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Mar 17, 2015

Cricket-S.Africa out to shed unwanted tag in Sri Lanka showdown

SYDNEY, March 17 (Reuters) – South Africa have a chance to finally shed their reputation as one of the most mentally fragile teams in international sport when they take on Sri Lanka in what should be a tight World Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.

The Proteas boast the number one ranked batsman in world cricket in skipper AB de Villiers, while elegant Sri Lanka lefthander Kumar Sangakkara’s four successive centuries make him the form batsman of the tournament.

Mar 17, 2015

Sri Lanka banking on ‘home’ support and Sangakkara ton

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews is looking to overwhelming support from the crowd and a fifth successive century from Kumar Sangakkara to keep his side on track for a third consecutive World Cup final.

Sri Lanka supporters remarkably made up 70 percent of the crowd, and were responsible for most of the noise, when the islanders took on co-hosts Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in a pool match two weeks ago.

Mar 17, 2015

Cricket-Sri Lanka banking on ‘home’ support and Sangakkara ton

SYDNEY, March 17 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews is looking to overwhelming support from the crowd and a fifth successive century from Kumar Sangakkara to keep his side on track for a third consecutive World Cup final.

Sri Lanka supporters remarkably made up 70 percent of the crowd, and were responsible for most of the noise, when the islanders took on co-hosts Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in a pool match two weeks ago.

Mar 17, 2015

It’s simple, we won’t choke, says South Africa skipper

SYDNEY (Reuters) – AB de Villiers cut through years of cod psychology and analysis of South Africa’s inability to win a World Cup with a simple statement of intent on Tuesday.

Wrapping up his news conference on the eve of the quarter-final against Sri Lanka, the Proteas captain was finally asked the question about his team’s mental strength.

Mar 17, 2015

Cricket-It’s simple, we won’t choke, says South Africa skipper

SYDNEY, March 17 (Reuters) – AB de Villiers cut through years of cod psychology and analysis of South Africa’s inability to win a World Cup with a simple statement of intent on Tuesday.

Wrapping up his news conference on the eve of the quarter-final against Sri Lanka, the Proteas captain was finally asked the question about his team’s mental strength.

Mar 16, 2015

Sri Lanka want hard-working Sangakkara to play on

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Kumar Sangakkara is working as hard to improve his game in his final one-day tournament as he did when he first broke into the Sri Lanka team a decade and a half ago, said chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya.

Sangakkara’s form at the World Cup has been little short of sensational and is a big part of Sri Lanka’s run to the quarter-finals, where they will meet South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

Mar 16, 2015

Cricket-Sri Lanka want hard-working Sangakkara to play on

SYDNEY, March 16 (Reuters) – Kumar Sangakkara is working as hard to improve his game in his final one-day tournament as he did when he first broke into the Sri Lanka team a decade and a half ago, said chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya.

Sangakkara’s form at the World Cup has been little short of sensational and is a big part of Sri Lanka’s run to the quarter-finals, where they will meet South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

Mar 16, 2015

Domingo expects South Africa to peak against Sri Lanka

SYDNEY (Reuters) – If South Africa do end up choking in the latter stages of the World Cup, it will not be because of any tension filtering down from their coach.

Russell Domingo could not have presented a more relaxed demeanour than he did in front of the media on Monday, two days before their quarter-final clash with Sri Lanka.

Mar 16, 2015

Cricket-Domingo expects South Africa to peak against Sri Lanka

SYDNEY, March 16 (Reuters) – If South Africa do end up choking in the latter stages of the World Cup, it will not be because of any tension filtering down from their coach.

Russell Domingo could not have presented a more relaxed demeanour than he did in front of the media on Monday, two days before their quarter-final clash with Sri Lanka.

Mar 16, 2015

Sri Lanka’s Herath likely to be fit to face Proteas

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s front-line spinner Rangana Herath is recovering well and looks likely to face South Africa in Wednesday’s World Cup quarter-final at Sydney Cricket Ground, chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya said on Monday.

Herath, 36, split the webbing between two fingers on his bowling hand trying to take a return chance off Jos Buttler in a thumping defeat of England on March 1.

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