Sri Lanka and India were declared joint winners in the 2002 Champions Trophy after the final got abandoned due to rain. Sri Lanka did manage to reach the semifinal of the last CT. They’ve played 23 CT matches: Won 13, Lost 9 and NR 1. With a fairly new set of players under the captaincy of Angelo Mathews, they will be looking to give their opponents a tough fight.
Below is their progress in previous 7 editions of the Champions Trophy.
Sri Lanka’s progress in previous 7 editions of the Champions Trophy
Sri Lanka are in Group B alongside India, Pakistan and South Africa.
Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Chamara Kapugedera, Dinesh Chandimal(wk)
Dinesh Chandimal has been a consistent performer over the past two years: he scored 940 runs at a healthy average of 44.76.
Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasanna
Apart from Malinga there isn’t enough depth in Sri Lanka’s bowling department. They might struggle to leave an impression.
Angelo Mathews(c), Nuwan Kulasekara, Nuwan Pradeep, Thisara Perera, Asela Gunaratne
Angelo Mathews is captain fantastic. He averages 39.73 with the bat over past two years and has taken 24 wickets. He is making a comeback to the team after he suffered from a hamstring injury earlier this year.
Angelo Mathews’ captaincy, batting and bowling will be key to Sri Lanka’s chances of redeeming themselves.
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After the retirements of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, it took a while for the Sri Lankan team to steady the ship and they are still in the rebuilding process. They won a Tri-Nation tournament last year against West Indies and Zimbabwe; lost 5-0 to South Africa earlier this year; and then tied a series against Bangladesh.
Lost to India in the semifinal.