Sri Lanka vs India: Live stream, TV channel, start time and team news for Cricket World Cup showdown

6 Jul

India’s clash with Sri Lanka will conclude the Cricket World Cup group stage today.

Virat Kohli’s side have already booked their place in the semi-finals but will be keen to claim top-spot and set up a last-four showdown with New Zealand.

Virat Kohli’s India take on Sri Lanka today

Australia, currently leading, face South Africa on the same day in the battle to finish in no.1 spot.

India have impressed at the tournament but will want to produce their best against Sri Lanka heading into the crunch knockout games.

Sri Lanka vs India: Date and start time

The final group game of the tournament is set for Saturday, July 6 and will be held at Headingley in Leeds.

The toss is set for 10am BST, with play to start at 10.30am, that’s 3:30pm in Delhi and Kandy.

Sri Lanka vs India: TV channel and live stream

You can catch every ball live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event. Coverage begins at 10am.

If you’re not a Sky subscriber, you can grab a NOW TV pass to stream the action.

For Indian viewers, you can watch the game unfold live on Star Sports 1 and Hotstar while Sri Lanka fans should tune into SLRC.

Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga will be a threat against India

Sri Lanka vs India: Teams

Sri Lanka squad

Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera (wk), Thisara Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Dhananjaya de Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay.

India squad

Virat Kohli (capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav.

Cricket World Cup 2019: Swarm of bees disrupt South Africa vs Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street

29 Jun

The Cricket World Cup clash between South Africa and Sri Lanka was interrupted on Friday – when a swarm of BEES swept across the ground.

The match at Chester-le-Street, Durham, had to be stopped for a short time before the end of the first innings.

Players were forced to take cover at Chester-le-Street because of a swarm of bees
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The players and umpires had to lie flat, face first, on the ground while they waiting for the bees to clear.

The bizarre interruption did not last long though and they were able to complete the innings after the brief interlude.

The pesky insects interrupted the match for a short period
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Sri Lanka ended up losing to dent their hopes of pipping England to a semi-final spot.

Victory for Sri Lanka would have moved them level on points with the tournament hosts, but they lost wickets at regular intervals, a number of their batsmen bogged down on a slow pitch as they posted 203 all out.

The paltry target provided few problems for Amla (80 not out) and Du Plessis (96no) in a 175-run partnership which carried the Proteas, already eliminated from contention for the knockout stages, to a thumping nine-wicket win.

The duo, with more than 300 one-day international appearances between them, overhauled the total with 12.4 overs to spare, largely eschewing risk but keeping the scoreboard ticking over, contrasting sharply with Sri Lanka’s batsmen.

Cricket World Cup 2019: England stunned by Sri Lanka at Headingley thanks to Lasith Malinga masterclass

21 Jun

England’s hopes of progressing smoothly to the World Cup semi-finals were dealt a shock blow at Headingley, where Sri Lanka upset the form book to land a 20-run win.

The hosts were chasing a modest 233 as they sought a victory that would have seen them leapfrog Australia in first place, but instead crashed to 212 all out.

Moeen Ali trudges off the Headingley pitch after England’s collapse

They were undone by Sri Lanka’s two oldest stagers, 32-year-old Angelo Mathews digging deep for an unbeaten 85 that kept the first innings afloat and 35-year-old seamer Lasith Malinga rolling back the years with four for 43.

The veteran quick ripped out four of the top six in a match-turning contribution, leaving England with two defeats in their six matches and staring at a run-in that pits them against Australia, India and New Zealand.

England had been handsome favourites at the halfway stage, restricting their opponents to a modest 232 for nine with a disciplined bowling performance, but never found any momentum with the bat.

Joe Root scrapped for 57 and Ben Stokes launched a stirring late fightback before being stranded on 82 not out, Mark Wood last man out to Nuwan Pradeep in the 47th over.

Nuwan Pradeep of Sri Lanka celebrates taking the wicket of Mark Wood

There were a handful of slack shots to bemoan when the post mortem takes place, with the record-breaking, six-strewn outing against Afghanistan three days earlier a distant memory.

Jofra Archer had earlier continued his happy hunting on the big stage, taking three wickets for the fifth time in six games to join Australia’s
Mitchell Starc on top of bowling charts, but that was cold comfort for a side now facing considerable pressure.

Cricket World Cup: Top 10 most memorable moments in the tournament’s history

29 May

The Cricket World Cup has produced many moments of magic over the years since the first tournament in 1975.

