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Sri Lanka Cricket offers $1 Million if team wins World T20

Posted on 04 April 2014 by admin

The Sri Lankan team will be handed a million dollar bonus if they can shake off their reputation as chokers in the final of the World Twenty20 this weekend, the country's cricket board announced Friday. The day after the players won a rain-affected semi-final against the West Indies, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said it would treble the money it had previously promised if they return home from Bangladesh with the trophy. "The Executive Committee of SLC which met at an emergency meeting this morning decided to offer $ 1.5 million (including the original fee of $500,000) to the national team players in the event that they win the final," the board said in a statement. Sri Lanka — who will meet either South Africa or India in Sunday's final in Dhaka — were the beaten finalists last time round when they lost to the West Indies even though they were the tournament hosts. They have also been beaten in the final of the last two 50 over World Cups, meaning they have not won a major trophy since their victory in the 1996 World Cup under skipper Arjuna Ranatunga.

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World T20: Sri Lanka earns spot in the finals on Sunday, April 6th

Posted on 03 April 2014 by admin

Sri Lanka earned a berth for the finals of the 2014 World T20 scheduled to be played on Sunday, April 6th. Rain spoilt the full 20 overs for West Indies who batted second facing an uphill task against a score of 160 runs for 6 wickets made by Sri Lanka. Opener Kusal Perera (26 in 12 balls) with 2 boundaries and 2 sixes set the tone for Sri Lanka. However, two run-outs (Mahela Jayawardene & Tilekeratne Dilshan) set the Sri Lankan back a bit but two cameo innings by Lahiru Thirimanne (44) and Angelo Mathews (40) helped Sri Lanka to a total of 160 runs in the mandatory 20 overs. Brilliant come back by the Sri Lankans. Both Thirimanne and Mathews played brilliantly to lift Sri Lanka to a fairly winnable total of 160 runs. Both batsmen played all round the wicket.



Sri Lanka – 160 for 6 wickets in 20 overs (Kusal Perera – 26, T. Dilshan – 39, Lahiru Thirimanne – 40, Angelo Mathews – 44)

West Indies – 80 for 4 wickets in 13.5 overs (Dwayne Bravo – 30) Bowling: Lasith Malinga 2 for 5 runs

Sri Lanka won by 27 runs (D/L Method)


10.26 pm The game has been officially called off. Sri Lanka are through to the final. Sri Lanka were firmly in the driver's seat here and deserved to go through anyway (despite the fact that Sammy was around). West Indies had dug themselves into a hole. Sri Lanka had been in trouble too, but their lower order batsmen bailed them out superbly. They keep their trend of making it to the finals. Can they make it an ideal farewell for their greats? We will be back tomorrow for the India-South Africa game. Till then, ciao ciao.

Ron: "Isn't it ironical that Samuels, 2012's hero, might a have cost the WI the game this time around?"

Thisara: "Ron, I find that Sammy coming out to bat in his usual situation and not to face a single ball is more ironic."

Steffan S: "What a poor way to end a semi final. In this short format, the authorities can surely have a better plan than this. It was always going to be a big ask for the WI, but in this game you never know."

Ross: "Could have been worse. They could have come back needing 22 of 1 ball."

Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga chose to bat in the semi-final against West Indies, citing a preference to defend, as they have done successfully against New Zealand and South Africa in the group stage. Darren Sammy said he would have batted first as well, though West Indies have also had success chasing in this tournament.

Sri Lanka made one change to the side, bringing in legspinning allrounder Seekkuge Prasanna for Thisara Perera. Legspinners have done well in Mirpur, while Perera has had a mediocre tournament with bat and ball. Prasanna has played only two Twenty20s, however, both in December. Sri Lanka had announced earlier in the day that Dinesh Chandimal had opted to leave himself out of the XI, which meant Lahiru Thirimanne remained in the middle order.

West Indies were unchanged, having won their last three matches. There was rain forecast for later in the evening in Mirpur.

