World Twenty20 2012

Sri Lanka sweat over Mendis fitness

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

September 26, 2012

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Ajantha Mendis recorded best ever T20I bowling figures, Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, Group C, World T20 2012, Hambantota, September 18, 2012
Ajantha Mendis is yet to recover from his side strain © Associated Press
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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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Posted by   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...

Posted by   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...

Posted by   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

Posted by   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

Posted by   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.

Posted by colombo_SL 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.

Posted by gsingh7 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

Posted by shanaka1982 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...:)

Posted by Team_India_Rocx 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

Posted by yorkslanka 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...

Posted by on (September 27, 2012, 8:46 GMT)


Posted by 158notout on (September 27, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

vinu1984 - I am sorry mate but what on earth has your comment got to do with an article about whether Mendis will be fit for the SL vs NZ game?

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

@ kunalx If you so sure about the Srilankan Talent

Posted by kunalx on (September 27, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Whoever is commenting here please keep one thing in mind that in T20 no bowler can be a threat. They have only 4 overs to prove themselves. In those 4 overs, they can take 5-6 wickets which is very rare, they can go for only 20 runs which is common. So 20 runs in 4 overs doesn't make a big change in result. It's a batsman who can be threat to any team. Because if they score 80+ or even 100 then surely the match result will change. What I'm trying to say is 80 or 100 not out is much much better than 4-1-15-2 (For example)

Posted by vinu1984 on (September 27, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

Surely Indian team will be in SEMIS Beware of VIRU, YIVI KOHLI MAHI etcetc

Posted by sachinisawesome on (September 27, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

@ Lochana Asanka. According to your logic Sri Lanka can never win a game against India as for past two years India is beating them everywhere. Check the records if you want. And I really request Sri Lankan fans and my Indian fans that please worry about your own team. Why we are doing all this. When we won against England. Sri Lankan fans were saying that England is very weak that's the reason we won. Now it's in Sri Lankan group now u r saying that they are the defending champions hence they are very strong. Please peace guys.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

does a team get knocked out if it loses any one of its match in super eight?

Posted by soumyas on (September 27, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

the way Super8 teams are grouped favors Group-1 teams and especially Srilanka... Group 2 teams are full of strong teams AUS,IND,PAK and S.AFRICA

Posted by kunalx on (September 27, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

I guess Sri Lanka can only beat England in their group. Rest two teams have so many match winners. If one of them gets going them Lanka will go down for sure.

Posted by spiritwithin on (September 27, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

@diniSL01,not only india even aus will b playing all their matches in Premadasa stadium,y blame india that too when the WC is held in SL,the venues for each matches r chosen by Sri Lankan Board,so dont give any excuses instead thank ICC that SL is in Group B,fact is SL in any pitches r no match for pak,India,Aus or SA at present..ur team is playing at home and we dont want to hear silly EXCUSES from now on..

Posted by Rogerunionjack on (September 27, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

Good luck SL. As an English supporter, I have to say that England will go through to the semis, so it's between you & WI for the other spot. End of the road for NZ. And to the numerous Indians, if I were in your place I'd be rooting for SL, not criticizing them.

Posted by Praschats on (September 27, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

Go Black caps go... waiting to see Macculum and Malinga together:)

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

@colombo_sl.... you are saying The comments are based on past glory & the truth is something else..... past glory... i dont think the group matches of worldt20 2012 was so long before...where ind,pak,aus,sa topped their respective groups beating eng,nz,wi,sl respectively.....

for balance, a super 8 group shud consist of 2 teams who topped and 2 teams who came 2nd... der s no doubt in that.. not like this where one group consists of much stronger teams than the other..

Posted by KunzMan on (September 27, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

This group is so easy. Sri Lanka and West Indies will go through. Sri Lanka will top the group by CRUSHING minnows New Zealand, GAYle dependent WI and Lucky England. We are Lankan LIONS and WE ROAR!!!!! MEEEOOOW!

Posted by kankanamge on (September 27, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

India will never qualify for semis, so pls stop worrying about them

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

@yorkslanka. Indian people are crazy, they donot know how to comment. Thats why they are critisized by the whole world, not only Srilanka. Whole world knows the attitude behind indian people. So Indian people must focus on themselves rather than focus on others. Best of luck Srilanka. I am from Bangladesh. I am a bangladeshi.

Posted by suryakumar99 on (September 27, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

In world cup 2011, Srilanka faced kiwis and england in semi and quarter finals, but at last they lost to india. In the same way in this T20 world cup also they may be comfortable with kiwis, english and WI. but for sure they will feel the heat in semi final and final and asusal they are destined to / will lose.

Posted by kankanamge on (September 27, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

I think today there will be huge different in SL batting order.

Posted by yorkslanka on (September 27, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

why are some of my fellow SL fans SO concerned about India?The match in question is Sl v NZ so why are you talking rubbish about who beat who more?Stick to the facts pertinent to THIS game and save those comments for if we meet India...