Australia have won four of the last five tournaments but it is England who go into it as favourites on home soil.

The tournament starts on Thursday with the hosts facing South Africa at The Oval and you can hear regular updates live on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2.

Eoin Morgan will lead England at the Cricket World Cup on home soil in 2019

There have been plenty of headlines and controversy along the way off the pitch.

Freddie Flintoff was stripped of the vice-captaincy after the pedalo incident in 2007, Shane Warne missed the 2003 tournament because of a failed drugs test and Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room on the eve of the 2007 competition.

But there have been plenty of iconic moments on the pitch and here at we have ranked the most memorable moments.

10. Kapil Dev’s 175 not out for India against Zimbabwe in 1983

This was a heroic innings from the Indian great in tough circumstances against Zimbabwe in 1983.

In the match at Tunbridge Wells, Dev came to the crease with his side 9-4 and they slumped to 78-7 with little chance of posting a respectable total.

Dev smashed 175 not out from 138 balls to help India to 266-8 with the next highest batter scoring 24.

Zimbabwe were all out for 235 in reply.

Kapil Dev during his 175 not out off 138 balls against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells

9. Martin Guptil’s record innings in 2015

Guptil hit the highest individual score in World Cup history with this innings of 237 not out in New Zealand’s quarter-final with the West Indies in 2015.

He scored an incredible 137 runs from his last 52 deliveries to etch his name in the record books.

Martin Guptill celebrates reaching 200 during his record innings in 2015

8. Viv Richards’ hundred in the 1979 final

A brilliant 138 not out from Richards took the game away from England.

The West Indies were 99-4 when he came to the crease and ended up helping them to 286, which proved too much for their opponents and sealed their second World Cup win.

Viv Richards helped West Indies to win their second World Cup in 1979

7. Sri Lanka shock Australia in 1996 final

Sri Lanka co-hosted the tournament and they were helped into the final when the West Indies and Australia forfeited their group matches due to safety reasons.

The favourites, Australia, had no answer to Aravinda de Silva who hit 107 not out to win the trophy.

Aravinda de Silva reaches his century against Australia in the 1996 final

6. Herschelle Gibbs’ drop in 1999

A bizarre incident between Australia and South Africa in their Super Six clash, which proved costly for the latter.

Gibbs caught Steve Waugh, who was on 56 at the time, and in his haste to throw the ball up in celebration dropped it. Waugh allegedly asked Gibbs ‘how does it feel to have dropped the World Cup?’

Gibbs maintained the catch should have stood but Waugh went on to make 120 not out as the Australians clinched the win with two balls to spare.

Steve Waugh led his side to victory after being dropped by Herschelle Gibbs in 1999

5. Sachin Tendulkar and the 1996 semi-final

India were cruising in this match against Sri Lanka in Kolkata until Tendulkar was stumped off Sanath Jayasuriya, which led to a collapse.

Seven wickets for 22 runs saw the crowd begin to throw objects on the pitch and set fire to seating.

The match was abandoned and the win given to Sri Lanka.

Sachin Tendulkar’s stumping led to an India collapse

4. Mike Gatting’s reverse sweep in the 1987 final

We are still waiting for England’s first ever World Cup win and that might not be the case if it were not for Mike Gatting’s dismissal all those years ago.

Chasing Australia’s 253, Gatting and Bill Athey were cruising to a win at 135-2. Part-timer Allan Border dismissed Gatting when he decided to reverse sweep his first ball and was caught by wicket-keeper Greg Dyer.

From that position England slumped to 246-8 in one of their best chances to win the competition.

Mike Gatting is dismissed by Allan Border in 1987

3. Kapil Dev’s catch in 1983

The dominant West Indies were on course for their third World Cup win until Viv Richards got himself out.

A mis-timed shot saw Dev have to run back from mid-on and take a catch from over his shoulder.

A brilliant grab that sparked a West Indies collapse and saw India win the World Cup.

Kapil Dev lifts the Cricket World Cup in 1983

2. South Africa and the rain in 1992

The Proteas reached the semi-final to face England in their first tournament following their apartheid ban and it ended in controversy.

They needed 22 from 13 balls when the players went off because of rain.

But after just a 12-minute delay, their target was adjusted to 22 needed from one ball and their opponents went through to the final.

