London, June 1(AP/UNB)- Opener Dimuth Karunaratne carried his bat through the innings while his teammates offered little resistance as New Zealand dismissed Sri Lanka for 136 in 29.2 overs.
The Black Caps, playing their first match in the tournament since reaching the 2015 final, dominated their Cricket World Cup group opener at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens.
Karunaratne finished 52 not out off 84 balls, including four boundaries. Karunaratne and Thisara Perera shared a 52-run partnership for the seventh wicket off 51 balls, combining after Sri Lanka slumped to 60-6.
Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson took three wickets apiece.
Opener Dimuth Karunaratne runs the risk of being stranded as Sri Lanka reached 115-8 after 25 overs against New Zealand in their Cricket World Cup group opener.
Karunaratne is 42 not out with the Sri Lankans set to post a far-below-par total for the fourth-ranked New Zealand to chase.
Karunaratne and Thisara Perera shared a 52-run partnership for the seventh wicket off 51 balls at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens. The pair came together with Sri Lanka on 60-6.
Thisara Perera was out for a 23-ball 27 after holing out to Trent Boult off Mitchell Santner.
Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson have done the damage as New Zealand reduced Sri Lanka to 80-6 after 17 overs as the Black Caps took control of their Cricket World Cup group opener at Cardiff.
Fast-medium right-armer Henry dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne (4) leg before wicket off the second ball of the day. Henry then had a hat-trick opportunity after Kusal Perera (29) skied a catch to Colin de Grandhomme and Kusal Mendis went for a golden duck in the ninth over, caught brilliantly in the slips by Martin Guptill.
The fiery Ferguson then trapped Dhananjaya de Silva (4) leg before wicket.
Henry took 3-29 off seven overs before being replaced by de Grandhomme, who had Angelo Mathews caught behind without scoring to leave the Sri Lankans in serious trouble. It got even worse when Jeevan Mendis was caught at gully off Ferguson, who has 2-10 in three overs.
Opener Karunaratne is 25 not out.
Matt Henry struck on the second ball of New Zealand's Cricket World Cup group opener against Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka opener Lahiru Thirimanne was given out leg before wicket after the Black Caps asked for a TV review of the initial not out decision by the on-field umpire, leaving Sri Lanka on 4-1 on a grass-tinged wicket in mostly sunny conditions at Cardiff.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and sent Sri Lanka in to bat in Cricket World Cup group game against Sri Lanka in Cardiff.
New Zealand was runners-up in the 2015 World Cup and go into the encounter on a four-game winning streak against Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka has played four ODIs at Sophia Gardens but the three-time finalists are still hunting for their first win at the venue, with defeats to New Zealand (2013), India (2013), England (2016) and Pakistan (2017).
The 1996 champions are coming off back-to-back defeats in warmup games.
Dhaka, June 1 (UNB)- New Zealand won the toss and invited Sri Lanka to bat first in their opening match of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Saturday.
New Zealand have left out their veteran pacer Tim Southee and added one spinner Mitchell Santner and two all-rounders Colin de Grandhomme and James Neesham in their playing XI.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said, “We’re gonna have a bowl. Blundell, Southee, Sodhi, Nicholls are the guys to miss out. Just one spinner and two all-rounders helps with the balance.”
On the other hand, Sri Lanka are going to play with four seamers including Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana and Thisara Perera.
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne said, “We would have bowled first as well. We are playing four seamers. We played a practice game here. After first session [hour?], it doesn't do much but if you hit the deck hard, you can get some seam movement."
Sri Lanka Playing XI: Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera(w), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Jeevan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga
New Zealand Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
Dhaka, Jun 1 (UNB) — The wait is finally coming to an end as Bangladesh get ready to start their World Cup campaign at Kennington Oval with a match against South Africa on Sunday.
While it is Bangladesh’s opening game in this World Cup, South Africa have played in the opener against hosts England and lost by 104 runs. In the match against Tigers, the Proteas will be under pressure. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will also face a stiff challenge of starting the World Cup on a positive note.
Bangladesh played three matches against South Africa in the World Cup and won one of them in 2007. In the other matches, they lost by 10 wickets (in 2003) and 206 runs (in 2011).
Bangladesh’s only World Cup win over South Africa was a surprising one because of the difference in strength and ability. This time though, Bangladesh are strong.
Right before the World Cup, Tigers won their first-ever multi-nation cricket tournament in Ireland beating West Indies thrice in the event.
Bangladesh can also look for confidence in their last bilateral series against the Proteas in 2015. Tigers won that series by 2-1, and that was the first ODI series win over South Africa.
In the last two meetings in the ICC Champions Trophy in England, Bangladesh lost the battles.
But despite being in a favourable situation, Bangladesh are sweating over the fitness of six players including skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and opener Tamim Iqbal. While Mashrafe is nursing a hamstring problem, Tamim got a fresh blow on his left forearm during Thursday’s nest session.
Mashrafe has said that he will be available in the first game in spite of the problem but Tamim’s case is still unclear. After a scan, the team management said the southpaw did not suffer a fracture.