Posted by cooljack_143 on (September 27, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

IND won '07 T20 WC in SA, so SA supposed to be winning (the lost glory) WC in India NOT IN SL..Sorry SA.Tough luck.besides once Amla&Kallis are out SA is out ..

Posted by cric_freakNo2 on (September 27, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Everyone is forgetting the fact that NZ are the most consistent team(in reaching semis)and no matter who their opposition are they lose in semis. but i give credit to NZ because despite having no world class player(like sachin, ponting, kallis etc..)they still are consistent performers. No matter which pool they r in, they always have to strive hard for it wont be a big problem for NZ but for others........

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 27, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

In Group 1; Highest scorer of an innings (Macculum), Best bowler in an inning (Ajantha), Defending T20 Champions(Eng), Mighty Chris Gayle & Narine are there. This NZ team beat India in their home soil couple of weeks ago. How can it be a weaker group. These comments are purely based on past glory i feel. But the bitter truth is something. My mind says that NZ may do something amazing in this tour.

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 27, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

I never under estimate NZ. I feel they are the Black Horse in this series. I'm much sure they make their way to semis this time. If they can show a collective effort today, it may be a day for Sri lankans to forget. Hope it may not happen, but this is T20 & NZ are really suited for it.

Posted by cric_freakNo2 on (September 27, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

Looks like everyone here is energetic and trying to prove they r right. but its cricket the most unpredictable game(except when the Aussie great XI are playing).so i except if SL can grab Taylor n Mccullum early........GAME OVER!!! if not its GAME OVER for SL :)

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 27, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

WE can't exactly say Group 1 is weaker compared to group 2. Even we can't underestimate the Eng team too. There ranking ODI (no.1), Test (No.2) T20 (No.2). What a amazing performance. Compare there rankings with so called giants Ind, pak, Aus. They are far below them. Even though they bowled out to 80 at a particular day, we can't expect same to be happen. This is T20. Definitely they will come back strongly & give Sri Lanka some fight.

Posted by suryakumar99 on (September 27, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

Lahiru Dilshan Fonseka said Minnow is India. But its okay, anyway srilanka is not going to win the Worldcup asusal. So be cool

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

last Saturday i spend more than 200 kms to see a fully covered ground today im traveling almost 150 kms to see a grass covered pitch

Posted by sandeepgla on (September 27, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

Come on indian guys we should not say hash words to any shrilankens because they are like friends to us.

Posted by solankibhavesh on (September 27, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

I hope mandis will fit for today match becos he is the key factor of srilanka for this world cup without mandis its very difficult for home team to do well in super eight mathces, but its good for dhanjay may he get chance to prove him self at international level so for that we have to wait till tose of the today match so best of luck to both player who are depent on each other

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 3:37 GMT)

@Vikum72-----All people who commented to this post,this is for your attention! In this time Indian's fan think their team do qualify to Semi Final T20 world Cup, it is Impossible & hard to believe,Because Indians can't win any match of Super 8.The reason is India never win at least one match on Super 8 level since 2007 T20 world cup.if you have any doubt about this,you can check result of past two T20 world cup's result sheet..... Bad luck Indians...:P

Posted by ComeIndiaNo1 on (September 27, 2012, 3:32 GMT)

@ LahiruDilshanFonseka You are correct bro. INDIA is the minnow of the other group. Everybody knows it even us as Indians

Posted by ComeIndiaNo1 on (September 27, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

Mendis is a big asset to SL. He is far better than Ashwin

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

@DesiBoyz810 Sri lanka won tri nation in england (SA,ENG,SL)1998, remember sri lanka did well in all ICC event in recent history, 2007,2011 WC final ,2009 T20 Finnal , and also we have beat Australia in australia in ODI 2010, in last11 ODI vs Australia in Australia sri lanka won 7 of them. we beat SA twice chasing 300

Posted by Vikum72 on (September 27, 2012, 2:56 GMT)

@Ishara Fernando: You make sense mate. Also don't you think it might be advisable to test Eranga in Malinga's place may be? The poor form of Malinga is a real worry

Posted by Vikum72 on (September 27, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

@DesiBoyz810: I'm not the one complaining about the super 8 group compositions mate, the Indian fans are. For your information, I do think India has a good chance of making the smi-finals but sadly you Indian fans doesn't seem to have that confidence in your team. As per what the SL team has achieved during the 30 years they've being a full member is exceptional. Even the fact that they have featured in so many finals and semis since the '96 win speaks volumes of the consistency of the team. Don't you think a consistent performer is superior to one who wins a tournament once in a blue moon?

Posted by Vikum72 on (September 27, 2012, 2:33 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990: The great Indian batting line-up were clueless more than on one occasion against the 'over-hyped' bowler Ajantha Mendis. What does that say about the Indian batters , mate?

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 1:20 GMT)

@pappu bhai u said Minnows are (SL,Eng,WI,NZ). still there is a minnow in other group. that is your INDIA.

