World Twenty20 2012 September 26, 2012

Sri Lanka sweat over Mendis fitness


Sri Lanka are still unsure whether their key spinner Ajantha Mendis will be fit to play their first Super Eights match against New Zealand on September 27. Mendis, who is suffering from a side strain, is scheduled to practice with the team today, and a call on his participation will be taken before the game.

Mendis picked up the injury in Sri Lanka's opening game against Zimbabwe on September 18, but completed his overs after being treated on the field. He has since then been under treatment and was left out of Sri Lanka's final group match against South Africa on September 22; Sri Lanka lost that rain-curtailed game by 32 runs. Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lanka captain, had said Mendis' omission from the South Africa match on Saturday had simply been precautionary but, despite having eight days to recover, Mendis is yet to regain full fitness.

"We are monitoring his progress carefully. We took an MRI scan on his left side and it showed a slight tear," Charith Senanayake, the Sri Lanka manager, said on Tuesday. "These injuries are quite common with fast bowlers, but because Mendis bowls at a fast pace may have strained himself," he said. "Mendis bowled a few overs at the nets today, but we will monitor him carefully and take a call whether he is fit enough to play against New Zealand."

Mendis marked his return to international cricket after a back injury had kept him out for eight months in Zimbabwe game with the best bowling figures by a bowler in T20 cricket with six wickets for eight runs.

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  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    @colombo_sl... just read the comments in this post atleast....u vl see almost everyone is of the opinion dat srilanka is in a relatively easier group..... its not v r complaining about it.... its fair to maintain a balance of teams in super8 group based on the group stage performance of teams... thats simple as that...

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    @colombo_sl...first, have some consistency in the things u r saying... watever u r saying , its completely irrelevent....who said teams wont f8 to der max in a world cup..they vl ,surely...wats with this if's n but's ???? haa... words are free ofcourse... and its hard to play than commenting...its the same for u , me n every cricket fan... and who complained about ind, aus, pak , sa are in a stronger group ??? its just the point is grouping should be done based on each teams perfrmnce in group stages...

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    this akila strait went to mahiya after his first wicket ,keep it up boy youll b a real lion. appreciate the one who gamble with your selection

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Love all the teams..may the best one win...and i hope Mendis plays,gr8 talent..from Pakistan with love:D

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2012, 9:45 GMT


    what on earth are you talking about. sri lanka is in the weakest group. Both New Zealand & Windies have match winners but they are both very inconsistent. England is probably the strongest team in this group. if this was anywhere other than the subcontinent i would consider them a serious contender for the championship.

    As for all the people commenting on sri lanka being weak, just look at how we've fared in big tournaments. in all those tournaments people were writing us off as not good enough to compete. We will always punch above our weight in big tournaments.

  • Susantha on September 27, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    @Sijoy Sanjeew; I feel that Sri Lankans like to fight with these teams. But these teams are not like same as earlier. Though England were struggled, they are still a good side to win this cup. We can know it in advance with result. My feeling is that not necessary to rely on ifs n buts. Most important thing is fight at your maximum. World cup is world cup. Its easy to put comments than playing real cricket because words are available free of charge. I think, some people complaint about groupings because their confidence is low on their teams n try to find reasons for their failures in advance. I also feel grouping should be transparent more than that. Only two teams play in the same ground. Ind & Aus. In addition to that India played their practice match in this ground too. I'm much sure Premadasa is much familiar for them than their home grounds.

  • gurinder on September 27, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    why weak teams bunched together only one should be allowed from that weak group , that will be west indies, india to win tournament by d/l

  • shanaka on September 27, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    If we really want to eliminate indian cricket team in this tournament...let's see what happens in this few hour & let's see what happens in indian cricket team few days.. srilankan are always strong...:)

  • Nikhil on September 27, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    @Abhishek Jariwala-No, even if a team wins two out of three matches it has a chance to qualify for the semis

  • Nilantha on September 27, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @sumerin reaz- to be fair my friend, we have our own share on "fans" who type first and THEN switch on the a SL, i will always back my team but there is a huge difference in backing your own team and putting down others instead...good luck to all teams in the super eights and may the best two teams qualify...

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