Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cricket World Cup 2015 Sri Lanka team Preview and Fixtures

Sri Lanka will try to test their luck after disappointments in the 2007 and 2011 ICC World Cups, where they lost in finals. In the 2015 edition, Mahela Jayawardne, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga have been part and it may their last world cup. They won the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh last year
Group: Pool A
Captain: Angelo Mathews
Coach: Marvon Atapattu

Squad
Angelo Mathews (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice captain), Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wicket keeper), Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake.

Strengths:
Experience is their key strength player like Jayawardene, Sangakkara and Dilshan have experience of pitches in Australia and New Zealand, their experience will be a boost. Sangakkara has been in good form in all formats and successful ODI batsman of 2014 with 1,256 runs at 46.51. Malinga's bowling along with Nuwan Kulasekara and Rangana Herath, will be key to Sri Lankan bowling attack.
Weaknesses:
Top order is their weakness, where Sri Lanka has no solid opener to open 38-year-old Dilshan. Dimuth Karunaratne at the top was good but experienced and in all if Jayawardene will return to the top then their middle order will be shaky
Team past record and experience in world cup:
They won 1996 world cup and 2014 T20 world cup. They reached finals of 2007 and 2011 world cup. In 2011, they lost to Pakistan and game against Australia has no result due to rain. They registered victory over England by 10 wickets in the quarter-finals. They entered Finals by beating New Zealand.
Fixtures:
February 14: vs New Zealand, Hagley Oval, Christchurch
February 22: vs Afghanistan, University Oval, Dunedin
February 26: vs Bangladesh, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
March 1: vs England, Westpac stadium, Wellington
March 8: vs Australia,Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
March 11: vs Scotland, Bellerive Oval, Hobart

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