The last two world cup fantasy cricket match has been won by the hosting nations. World cup 2011 had been hosted in India and won by India. Same with world cup 2015; it had been hosted in Australia and won by Australia.
This time around England is hosting the tournament and is the strongest contender to lift the trophy. Over the years cricket world cup fantasy league has seen many records set and many others are broken. It seems like it won’t be any different this time.
One of the consistent teams at cricket world cup fantasy game, Sri Lanka has been the winners of 1996. They have made it to the final three times, winning once. This year world cup 2019, the semi-finalists of World Cup 2015 are playing the World Cup under the leadership of Dimuth Karunaratne.
Here’s a look at some of the stats highlights for Sri Lanka at the CWC fantasy since its inception in 1975.
Highest total of the team
Sri Lanka’s highest total at the World Cup came during the 1996 edition when they scored 398 for 5 against Kenya in Kandy. Aravinda de Silva led the charge with 145 off 115 balls.
Lowest total of the team
Their lowest total was registered against the West Indies in the very first World Cup of 1975 when Sri Lanka was shot out for 86 against the West Indies with Bernard Julien claiming 4/20.
Sangakkara with 1532 world cup runs
Kumar Sangakkara is Sri Lanka’s leading run getter in the World Cup with 1532 runs. Sangakkara played four World Cups, making his debut in 2003 and went on to surpass the likes of Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillakaratne Dilshan, who tally 1165 and 1112 runs respectively.
Highest Average of Sangakkara
Sangakkara also holds the record for the highest average. With eight, not outs, Sangakkara averages 56.74, ahead of Dilshan and Sri Lanka’s former World Cup winning captain, Arjuna Ranatunga.
Centuries of Sangakkara
In four World Cups, Sangakkara has five centuries, four of which came on the trot during the 2015 World Cup which ensured Sri Lanka made it to the semi-final.
Highest individual score by Dilshan
Tillakaratne Dilshan, the third-highest run-getter of Sri Lanka, holds the record for Sri Lanka’s highest individual score at the World Cup. His unbeaten 161 against Bangladesh arrived during the 2015 World Cup in Melbourne, where Dilshan hammered 22 fours at a strike rate of 110. Sri Lanka went on to beat Bangladesh comprehensively by 92 runs.
Angelo Mathews’ strike rate
Former captain Angelo Mathews has the highest-strike rate among all Sri Lankan players. Mathews hasn’t really set the World Cup on fire, with just 289 runs from 10 innings, but those runs have come at an SR of 94.13, ahead of Dilshan, Jayasuriya, and Sangakkara
Players with most half-centuries
Sangakkara and Ranatunga have the maximum half-centuries for Sri Lanka, 7. However, in terms of the most 50-plus scores in the World Cup, the wicket-keeper batsman leads the chart with 12 such scores, three more than the next in line Mahela Jayawardene, who tallies 9.
Ranatunga and his world cup ducks
He may have led Sri Lanka to their only World Cup triumph in 1996, but Ranatunga wasn’t always the best with the bat. He has the maximum of ducks for his country at the World Cup and ties the record with Jayawardene. Jayawardene, however, has four hundred, while Ranatunga has not reached the three-figure mark even once.
Jayasuriya and his sixes
Sanath Jayasuriya has smoked 27 sixes, miles ahead of the next in line, de Silva, who has 15 sixes. Jayasuriya has also hit the most sixes in a World Cup innings by a Sri Lankan when he tonked seven sixes against Bangladesh at Port of Spain in 2007. Jayasuriya has also taken the highest number of catches by a Sri Lanka cricketer in a World Cup, 18.
Most run in a single edition
Jayawardene has the most runs in a single edition of the World Cup for Sri Lanka. He scored 548 runs at an average of 60.88, with one century and four fifties during the 2007 edition and played a key role in Sri Lanka reaching the final in the West Indies.
Most world cup matches for Sri Lanka
Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan have played the most World Cup matches for Sri Lanka – 40. Both played five World Cups for their country.
Highest partnership for Sri Lanka
Dilshan and Upul Tharanga hold the record for Sri Lanka’s highest partnership for any wicket in the World Cup. They put on 282 runs in Pallekele against Zimbabwe in 2011 as Sri Lanka romped home by 139 runs, Dilshan was adjudged Player of the Match for his knock of 144.
With 68 wickets, Muralitharan is Sri Lanka’s leading wicket-taker, ahead of Chaminda Vaas and Lasith Malinga, who have 49 and 43 wickets respectively.
Best bowling for Sri Lanka by Vaas
Vaas, however, has produced the best bowling figures in an innings by a Sri Lankan. His 6 for 25 against Bangladesh in 2003 gave Sri Lanka a comfortable 10-wicket win with 173 balls to spare.
Sangakkara has affected the most dismissals by a Sri Lankan wicketkeeper in the World Cup. In 37 matches, Sangakkara has taken 41 catches and affected 13 stumpings.
Ashantha de Mel, the former fast bowler has two five-wicket hauls for Sri Lanka in a World Cup. Malinga and Vaas are the only other two bowlers to have taken a five-for for Sri Lanka in the history of the World Cup.
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