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  • Sri Lanka v England ODI will be last game on home soil for legend Jayawardene - SkySports
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">SkySportsSri Lanka v England ODI will be last game on home soil for legend JayawardeneSkySportsJayawardene believes the same joyful crowd involvement is the essence of his sport in his country. "That's the uniqueness about Sri Lankan cricket. That is the flair we grew up playing with," he said. Sri Lanka is a country of cricket enthusiasts, and ...
  • Premadasa set for Sanga-Mahela farewell - ESPNcricinfo.com
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  • Jayawardene will 'miss the music the most' - ESPNcricinfo.com
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comJayawardene will 'miss the music the most'ESPNcricinfo.comAs the flags fly and the papare plays for one final time for Mahela Jayawardene in Colombo, he admits he may become a little emotional. The city whose grounds he has filled since he was 16 has already given him one grand farewell at his final Test in ...
  • Jack Pitt-Brooke: Why I want New Zealand (or Sri Lanka) to win the World Cup - The Independent
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">The IndependentJack Pitt-Brooke: Why I want New Zealand (or Sri Lanka) to win the World CupThe IndependentAnd these are the sides, along with England, responsible for the carve-up of money and power which threatens the long-term fairness of the game. Sri Lanka lost in both the 2007 and 2011 finals. At the International Cricket Council conference in ...
  • England crushed in final Sri Lanka tour game - Scotsman
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ScotsmanEngland crushed in final Sri Lanka tour gameScotsman“I'll really miss them, both great two players, I think it's amazing, two cricketers we miss for Sri Lanka, but there are still another 10-15 matches to go before the World Cup and we need to take the maximum out of these two guys.” Skipper Angelo ...
  • England seek jungle reinvigoration - ESPNcricinfo.com
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comEngland seek jungle reinvigorationESPNcricinfo.com"Look, we've had two games of cricket over here and we've had two innings and Alastair is not the only one who has struggled for form in the team," Finn said. "The pressure on him is a little unjust at the moment. ... England have a maximum of 10 ODIs ...
  • Sri Lanka v England, 5th one-day international, Pallekele, day one as it happened - BBC Sport
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">BBC SportSri Lanka v England, 5th one-day international, Pallekele, day one as it happenedBBC SportSri Lanka made 244-5, with India 14-0 after two overs in reply when it rained for the rest of the day. But controversial tournament rules meant that although a reserve day was allocated, an entirely new game was started. This time round, Sri Lanka made ...
  • Both England and Sri Lanka need to rebuild - ESPNcricinfo.com
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comBoth England and Sri Lanka need to rebuildESPNcricinfo.comThere must be some miscommunication somewhere. Each year, Sri Lanka line up a tour around November, and almost invariably, the series is so beset by rain that most matches go unfinished, and the remaining games advantage the chasing side. With four ...Sri Lanka v England, 1st one-day international, ColomboBBC SportCricket: England lose to Sri Lanka despite Ali tonChannel News AsiaEngland's final warm-up game with Sri Lanka A abandoned after heavy rain in ...
  • Sangakkara firm over ODI retirement - ESPNcricinfo.com
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Sangakkara firm over ODI retirementESPNcricinfo.comI've worked with Fordie, and he's been brilliant for Sri Lankan cricket, and personally to me. He's been a fantastic influence in my ... Though he will not play an ODI in Sri Lanka beyond Tuesday's match, there is a chance Sangakkara will play again ...
  • 'Not been easy to concentrate' - Mathews - ESPNcricinfo.com
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.com'Not been easy to concentrate' - MathewsESPNcricinfo.comIt's just the game of cricket, and it was an unfortunate incident. There won't be any thoughts regarding those bouncers. It was an unfortunate incident. All we can do is hope that player safety can improve." Though Sri Lanka did not lose a teammate in ...

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.