Sri Lanka cruised to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand as Dimuth Karunaratne scored his first century in 23 innings on day five of the first Test in Galle.

Karunaratne - who had reached 71 not out to lead Sri Lanka to 133-0 at the close of day four - scored 122 as he maintained his perfect record as Test captain.

Tom Latham's drop let Karunaratne off the hook early in Sunday's play and, though the hosts eventually lost their skipper when he edged Tim Southee behind, the damage was already done.

Angelo Matthews (28 not out) picked up the mantle and with the umpires granting an extension prior to lunch he sealed the win, and 60 ICC Test Championship points, when he nudged Trent Boult for a single, with Sri Lanka successfully chasing down 267, bettering their previous record run chase at Galle (99).

After a superb knock in the last session of day four, Karunaratne picked up where he left off, clipping New Zealand's spin bowlers around the pitch with ease.

Karunaratne hit six fours and one maximum, with that huge hit over midwicket from Ajaz Patel bringing up a 150 partnership with Lahiru Thirimanne (64), who was dismissed three overs later when the Black Caps reviewed an initially unsuccessful lbw appeal.

Kusal Mendis (10) was quick to stamp his authority on proceedings - hitting William Somerville for four on his second delivery before he launched a six over long on.

Mendis' cameo was a short one, though, with Patel drawing a lazy sweep that Sri Lanka's number three wedged straight to Jeet Raval.

But Matthews steadied the ship, keeping the strike ticking over between himself and Karunaratne, and the latter ended his long wait for a ninth Test hundred when he lobbed Patel for four.

With the hosts firmly in control, Sri Lanka's batsmen picked up the pace and, though Southee ended Karunaratne's innings before Kusal Perera (23) sent a Boult delivery to Mitchell Santner, Matthews gave Sri Lanka a 1-0 lead in the two-match series four overs later.

Lasith Malinga has told Dimuth Karunaratne he will retire from ODIs following the first match against Bangladesh, according to the Sri Lanka captain.

The 35-year-old had already announced plans to quit cricket following next year's T20 World Cup, yet his final ODI appearance is set to come this week.

Sri Lanka face Bangladesh in a three-match ODI series, starting on Friday, but Karunaratne is expecting to be without Malinga following the opener in Colombo.

"We need to find a wicket-taking bowler because Malinga is not available after this series," the skipper told a news conference.

"He is going to play the first match. After that, he is retiring. That's what he said to me. I don't know what he said for the selectors but, for me, he said he is playing only one match."

Malinga has taken 335 wickets in 225 ODIs, sitting third on his country's all-time list, with 13 dismissals at the recent Cricket World Cup.

Karunaratne added ahead of taking on Bangladesh: "As the captain of Sri Lanka, after the World Cup, we need to build a good team.

"We are trying to find some new talent, so we are giving some chances to the youngsters in this series. We want to play a good cricket series."

India opener Rohit Sharma will not let himself think about breaking Sachin Tendulkar's record for the most runs in a Cricket World Cup.

Rohit moved to 647 runs for the tournament in England after making his fifth century in Saturday's seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka.

He needs just 27 more runs to surpass India great Tendulkar's haul of 673 at the 2003 World Cup.

Matthew Hayden amassed 659 for Australia in 2007, meaning Rohit sits third in the all-time standings with one and possibly two innings still to come.

No batsman had ever made five centuries before in a single World Cup, so Rohit has already entered the record books.

India's semi-final place was assured long before their trip to Leeds, where Rohit and KL Rahul both made centuries at the top of the order to pave the way for an emphatic victory.

"I'm not thinking about milestones," Rohit said after his innings of 103, which included 16 boundaries.

"I know if I play well all these things will happen along the way. My job is to keep my head straight, keep playing and get the team to the finishing line.

"I want to start every day afresh and I try and come out thinking I've not played any ODIs, I've not made any hundreds in the tournament, it's just the first game of the tournament. That is the kind of mindset I want to get in.

"People around me are talking about hundreds, but that's the challenge of a sportsman: try to keep your head straight and focus on the job at hand."

Captain Virat Kohli has seen his side win seven and lose just one match in the group stage.

Kohli said at the post-match presentation: "We wanted to play good cricket but we didn't expect this kind of scoreline heading into the semis. That's what hard work and consistent performances get you.

"It's a real honour for all of us to play together on the field for India."

Asked about his team line-up for the semi-finals, Kohli said: "More or less everything is set, but we don't want to be one-dimensional. The team that is flexible on the day has more chance of executing what they want to.

