SL v NZ, Super Eights, Group 1, World Twenty20, Pallekele September 26, 2012

The fight for the semi-finals begins

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Match facts

September 27, 2012
Start time 1530 local (1000GMT)

Big Picture

The teams that made it through an all-too-predictable first round are now in a more demanding environment. By design and chance, the sides that topped each of the four groups are in one Super Eights pool, while those that finished second are in the other; the grouping gives these games a context the earlier ones lacked.

The first Super Eights game is between the hosts Sri Lanka and New Zealand, two teams that had different group experiences. Sri Lanka were barely tested by Zimbabwe and then lost a seven-over lottery to South Africa. They played those games in Hambantota and have now moved to Pallekele, where they haven't had a net session at the venue of Thursday's match. They trained in Kandy instead. The hosts also have to decide on whether to play Ajantha Mendis, who suffered a side strain, and whether to open the batting with Dilshan Munaweera, or give Mahela Jayawardene the job he's so good at. As they enter the demanding phase of the World Twenty20, Sri Lanka are still settling in.

New Zealand, on the other hand, had two full and more competitive outings, winning against Bangladesh and losing to Pakistan. Those games were in Pallekele too, so they are familiar with the venue, which has assisted pace more than spin and been a good one to bat at.

Form guide

(completed matches, most recent first)

Sri Lanka: LWLLW
New Zealand: LWWLL

Watch out for

New Zealand's batting order: In the game against Pakistan, Kane Williamson opened the batting, while Daniel Vettori went in at No. 4 and Ross Taylor at No. 6. None of them had batted in those positions in a Twenty20 international before. James Franklin had opened against Bangladesh but was the No. 7 in the second game. Apart from Martin Guptill at the top and Brendon McCullum at No. 3, New Zealand's opponents don't really know the identity of the next man in. The benefits of such an approach are debatable. Having come in so late against Pakistan, Taylor had to take risks from the start because of a massive asking rate. He managed 26 off 10 balls before he was run out attempting an impossible second to try and get back on strike. Surely New Zealand will want their match-winner to have the opportunity to bat longer than that?

Akila Dananjaya: If Mendis is not fully fit, Sri Lanka's newest spinner could be unveiled in Pallekele. Dananjaya reportedly bowls a legbreak, googly, carrom ball, doosra and a stock offspinner with astounding control. Very few have seen him bowl because he was selected from obscurity. New Zealand have coped satisfactorily against spin so far in this tournament and they will be tested again tomorrow.

Team news

If Mendis is passed fit, then he could replace his replacement Rangana Herath, who played against South Africa. If he isn't, Sri Lanka have to decide between the control Herath offers and the novelty that Dananjaya will bring. The other question is whether Munaweera will continue to partner Tillakaratne Dilshan at the top of the batting order, or whether Jayawardene will promote himself.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 3 Dilshan Munaweera, 4 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Jeevan Mendis, 7 Angelo Mathews, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis/Akila Dananjaya/Rangana Herath.

New Zealand had played the extra bowler in Adam Milne against Pakistan because their opener Martin Guptill had a hamstring strain. Guptill was expected to recover in time for tomorrow's game so he could replace Milne, who bowled one over for 12 runs.

New Zealand (probable): 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Rob Nicol, 3 Brendon McCullum (wk), 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Ross Taylor (capt), 6 Jacob Oram, 7 James Franklin, 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 TimSouthee, 11 Kyle Mills.

Pitch and conditions

Neither team has had a look at the pitch yet so not much is know of it apart from the fact that previous Pallekele surfaces have been better for seam bowling than spin. The weather forecast is cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms.

Stats and trivia

  • New Zealand have won four of their last five Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka, and two of those victories were in Sri Lanka.

  • Sri Lanka have not yet won a Twenty20 international at home while chasing. They've lost six games batting second.

