveal itself as their campaign progresses. But the swansong for Matthews, if it ...

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All Blacks and Springboks likely finalists but Pumas and England will be no pushovers. – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE.  (eLanka Sports editor)   It was one of the best defensive exhibitions in Rugby as The All Blacks and Ireland engaged in a memorable quarter final that delivered what the best teams in the world can produce.  The heart stopping World Cup quarter final lived up to all expectations as two  of the world’s best, locked horns and gave Rugby fans what should have been a World Cup final.    In a game where no quarter was given and none got, rugby fans were treated to a unrelenting battle that went down to the wire before the never to be written off All Blacks held on in a nerve wracking encounter by four points knocking out the world ranked number one team.  Unlike in the past, where New Zealand always entered ...

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Sri Lanka register first win but it certainly wasn’t pretty. – By TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE (Elanka Sports Editor)  Sri Lanka wobbled their way to their first World Cup win over the giant killing Netherlands but they made it after after some uncomfortable moments.  Unbeaten so far by the world’s new upstarts in their previous five encounters, Sri Lanka scrambled to a five wicket victory with ten balls to spare and kept that record intact. Netherlands skipper Scott Edwards may have rued his decision to bat first after winning the toss on a grassy Lucknow wicket. Sri Lanka’s seamers Dilshan Madushanka and Kasun Rajitha exploited early movement off the wicket to skittle Netherlands top order and at 91 for 6 it looked like a the game was heading for a lopsided end. Not so,  as Netherlands tail dug in and fought back defiantly, and Sri Lanka’s bowlers lost their grip ...

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New Zealand stun England in World Cup opener with a sensational 9 wicket win – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE. (eLanka Sports editor) New Zealand made a sensational start to their World Cup campaign annihilating defending champions England by 9 wickets in a lopsided replay of the last World Cup final. Beaten in the last encounter by England, the Kiwis were merciless in their demolition of one of the current favourites, leaving the Englishmen spent and dismayed.  It topped off a great day for New Zealand sport as the All Blacks were rampant in the Rugby World Cup in France as well destroying Uruguay 73-0 to storm into the quarter finals. The win also underlines and throws out an ominous warning that the Kiwis are ready to take that extra step this time around.  England will be desperate for answers to their bowling dilemmas which apart from Sam Curran, made no ...

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SRI LANKA WITHOUT MAHEESH THEEKSHANA FOR SOUTH AFRICA MATCH – by Sunil Thenabadu Source : info-rain Sri Lanka’s cricket team faces a significant challenge as Maheesh Theekshana will miss Sri Lanka’s first world cup match against South Africa as he is not yet fully recovered. “Maheesh Theekshana is not available for the South Africa game, but Kusal Janith and Dasun Shanaka is fully fit” Sri Lanka Coach Chris Silverwood told reporters. ...

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Sri Lanka stutter in warm up games but may still provide some fireworks.  – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE.  (eLanka Sports editor) Sri Lanka made an inauspicious start to the World Cup losing both warm-up games to Bangladesh and Afghanistan and the writing on the wall about their chances of success seems dismal to say the least.  Just recently they overcame both these teams in the Asia Cup before making the final against India.  But the preparation since has see both Asian neighbours step up their campaigns while Sri Lanka’s course appears at this stage to be heading backwards.  Both losses were convincing, by seven wickets to Bangladesh and six wickets to Afghanistan,  and throws up concerns about the composition of the team that has failed to deliver with and without Skipper Dasun Shanaka who seems to be the focus of attention rather than the team’s overall performance.  Apart from ...

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