Posted by lankawa on (September 27, 2012, 0:46 GMT)

Good to see the rivalry and fashion. By the way, all our comments help Cricinfo!! At least this is cyber war between fans. Some funny comments - I wonder why the history is all relevant for this tournament when we all know how the teams have performed so far over the last couple of weeks. I think so far SA and Pak have performed well above the rest. Let the best team win. We want good contest. My heart says SL but head says SA. Indian fans are keen but will need to improve few inches to life the cup!! But never know Virat K can tear up any attack on the day!! Sad reality for both India and SL are they seem to carry a lot of senior players passed the sell by date. Keep it coming fans this is good lunch time fun!!

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 27, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

@Dannymania, kindly check the Colombo weather forecast. It is quite good. Dont forget that the last T20 world cup, 3 games were rain curtailed and 1 was washed out in the preliminary round. If the T20 world cup was held in Australia and NZ, it will be hard to get crowds as it is still early spring. Crowds come to watch cricket in Australia only from late November to early February as it is summer with schools and universities closed. I recall the low attendance when the world XI played in Australia in 2005 October or so.

Posted by Mahaanama on (September 27, 2012, 0:32 GMT)

@DesiBoyz810: When it comes to ODI cricket Sri Lanka have nothing to prove. Irrespective of the places world cups have been held SL have made it in to semi finals 4 times and finals 3 times in last 5 world cups. Except Australia no other cricketing nation has been that consistent on world stage in last 15 years.

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 27, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

@jasonpete, thanks for remembering me bro. I am fine and hope you are the same too. Hope this T20 world cup pitches produce a maximum total of 150 to 160 so that bowlers have a fair chance rather than seeing themselves hammered.

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 27, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

@samincolumbia, "result is always an Indian win". Yes then how did Sri Lanka beat India in the 2010 T20 world cup? What happened in the 2007 50 over world cup? What happened in the 2010 tri series held in Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and in Dambulla? Please explain and stop talking nonsense. I know this year our performance against India has been poor but you obviously dont know the reality. After all, we have beaten India over 50 times in ODIs and that is a fact.

Posted by kc69 on (September 26, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

@g.narsimha:well said mate,many of SL fans(not all) don't like India for the reason of their teams performance against ours.

Posted by PrincessLeo@ on (September 26, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

great bowler luv

Posted by gabrialgihan on (September 26, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

@DesiBoyz810 thats all for 80 years ya?????

Posted by gabrialgihan on (September 26, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

@how many finals have you been to other than last years world cup final?we have played cricket only for 30 years and have done a lot...what you have done playing cricket for 80 years???took 20 years to win a single test match dude get a life...

Posted by trezirey on (September 26, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

I think Ajantha Mendis is not needed indeed coz Pallekelle wicket is a flat pitch and spinners are not much effective, Narine would survive with a wicket or two, but itz a HAPPY HUNTING FOR BATTERS... on the other hand Colombo is a turning wicket where spinners will dominate...

Posted by shiva89 on (September 26, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

this group is boring. sri lanka easily the better of all teams... as nz n eng are not good on these surfaces... moreover the team is also weak. they ll surely get eliminated. the only fighr sl might get is with west indies. but sl is a better team overall. the other group of aus, ind, pak n saf is a tough one. semi finalists from this grp has to fight hard to overcome super eights.

Posted by vimal03 on (September 26, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

I think Srilanka trying to keep mendis as a mystery man.. The world they use for it injury

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 26, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

@Vikum72 : So you see seriously doubt Indian team's ability to beat sides like Australia, South Africa and Pakistan. Coincidentally in 2007, India beat South Africa in crunch must win game in Super 6s, then Australia in Semifinal and Pakistan in final to win the 2007 T20 WorldChampionship. What did SL win before 1996 and after 1996 please? Please also remind me how many finals you guys have lost in last 6 years and which ones?

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 26, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

For those of you saying India has never won outside India - FYI World Cup in England : Jun 1983 -India beat West Indies by 43 runs. Benson & Hedges World Championship Of Cricket in Australia - Feb/Mar 1985 Rothmans Trophy in Sharjah (Aus Eng Ind Pak) : Mar 1985 - won by India. World T20 Championship - 2007 CB 2008 Series win World cup in India - 2011

So effectively India has won a major ICC cup in England, Aus,SA and India. Now please compare where has SL won any major trophy - at LAHore once or in SL only

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

Bottom line is very simple if you play Munaweera he should open the innings, if Mahela wants to open then there is no point of playing munaweera. Our guys must make sure the role that each and every player suited for. you can't ask munaweera to come 4 down and consolidated the innings. It is why Lahiru Must play if SL loose couple of wickets upfront, Lahiru will be the man to consolidate the innings and anchor at one end and others must play around him, as he gets his eye in he can wack out of the park at ease. This is how the experience can be gained, if SL willing to chop and change unfortunately we wouldn't go anywhere. If Mendis is unfit it is must that Dhannjaya should play, as no one is aware how he handle pressure. it is worth to test him at this stage if not in the semi-finals.

