Powered by a rapid fifty from Kumar Sangakkara and important knocks from Jacques Kallis and Ricky Ponting, Warne’s Warriors piled on 262 runs and went on to defeat Sachin’s Blasters by 57 runs in Houston to seal the Cricket All-Stars series victory.
If Arjuna Ranatunga added mettle to the Sri Lankan side and Mahela Jayawardene added finesse, Kumar Sangakkara should be credited for the sophistication that connected the inner core and the outer sheen.
Following last month’s announcement of a new partnership between Lycamobile and Chance to Shine, Chief Executive of Lycamobile, Christopher Tooley is looking forward to an exciting summer for both the company and the charity.
As well as making World Cup history with three consecutive centuries, Kumar Sangakkara has become the first player to wear the new Masuri Stemguard clip-on safety attachment during an international match.
Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne stroked sublime centuries as Sri Lanka made England’s 309 look pedestrian, chasing it down with 16 balls to spare to win their World Cup clash by nine wickets in Wellington.
Sri Lanka finally showed the class that took them to the previous two World Cup finals, thumping Bangladesh by 92 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), on the back of centuries from Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara.
Sri Lanka. Perpetual underdogs. Perpetual over-achievers. They have never entered a World Cup as title favorites. They have never entered a World Cup with the best batting or the best bowling line-ups. Their run-ups to most World Cups isn't smooth either.
‘Precocious’. Prodigy. Words used for unbound talent surprisingly beyond age, beyond the age one is born into. Then there are players like AB de Villiers whose abilities push even the definitions of such words.