A disciplined Sri Lanka set up a semifinal date with India in the ICC Champions Trophy as they knocked out holders Australia by posting a 20-run win, with veteran Mahela Jayawardene caressing his way to an unbeaten 84-run knock on Monday.
Thisara Perera produced an outstanding all-round performance to help Sri Lanka to a three-run win over Australia in a rain-affected Twenty20 international today, securing a 2-0 victory in the series that sparked animosity between the two sides.
Veteran Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara achieved another milestone as he became the 11th batsman and the second Sri Lankan to score 10,000 Test runs, a feat achieved on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the MCG.
A rejuvenated Sri Lanka would look to exploit the injury problems and bowling woes of Australia when the two teams clash for the title in the third and last final final of the cricket tri-series on Wednesday.
A rejuvinated Sri Lanka would look to exploit the injury problems and bowling woes of Australia when the two teams clash for the title in the third and last final final of the cricket tri-series on Thursday.
After registering a comprehensive win over Australia in the second final of the tri-series, Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene on Tuesday said that the key to his team`s success against a tough opponent is to "compete well at all times".
After Sri Lanka defeated Australia in a must-win match to qualify for the tri-series final, captain Mahela Jayawardene said his players showed a "lot of character" to lift themselves up after the morale-shattering loss against India in their penultimate round-robin game.
Shane Watson is likely to lead Australia in Friday`s crucial and last league match of the tri-series against Sri Lanka as regular skipper Michael Clarke is still doubtful after missing batting practice on Thursday.
His team`s prospects of reaching the tri-series finals have been dented after the massive loss to India but Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene today said he is glad that at least the islanders` fortunes are still in their own hands unlike their sub-continental neighbours.