Posted by A.Shibly on (September 26, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Ajantha Mendis whenever first time playing with any team then he is getting wicket.all the team which are selected for super eight will know how to defend to AM.anyway this will be a bottleneck tournament for All the team

Posted by tomk_1977 on (September 26, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

why does any srilankan think that their country is better?? Bcoz they can only think. Your junk lanka is no way better..not in any sense.

Posted by SoulTaker on (September 26, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

@g.narsimha: lol....loved ur comment Bro...:)

Posted by Htc-Android on (September 26, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

@Pappu_bhai wat?NZ,WI,Eng,Sl are minnows? i wonder what type of world ur living at.

Posted by sanath1234 on (September 26, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

@ TD_160, that is the game goes.... they came to finals when other teams flew home.your list of record is the history. keep in mind that SL is still holding the highest scores in all type of int'l cricket.partnership records,wicket records,hat-trick records,4 in 4 records.etc,etc. they sent off many so-called top teams in many many world cups. may be SA is the best team to raise the cup this time,may be WI get a better chance.but we are still not wise enough to tell fancy stories filtered from the past. this is cricket...and T20 more unpredictable ...remember WI became looser with 191 runs with bat.

Posted by samincolumbia on (September 26, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

@Herath - It does not matter a jot as to which pitch on this planet India will be playing against Sri Lanka - the result is always a resounding Indian win!!

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

It is interesting to see the SL line up for the game tomorrow. Some times this injury may leave the opportunity for the other mystery spinner in the line up - Akila Dhananjaya. He is yet to play in the international arena. From the NZ point of view, will be hoping Mendis over Dhananjaya.

Posted by SoulTaker on (September 26, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

I really like to see SL spinners vs Eng..that would be a great match...apart from that I think SL and West Indies have good chance to make it to the semis..I think one of the Asian team shuld lift the cup even if it s not Ind it should be either Pak or SL..Gud luck SL...

Posted by Herath-UK on (September 26, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

Seedings are done according to T20 rankings where Eng is ranked first and Aussies 7.So one group has team 1,4,6,8 and the other team 2.3,5 and 8. What is most unusual is Sri Lanka getting very generous to India and Australia lodging them only at one place all upto the final when the host is running round the country.It will be of immense advantage at the final to India & Australia playing only on Premadasa.Never heard of such benevolence before from another host country. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

this is the logic of super eights which prviously sheduled............... "The identities of A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2, D1 and D2 were decided according to seedings and were in place before the group stage began. So India Was A2 and England A1 no matter what position they finished in as long as both qualified. Among other reasons, this helps travelling fans know at which venue their team will play in the Super Eights. Had Afghanistan beat both India and England and qualified first, they would have taken the identity of the team that did not make it from Group A: A2 if India had failed to qualify, and A1 had England been knocked out.

Posted by yorkslanka on (September 26, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

@dannymania - its raining more in England at the moment, here in the north of england, a lot of places are actually flooding due to the rain...i dont understand all these people claiming the groupings were a consiparcy, these groups were being shown on cricinfo, months ago so how can they be decided at the start of the tournament to help SL?

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

dilshan needs to smash the ball everywhere in power play. we need good total in powerplays. otherwise it is difficult to gather more runs in last 4-5 overs. cheers to lions..

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

sri lanka is adventage of home g rounds

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 26, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

Since all the minnows are gone,Mendis declared himself that he is injured...another overhyped bowler with less talent

Posted by yohandf1984 on (September 26, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

@ Sijoy Sanjeev , Tapash Raksmit Topu & other cricket pundits .you guys are just commenting without proper refering which will ultimately show your ignorance. NOW LETS SEE . In WT20 2010 same method applied having pre-seeded teams according to rankings . but nobody voiced coz two each group stage winners were in both super 8 teams . So unless retarded ,anybody can understand this is the way tournament goes and SL has nothing to do with it as host . (For your reference : India won 2007 ICCWT20 according to pre-seeding qualifier method) . Reason behind this is to ease ticketing process coz generally you hv an idea which teams would play in the match you bought tickets .I m not a fan of pre -seeded method but its hw it goes .

Posted by lemonstealer on (September 26, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

this may have come as a surprise to some,the groups for the super 8's that is,but all the teams knew who they were going to face in the super 8's provided they got through way before the tournament got under way,it was probably done to make sure people can buy tickets for the games they wanted to watch rather than leave it to chance,india plays pakistan this coming SUNDAY,THIS is no coincidence,thats how the tournaments been planned and those who bothered to check out the format wouldve known this a very long time ago!

Posted by Vikum72 on (September 26, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

I see lot of Indian fans complaining about the make up of the super 8 groups. This could mean only one thing; they seriously doubt Indian team's ability to beat sides like Australia, South Africa and Pakistan. Come on guys, give them a chance. They do win some times...