South Africa were left needing 22 from 1 ball after the rain came in 1992

1. Allan Donald run-out in the 1999 semi-final

The most memorable moment during a World Cup came in this clash between South Africa and Australia.

South Africa needed nine from the final over with just one wicket remaining with Lance Klusener and Allan Donald at the crease.

Allan Donald is run out in the 1999 semi-final against Australia

Klusener hit two fours from the first two balls to tie the scores. Two balls later, he set off for a single but Donald did not respond and they were both left stranded at the same end.

Donald made an effort to get back but Adam Gilchrist ran him out while he was in no man’s land.

Australia progressed to the final by virtue of finishing higher than their opponents in the Super Six table.

Sanath Jayasuriya: Former Sri Lanka captain banned from cricket for two years after admitting corruption charges

26 Feb

Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned from all cricket for two years after admitting breaching two counts of the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption code.

The ex-batsman, who retired in 2012, was accused of failing to cooperate in an investigation into corruption, and delaying or obstructing an investigation.

Jayasuriya retired in 2012

Having admitted both breaches Jayasuriya, 49, has accepted a sanction of being suspended from all cricket-related activities for two years.

Alex Marshall, the general manager of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit, said in a statement: “This conviction under the Code demonstrates the importance of participants in cricket cooperating with investigations.

“Compelling participants to cooperate under the Code is a vital weapon in our efforts to rid our sport of corruptors. These rules are essential to maintain the integrity of our sport.”

Jayasuriya played 110 Test matches and 445 one-day internationals for Sri Lanka. He also played for Somerset, Lancashire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire and retired in 2012 before becoming Sri Lanka chairman of selectors.

Sri Lanka vs England: Tourists win third Test to complete series whitewash

26 Nov

Jack Leach ensured England kept their nerve in Colombo to turn their series win over Sri Lanka into a true collector’s item – a 3-0 whitewash on foreign soil.

Leach took three of the six required wickets as well as a vitally important run out to seal a 42-run win and make Joe Root’s side just the third English touring team to sweep a series of three or more games.

England celebrate winning the third Test, and the series

Such achievements are not easy to come by – the last time it happened, in New Zealand, John F Kennedy was planning for a second term as President of the United States and the Beatles were three days away from releasing their debut album – and Sri Lanka pushed England harder than anyone expected.

Chasing a ground record 327 and starting on 53 for four, Kusal Mendis (86) and Roshen Silva (65) both made major inroads before a last-wicket stand worth 58 threatened the unlikeliest of turnarounds in the third Test.

Leach’s left-arm spin earned him figures of four for 72, and the match-winning wicket of Malinda Pushpakumara four balls after tea, but it was a right-arm throw that did the most damage. He rattled the stumps from 40 yards to see off Mendis and break an ominous 102-run partnership with Roshen.

Hopes of a quick clean-up job on day four were quashed early on as Mendis steered Sri Lanka through the morning session almost unscathed. By lunch they had scored 111 runs and lost just one wicket – nightwatchman Lakshan Sandakan lingering for half-an-hour before Leach got one to drift and clip the edge.

Jack Leach took the opening wicket of the day

England’s spinners had otherwise endured one of their worst sessions since arriving on the island, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid regularly releasing the pressure with short balls or full tosses. Mendis pounced on any error in length with Roshen busily building his supporting role.

There were 10 boundaries in the morning’s play as well as one early six, Mendis pumping a loosener from Moeen over mid-wicket. Root kept the vastly experienced Stuart Broad out of the fray but did allow Ben Stokes to indulge a spell of fast, angry bouncers having employed the tactic with great success of day two.

The Durham all-rounder relentlessly hammered the middle of the pitch, and occasionally a batsman’ s body, but could not tempt them into a rash shot. Instead he found himself no-balled by umpire Sundaram Ravi for going too short, too often.

Resuming in the afternoon on 164 for five, Sri Lanka won a minor psychological victory when Root called for DRS on a caught-behind shout against Mendis. There was minimal enthusiasm for the doomed appeal but, as time ticked away, Root gambled in a vain attempt to make a breakthrough.

The game was drifting until, as they have so often this past month, England conjured a magical moment in the field. It was Leach this time, swooping quickly on the on-side as Roshen set off for an ambitious second run. The Somerset man took a moment before scattering the stumps at the non-striker’s end with a ferocious, flat throw and was immediately mobbed by his team-mates as Mendis trudged off.

