Confident Lankans take on Aussies
A buoyant Sri Lanka team confident after their impressive win against
India in the rain interrupted game in Canberra today will confront
Australia at the WACA ground in a day/night match.
In a match equally crucial for both teams, the game is played on
strip widely regarded as the bounciest track not only in Australia, but
probably in the whole world is poised to be a fascinating and evenly
Weather is expected to be hot and clear and ideal for cricket.
A victory for Sri Lanka today would push Australia into the bottom of
the points table which means that the host nation would have to work
very hard to make sure that they do not miss out from the best of three
finals. A loss to the Sri Lankans would place them in the same
The dominant way the Aussies play at home always suggest that the
host nation stands a good chance in qualifying for a spot in the finals,
with India and Sri Lanka vying for the other spot.
Gilchrist in particular who will be wielding his willow probably in
his last international match in front of his home crowd will determined
to bow out in a high note.
Another Aussie who will be determined to entertain his home crowd is
Michael Hussy known as Mr. Cricket for his dedication to the game a
nickname he acquired while playing county cricket in England years ago.
The Lankans will certainly persist Dilshan and Jayasuriya to open.
The confrontation between Dilshan and Lee will be an interesting one
and could be the key for another Sri Lankan success.
The Sri Lanka team had a practice session yesterday and paceman
Ishara Amarasinghe’s fitness to play in today’s game was in doubt.
Amarasinghe tore a muscle in the previous match and has only a 50-50
chance to play in today’s game. Skipper Mahela Jayawardena too has his
right calf rapped up but will certainly be fit for today’s crucial game.
Sri Lanka. Sanath Jayasuriya T.M.Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela
Jayawardena, Chamara Silva, Chamara Kapugerdera, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith
Malinga, Faveez Maharoof, Nuwan Kulasekera, Ishara Amarasinghe, Muthiah
Muralidharan, Chanaka Welegedera. Upul Tharanga
Mathew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting (Captain), Michael
Clark, Michael Hussy, Brett Lee, Michael Johnson, Nathan Bracken, Brad
Hogg, Stuart Clarke