Posted by sanath1234 on (September 26, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Even if he fit or not,SL should try with new guy Akila,as SL introduce a new one always worked.Remember in Asia cup finals,SL wisely hide Mendis and showed up in finals...India was nowhere.I think Akila will be the replacement for mendis.

Posted by test_cricket_is_real_cricket on (September 26, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

the groups were pre-decided based on seedings before the tournament... this policy of icc which has been in practice since the 2007 world cup is absolutely senseless... it makes the group stage a mere formality, like the warm ups before the world cup... @sarath1948: why do you think sri lanka needs to look towards a future without sangakara and the rest of the seniors?? age should never be a criteria for selection... as long as a player performs, he should be picked for the team, let his age be 18 or even 60... on any given day, the best seven batsmen and best 4 bowlers of the country should take the field... all this "give chance to youngsters" and "team-building for next world cup" is pointless... if a player aged 36 bats better than a player aged 18, the 18 year old needs to wait...

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 26, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

UPPERCUT-07-It seems u r padestrian in cricketing knowledge other wise u would not have posted such an rubbish , u should know that IND is the only team which won more trophies outside asia 1983WC IN ENG, CHAMP OF CHAMP -86, CB SERIES IN AUS, T-20 CUP IN SA , what is u r score line , we are made it an habbit of beating u r team around the globe includind in u r own backyard so my dear instead of wasting u r energy on ind u pl concentrat on u r team , i will be happiest if u r team wins tommorrow vrs NZ best of luck& enjoy the cricket which now in very interesting stage . we are up for huge enterainment .

Posted by hst84 on (September 26, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

Mendis is a world class bowler. His presence in the team will be vital for Srilanka to win their T20 World Cup. Anyways, the team which will handle pressure situations better will win this cup irrespective of the pool it stays in.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (September 26, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

sl need to pray that they don't get to face ind in this tournament.....

Posted by diniSL01 on (September 26, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

Woot woot SL would probably be better off had this WC been played else where. I mean SL even being the home team will have to start from scratch in the Super 8s (playing at Pallekele) and if somehow they manage to go through to the semis they will have to start from scratch and get used to playing at Premadasa. You have to ask why India gets to play all their games at Premadasa, conditions where they will feel right at home. India certainly would be better off playing their Super 8s at Premadasa rather than at Pallekele where the conditions would suit Aus and SA. I thought SL were the hosts and home team. Or is it that they are just the hosts and Inda the home team?

Posted by varmachs on (September 26, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

All 4 pool toppers in one Group A( Australia, SA, Pak and India) All Second placed in pool in Group B( SL, NZ, Eng, WI). This means One group is all with Winners and another group with runners. If groups has to split equal then it has to (1,4,5,8) and (2, 3, 6,7).

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

@ Tapash Raksmit Topu...i do agree with you... i think this super8 grouping based on icc ranking is done for the hosts, srilanka, to make the semi's with much less competition.....

definitely, the 2 teams which tops among aus,sa,ind n pak surely have a great chance to make it to the finals...

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

@Henderson De Silva , @colombo_SL... guys.. der s no dbt that the group srilanka is in , is much easier compared to the other group... nz, eng ,wi are not nt as strong as pak,sa,ind n aus..... eng are current the current eng team is nt as strong as the one in, heavily depended on McCullum n taylor in their battin and their bowling s nt dat threatening... westindies gt an amazing batting line up... but their bowling remains a weak link... or else just look at the group stage standings...all the teams which topped their respective groups are in one super8 group and the teams which came 2nd are in one group including srilanka... so guys be happy for it...

Posted by Prem2248 on (September 26, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

If Ajantha is injured then drop him and replace him with the next proven spinner in the Country i. e. Senanayake. Not only Ajantha drop Sangakkara, Dilshan & Herath (inflated) as well and give their places to the future players such as Angelo Perera, Bhanuka, Maneshan, Rosen, Ashen, Kithruwan, Jehan Jayasuriya, Sadun Weerakkody, Chathuranga de Silva, Chathuranga Kumara. Even if we lose few, there is no much harm done cos it's better for future. The future of Cricket in SL is more precious for the true SLan fans than that of some greedy selfish seniors who try to hang on till the 2015WC. Sangakkara is not a No.3 batter, he should bat below No. 5. (or should be dropped making way for) Chandimal, Mathews, Jeewan & Thirmanne should be given No. 3, 4, 5, & 6 positions.