West Indies: 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Lendl Simmons, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 7 Darren Sammy (capt), 8 Andre Russell, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Samuel Badree, 11 Krishmar Santokie

Sri Lanka: 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Kusal Perera, 3 Mahela Jayawardene, 4 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 5 Lahiru Thirimanne, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Seekkuge Prasanna, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Lasith Malinga (capt), 11 Rangana Herath

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World T20 drama: Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal dropped

Posted on 02 April 2014 by admin

Sri Lanka have taken the tough decision to drop skipper Dinesh Chandimal from Thursday’s semi-final clash of the World T-20 against West Indies, sources in Dhaka told the media. The Sri Lankans had taken the decision after much deliberation and Lasith Malinga, who captained the must win game against New Zealand will lead the side once again and possibly in the final if Sri Lanka go through. The International Cricket Council had suspended Chandimal from the game against New Zealand on Monday for a repeated slow over rate offence in the previous game against England. Malinga, the vice-captain of the side led the side in his absence and was well supported by the senior players. Chandimal’s indifferent form also hadn’t helped him in regaining his place. Sri Lanka are likely to strengthen the spin department by bringing in leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna. Thisara Perera is likely to miss out today’s semi-final clash although dropping Lahiru Thirimanne looks the safer option.

Team news

As Dinesh Chandimal has done little to warrant selection in the T20 side over the past year, his availability does not necessarily mean he will play. There are rumours Angelo Mathews will take the reins. There are rumours Lasith Malinga will retain it. There are rumours that no one in the team really knows for sure. They even put up the coach for the pre-match press conference – an event customarily attended by the captain. Normally, such chaos would put elite sports teams off their game, but Sri Lanka are often not sensitive to upheaval. Will it make them play worse? Will it make them play better? No one really knows.

In the spotlight

If there is one man who can put Sri Lanka in the final through strategy alone, it has to be the team's best ever tactician, Mahela Jayawardene. He called the shots in the game against New Zealand, spreading fear in the hearts of opposition batsmen by placing a slip and short leg around them, and rotated bowlers masterfully. The whole thing made Sri Lanka fans nostalgic for the days of his leadership, when Sri Lanka played their most attractive cricket since the late '90s, and inspiring turnarounds against powerful opposition almost became the norm. He is also Sri Lanka's best big-match player in any discipline. He will be desperate for this match not to be his last in the format.

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West Indies knocks Pakistan out of World T20 – meets Sri Lanka in Semi-Final

Posted on 01 April 2014 by admin

West Indies 166 for 6 (Bravo 46, Sammy 42*) beat Pakistan 82 (Badree 3-10, Narine 3-16) by 84 runs

West Indies scored 84 runs in their first 15 overs. They nearly doubled their total after that, smashing 82 off the last 30 balls of the innings. No Full Member team had ever conceded so many in the last five overs of a Twenty20 game.

It remained to be seen which part of West Indies' innings, the first three-quarters or the final quarter, would make a bigger impact on the result as Pakistan began their chase, in a knockout game to determine who would take on Sri Lanka in the first semi-final on Thursday. In the end, West Indies could have declared after 15 overs and still won.

The timing of the assault by Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy – they put on 71 in 32 balls, having come together at 81 for 5 in the 14th over – was a knockout blow to Pakistan. You could tell by the way Sammy pumped his fists after pounding Saeed Ajmal for a straight six in the 19th over. It wasn't arrogance or bravado. It was adrenaline.

It surged through the entire West Indies team, and some of it was still coursing through Krishmar Santokie's blood when he pinged Ahmed Shehzad's front toe plumb in front of middle stump with an inswinging yorker, first ball of the chase.

Shehzad, an unbeaten centurion in his previous game, was out for a duck. Pakistan never recovered. They were yet to take a run off the bat when Kamran Akmal faced up to Samuel Badree for the start of the second over, and two more dot balls provoked a scoop straight into wide mid-off's hands.

The pressure, in Badree's next two overs, got to Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik as well. Both were stumped, one foxed by a googly, one getting nowhere near the pitch of a legbreak. Pakistan were 13 for 4, and slipping to a painful defeat.