"We need a good balance and whatever combination provides the balance for us, I think we'll go ahead with that. We're happy with the way we've played but it's about turning up on the day now and putting another performance in."

Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne praised veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who was playing his final World Cup match in the 50-over format.

"Of course Sri Lankan cricket will miss him. In Test cricket and one-day cricket, he was wonderful - he was the man," Karunaratne said. "He's done a really good job. Everyone has to end their chapter. After that we have to find a new guy."

Angelo Mathews put his body on the line at The Riverside to turn the tide in Sri Lanka's thrilling Cricket World Cup win over West Indies, earning warm praise from captain Dimuth Karunaratne.

Having reduced the Windies to 84-4 in defence of their 338-6 in a dead rubber in Durham, Sri Lanka were given a major scare by Nicholas Pooran's defiant century.

His apparent one-man victory march was not halted until the 48th over, when Mathews bowled his first ball in ODIs since December 2017 and had Pooran caught behind.

With fitness concerns having kept him from bowling, it was a timely and heroic intervention from Mathews that did not go unnoticed by Karunaratne.

"Angelo put his hands up and said, 'okay I will bowl two overs'. He has that confidence. He did the job," said the Sri Lanka skipper after his side's 23-run triumph.

"I don't think he is going to bowl much more but if it is a crucial time he might bowl a couple of overs."

Avishka Fernando's maiden ODI century had laid the platform for Sri Lanka, whose exit from the competition was confirmed when hosts England beat India on Sunday.

Despite his side failing to reach the semi-finals, Karunaratne did not have a hard time finding the positives after Monday's result.

"To win any match is a great feeling," he said. "It gives us lots of confidence. All of the players are doing really well. That is what I was expecting as a captain."

In contrast, opposite number Jason Holder was left to reflect on a miserable campaign for the Windies, who have not tasted victory since thrashing Pakistan in their group-stage opener back in May.

This was their sixth defeat in eight outings, with only Afghanistan – who they face in their final game – faring worse.

"We have just got to be better," said Holder. "We've let some key moments slip in this World Cup.

"I thought their score was on par. Fernando batted well – showed us things get easier if you stay in. Pooran was excellent too.

"I thought we finished our bowling well, but our fielding let us down. We just want to play the perfect game next time."

Faf du Plessis acknowledged a dominant nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka was "bittersweet" for South Africa at the Cricket World Cup.

The Proteas had already been knocked out of the tournament, having won just one of their first seven matches to end semi-final ambitions, but they rediscovered form in spectacular fashion at Chester-le-Street on Thursday.

Dwaine Pretorius was influential with the ball, taking 3-25 to help limit Sri Lanka to 203, and then Du Plessis made 96 not out and Hashim Amla an unbeaten 80 in a match-winning 175 partnership.

It was a superb win but one that captain Du Plessis admitted was too little too late.

"It's been a long time coming," he said in the post-match presentation. "It was a good game. We did ourselves justice with the talent we have in that dressing room.

"We were set up today by a really good bowling performance. I thought Dwaine was exceptional - we've been trying to get him into the team so badly but, from a combination point of view, it was really tough.

"Today, he came in at the expense of Lungi [Ngidi] and he did a really, really good job."

England captain Eoin Morgan said his team must banish the disappointment of their Headingley defeat to Sri Lanka and show their true colours against Australia.

The Cricket World Cup hosts suffered a 20-run defeat in Leeds, their second loss in six games at the tournament, with Ben Stokes left stranded on 82 not out.

Sri Lanka were driven to victory by their experienced pace bowler Lasith Malinga, who has taken a fancy to English batsmen in the past and again proved the main tormentor with a four-wicket haul.

Morgan said the main frustration was with the way England batted rather than the bowling that allowed Sri Lanka to post 232-9.

"I thought we were really good with the ball, adapted to conditions and held Sri Lanka to a chaseable total," said Morgan, whose side wilted to 212 all out. "I think we were probably at fault with a lack of substantial partnerships to chase down a total like that.

"There were a couple of individual performances that almost got us over the line but it wasn't enough."

Australia at Lord's present the next challenge for England on Tuesday, as both sides look to move closer to a semi-final place.

"We are going to lose games throughout this tournament," Morgan said. "It's about fronting up for the next game, learning as much as we can about today and bouncing back well on Tuesday.

