ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 team guide: Sri Lanka

Posted: 30 May 2019 2:33 pm
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The once mighty Sri Lanka has fallen down the pecking order ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Can this team rebuild some pride for the little island nation?

In 1996, Sri Lanka smashed Australia by 7 wickets in the final for a glorious Cricket World Cup victory. Aravinda de Silva was an unstoppable force, taking 3 wickets and then peeling off a run-a-ball 107 to send the highly fancied Australians packing. Sri Lanka would not have the same luck in 2007 and 2011, but reaching the final in both these tournaments helped cement the country's place in ODI history.

Yet, as it stands, Sri Lanka is the 9th-ranked ODI nation, with just 8 wins from the last 22 matches, sending the Lions into the cricketing wilderness. With the country recently rocked by heinous terrorist attacks, this Sri Lankan team needs to bring joy and happiness to the people by staying competitive throughout the tournament.

Will Sri Lanka win the 2019 Cricket World Cup?

Despite starring in 2 of the last 3 Cricket World Cup finals, Sri Lanka is an unlikely winner in 2019. Things were looking great in February, when the Sri Lankan Test team toppled South Africa in South Africa, 2-0, but that form didn't cross over to the ODI squad. The Sri Lanka ODI team has only posted one win since then (against Scotland), losing a series to both Australia and South Africa, and not playing a single match through April.

It's fair to say Sri Lanka is a little underdone heading into the Cricket World Cup.

There are 6 players with fewer than 35 matches of ODI experience, including captain Dimuth Karunaratne (who hasn't played an ODI since the last World Cup!).

In fact, Sri Lankan selectors seem to have a decided that shaking the tree is the only way to turn the form slump. The country's highest ranked batsman, Niroshan Dickwella and bowler, Akila Dananjaya, were dropped, as were opening batsman and veteran performer Dinesh Chandimal. Still, in Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera and Lasith Malinga, there is some genuine experience and quality in the team.

A sneaky win here or there from this fresh-faced outfit could definitely upset some of the bigger teams' goals of making the last four.

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How to watch Sri Lanka's Cricket World Cup matches

You can stream live or on demand every one of Sri Lanka's Cricket World Cup matches through two services in Australia: Foxtel and Kayo Sports. You can find a detailed comparison of the features these two services offer fans, alongside lots of extra information, in our where to watch the Cricket World Cup guide.

Sri Lanka Cricket World Cup squad

The Sri Lankan team has plenty of Cricket World Cup first-timers gearing up next to some true ODI veterans. The squad has remained unchanged since it was first announced, too. Here is the Sri Lanka 15-man squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

PlayerAgeCapsPositionBatting rankBowling rankAll-rounder rank
Dimuth Karunaratne (c)3117Batsman>100>100>100
Avishka Fernando215Batsman>100>100>100
Lahiru Thirimanne29117Batsman>100>100>100
Kusal Mendis (wk)2462Wicket-keeper-batsman>100>100>100
Kusal Perera (wk)2888Wicket-keeper-batsman69>100>100
Angelo Mathews32203All-rounder34749
Dhananjaya de Silva2732All-rounder99>10070
Thisara Perera30153All-rounder707520
Isuru Udana315All-rounder>100>100>100
Jeffrey Vandersay2911Bowler>100>100>100
Jeevan Mendis3654All-rounder>100>100>100
Milinda Siriwardana3326All-rounder50>100>100
Lasith Malinga35218Bowler>10045>100
Suranga Lakmal3281Bowler>1004189
Nuwan Pradeep3234Bowler>10065>100

Sri Lanka Cricket World Cup fixtures

Below you can view all of the scheduled matches featuring Sri Lanka at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. We've also added in a guide on where to watch a live stream of each Sri Lanka match in Australia.

StageMatchDateStart rime (AEST)Team ATeam BVenueWhere to watch
Group3Saturday 1 June19:30New ZealandSri LankaSophia GardensKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group7Tuesday 4 June19:30AfghanistanSri LankaSophia GardensKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group11Friday 7 June19:30PakistanSri LankaCounty GroundKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group16Tuesday 11 June19:30BangladeshSri LankaCounty GroundKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group20Saturday 15 June19:30Sri LankaAustraliaKennington OvalKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Group27Friday 21 June19:30EnglandSri LankaHeadingleyKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group35Friday 28 June19:30Sri LankaSouth AfricaRiverside GroundKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group39Monday 1 July19:30Sri LankaWest IndiesRiverside GroundKayo Sports, Foxtel
Group44Saturday 6 July19:30Sri LankaIndiaHeadingleyKayo Sports, Foxtel
Semi-finalsSF 1Tuesday 9 July19:301st4thOld TraffordKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
Semi-finalsSF 2Thursday 11 July19:302nd3rdEdgbastonKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine
FinalFSunday 14 July19:30Winner semi-final 1Winner semi-final 2Lord'sKayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel Nine

Sri Lanka Cricket World Cup team news

Angelo Mathews releases pressure valve

30.05.19 – Sri Lanka will be up against it trying to get out of the group stage at the Cricket World Cup, but veteran all-rounder and former captain Angelo Mathews believes it can work to the team's advantage. "In a big tournament like this, you've got to play with freedom and embrace it, rather than putting too much pressure on yourself. Yes, it's a World Cup, you have to perform well to win it, but at the same time you have to embrace the challenge. If you put a lot of pressure on yourself, it adds to your burden. Look at it as an opportunity to perform; to do something better for the country."

Selection shocks in Sri Lankan Cricket World Cup squad

10.05.19 – Sri Lankan selectors have wielded the axe in spectacular fashion when naming the country's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Gone are Sri Lanka's top ranked batsman, Niroshan Dickwella and bowler, spinner Akila Dananjaya. Former captain Dinesh Chandimal is gone as well, as are usual opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga in a huge team shake-up.

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