It had started so well for Pakistan. Their bowlers were on target, their fielders were buzzing, and West Indies were barely switched on. As usual, they weren't rotating the strike.

Before this match, singles and twos – they hadn't yet taken a three – had constituted 32% of West Indies' runs in the tournament. Their percentage wasn't just the lowest among all the Super 10 sides, but an outlier as well. Eight of the teams had scored 40% or more of their runs by actually running them.

The Powerplay brought West Indies the first three of their tournament, and four singles. Not all of their 24 dot balls, though, were the result of hitting to fielders. Some of them came via Sohail Tanvir's awkward angle across the right-handers, exaggerated by some late away-swing.

Having been beaten three times in a row – the last two balls of the second over and the fourth ball of the fourth, when he came back on strike – Dwayne Smith tried to run the ball to third man and only managed an edge to the keeper.

By then, West Indies had already lost Chris Gayle, who came hesitantly down the pitch and thrust a hesitant bat at an offbreak from Mohammad Hafeez. After that stumping, Hafeez's T20 record against Gayle looked like this: six balls, one run, three wickets.

At some points, it appeared as though West Indies were better off not taking the singles. Lendl Simmons, who kept the innings going in the early stages with a 29-ball 31, was out twice to the same ball. He wasn't given when he was struck on the back pad trying to cut a skidder from Shahid Afridi, but the third umpire had an easier decision to make when Umar Gul's direct hit caught him short as he tried to sneak a leg bye.

Gul nearly had another run-out when Bravo cut Afridi straight to him and took off for a quick single. His throw just missed the stumps at the bowlers' end. Either side of that, West Indies had lost Marlon Samuels and Ramdin. West Indies were five down, Pakistan were on top, and their spinners were rushing through the overs.

West Indies took 23 from the 16th and 17th overs, but their run rate had only just gone above six an over. Pakistan were still in control. When Bravo hit the first two balls of the 18th over for six, though, something seemed to change. Gul had sent down two poor balls – length and back-of-a-length – and followed up with a wide as he tried to compensate with the yorker. That over went for 21.

Even Ajmal was rattled. The pair in the middle was powerful and seemingly irresistible, but Ajmal, trying to hurry them by bowling quicker and flatter, completely lost his length. Bravo smashed him for two big sixes, and Sammy hit him over his head for another before drilling one surgically between extra cover and the sweeper for four.

Four years ago in Gros Islet, Michael Hussey had taken 23 runs off five balls from Ajmal to send Pakistan hurtling out of the 2010 World T20. This over cost Ajmal one more run, and sealed Pakistan's fate in the same way.

Courtesy of: The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy for CricInfo




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World T20: Tournament reaches interesting stage

Posted on 29 March 2014 by admin

The World T20 tournament played in Bangladesh produced a few upsets and interesting cricket. 26 games are concluded out of a scheduled 32 games for the preliminary stage of the tournament. India remain the only team that is unbeaten so far in the tournament that has reached an anti climax.

In a high scoring game England came from behind to beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets with 4 balls to spare. Alex Hales scored a brilliant century with Eoin Morgan notching up a quick half-century.

However, two days later England lost to South Africa by 3 runs in a close game. New Zealand beat Netherlands by six wickets with 6 balls to spare.

West Indies beat Australia by 6 wickets with 2 balls remaining.

Sri Lanka is left to play its last game against New Zealand on Monday, March 31st. Both teams have earned 4 points each in 3 games and this will seal the semi-finalist in Group 1. South Africa, who leads Group 1 are already in the semi-finals.

In Group 2 – India has earned a place in the semi-finals. Other contenders are West Indies and Pakistan. The latter has two more games to play against Bangladesh and West Indies. Should Pakistan beat Bangladesh but loose to West Indies – the semi finalist will be picked from the team that has a better nett run rate.