"It's a tournament where you have to dust yourself off quite quickly and turn things around. We tend to come back quite aggressively so hopefully we'll look better on Tuesday."

Morgan does not feel England have suffered a major blow to their semi-final hopes.

"No, not at all," he said at the post-match presentations. "It's a long, long tournament with huge opportunities in every game. Every game's a tough game and we've got three more of them."

Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said removing Joe Root had been "the turning point", after England's Test skipper made 57 and looked poised to anchor the innings.

Malinga removed Root to leave England 127 for four, and they went downhill from there.

Man of the match Malinga said of the threat posed by Stokes in the closing overs: "We know how good a player he is and how hard he hits, but we stuck to our basics. We kept bowling our stock balls, and we ended up winning.

"We know how good the England team are and we want to carry on our momentum into our other matches."

Pakistan are brimming with confidence at the Cricket World Cup having snapped their lengthy losing streak against England last time out, says batting coach Grant Flower.

Tournament hosts and favourites England were beaten by 14 runs at Trent Bridge on Monday as Pakistan ended a run of 11 straight losses in completed ODIs – a sequence that included a 4-0 series thrashing at the hands of Eoin Morgan's men and a 5-0 whitewash in the United Arab Emirates against Australia.

Having been rolled out for just 105 in their opening World Cup game against West Indies, Pakistan's subsequent victory against England was all the more impressive and Flower believes they have shifted a significant psychological burden ahead of facing Sri Lanka at Bristol County Ground on Friday.

"Yeah, I definitely do sense quite a bit of confidence, especially in the meeting we had this morning," Flower told a news conference.

"Since we have won, it took off a lot of the pressure, definitely, having gone through those string of defeats.

"Psychologically, that lifts a huge weight from their shoulders. And to score 350 against a very good England attack, the guys are relieved."

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, come into the meeting on the back of a 34-run DLS win over Afghanistan, having been thrashed by 10 wickets at the hands of New Zealand in their opener.

"Pakistan is an unpredictable team, but we also have a bit of confidence so we will be trying to give it our best shot," said captain Dimuth Karunaratne.

"We are not over-confident but we are trying to do our best. We will see tomorrow."

Dimuth Karunaratne will captain Sri Lanka at the Cricket World Cup despite not having played in the 50-over format since the previous edition of the tournament.

Karunaratne will replace Lasith Malinga as ODI skipper with immediate effect, the experienced bowler deposed after Sri Lanka's miserable 5-0 thrashing at the hands of South Africa.

Under Malinga's captaincy Sri Lanka had lost their last nine ODIs, something the selectors will be hoping changes for the World Cup next month.

Karunaratne's leadership of the Test side offers reasons for optimism, with Sri Lanka seeing an improvement in their form - including a surprise series win over the Proteas earlier this year.

Sri Lanka will name their squad for the tournament in England on Thursday.

Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne has expressed his gratitude for the treatment he received after he was struck on the neck by a Pat Cummins bouncer in the second Test against Australia.

Karunaratne was released from hospital on Saturday, but will under a concussion Test ahead of day three in Canberra.

The opening batsman was floored by a 142kph delivery from Australia quick Cummins and received prolonged medical treatment before being taken off on a stretcher and to hospital to be assessed.

Karunaratne was given the all-clear following tests and the 30-year-old tweeted his gratitude later in the day.

"To all at @CricketAus #Canberrahospital, to Dr.Asanka and to all who were there when I received a blow !!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for looking after my well-being Cheers," Karunaratne posted.

"My Cricketing battle starts all over again tomorrow.. #AUSvSL"

Cricket Sri Lanka said in a statement: "Opener Dimuth Karunaratne has been released from the hospital, as investigations have shown that the 'results are normal'.

"Karunaratne, however, will have to undergo a concussion test tomorrow morning; before making a decision on his availability for the rest of the match."

Karunaratne was unbeaten on 46 when he retired hurt and the tourists will resume on Sunday in big trouble with a lot of work to do on 123-3 in reply to 534-5.

Sri Lanka head coach Chandika Hathurusingha provided a positive update on opener Dimuth Karunaratne, after he was taken to hospital having been struck on the neck by a Pat Cummins bouncer in the second Test with Australia.

In worrying scenes at Manuka Oval, Karunaratne was hit by a 142kph delivery from Cummins and received prolonged medical treatment before being taken off on a stretcher and sent to hospital to be assessed.

A subsequent tweet from Cricket Australia revealed Karunaratne had "complained of pain in [his] neck and tingling to his hands", but Hathurusingha was upbeat over the 30-year-old's condition.