Posted by jplterrors on (September 26, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

easy win 4 NZ if he plays or not

Posted by Indike on (September 26, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

SL should move on from the Test match/ODI mentality [example. batsman to anchor 20 overs--that's lame...etc] and play for our strength, we should go all the way. Please allow quick scoring batsmen to face as many deliveries as possible. Don't leave it for the next one. Or don't leave till the end. Teams' got well capable batsmen and bowlers [& all-rounders] why not get their full worth. If you look, all other teams are attacking upfront all guns blazing but SL. We need the ones who can score quickly face as many deliveries as possible--the current batting line up doesn't allow it well. So I'm going for all out attack. Radical. But this is what we'll need to win the tournament! 1.Mahela Jayawardena 2.Tillakaratne Dilshan 3.Anjelo Mathews 4.Thisara Perera 5.Jeevan Mendis 6.Kumar Sangakkara 7.Dinesh Chandimal 8.Nuwan Kulasekara 9.Shaminda Eranga/Lasith Malinga 10.Ajantha Mendis 11.Akila Dananjaya

Posted by bigwonder on (September 26, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

@colombo_S, I thought it was BCCI who got India all matches at Premadasa? Are we changing our stories now? Regardless of the stadium, SL has a good chance to make it to final four due to not-so-tough competition in their group - that is a fact. Without Mendis SL will be struggling even in the easy super eight games.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Mendis is not going to be a trump card in super 8 as all the teams except the minnows know how to play him.

Posted by KP_84 on (September 26, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

On paper, Sri Lanka should probably win thier group. The real question is, will they go further than the semi-finals? Although Sri Lanka has a good record in world events in the recent past, they have rarely won against the top teams. In last years world cup, they beat England and New Zealand in the quarters and semis before being thrashed by India in the final. In the the 2009 World T20, they beat West Indies in the semis before being routed by Pakistan in the final. In the 2007 World Cup, they beat New Zealand in the semis, before Gilchrist single-handedly demolished them. In fact, they haven't beaten a top team in the knock-out stages of a world championship since the '96 World Cup.

Posted by Charos on (September 26, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

I do not know why people are talking about grouping. This is purely based on T20 rankings. And you know, if same method used for an ODI championship today, it will be 1) ENG/Ind/SL/WI 2)SA/Aus/Pak/NZ. Now, what is the easy group, and who will complain? People should accept credibility of ranking system, not only when their teams at the top.

Posted by Shrikant25 on (September 26, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Icc t20 winner will be Rain.b'coz there is no reserve day for final.

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (September 26, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

truely group b(NZ, WI, Eng and SL) is a weaker side considering the venue the tournament is being played. NZ it all depends on McCullam and Ross taylor and vetori. WI- they are great as individuals and as a team they fail literally. Eng they cant bowl spin and cant play spin bowling. So its very simple task for SL to get thru the super eight. But SL can stop dreaming after clearing the super eight since any team from group a is unbeatable by srilanka.

Posted by Narbavi on (September 26, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

@colombo_SL: ya thats right, this is an unpredictable format, so anything goes on the particular day!!

Posted by Narbavi on (September 26, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

@Henderson De Silva: i never said it isnt strong, but look at the grouping, it should have been mixed, not like this, how can all group toppers be grouped together?? not fair!!

Posted by sachinisawesome on (September 26, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

@Henderson De Silva please explain what do u mean by so called Team India. It is team India. New Zealand is better than Sri Lanka atleast they could beat India not like Sri Lanka. Please have respect for other teams. Don't drag India to mud for no reason. I think ur team has equal chance of winning this cup as any other team. Its just that in group stages all the teams who played better went in same group that's the reason everybody thinks they are strong. But I feel if mendis doesn't play then their advantage against teams like NZ, SA, ENG and AUS is gone.

Posted by Ameega on (September 26, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

So called EASY group 1 has created becoz, 1) Eng was lucky to be No2, 2)SL was lucky to be No4, 3) NZ was lucky to be No6 and 4) WI was lucky to be No8 in ICC T20 rankings. By the way, I think this is perfect planning by English, to slip to No2 just before the T20WC, so that they can be in an EASY group. I would like to suggest ICC, for next time, do not use rankings, just ask forum readers about how the teams should be ordered. In that way ICC can make most of the people happy.

Posted by ravikb on (September 26, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

Come on NZ, trash these so called Lions in their own den. I don't see a single match winning player in this Srilankan team. Sangakkara is good in test matches but mediocre in T20s, Dilshan is a blind slogger, Jayawardene is pathetic to say the least, the less we talk about the others the better.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (September 26, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

Stop blaming BCCI for everything! Its so ridiculous that some fans are still in stone age. Be happy that your teams are in the easier group and hope your batting improves unlike the other day against Saf. Its so easy these days to find a reason to blame BCCI for everything. I'm sure if India was in group 1 - than it is BCCI's influence. India plays in Colombio - It is BCCI's influence, If it rains - It is BCCI's influence, If Minnows lose - It is BCCI's influence. If hen doesn't lay egg - it is BCCI's influence. Grow up Fellas and stop entertaining with your pathetic analysis.

Posted by ravikb on (September 26, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

Another pathetic bowler who did well against Pathetic Zimbabwe. He will be trashed to all corners of the ground, if picked, against better teams. Srilanka, as always, crush minnows and get crushed against top teams. No chance for them in the Super 8s. I would like NZ and WI to go through to Semis.