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World T20: Sri Lanka faces England in next game on Thursday (27th)

Posted on 25 March 2014 by admin

Sri Lanka will meet England on Thursday (27) in the 3rd game of the World T20 tournament. A tight knit side, Sri Lanka won their first game against South Africa by 5 runs and beat Netherlands by 9 wickets. Opener Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, have batted well while Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis have done well with the ball. Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera are two good all-rounders who are proving their worth in the tournament. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal is handling the team well and had won the toss so far that has helped his team to bat first and strangled the opposing side with tight bowling and brilliant fielding.

England's next game is against Sri Lanka, who have won two from two and are one of the favourites for the title. There were some encouraging signs against New Zealand before rain – fractionally after the thunder and lightning – saw England end up on the wrong side of the Duckworth-Lewis equation again. The squad have been playing together for the last month, having toured the West Indies in preparation for the tournament, and Bresnan thinks they are not far from clicking.

"It's more of a mindset is T20. We certainly have the power players, we have everything in the armoury to win games of cricket," Bresnan said. "We just can't put our finger on why we've not been able to piece together a good performance.

"We've been playing six weeks of T20. It's been good, we've gelled as a team. I think we're still confident in the dressing-room despite not winning many games. I think we all realise we need that win to kick us off – and we'll be off and running."

Much has been made of England's regeneration and Bresnan put as positive a spin as possible on their travails over the winter. "They say winning hides a multitude of sins and it can do that in your own performance as well as the team's. It's only when you lose, that's only when you analyse in-depth stuff that has actually gone wrong or stuff that might have been going wrong for a while."

Questions have been asked of England's skills in this format, which appear to have slipped as players from other countries hone their abilities in the more high-octane franchise leagues around the globe. Their somewhat frantic attempts to clear the ropes in the opening game against New Zealand were a partial success, with England recording the highest T20 score on the ground, but it still lacked one batsman stamping an indelible mark with a sizeable innings.

"I don't think that is the case," Bresnan said, when asked if England were falling behind. "I still believe we're doing the right things. We're always analysing the footage of the good sides and seeing what the other lads are doing. It's not necessarily trying to emulate them, it's trying to put our own twist on a winning formula. We're looking to do that over the course of the next three games."

Although the bowlers did not get much of an outing on Saturday, they will be under just as much scrutiny as the batsmen against Sri Lanka. A video compilation called 'When Yorkers Go Wrong' is surely waiting to be compiled and uploaded to YouTube but Bresnan is confident the delivery can be an important tool for England, even if bowlers are often accused of forgetting how to bowl them.

"Yorker is the ball if you can get it right. As we've seen if you get it wrong it can disappear or go for an inside edge for four," he said. "You have to practice but it is more mental than anything. It is a difficult ball to bowl when the pressure is on. You're aiming at a four-inch square in front of the stumps and it's not very easy to hit. I feel as though it is one of my biggest weapons and the more I can get it right, the more successful we will be."

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World Cup T20: Sri Lanka in brilliant 5-run win against South Africa

Posted on 22 March 2014 by admin

Dinesh Chanimal led Sri Lanka to a brilliant 5-run win in the opening game for the 2014 World Cup T20 Championships. Chandimal handled the 20 overs judiciously with some intelligent bowling changes to give Sri Lanka a well deserved win against a strong South Africa team. Kusal Perera, 61, in 40 balls once again proved his worth with a quick fire half century and the more we see him on the crease we see a similarity of Sanath Jayasuriya in him. Angelo Mathews continued his batting form with a well compile 43 runs in 32 balls. Mahela Jayawardena, 9, and Kumar Sangakkara, 14, Dilshan, 0, all failed to make an impact in the batting.