Roshen eked a 30-run stand out of the hyper Niroshan Dickwella but the wicketkeeper’s frantic stay ended when he played back to Leach for a regulation bat-pad catch.

Keaton Jennings claimed his sixth catch of the match, equalling the record haul at short-leg, when Moeen got the better of Dilruwan Perera and Moeen ended Roshen’s resistance lbw. Correctly sensing a flick of the front pad before contact with the bat, he insisted on DRS to prove his point and bag a fourth wicket of the innings.

Pushpakumara defied England with a sparky 42, merrily carting the spinners with England’s reviews all gone, but the fun stopped when Broad used the new ball to pin him on the back of the helmet with a vicious bouncer.

He bravely carried on but Suranga Lakmal could not as he was leg before to the returning Leach in the first over of the evening’s play.

Sri Lanka vs England: Tourists need six wickets to win third Test and complete series whitewash

25 Nov

England are on the brink of a memorable overseas whitewash in Sri Lanka, ending day three of the third and final Test in complete control in Colombo.

Following victories in Galle and Kandy, Joe Root’s side have two full days to finish off their beleaguered hosts who will resume on 52 for four chasing a ground record 327.

England should ease their way to a series whitewash

Jos Buttler became the latest member of the touring team to weigh in with a crucial contribution, arriving at the crease on 39 for four and playing against type for a mature 64 – his best knock of the series – to usher England to a healthy 230 all out.

Buttler’s 89-run stand with Ben Stokes (42) was the turning point of an innings that had threatened to enter tailspin, with Lakshan Sandakan playing the role of enabler with two grievous self-inflicted wounds. The left-arm wrist-spinner twice had Stokes caught – at cover on 22, at slip on 32 – only for replays to show he had overstepped the no-ball line on each occasion.

England were afforded 17 overs to make inroads into Sri Lanka’s batting lineup and rammed home their advantage with zeal. Moeen Ali, on new-ball duty, accounted for both openers as Danushka Gunathilaka nicked a sharp off-break to slip and Dimuth Karunaratne exposed his off stump with a loose shot.

Jack Leach had Dhananjaya De Silva lbw on a smart review and Stokes landed one more before stumps, goading Angelo Mathews into a brainless pull to midwicket.

England began the day 99 ahead but quickly managed to turn a hard-won position of strength into a flimsy top-order procession.

Keaton Jennings succumbed lbw to the first ball of the day, Dilruwan Perera coaxing a wicket-to-wicket delivery into the front pad, before picking off Rory Burns in identikit fashion.

The duo have had moments of success in the first series of the post-Alastair Cook era but ended on a low here and will look forward to resuming their union away from the exaggerated spin of Sri Lanka.

Perera’s probing saw him pick up first-innings centurion Jonny Bairstow next, with Kaushal Silva on hand to hold a firm chance at short-leg, and when Root fed a leading edge back to Malinda Pushpakumara just nine balls later England were wobbling badly.

Stokes and Buttler combined to nudge the scales back in the opposite direction, adding 71 before lunch and 18 more afterwards. There was much to be impressed by in their work, with big swings of the bat shelved for more conservative strokes and Buttler consistently leaving his crease to knock the bowlers off their lengths. When that ploy worked best they cashed in, milking 20 runs from two ragged Sandakan overs.

Yet their stand still hinged on several instances of good fortune, Sandakan’s wandering front foot giving a disbelieving Stokes second and third lives. Buttler was much more controlled but still had to overturn a tight lbw verdict, rapping the knee roll in front of middle but apparently skipping over.

Buttler starred with the bat in Colombo

He might also have fallen to the first ball after lunch, when a thin edge down leg side failed to stick in Niroshan Dickwella’s gloves. Stokes’ luck eventually expired when he failed to clear long-on off the probing Perera but Buttler continued to nudge, push and steer his way to a busy half-century.

Buttler’s willingness to advance eventually cost him, stumped as Sandakan dragged one down leg, but it had also enabled him to find consistent scoring shots throughout his innings despite just three boundaries.

Buttler’s departure left England 264 ahead with four more wickets and Sri Lanka eyeing a swift clean up job. Stuart Broad obliged by lasting just five balls but the resistance continued elsewhere, Moeen and Adil Rashid adding 22 and 24 respectively – valuable lower-order runs at the business end of a match.

Ben Foakes ended unbeaten on 36 not out, bringing his average to 69.25 in a standout maiden series, with three referrals all going against the hosts before Leach’s nick completed Perera’s five-for.