"He's in the hospital at the moment and in good spirits," said Hathurusingha. "No danger at the moment. He was talking to us before he was leaving as well.

"It was a bit scary at the start the way he falls back initially but he was OK.

"Throughout he was talking to the umpires and the physio. [He was] hit on the back of the neck so he's being assessed at the moment."

Karunaratne was 46 not out when he was struck by Cummins, who was joined by team-mate Kurtis Patterson in wishing the Sri Lanka batsman a speedy recovery.

"Obviously it's never a nice feeling seeing someone go down like that," Cummins told Fox Cricket.

"The good thing was it looked like he was moving his hands and the physio said he seemed alright when he left. I wish him all the best and hopefully he's doing alright."

Patterson, a centurion for Australia on day two, added: "I'm hoping he's OK. Hoping he can come out and bat again tomorrow [Sunday]. All of us were in a bit of shock but I think everyone is OK, which is good."

Sri Lanka will resume on 123-3 in reply to their hosts' mammoth total of 534-5 declared.

Kurtis Patterson posted his maiden Test century as Australia finished on the front foot after Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne was hospitalised after being struck by a bouncer on day two of the second Test.

Patterson (114 not out) marked just his second appearance with a hundred to help lead Australia to 534-5 declared in Canberra on Saturday.

Sri Lanka appeared to be comfortable on 82-0 before Karunaratne was felled by a Pat Cummins short ball and carried off the field on a stretcher at Manuka Oval.

Karunaratne – who scored 46 runs prior to the incident – was hit in the back of his neck in a terrifying moment, which stunned players and the crowd into silence.

It unnerved Sri Lanka, who lost 30-3 as the visitors lost Lahiru Thirimanne (41), replacement batsman Dinesh Chandimal (15) and Kusal Mendis (6) to be 123-3 at stumps, still 411 runs behind.

Earlier, Joe Burns (180) fell short of a memorable double-century and Patterson celebrated his maiden Test hundred as only one wicket fell in the first two sessions.

Australia were relentless as they resumed on 384-4 and piled on the runs against Sri Lanka, reaching 400 in less than 30 minutes of play.

Burns hit his 27th boundary and added nine to his overnight score before the opener chopped on to give Kasun Rajitha (1-103) his first wicket.

With Australia 404-5, Patterson – who was dropped from the first ball he faced on Friday and began the day on 25 – took over.

Making the most of his reprieve, Patterson was patient and calculated, bringing up his first Test half-century off 100 balls.

Australia captain Tim Paine watched from the other end as Patterson wore down Sri Lanka's attack, the 25-year-old raising his bat after hitting the three runs required for an unforgettable ton.

It also marked the first time in 30 years that two Australia batsmen have scored their first century in the same Test innings following Travis Head's hundred – dating back to Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor during the 1989 Ashes Tour.

Paine produced an unbeaten 45 before he declared and sent Sri Lanka in to bat before the tea break, which they navigated and looked set until Cummins (1-25), Nathan Lyon (1-40) and Mitchell Starc (1-32) struck late.

Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne was taken off the field on a stretcher and transported to hospital after being struck by a bouncer during the second Test against Australia.

Karunaratne was felled by a Pat Cummins short ball, which hit the back of his neck on day two at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Saturday.

Australia's players and the crowd were stunned into silence as Karunaratne – who immediately dropped to the floor – received treatment in the middle of the ground.

Karunaratne left the field of play on an emergency cab to an applause, with his neck held by Australia team doctor Richard Shaw, before being transported to a Canberra hospital.

The 30-year-old batsman – who scored 46 runs prior to the incident – was replaced by Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal with the visitors 82-0 after Australia declared on 534-5.

Adil Rashid sparked a dramatic Sri Lanka collapse and claimed career-best figures on day two of the third Test to leave England scenting a whitewash in Colombo.

A second-wicket stand of 142 between Dimuth Karunaratne (83) and Dhananjaya de Silva (73) put Sri Lanka on course for a first-innings lead after England were bowled out for 336 on Saturday.

Joe Root dropped Karunaratne and Dhananjaya on two and 42 respectively, so the captain must have been a relieved man after Sri Lanka capitulated from 173-1 to 240 all out.

Rashid (5-49) generated sharp turn to claim a second five-wicket Test haul thanks in no small part to Keaton Jennings, who took four catches at short leg - two of which were out of the top drawer.