Sri Lanka 165 for 7 (Kusal Perera 61, Angelo Mathews 43, Tahir 3-26) beat South Africa 160 for 8 (Duminy 39, Senanayake 2-22) by five runs at Chittagong

Lasith Malinga versus David Miller. It was supposed to be the yorker versus the big hit. It was supposed to be the cracking finish. But the pressure resulted in miscommunication and again, South Africa ended up on the wrong side of a chase. With 15 runs needed off the final over and a finisher at the crease, the batting side is always in with a chance, even if that is narrowed by the presence of Malinga. South Africa, however, did not give themselves an opportunity to capitalise. Twin run-outs off the first two balls of the final over, including that of Miller's, left the tail-enders with too much to do against a team who has only lost defending a score of 160-plus twice in the past. The real damage had been done four overs before when Albie Morkel threatened to take the game away with a couple of assertive sixes. The boom quickly turned to bust. Dinesh Chandimal saw Morkel's plan and moved himself to wide long-on, just square of where the two previous sixes had gone. Ajantha Mendis bowled a low full toss, the kind of delivery Morkel would have hit for six many times before but he didn't get enough on it. Chandimal took the catch inches inside and seemed to know South Africa's fate was sealed.


Sri Lanka looked the better all-round team on the field.

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World T20: West Indies Beat Sri Lanka By 33 Runs in warm-up game

Posted on 19 March 2014 by admin


Dwayne Smith hit 60 as the West Indies continued their ICC WT20 preparations with a win over Sri Lanka.


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West Indies 172-5 (Smith 60) beat Sri Lanka 139 (Narine 4-24) by 33 runs ICC World Twenty20 2014 warm-up, Mirpur West Indies warmed up nicely for their ICC World T20 title defence, recording a second victory on the bounce, as they beat Sri Lanka by 33 runs in Mirpur. Sunil Narine bowled an incisive spell of four for 24 and Dwayne Bravo took three for 29 as the losing finalists from two years ago were once again humbled by the 2012 champions, bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs, albeit in a practice match. This was after Dwayne Smith’s 60 runs had guided the Windies to 172 for five in their allotted 20 overs.

Chasing 173, Lanka were reduced to 18 for two in the fourth over with Kusal Perera (4) dismissed cheaply by Samuel Badree (1-30) and Mahela Jayawardene sent back for a first-ball duck by Ravi Rampaul (1-11). Tillakratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara then added 54 runs for the third wicket and brought some stability to the scoring. It did help that the West Indies fielders weren’t really sharp enough and dropped three catches during the innings, two of them giving lives to Dilshan and Sangakkara. The former scored 43 off 36 balls, with six fours, and the latter added 24 runs off 19 balls, with three fours, as the match hung in the balance. But then Narine and Bravo came in to wreak havoc as the Lankans collapsed. B

ravo provided a double breakthrough in the 11th over, removing both the set batsmen. Then Narine sent back Dinesh Chandimal (14) and Angelo Mathews (18) off successive balls, but couldn’t complete his hat-trick because of a no-ball. Then, off the last ball of that 16th over, he trapped Thisara Perera (0) LBW. The innings was then shortly wrapped up, in the final over of the innings, with Andre Russell taking one for 25. Earlier, Sri Lanka had won the toss and elected to field first. As is the norm for warm-ups, 11 batsmen are allowed to take strike and 15 players are allowed to take the field.

For the West Indies, Smith and Chris Gayle opened the innings and got off to a quick start with 47 runs coming off 5.4 overs. Gayle (12) was the first to go in the sixth over, caught by Thisara Perera off Rangana Herath (2-20). The spinner then also accounted for Andre Fletcher (8) as the Windies were reduced to 55 for two. It was followed up by a 54-run partnership for the third wicket between Smith and Dwayne Bravo, the latter scoring 43 runs off just 31 balls, inclusive of six fours. The former meanwhile crossed the 50-run mark and was third man out in the 13t over with the score on 104. He scored 60 runs off 45 balls, with eight fours and two sixes. The Windies seemed to be losing steam thereafter as Lendl Simmons (10) fell soon afterwards. Skipper Darren Sammy came to the crease and without much fuss blasted 30 runs off 14 balls, including one four and two sixes, taking the score to 172 for five. Ajantha Mendis proved expensive with one for 43 from three overs. Seekkuge Prasanna (1-14) and Suranga Lakmal (1-16) were the other wicket-taker.

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