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Monday, May 3, 2010

ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2010 – Sri Lanka in a do-or-die battle against Zimbabwe

twenty20 world cup 2010Sri Lanka find themselves in a horrible situation when they will take on enthusiastic ZimbabweNew Zealand they must win this game to go to the super 8’s otherwise they will be the first team to exit from the T20 World Cup 2010. in their second game of ICC world twenty20 2010. After a shocking loss to

In the game against New Zealand they have done everything right except the last over bowled by Lasith Malinga in which N.McCullum smashed second last ball for six to guide New Zealand home and leave Sri Lanka in must win game to play against Zimbabwe who is already flying high on confidence after beating the two strongest team Australia and Pakistan in their warm-up games.

Sri Lanka needs to shot out the things very quickly as they have very few time left in their hand. Their skipper Kumar Sangakara and dashing opener T.Dilshan still struggling to find the touch and that will be big worry of concern for them at the top of their batting order.

They also need to shot out there batting order, since they have wasted Sanath Jayasurya and A.Mathews in the first game. They need to send both these players ahead of the players who are out of touch at the moment so that runs flow continues from both ends. As we have seen in last game only Mahela Jayawardne able to find himself scoring runs and on other end Dilshan and Sangakara struggled to get even a single.

Twenty20 cricket is not all about hitting the boundaries but if you can’t play basic cricket of rotating the strikes then in the end you will left with too much to achieve in the last few overs.

All in all this will be the game to watch to see how Sri Lankan lions handle the pressure against solid looking Zimbabwe side. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, have been quite phenomenal in their warm-ups and would come into the match high on confidence.

Watch out for

E. Chigumbura: He is one of the clean strikers of the ball with the knock of 76 runs of just 35 balls and 49 runs of 35 balls, he will be the man to watch when he walked out to bat. He is very dangerous batsman and can get the game away from you in a blink of an eye.

Mahela Jayawardne: From the time he has started to open the inning, he suddenly looked totally different batsman. His core of 81 runs of 53 balls in the first game goes in vain as his team lost the close fought encounter against New Zealand but this time he has to make sure that his team go over the line and probably to the next stage of the tournament.

Pitch & Condition

From St. Lucia where we have seen some high scoring matches now the action will once again shift to The Providence Stadium, Guyana where we may witness another low scoring encounter. Team winning the toss would love to bat first and put decent score between 140-150 on the board. So far here two games has been played and highest score is 139 runs.


Sri Lanka in a do-or-die game is likely to go with same playing XI which taken field against New Zealand in their twenty20 opener. Zimbabwe on the other hand is likely to bring T.Taibu into their playing XI in place of T.Maruma.

Likely Playing XI for both Teams (Match is Schedule to begin at 19:00 PM India Time)

Sri Lanka Squad: Mahela Jayawardne, T.Dilshan, Kumar Sangakara (Captain & WK), C.Kapugedara, Sanath Jayasurya, Angelo Mathews, D.Chandimal, L.Malinga, A.Mendis, M.Muralitharan, C.Welegedara.

Zimbabwe Squad: H.Maskadaza, V Sibanda, B.Taylor, T.Taibu (WK), C. Conventry, E.Chigumbura, C.Ervine, C.Chibhabha, A.Cremer, P.Utseya (Captain), R.Price.


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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 2:30 PM  
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