Sri Lanka rising to re-create history

Sri Lanka rising to re-create history

New Delhi : India | Nov 26, 2012 at 1:58 AM PST
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Sri Lanka cricketer Lasith Malinga celebrates taking the wicket of New Zealand's Martin Guptill

The last big win secured by the Sri Lankans was in the 1996 World Cup. Since then the team has been runners up in to major cups. It is only a matter of time to see whether Sri Lanka can use the advantage of home ground to win the T20 World Cup.

Sri-Lanka wins over New Zealand

West Indies and Sri Lanka will play to secure a place in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. The host country is all up-beat after defeating New Zealand in the knock-out round. The match between the team Sri Lanka and team New Zealand reached the position of tie. It was the Super Over which played a deciding role in the match.

After winning the match Sri Lankan skipper said, "To be in a situation where you think you've won and then go back and play was tough but we kept our composure and made sure that we played some smart cricket."The Sri Lankan team scored 13 runs in the Super Over, whereas the New Zealand scored eight runs. It was Lasith Malinga who took the wicket of Martin Guptill in the Super Over. Cricket enthusiasts can buy online images of Lasith Malinga during his lethal balling against New Zealand. The Sri Lankan skipper said that the team would hope to carry the same momentum while facing the West Indies team.

Performance of team Sri Lanka in the past

The last major trophy won by the Sri Lankan team was in the year 1996. In the year 2007 the team was runners-up in the fifty over World Cup. It was Pakistan against whom it lost in the final of the T20 World Cup held in the year 2009. Sri Lanka was the semi-finalists of the ICC World Twenty20 which was held in the year 2010 and hosted by West Indies. The team had achieved considerable success in the 1990s. The team rose from being an underdog to winning the Cricket World Cup in the year 1996. It was the top-ranked Australian team whom the Sri Lankans defeated to win the World Cup. Sanath Jayasuriya and Aravinda de Silva were the senior retired players of Sri Lanka who had the game winning batting skills.

The team holds several world records. It is the team with highest team total in all the three forms of cricket; T20, Test and One Day International. It was the Champions of the Asia Cup held in the year 1986, 1997, 2004 and 2008. Sri Lankan fans can buy content to know about the other records and achievements of the team. Sri Lanka is the only team to win the Cricket World Cup after winning the ICC trophy. It has the honour of being the only team to have participated in every edition of Asia Cup.

Cricket infrastructure in Sri Lanka

Board of Cricket Control in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) is the organising body for cricket in Sri Lanka. The organisation is responsible for the overseeing of Premier Trophy, Premier Limited Overs Tournament, List A and the Twenty20 tournament. There are in all 10 stadiums in Sri Lanka where the ODIs are held. Sinhalese Sports Club Ground based in Colombo has the capacity for 10,000 spectators. Since its inception in the year 1982, 59 matches were played in the stadium. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium also based in Colombo has the seating capacity of 15,000. R. Premadasa Stadium is based in Galle, which has the seating capacity of 35,000. It is the stadium in which 101 ODIs have been played till date. Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, based in Hambantota has the seating capacity of 35,000. The stadium was inaugurated in the year 2011. It is possible to buy news articles to know about the upcoming stadiums in Sri Lanka.

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Pakistan lost to hosts Sri Lanka by 16 runs in the first semi-final
Pakistan lost to hosts Sri Lanka by 16 runs in the first semi-final
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