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Sri Lanka’s first World Cup encounter at Sooriyawewa

Feb 20, 2011 3:10:03 AM - itnnews.lk

The centre stage is now ready in the island nation for the historic world cricket cup that will kick of in Sri Lanka at the newly constructed Mahinda Rajapakse International Stadium in Hambantota. It blessed with a bright sun shine that would add glamour to the picturesque newly built stadium to international standards.

President Rajapaksa will declare open the Cricket Stadium today. The President has done his part to make all ends meet in a successful manner for the boys of Sri Lanka and Canada to play a game in a gentle way and for the spectators to enjoy a fine days in the salubrious chimes of the corner of the country. This game at Hambantota esplanade will add momentum to a district where never a game was played of this nature at international standard. Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara has said that the new Sooriyawewa Stdium will be an impetus for the Sri Lankan team to add amateurs at the village level who are embedded with talents. Sri Lanka and Canada had hitherto met once only in a One Day International As such analysts point out that that today’s encounter will be of special significance. Today’s match is a complete sell-out and will be packed to its 35,000 capacity. With huge “Let the celebrations begin” and “Welcome to Hambantota” banners already in place, the town is abuzz with the World Cup, with hundreds of fans filling the small number of hotels in the town.