For the first in ICC world twenty20, Australians are looking too hot to handle and that’s why they are one of the firm favorites to lift this edition of world cup title. However, twenty20 is such a short format of game you can’t predict the winner and today’s game between Sri Lanka and Australia will at least give us the first semi finalist of ICC world twenty20 2010.
Both teams are flying high on confidence after winning their first super eight games quite comfortably with big margin. With both the teams in fine form, it's hard to pick a favourite for Sunday as they seem evenly matched in all departments of the game.
Sri Lanka started their twenty20 campaign with the loss against New Zealand in low scoring thriller and quietly made their progress to super eight stages and now they are looking good with their top orders playing well and bowling units also looked formidable.
Australia has not lost a single game in the tournament so far, will eye their fourth consecutive win to assured their semi final berth. Their top order batsman Shane Watson, David Warner and David Hussey are in fine form and if they gets going it’s very hard to stop them.
The bowling trio of Dirk Nannes, S.Tait and M.Johnson is their main reason of success in this tournament. Dirk Nannes at presently is leading wicket taker (10 wickets) of this edition of world twenty20 while Shaun Tait is at number three in the tally with 7 wickets to his name.
M.Jayawardne is the most run getter in this edition of the world cup with 279 runs to his name at an average of 139.50 and strike rates of 163.15. Kumar Sangakkara also showed sign of return to form with quick half-century in the game against West Indies and that is really good news for the Lankan.
Likely Playing XI for both Teams (Match is Schedule to begin at 23:00 PM India Time)
Sri Lanka Squad: Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara (Captain & WK), Chamara Kapugedera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Angelo Mathews, Thissara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suraj Randiv.
Australia Squad: S.Watson, D.Warner, M.Clark (Captain & WK), D.Hussey, C. White, M.Hussey, B.Haddin (WK), S.Smith, M.Johnson, S.Tait, D.Nannes.