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Top 2 reasons why Sri Lanka could not beat West Indies in the final

Sri Lanka lost the final of the ICC World Twenty20 last Sunday, and it was a massive disappointment to thousands of Sri Lankan fans.

Former media manager takes a jibe at Sri Lanka Cricket

Brian Thomas, who was Sri Lanka Cricket's media manager from 2009 until his contract was not renewed earlier this year, has written an article on The Island paper today which I highly recommend everyone read.

(Video) Murali and Swann try to teach an English geezer how to bowl - funny!

I won't ruin it for you. Watch the video. It's hilarious!

Dilshan's century made the difference

Prior to the first Test against Pakistan at Galle this week, Tillakaratne Dilshan had been in woeful form. Along with his inexperienced partner at the other end, Sri Lanka's openers were often exposing their middle order to the new ball over the last 12 months, which resulted in them being blown away for less than 250 more often than not.

Roshan Abeysinghe says Marsh was the wrong choice for coach on Twitter

This was posted on Roshan's Twitter.

(Audio) Sangakkara on his century against Pakistan in the first Test

Kumar Sangakkara talks about his his unbeaten century (161) v Pakistan, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 21 October 2011.

Audio courtesy of Osman Samiuddin. Please follow him on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OsmanSamiuddin

Pakistan are favourites against Sri Lanka in UAE

When your captain urges patience before a tour, it is a sign that all is not well. That's the message Sri Lankan captain Tillakaratne Dilshan had for supporters, the media and presumably also the selectors before leaving for the UAE.

Galle, Sri Lanka's stronghold no more

Unless an absolute miracle transpires, when we go out to bat during our second innings, Sri Lanka are all set to lose the first Test against Australia at Galle. It seems inevitable given our batsmen's recent record.

Don't blame India for Sri Lanka Premier League T20 failure

It has become quite fashionable these days to pin everything on the all powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). But let's face it; the failure of the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL), which has been postponed less than two weeks before the start of the T20 tournament, was destined to fail.

'Ordinary' Lloyd unable to pick Randiv's variations

I laughed so hard when David 'Bumble' Lloyd brought up Suraj Randiv's Test stats to claim that he was an 'ordinary bowler', after the English team's collapse, chasing Sri Lanka's 309/5 in the second One-Dayer.

What Lloyd forgot to mention was that Randiv has only played three Test matches, but that didn’t stop him from referring to him as an ordinary bowler, by pointing to his Test average of 40.50.

Sri Lanka Cricket can't afford a decent coach

Not being able to replace the mediocre Trevor Bayliss with a highly sought after and skilled coach portrays the steady demise of our cricket, under the hands of this government appointed administration. The lavish spending and the frequent overseas travel of some SLC officials has denied our cricketers the best in the business. You have a right to be outraged!

Sri Lanka's attacking brand of cricket is a thing of the past

Sri Lanka’s strategy in this World Cup campaign was certainly different. Since 1996, they have been admired for the attacking brand of cricket their batsmen played at the start of the innings and that appears to now have been lost.

Of late, Sri Lanka has not had an opening batsman with a license to score freely, without the burden of personal milestones or consistency.

With the end of Sanath Jayasuriya’s reign at the top of the order, Sri Lanka has relied on Tillakaratne Dilshan to take on that role but much has changed since Jayasuriya’s hayday and today what is required of Dilshan does not allow him the state of mind required to take risks and attack the opposition’s bowlers right from the start.

The final World Cup for many of Sri Lanka's seniors

It hasn't really dawned on many in Sri Lanka that Kumar Sangakkara's first World Cup as captain could be his last. The tenth edition of the World Cup may well be the last World Cup for many others in the Sri Lankan camp as well.

How to lose the 'favourites' tag in 100 overs

It would take a very brave man to still consider Sri Lanka as favourites to win the tournament after their defeat against Pakistan on Saturday in the ICC Cricket World Cup Group A match played at Khettarama.

The scorecard may fool you; make no mistake, the only reason the match got as close as the last over and 11 runs was thanks to shambolic Pakistan, who missed stumping chances, run outs and catches - not because it was a closely fought contest.

Sri Lanka’s weaknesses ahead of the World Cup

Sri Lanka’s historic 1996 World Cup campaign has set the benchmark for Sri Lankan sides that have followed. Every Sri Lankan captain since has expressed the desire to accomplish what Arjuna Ranatunga’s side did back in 1996.

The effect the 1996 champions had on the generations to follow is evident today; Tillakaratne Dilshan crept up from the middle-order, reinventing his game as an attacking opener, hoping to emulate the success of Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana up the order. Mahela Jayawardene, too, has now taken a similar route in Twenty20 cricket.

With the benchmark set, every four years, the pundits compare today’s World Cup side with the champions from 1996. Let’s look at the two sides and compare the strengths and weaknesses of Kumar Sangakkara’s men against the successes of Arjuna Ranatunga’s World Cup winning team.