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  • Asian Games: Sri Lanka Overcome Afghanistan to Win Cricket Gold - NDTVSports.com
    Incheon: Test nation Sri Lanka denied Afghanistan their first ever Asian Games gold medal as they overcame a batting slump to win the cricket final by 68 runs on Friday. (Day 14 Blog). Bowled out for 133, the Sri Lankans hit back to skittle the ...
  • SL to host next Test series against India - Ranatunga - ESPNcricinfo.com
    INDIA AND SRI LANKA, you are two cricketing jurisdictions with players and administrators who love the game of cricket... Posted by mzm149 on (October 19, 2014, 21:05 GMT). This series will serve as face saver before humiliation in Australia. They ...
  • World Cup replaced by India-Sri Lanka ODIs - ESPNcricinfo.com (blog)
    BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel, meanwhile, denied the changes to cricket's showpiece tournament indicated that Mr Srinivasan's stewardship of the world game wasn't going quite as well as hoped: "Look, just because a whole tour has been cancelled, ...India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Venues for 5 ODIs announcedCricket CountryWest Indies apologizes for aborting cricket tourToronto Sun
  • Dhoni rested, Kohli to lead in first three ODIs vs Sri Lanka - Gocricket.com
    The BCCI took the decision at its emergency working committee meeting in Hyderabad on Tuesday, where it was also announced that the venues for the five replacement ODIs against Sri Lanka will be held in Cuttack, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Kolkata and ...Virat Kohli appointed captain of India cricket teamMid-DayDhoni rested, Kohli to captain India for first three ODIs against Sri LankaIsland Cricketvirat kohli s first step towards test captaincy to lead against sri lanka in ...
  • Asian Games - Baseball switch a boon for South Korean cricket - Reuters
    1 of 3. South Korea's cricket captain Kim Kyung-sik is bowled by Sri Lanka's Isuru Udana Kande Arachchige during their men's Twenty20 quarter final cricket match at the Yeonhui cricket ground during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 30, 2014.Asian Games 2014: Sri Lanka thump South Korea in quarters by 117 runsCricket CountryINTERVIEW-Games-Baseball switch a boon for South Korean cricketReuters UK
  • Dhoni opts out of first three Sri Lanka ODIs - ESPNcricinfo.com
    Quality cricket is lacking at this moment, I am fearing India may be falling shorter as of now compare to teams like South Africa, Australia, Srilanka, NZ. Need to wake up call for BCCI specially if India should defend title, Mountain to climb. Weather ...
  • Mathews to lead full-strength Sri Lanka - Wisden India
    Sri Lanka, who accepted a last-minute proposal by the Board of Control for Cricket in India to replace the crisis-ridden West Indies team that flew back home after the fourth ODI of a five-match series last week, will play a warm-up game against India ...
  • Arjuna Ranatunga: 1996 World Cup victory changed cricket in Sri Lanka - Cricket Country
    Sri Lankan team were the cherry on the cake. They were soft people, winning games after another and without big names,. Aravindra de Silva, my hero of all time. Muralitharan was there. These are the names who lit up your eyes. I would rate Sri Lanka as ...
  • Lahiru Gamage picked to tour India - ESPNcricinfo.com
    Sri Lanka have left out Lahiru Thirimanne, vice-captain in their previous ODI series against Pakistan in August, from their squad for the first three games of the five-ODI series in India in November. Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal, spinner ...
  • West Indies to pull out of India tour; Sri Lanka to step in and play 5 ODIs - Firstpost
    Given that the West Indies tour is the only home tour in 2014 for India, the BCCI was looking for an alternative and Sri Lanka Cricket has agreed to step in and play five ODIs in November. "In principle we have agreed to the tour," SLC secretary ...

Sri Lanka ICC World Cup 2011 Profile

Transformed from underdog status to a major cricketing nation during the 1990, Sri Lanka finished runners-up in last World Cup.
Transformed from underdog status to a major cricketing nation during the 1990, Sri Lanka finished runners-up in last World Cup.

Strength

Much like in most part of their cricketing history, Sri Lanka’s strongest point is their ability to bowl and play spin. The batsmen have no issues in treating the opposite spinners with disdain while the spin bowlers have quality which is not found too much in other parts of the world. With Muthiah Muralitharan expected to play in the World Cup and guys like Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath and Suraj Randiv growing by leaps and bounds as spin bowlers, things will get difficult for the opposition.

 

Weakness

The Sri Lankan side has often shown its inability to be ruthless in situations where such a quality could have assisted them in greater glory. The aggression that is usually associated with the likes of the Australian and South African side is missing from the Lankan team and that is where they could miss out on going the distance.

Opportunity

The last time the World Cup was played in the sub-continent, Sri Lanka had gone on to win it. They are one of those sides who love playing at home and have an enviable record in Sri Lanka. Most of their first round games will be in Lanka and that will give them a good opportunity to get the wins under their belt which will allow them to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Threat

It has to be the Sri Lankan middle-order’s inability to get the runs. For long, the Lankan team has depended very heavily on the trio of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and captain Kumar Sangakkara, but the likes of Thilan Samaraweera, Thilina Kandamby, Chamara Silva and CHamara Kapugedera have all been disappointing. Without too much consistent contribution from the middle-order, it will make it difficult for the aforementioned trio to keep up the same levels of consistency throughout the tournament.

Previous Record

Sri Lanka has won one edition of the World Cup in 1996 and apart from that, have entered the final of one other tournament. This was in 2007 where they were defeated by Australia in the final. Apart from that, they had lost in the first round of the first five editions of the tournament – from 1975 to 1992 – and barely won any games. They were often considered minnows in the cricket world before stunning the world to capture the 1996 version. They lost out in the first round of 1999 and entered the semi-finals of the 2003 edition of the tournament.

Expected Captain

Kumar Sangakkara will lead the side through to the World Cup.

Players to look out for

Sri Lanka will rely heavily on the captain and Jayawardene and two will be the players to look for in the batting department. However, this is also going to be Muralitharan’s swansong international cricket tournament and one can expect a lot of fanfare associated with his participation. How he handles the situation and whether he is able to perform to the best of his abilities despite the obvious distraction will be something to watch out for.