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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sri Lankan Captain Warns Team Against Complacency


CALCUTTA -- The exit of previously unbeaten South Africa from the World Cup prompted Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga to warn his team against complacency as they prepared for the semifinal against India on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka's batsmen have set the tournament alight wmth their dashing strokeplay, tearing England to shreds in last weekend's quarterfinal, and Ranatunga is anxious that his team remain in top gear for the day-night showpiece in Calcutta.

"It doesn't matter how well you've played in the past, if you play badly on a particular day that's it," said Ranatunga.

He believes Sri Lanka need to learn from South Africa's quarterfinal defeat against West Indies on Monday that no team can afford to relax for a minute.

"Look at South Africa. They've been playing really well and suddenly they're out of the competition. It'll be a very tough game [against India]," he said.

West Indies meets Australia in Thursday's second semifinal.

Meanwhile Pakistan's politically divided Senate came together to attack their home team for its humiliating defeat Sunday in the World Cup quarterfinal against its old rival India.

According to the English-language daily newspaper, The News, the Senate demanded a public inquiry into Pakistan's poor performance.

In the eastern Punjab capital of Lahore, protesters burned effigies of the Pakistan skipper, Wasim Akram, who withdrew from the quarterfinal because of a stomach injury. ()