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Karunaratne to lead Sri Lanka in World Cup

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne has been appointed the skipper for the one-day squad for the upcoming World Cup, the country’s cricket board announced yesterday.The 30-year-old will lead the team while playing his first one-day game since 2015.Karunaratne’s leadership was praised after Sri Lanka won a two-match series against South Africa in February to become the first Asian team to win a Test series in the African nation.Sri Lanka Cricket said Karunaratne’s appointment was ratified by the Minister of Sports, Harin Fernando.Karunaratne has not played a one-day international since the 2015 World Cup, but was tipped to take over from fast bowler Lasith Malinga who led the side in a 5-0 thrashing in the ODI series against South Africa following the Test triumph.He also answered his critics with a string of impressive performances with the bat during the recent domestic one-day tournament, scoring 165 runs in four matches at an average of 55.The left-handed opening batsman has played 60 Tests and 17 one-day games for Sri Lanka.last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid go second in La Liga

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 4-2 in a thrilling match at the Bernabeu to move within a point of leaders Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday.Barca, at home to Celta Vigo on Sunday, have 54 points, Real are on 53 and Atletico Madrid 51 before their trip to Getafe on Sunday.Real made a blistering start and Ronaldo opened the scoring after three minutes, attacking into the box from the left, cutting inside Xabier Etxeita and beating Gorka Iraizoz for his 15th goal in 14 matches.Athletic replied in kind, hitting Real with a string of counter-attacks and were on level terms seven minutes later when midfielder Javier Eraso pounced on a poor back pass from Raphael Varane to Keylor Navas and made the most of the gift.James restored Real’s lead in the 37th with a ferocious shot from the edge of the edge of the box that the Colombian, who has struggled for form and goals, celebrated with clenched fists.Real led by two goals at halftime after Toni Kroos scored from Ronaldo’s pass in first-half added time. “If it had been 1-1 at the break, it would have been possible to get a good result. When we were at our best, they scored two goals,” Eraso told reporters.Athletic were equal to Real in the first half and Aritz Aduriz hit the bar in the 28th minute but the home side controlled play after the interval and cruised to victory.The home side had Varane sent off for a second booking after he elbowed striker Aduriz for the second time in the match as they went for a high ball.The match ended in a flurry with Ronaldo scoring his 21st league goal in the 87th, Iraizoz denying him a hat-trick with a save a minute later and Athletic pulling one back with substitute Gorka Elustondo’s header in added time.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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