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Goodbye, Trevor Chesterfield

Trevor Chesterfield

Chesterfield will be missed by all those who are able to comprehend the importance of the role of a forthright journalist in creating a free and fair society. He will be missed by those who relied on his reports for an untainted and honest view of matters relating to Sri Lanka cricket.

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Probe into selection policy and jeers at home as Sri Lanka lose Cricket World Cup final

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Now the bickering starts at home over reasons for Sri Lanka’s World Cup defeat of six wickets by India in Mumbai. And as expected, the fall out is far from pleasant.

As Aravinda de Silva and the rest of the selectors mull how Kumar Sangakkara’s team lost to India, the state media are making demands of a probe into how the team for Saturday 's final was selected. Amid criticism aimed at the side by Sunday Observer, is the decision to play an injured Muttiah Muralitharan and a struggling Lasith Malinger in the game.

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Sri Lanka spin plans for Wankhede

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There were “ohs” and “ahs” galore as Sri Lankans packed around television sets on the emerald island.

In some places, five deep in the streets in Colombo, even Galle, Kandy and say contacts also in far off Trincomalee . . . The bars and hotels wherever there was a TV set to check on the progress of whether it would be India or Pakistan that would be the side to oppose Kumar Sangakkara’s team on Super Saturday at Wankhede in Mumbai.

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Sri Lanka's openers impress at Cricket World Cup

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All the theories of who would have their name etched on the World Cup have been blown apart in a series of results which have a strong Asian flavour.

Only New Zealand remain of the maybe teams and now meet Sri Lanka in the first of the semi-finals at Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday after England exited the quarterfinals Saturday night in a steamy Khettarama cauldron. They were handed a comprehensive 10 wickets hiding on the back of two centuries in a juggernaut first-wicket partnership which made a major impression on the tournament.

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Friday showdown for Sri Lanka at Wankhede

Kumar Sangakkara

Friday is showdown time for more than Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Mumbai.

So far this World Cup there have been the usual clutch of upsets and marginal results litter this year’s World Cup, not just the Ireland and Bangladesh wins over England, the way the Kiwis manhandled Pakistan, India’s bowling being exposed by England in their tied game and South Africa in their outing, where they took on the choker phobia and beat it.

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Sri Lanka qualify for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 quarter-finals

TM Dilshan

Scoring centuries and breaking records is becoming something of a habit for Upul Tharanga. The 26-yeat-old Sri Lanka lefthander already has his name on one international list with the retired Sanath Jayasuriya.

That is the limited overs international world record of 286 against England at Headingley, Leeds on the 2006 tour, when Tharanga was making am impression for the first time at this level. He tells you that he learnt a lot from that tour and the following months. There was, though, no World Cup century in the Caribbean.

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