Tuesday, May 11, 2010

India Takes on Sri Lanka Hoping to Set Things Right

India clashes with Sri Lanka in the group F after a ray of hope still exists for their entry into the semifinals of the ICC T20 world cup at the Beausejour stadium. India’s chances had been severelt lowered after successive defeats from Australia and West Indies. They lost tothe Aussies by 49 runs, and to the Caribbeans by 14 runs.

India vs Sri Lanka should see the former win by a high margin, but at the same time, Australia will have to outplay West Indies convincingly for India to boost their chances. This would enable to consider the net run-rate in deciding the fate of three- India, Sri Lanka and theWest Indies for the semi-finals. India’s batsmen had failed to deliver causing their run rate to slump down drastically. They will have to prudently execute their batting skills to get over the sharp attack from the opponent’s bowlers, especially after their failure in managing the short-pitched deliveries. However the less-bouncy pitch is expected to come to their aid.

At the same time leaving their defeat at the back seat, Lanka is hoping to set things right and turn the run rate in their favor. They have high expectations from players like Lasith Malinga, Chanaka Welagedara and Angelo Mathews. They are confident of their win and expect themselves to play against England in the first semifinal. In toto, India vs Sri Lanka encounter is a clash between the desparates.

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