Posted by 9ST9 on (September 26, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

@Tapash Raksmit Topu - yes you are absolutely right my friend - the fact that the ICC decided these grouping after the Wt20 2010 is utter rubbish . ICC didn't create the groupings previously. They watched the first few games and decided Ind, Aus, SA and Pak are too hot to handle for SL i think they made that decision last night. Rumours are that ICC is still worried of the crowd factor and are now going to replace New Zealand with Bangladesh,England with Zimbabwe and WI with Ireland - they might do that tonight. By the way just read whats at the bottom of the page in the following link if you are still confused.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

@ Tapash Raksmit Topu, grouping teams was done by the ranks they are in the first round.

Team 1,3, 5,7 in one group. 2,4,6,8 in second group

so one can 't said that it was pre selected. the super 8 grouping was done by the ranking in first round.

ICC is not favoring any team to my knowledge.

Posted by jasonpete on (September 26, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

Posted by Uppercut07 on (September 26 2012, 09:33 AM GMT), India won t20 World Cup in SA 2007 and i don't think pitches are flat there.By looking at pallakele wicket ( flat pitch) yesterday between pak vs BD match, srilanka can have a chance to reach semifinals. @ colombo_sl, Even Australia played all their matches in premadasa ,Colombo.Regarding the topic, mendis is an important factor due to his mystery bowling and he will be useful against England and Newzeland( weak against spin ) Hope he recovers tomorrow and help his team win.Where is Sinhaya? I don't see him .hope he is fine.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (September 26, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

Now teams are divided into two.One group consist of cricketing powers(Aus,SAF,Ind,Pak) out of which only two will enter.Second group consist of Minnows(SL,Eng,WI,NZ) out of which two will enter.I feel Semifinal will be a one sided and boring game and both the teams from the first group will be reaching the Final to make a thrilling Final.So i believe this type of group is to make final interesting.

Posted by shantiratnamaj on (September 26, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

fitness of the players not seem to be controlled at all by the extensive load of support staff in the team! but the support staff are in very good shape and fitness. You can see the captain missing some obvious tactics which even a school boy cricketer would adopt, there is no change of tactics etc, there is no fire power in batting on consistent basis, its obivous there is no special plan against perticular opposition i wonder what the support staff n coach n those laptopns are doing?

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

huh!!! old sri lankan tactics to unsure the opposition.... my semifinal prediction : west indies,new zealand,austraiia,india

Posted by zn264 on (September 26, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

If New Zealand field at the level they should (which you would have to say is up there with the best) and just one of our top batsmen fire, I think we should be able to advance. This is a blow for SL but as a kiwi supporter I'm happy, SL are the danger side in this comp and I think they will go all the way to the finals...but then again almost any team can! Hopefully NZ fire and we get to the semis, then it will be anyones game. Go the BLACK CAPS!

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

As Vikum commented, only after 6 wickets against Zimbabwe, everyone talks about Ajantha. Indeed Ajantha is a potential and wanted player for the team however, before 8 months how S/L did play? Before thinking of sweating, each player should concentrate on individual contribution to the team and then only we can succeed. What a shame against SA? With no reason Dilshan was run out and from there the collapse started. Why theteam got panic when SA scored 77 runs in 7 over? There should have been a pre-paln even with a 7 over game

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

I do agree with you Narbavi, In this group West Indies now do have brighter chances to through to final 4.

On the other hand, I think teams from other group have better chances to win as they are going to play with the competitve teams before the real pressure of final fours. :)

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 26, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

@Tapash Raksmit Topu; Like ICC did to retain India in R. Premadasa Stadium, nee.

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 26, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

Now T20 rankings. Team 1,3, 5,7 in one group. 2,4,6,8 in another group. Perfect mix with current ranking.

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 26, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

@Henderson Silva, Agree with you!

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

To honest i want to say that Srilanka in far easy group rather than other group.I think ICC do it to keep srilanka in safe cause of local croud.It should be part of business.

Posted by MEHATELK on (September 26, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

any explain me how they did selection for supper 8 stage.

Posted by tabsstars on (September 26, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

Mendis has to play. He is important part of my fantasy team.

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 26, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

@Narbavi, But this T20 is unpredictable. I don't think NZ & Eng may not be easy to fight with this time. But definitely easier than Aus, Ind & Pak. But cricket is unpredictable.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

hey narbavi..tell me more about loosing to newzealand one week back....gud u guys avoiding can you say the group is not so strong...when its having W.indies who undoubtdly the most dangerous line up in this newzealand who just came here after beating so called team india on their home soil,englishmen world champions in this sri lanka on their hom sure one of this group will lift the cup, if not only SA having the potential to come foreward and lift it..

Posted by allyzulu on (September 26, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

He will be fit for tomorrow Game , It is just a built up.....