Ben Stokes took 3-30 in a hostile spell as Sri Lanka folded in the final session and England were three without loss at stumps, leading by 99 and strong favourites to secure a 3-0 win.

The tourists added just 24 runs after resuming on 312-7, Moeen Ali falling for 33 and Lakshan Sandakan (5-95) completing a five-wicket haul with Rashid left unbeaten on 21.

Recalled paceman Stuart Broad was denied an early wicket when Root failed to snaffle a chance in the slips, Karunaratne breathing a sigh of relief as the ball ran away for four.

A moment of brilliance from Jennings gave Jack Leach a breakthrough, the opening batsman moving himself into the line of Danushka Gunathilaka's shot and somehow holding on under the helmet.

The positive Dhananjaya struck Leach for back-to-back boundaries when the spinner dropped strayed in line and length, Sri Lanka taking lunch on 74-1.

Dhananjaya was given a life when a juggling Root put him down to leave Broad frustrated again and the partnership passed the 100 mark when he swept Moeen to the boundary.

Karunaratne and Dhananjaya looked increasingly comfortable after bringing up their half-centuries, the number three finding the ropes eight times before Jennings took a more straightforward catch to finally end a long stand.

Rashid and Jennings combined again to see the back of Karunaratne just after tea and Stokes was rewarded for an excellent spell when Ben Foakes took a fine catch to remove the dangerous Angelo Mathews.

The procession of wickets continued, with Jennings showing lightning fast reactions to pluck a one-handed catch to dismiss Roshen Silva before Niroshan Dickwella was strangled down the leg side off Stokes. 

Foakes was treated for a finger injury but remained behind the stumps as Sri Lanka fell to pieces, Kusal Mendis edging Rashid to Stokes at first slip.

Rashid could do no wrong, running out Sandakan with a direct hit and trapping Malinda Pushpakumara leg before after Stokes struck again, with Jennings and Rory Burns seeing off four overs in what could be a decisive final session.

England captain Joe Root received the first demerit point of his career for breaching the ICC's code of conduct on a day when Sri Lanka claimed a 46-run lead in Pallekele.

Roshen Silva steered Sri Lanka into a lead with a classy half-century after England looked destined to take a healthy advantage on day two of the second Test in Pallekele.

Sri Lanka were in trouble on 165-6 on Thursday but led by 46 at stumps after recovering to 336 all out.

Dimuth Karunaratne (63) and Dhananjaya de Silva (59) made half-centuries and Roshen top scored with a superb 85 after receiving support from the tail.

Jack Leach (3-70) and Adil Rashid (3-76) took three wickets apiece, while the tourists were also boosted by five penalty runs - taking their first-innings total up to 290 – awarded after Roshen was adjudged to have deliberately run short.

Sri Lanka added 84 runs for the last two wickets as they attempt to level the three-match series, with nightwatchman Leach successfully seeing off one over before the close.

Moeen Ali (2-85) struck in the third over of the day after Sri Lanka resumed on 26-1, Malinda Pushpakumara (4) giving Rory Burns a simple catch at midwicket.

Karunaratne played with great application for a deserved half-century and it took a moment of brilliance from Ben Stokes to run the opener out with a direct hit when the all-rounder only had one stump to aim at.

Sri Lanka were 139-4 at lunch after Stokes demonstrated his prowess in the field again with a brilliant instinctive one-handed catch at first slip when Leach drew an edge from Kusal Mendis (1).

Dhananjaya pulled Stokes for four to bring up his half-century and played with finesse before he was caught behind off Rashid, who generated huge turn to remove Angelo Mathews (20) in the same manner.

Roshen played with increasing authority in a tricky situation, but Sri Lanka were facing a big first-innings deficit when Niroshan Dickwella (26) was trapped leg before by Joe Root.

Dilruwan Perera became Leach's third victim just two balls after Roshen reached his fourth Test half-century at the start of the final session, but Akila Dananjaya offered support in a ninth-wicket stand of 56.

There was confusion when umpire Marais Erasmus deemed Roshen ran short on purpose at the non-striker's end before returning to other, as he and Dananjaya looked unsure if the ball touched the boundary ropes at third man.

He took that on the chin and dished out more punishment of his own, lofting Moeen for six before Rashid finally dismissed him to end the innings after Dananjaya fell for a brisk 31.

Leach played out an over from Dilruwan with confidence as Burns watched on at the other end, ensuring no further damage was done on a frustrating day for Root's side.

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