Sri Lanka
Sri Lankans seek divine help before World Cup final
Apr 25, 2007 - 5:33:55 PM

Colombo, April 25 - Several multi-religious ceremonies will be organised here Friday, in the presence of many sports personalities, to wish the Sri Lankan cricket team for their World Cup final in the West Indies Saturday.

Parents and family members of the national team players as well as well wishers will also take part in the ceremonies to invoke blessings for the final, to be played at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The Mahela Jayawardene-led Sri Lanka reached the final beating New Zealand by 81 runs in the first semi-final at the Sabina Park, Kingston, Tuesday. In the final, they will play the winner of the Australia-South Africa second semi-final in St. Lucia Wednesday.

The only time Sri Lanka won the World Cup was in 1996, when it hosted the tournament along with India and Pakistan. Arjuna Ranatunga's team had beaten Australia in the final in Lahore.

Former Sri Lanka Test player Hashan Tillakaratne said in a statement here Wednesday that there would be four different daylong ceremonies by Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Catholic Christian religious leaders.

On Monday, they had organised another function, attended by some of the country's top athletes, to wish the cricketers luck ahead of their semi-final against New Zealand.

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