Posted by Uppercut07 on (September 26, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

The answer to the million dollar question 'why did icc choose SL?' simple. so that INDIA wud have a fighting chance to win :D. if this was held in AUS/NZ or Eng, Indian flat track champs wudn't have made to the super8s :D))

Posted by Vikum72 on (September 26, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

Ajantha Mendis is not compulsory for SL to win the match. Heck..before the Zim game nobody was even talking about him! If they want spinners they have Jeewan Mendis, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake or they could even try out young Akila Dananjaya. How can SL be sweating over one individual who has joined the team after one year when they have so many match winners in the side?

Posted by RinDar on (September 26, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

lanka needs the service of this mystery man.

Posted by JAGUARS_XI on (September 26, 2012, 9:27 GMT)


Posted by Lankans1999 on (September 26, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

@ Dannymania... Raining in New Zealand these days more than SL..mate.. Check the weather report b4 comment.

Posted by joseyesu on (September 26, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

I hope that SL will make it to SF with mendis and malinga. STRIKERS. Sure they are in a better pool to make it. I would say it is a competition between SL, NZ and WI. Out of this Narine and Mendis can make their teams to SF. PREDICTIONS

Posted by bilalifyful on (September 26, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

ICC makes senseless moves. A) Scheduling an event as grand as the t20 WC in SL right in the monsoon B) Basing the super 8 groupings on the basis of its t20 rankings. The same rankings that rated ireland higher than australia. For all we know, Aussies may end up winning the damn tournament.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

dont wary guys if menda cant akila will do it for lions

Posted by desm on (September 26, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

we are not worry of Either Pak or Indians if falls in our group, we can win big big matchers with them . remember last time SL won with India last ball 6 from Kapugedera ?? and send India back home ? ha ha.........

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

Cheers to Newzealand. go go kiwis.

Posted by AS7777 on (September 26, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

@Deez0. Sri lanka usually experience two monsoon seasons namely south west and north east monsoons. In between two inter monsoon seasons associated with thunder shower. So there is no prominent dry season in the country. It is highly unpredictable. Second reason is,this is the only period that icc have identified to have this tournament that all the countries are free from bilateral series. Also big money IPL consumes more close to two months just for domestic club level tournament.

Posted by Siva-The-Human on (September 26, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

He is only a dangerous bowler against rest of the team only, but against India he is nothing.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (September 26, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

sorry dude I mean Srilanka but I'm die hard fan of Pakistan so during this tournament i can only speak and write Pakistan so my brain tells to write Srilanka but my finger pressed "PAKISTAN"anyway I love SL tooo

Posted by Dannymania on (September 26, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

This is an absolute disaster.They chose srilanka for the world cup,in the monsoon!what the heck is that?!We could've had a perfect world cup in England,in southafrica,in newzealand,in the westindies,in australia,in zimbabwe or in the UAE even!but they chose srilanka!the only place where we were sure that rain is going to affect the outcome of this world cup.its very sad and i'm very disappointed in the ICC.Just wanted to say something about it.why not in australia?that'ld have been the perfect place for any world cup!newzealand would have been good too.

Posted by NishantMM on (September 26, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

Why would it be a huge blow for "Pakistan"?? haha.

On a more serious note Srilanka will need his spin against a NZ team that shouldn't be too goo against it. Think they will find it hard to pick his variations!

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 26, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

Hope he will recover quickly! Valuable asset in super eight matches.

Posted by Deez0 on (September 26, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

My question is why is this tournament being held in Sri Lanka during this time of the year when the Monsoons are about to arrive just as we reach the business end of the competition(anyone remember 2002 Champions league ?) My predicition is that most of the super eight matches will be rain affected( i sincerely hope I'm wrong!!) reducing the tournament to a lottery!!!

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

@Surajdon9: Huge blow for pakistan?!! R u sleeping?

Posted by desm on (September 26, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

Hope Mendis will be fit by tomorow. my team should be for tom with NZ ,as per batting order.1 Dilshan2.Mahela 3.Sanga.4.Tirimanna 5.Mathiwes 6.Jewan M.7.Tissara. 8.Kulasekera 9.Malinga 10.Herath.11 Mendis/Akila Dhanjaya. Mendis jubject to his fitness. All the best SL.............

Posted by DeeMsteR on (September 26, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

@Surajdon9 You mean huge blow for Sri Lanka? Mendis is indeed a key player Lankans must be betting on.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

@Surajdon9 what do u mean by huge blow for Pakistan? Anyway, Ajantha Mendis is a top quality bowler, I think one of the best spinners today. I wish him very best and hope he gets well and play every match for Sri Lanka.

Posted by RonRocks on (September 26, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

@Surajdon9: Huge plow to pakistan??!! Are you nuts or someting...

Posted by Narbavi on (September 26, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

Lankans are really lucky to avoid india pakistan and australia in the super 8's, only west indies is stronger than them in their group, this will enable them to enter semis easily!!

Posted by Surajdon9 on (September 26, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

it could be the huge blow for pakistan but lets hope rangana herath can make up it for lankan lions....all the best lions....

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