Cricket World Cup Preview : Sri Lanka

The 2015 World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14-March 29 where India will be the defending champions in the 14-nation tournament. One month out from the start, here take a brief look at the current form and prospects of the competing teams:

Pool A


– This could be Sri Lanka’s year after heartbreaking failures to cross the final hurdle on the last two occasions. The 1996 champions were beaten by Australia in the 2007 final and lost in another title clash four years later to India. But the signs this time are encouraging.

One of the most consistent teams in recent years, Sri Lanka finally broke through the final hurdle again to win the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh last year.

In Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka boast the most successful one-day batsman of 2014 with 1,256 runs in 28 innings at 46.51.

The veteran left-hander is in prime form in all forms of the game and with long-time team-mate Mahela Jayawardene holds the key to the team’s success in the World Cup.

And in sling-arm fast bowler Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka has one of the most devastating one-day bowlers.

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