Sri Lanka cricket weekly news roundup – Week 13 - 2011
By Hilal Suhaib
The week’s headlines in brief (28/03/2011 – 03/04/2011)
New Zealand PM turns down invite to watch semi-final in Sri Lanka
Prime minister of New Zealand John Key turned down an invitation from president Mahinda Rajapaksa to witness the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Colombo on March 29. A spokesman from Key's office told the New Zealand Press Association on March 28 that the PM had turned down the invite.
Sri Lanka set up all-Asian final with win against New Zealand in WC semi-final
Sri Lanka defeated New Zealand by five wickets at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on March 30, in the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 tournament. The match was also Muttiah Muralitharan’s final appearance for Sri Lanka on Sri Lankan soil and the highest wicket taker in Test cricket and One-Dayers picked up a wicket with his final delivery of the match.
New Zealand 217 all-out (S Styris 57 – A Mendis 3/35) – Sri Lanka 220/5 (T Dilshan 73 – T Southee 3/57).
Report implicates nephew of Sri Lanka Cricket chairman in World Cup ticket scandal
Kapila Dandeniya, the nephew of Sri Lanka Cricket’s chairman Somachandra de Silva, has been accused of taking World Cup tickets which were reserved for patrons who purchased them online - - for his personal use, according to a report on The Island newspaper in Sri Lanka on March 30.
“It was a clear abuse of power and a high handed act,” the paper quoted an unnamed Sri Lanka Cricket employee as saying. “Imagine the plight of the spectator who had paid for the tickets and turned up late for the game. There must have been individuals who had to undergo this because the traffic was huge on the day of the semi-final and I feel sorry for the spectators.”
Mathews tears quadriceps, out of World Cup final
Sri Lanka suffered a serious blow when it was revealed that Angelo Mathews would be out of action for several weeks due to a tear in his right quadriceps. Mathews’ agent told Island Cricket on March 31 that the all-rounder was unlikely to feature in the final of the 10th Cricket World Cup against India and season four of the Indian Premier League. As a result, Chaminda Vaas and Suraj Randiv were flown out to India to join the World Cup squad.
Dilshan launches clothing store
Tillakaratne Dilshan and his wife actress Manjula Thilini launched DLSTEP - a new clothing store in Rajagiriya, which will showcase the couples' own label diLa and other prominent brands.
India defeat Sri Lanka in World Cup final
India won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 tournament after defeating Sri Lanka by six wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2. Despite a rare World Cup final century from Mahela Jayawardene and a brilliant spell of bowling from Lasith Malinga, which saw the wickets of two crucial Indian batsmen Virendra Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar fall early, Sri Lanka were unable to restrict India’s batsmen. The home side cautiously surpassed Sri Lanka’s total in the 49th over.
Sri Lanka 274/6 (M Jayawardene 103 – Y Singh 2/49) – India 277/4 (G Gambhir 97 - L Malinga 2/42).
Muralitharan brings an end to his international career
The 2011 World Cup final was Muttiah Muralitharan’s final match for Sri Lanka. The 38-year-old retired from Test cricket in 2010 and has now drawn the curtain on his limited overs career. He currently holds the record for the most ODI wickets (534) and the most Test wickets (800).
Malinga says he may not play in next World Cup
Upon arriving in Colombo after the World Cup final, Lasith Malinga told the local media that he doubts that he would be fit enough to play in the next edition of the World Cup in 2015.
“I hope to be of service to my team as long as I can, but I won't be able to play in the next World Cup in 2015. I have been carrying injuries for the past few weeks and with little rest,” he said. “I ask the youngsters to play well in the next World Cup.”
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