June 5, 2013
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Can Sri Lanka make the final?
In recent major tournaments Sri Lanka have been the team to watch having featured in 4 out of the last 6 limited overs ICC finals. There is no reason why this crop of players can’t add to the success of this cricketing nation.
Sri Lanka open their campaign against New Zealand at Cardiff on June 9th and also have matches in Group A against England and Australia in the hope of qualifying for the semi-finals.
Sri Lanka are a team led by one of the world’s most exciting all-rounders in Angelo Matthews. The right-handed batsman has all ability, and appears to have a calm head on young 25 year-old shoulders.
Sri Lanka will know they can also rely on the experience of Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, and Tillakaratne Dilshan who have all travelled to these shores many times before. If these three men fire with the bat we can expect Sri Lanka to yet again be in with a chance of lifting the trophy.
If Sri Lanka find themselves in the field in a close game, they will know they have a trump card up their sleeve. The unorthodox Lasith Malinga is rated as the best death bowler in the world, and with his low slinging arm, batsmen find it hard to get their bats under the ball. The 29 year-old also possesses a cleverly disguised slower ball which he uses to great effect at the death.
If Sri Lanka can avoid the mind-set of conditions not being in their favour, then there is no reason why this experienced group can’t finish the tournament with at least a place in the final. As always they will be fun to watch.