Along with them, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mahmudullah Riyad and Shakib Al Hasan have also been suffering from injuries. While the problem of Saifuddin and Shakib is the same in the back, Mustafizur is suffering from a calf problem, and Mahmudullah is recovering from a shoulder injury which he sustained during the last New Zealand tour.
However, the team management is confident of getting the service of all these six players in the first game.
“Some of the guys are going through some pain and niggles. But I think the problem isn’t severe and all of them will be available in the first game. We’ve done a scan on Tamim for the blow and there’s no fracture. We’ll do another scan on Saturday to be sure that he is fit to play,” Khaled Mahmud, the team manager, said.
But there is uncertainty over the participation of Saifuddin. Some media reports from London indicate that the right-arm pacer is feeling immense pain on his back. However, if his availability is required for a good team combination, he might take pain killers and play, hinted a source close to the team management.
If Saifuddin is unable to participate, Rubel Hossain might take his place as the third pacer along with Mahsrafe and Mustafizur.
Bangladesh played three matches at Kennington Oval and lost two of them while the other one was washed out due to rain. In their last match, Tigers lost to England by eight wickets during the last ICC Champions Trophy in 2017. South Africa, on the other hand, played 10 matches at the venue and lost seven of them.
Bangladesh’s probable XI in this game:
(According to batting order) Tamim Iqbal/Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun/Liton Das, Mahmudullah Riyad, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin/Rubel Hossain, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman
Rio De Janeiro, Jun 1 (AP/UNB) — Neymar said Friday his left knee problem picked up in Copa America preparations was temporary.
He returned to a full training for the first time since Tuesday at the Granja Comary training ground outside Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil's soccer confederation said the striker remained on the pitch during the entire session. Brazil's training was closed to the media.
Neymar sat out two training sessions to rest the left knee. But Friday morning he was already back with his teammates on the pitch for a light training.
"I am fine, it was just a scare," the 27-year-old striker told TV Globo in an interview.
Copa America begins June 14, with Brazil playing Bolivia on opening day. Neymar is expected to play a friendly against Qatar on June 5.
Neymar limped out of Brazil's first full training on Tuesday. He has played only four matches for Paris Saint-Germain since his return in April from a right foot injury.
Madrid, Jun 1 (AP/UNB) — Lucas Moura and Divock Origi have been the unlikely heroes for Tottenham and Liverpool in the Champions League this season.
They kept alive their team's hopes of winning the European title with crucial goals and decisive performances. Without them, the English sides probably wouldn't have made it to Saturday's final in the Spanish capital.
But despite helping their teams reach the final at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, both may miss out on playing in the match because of the return from injuries of Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will have to choose between the in-form Moura and the recently injured Kane, while Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp will have to sit Origi or rearrange his attack to leave him in the lineup along with Salah.
Neither coach gave anything away on Friday.
"If Pochettino says his exact lineup, call me and I will tell you our lineup as well," Klopp said. "If not, then I thought I'd keep at least a few question marks open."
Pochettino kept quiet.
"It's not going to be easy to take a decision," he said. "We are going to take the best decision to try to win. It's so painful when this type of game arrives and you can only use 11 players from the beginning."
Moura has been starting since Kane hurt an ankle ligament in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals. The Brazilian scored the hat trick that allowed Tottenham to come from behind and beat Ajax 3-2 in the second leg of the semifinals, helping the English club overcome a 1-0 home loss in the first match. The hat trick included a stoppage-time goal that sealed the comeback and the team's first-ever final appearance.
Moura, who joined from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018, also scored a crucial late equalizer against Barcelona in the team's final group game in December, securing the English club a spot in the knockout stage.
"All of this is a dream and now I have the opportunity to play in the final and to win the competition I have always dreamt about," Moura told UEFA.com. "Without a doubt it's the best moment of my career."
Origi replaced Salah after the Egyptian had a concussion in a game against Newcastle in the Premier League just before the second leg against Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals. Origi scored a late winner against Newcastle after replacing Salah in the second half, then was crucial in the return match against Barcelona, scoring twice in the 4-0 win that put the team in the final for the second straight season.
Kane has been a mainstay in the Tottenham attack, but even before his injury some had been calling for Moura to get more minutes in the squad. The versatile 26-year-old Brazilian can play in different attacking positions, including as an attacking midfielder, and could even play alongside Kane if Pochettino wanted to.
For Moura, the Champions League final could give him another opportunity to show Brazil coach Tite he made a mistake by leaving him out of next month's Copa America squad. Tite announced the team shortly after Moura's superb display in the Champions League semifinals, but they weren't enough to persuade the coach.
Salah fully recovered from his concussion and is more certain to make his Champions League return on Saturday. He played only about 30 minutes in last year's final because of a shoulder injury sustained in the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid.
Origi also is versatile in attack and may get to start alongside Salah and Sadio Mane. The 24-year-old Belgian will have added competition from Roberto Firmino, though, who also had been out injured but is fit for the final.
"These are always tough decisions," Pochettino said. "But it's part of my job to decide the starting 11 and to try to win the game."