Sri Lanka has been a dangerous team at the ICC Cricket World Cup for much of this decade, but as the second lowest ranked team at the tournament this year there are question marks about whether they can maintain that status.
With very little in the way of recent good form, few expect them to be much of a force in 2019. As a proud cricketing nation, they will be desperate to prove otherwise.
ICC Cricket World Cup TV Preview – Can Sri Lanka Silence the Doubters?
The producer of names like Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya and Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka has for a long time been a competitive team on the world stage, with their performances at the World Cup for the past 20 or so years indicative of that. Those names have now moved on though, and while the Sri Lankan team which will head to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has plenty of talented players, there’s no doubt they’re a long way behind where they once were. Dimuth Karunaratne is their new captain and a capable top order batsman, while Angelo Mathews is up there with the best all-rounders in the world on his day, but their depth leaves plenty to be desired.
Their form in the lead up to the 2019 World Cup of Cricket could hardly be worse. In the past seven months they’ve lost 3-1 to England in Sri Lanka, then been belted 3-0 by New Zealand and 5-0 by South Africa on the road. Their most recent series they won 1-0, but that was against Scotland, who won’t feature at this tournament.
Considering their dramatic fall from grace, Sri Lanka’s performance at the World Cup will likely draw some interest from cricket fans around the country. Unfortunately channel Nine, the official Sri Lanka Cricket World Cup free to air provider in Australia, will only be broadcasting one live TV match featuring them during Group play, with that game coming on June 15 when they face Australia. Alternatively, Kayo Sports has the most extensive live coverage of Sri Lanka’s pursuit of this most coveted trophy, with every match of this year’s Cricket World Cup available live, in HD, and on-Demand for those that find them more convenient. This includes their clash against long-time rivals India on July 6, which kicks off during prime-time Australian viewing at 7.30pm (AEST).
How to Stream Every Sri Lanka Match at the ICC Cricket World Cup
Kayo will be your best Cricket live streaming choice in Australia for everything to do with Sri Lanka at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 this year. Not only will all nine of the Group Stage matches involving them be aired live and available on-demand, but if they advance through to the finals, you’ll also be able to catch every delivery of those matches as well.*
And what’s more, you get access to a range of on screen options, including SplitView – which lets you watch numerous events on one screen simultaneously – as well as No Spoilers (which hides the scores) and Key Moments (jumps straight to the events that changed the match), both of which greatly enhance the viewing experience and can be turned off for those wishing to watch on-demand. Kayo also has a “Minis” feature, which allows fans to watch a multi hours match in a replay version that’s condensed into just 15-30 minutes.* Considering every game of the tournament will run into the early hours of the morning, this mini replay feature will be key in allowing you to stay on top of the action.
Simply take a moment to review the Kayo 14 days free trial, and then check out the fixtures listed below so you can start streaming team Sri Lanka live to one of the many eligible devices found in the table shown here.
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What time does Sri Lanka play? Live TV Fixtures (AEST)
TV fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. World Cup on-demand match replays will be made available following the conclusion of each contest. Consult the on-screen Kayo TV Guide for exact replay times. Due to licensing agreements, the team Sri Lanka free to air fixtures coverage is limited to matches involving the Australian national team, semi-finals and finals.
|Saturday 1 June||Sri Lanka v New Zealand||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Tuesday 4 June||Sri Lanka v Afghanistan||7.30pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 7 June||Sri Lanka v Pakistan||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Tuesday 11 June||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 15 June||Sri Lanka v Australia||7.30pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 21 June||Sri Lanka v England||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 28 June||Sri Lanka v South Africa||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Monday 1 July||Sri Lanka v West Indies||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 6 July||Sri Lanka v India||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
Cricket World Cup Streaming Guide
Kayo Sports allows you to stream Sri Lanka at the ICC Cricket World Cup to a wide range of devices, giving you more flexibility than ever. You can tune into every delivery on your PC or Mac (via any of Safari, Firefox, Chrome or Edge), as well as iOS and Android mobiles and tablets, Apple TV, Android TV and the Telstra TV, and Google Chromecast.*
|PC/Mac||Yes||Web browser only (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge)|
|iOS/Android Phones/Tablets||Yes||Via native apps (iOS 11 and Android 6 minimum)|
|Google Chromecast||Yes||Chromecast Ultra or 3rd Generation required for 1080p HD, otherwise 720p|
|Telstra TV||Yes||Split View not available; TTV1 limited to 720p|
|Android TV||Yes||Via app for version 7.0 and up|
|Samsung Smart TVs||Soon||App in development|
|PS4 and Xbox One||Soon||App in development|
|Apple TV||Yes||4th Generation or higher|
Sri Lanka Match Previews
Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign begins with an important match against New Zealand on Saturday, June 1. New Zealand is without doubt the better side and is expected to fare much better at the tournament, so an upset in their opening match will give the Sri Lankans a huge amount of belief heading into the rest of the Group Stage.
At the other end of the Group Stage, Sri Lanka faces off against their old rivals, India, in what could be their last match of the tournament on July 6. The two sides were always destined for rivalry given their close geographical proximity, but a World Cup final between them in 2011 added fuel to the fire, and Sri Lanka will be desperate for revenge for that loss.
Sri Lanka’s ICC Cricket World Cup Results
Life at the World Cup didn’t start off particularly easily for Sri Lanka, who failed to make it past the Group Stage in each of the first five editions of the tournament. Then, suddenly, they won in 1996, breaking their hoodoo of consecutive Group Stage exits with a dominant performance which saw them go through the tournament without being defeated.
They promptly returned to Group Stage specialists in 1999, before becoming a more consistently competitive outfit since the turn of the century. In the past four World Cups, they have been runners up twice and eliminated in both the semi-final and quarter-final once each, all achievements they hadn’t managed in the seven tournaments prior.
Sri Lanka World Cup Stats
|Highest Innings Total||5/398 (vs Kenya, 1996)|
|Lowest Innings Total||86 (vs West Indies, 1975)|
|Highest Individual Innings||161* (Tillakaratne Dilshan vs Bangladesh, 2015)|
|Best Bowling Figures||6/25 (Chaminda Vaas vs Bangladesh, 2003)|
|Most Matches||40 (Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan)|
*Kayo requires internet & compatible device. Data charges apply. SplitView available on selected, compatible devices. Kayo Sports service may only be used within Australia. 14 day free trial available to new Kayo customers only.