  • Mahela Jayawardene's scored 229 runs in nine Twenty20 innings against New Zealand at a strike-rate of 145. Ajantha Mendis' economy-rate against New Zealand in T20s is 5.47 and his ten wickets in six games have come at an average of 12.60.

Quotes

"We're the only team likely to play at three different venues. It hasn't beensort of home advantage all the way. But hopefully the determination comes through and we're able to play with a lot of character tomorrow."
Sri Lanka coach Graeme Ford on the challenges his team is facing in the World Twenty20

"[Jacob Oram's] been telling us about the local players we might not have heard much of as well as about the conditions. He was probably the form bowler [in the SLPL], and he plays a vital role in our team as well."
New Zealand captain Ross Taylor on the value of Jacob Oram's SLPL experience.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Ramansilva on September 27, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    If the grouping was decided based on past performance instead of the results of the two matches played in the first round, it was a scientifically sound and rationale basis. Those who criticize the grouping and calling teams that showed performance in the past as minnows are the fans who are scared that their teams will not be able to beat both Australia and South Africa. Be optimistic instead of dreaming the failures of others.

  • crick_sucks on September 27, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    the 2 groups are intresting...that of contenders and pretenders.

  • on September 27, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Its going to be fantastic between SL & NZ .. want to see the variations by Mendis and power strikes frm Mcclum. At last some good cricket to see :)

  • colombo_SL on September 27, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    For all Indians, this is a good chance to show you that you are world champs. Don't mention ifs n buts, grouping is wrong etc. Play cricket n show to the world you are champs. real champs should be brave enough to defeat any team.

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

    @zn264 &@WishW only time will tell but let's see today's result………………looking forward to see McCullum, Malinga combat

  • on September 27, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    no doubt sri lanka will be winner today

  • raj3006 on September 27, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Right as per current rankings 1,3,5,7 are in one group and 2,4,6,8 are in one group. This is the right selection. Hats off to ICC or may be it is coincidence

  • zn264 on September 27, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    haha so funny, all of the Indian and Pak fans are just scared they might not make it through to the semis and are already coming up with excuses saying how there is an easy pool and a hard pool. Both are tough, both are unpredictable...it T20 cricket, anything can happen! Watch NZ go all the way...or fail badly...gotta love this game!!! C'mon Black Caps, lets go Baz, another big score please : )

  • ham1990 on September 27, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Both groups are incredibly difficult for all teams. I wouldn't be so sure about Sri Lanka winning this game (I am a SL fan) and for that matter getting through to the semi finals. Anyone would be a fool to write off New Zealand (who have always risen to the occasion in big tournaments and made it to the knockout stage), or for that matter WI (a bit more than dark horses in my opinion) and England who are the second if not top T20 side. Sri Lanka seem like they lack players who will put their hand up in crunch games, I hope they prove me wrong! Like I said both groups are hard to call, all it takes is one bad day at the office and some unfavourable results in the other matches, to be sent home packing.

  • WishW on September 27, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    to all you Indians who are trying to predict what will happen to SL..please start praying that your team will atleast win one match..I think you guys have bigger problems...cheers

  • Ramansilva on September 27, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    If the grouping was decided based on past performance instead of the results of the two matches played in the first round, it was a scientifically sound and rationale basis. Those who criticize the grouping and calling teams that showed performance in the past as minnows are the fans who are scared that their teams will not be able to beat both Australia and South Africa. Be optimistic instead of dreaming the failures of others.

  • crick_sucks on September 27, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    the 2 groups are intresting...that of contenders and pretenders.

  • on September 27, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Its going to be fantastic between SL & NZ .. want to see the variations by Mendis and power strikes frm Mcclum. At last some good cricket to see :)

  • colombo_SL on September 27, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    For all Indians, this is a good chance to show you that you are world champs. Don't mention ifs n buts, grouping is wrong etc. Play cricket n show to the world you are champs. real champs should be brave enough to defeat any team.

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

    @zn264 &@WishW only time will tell but let's see today's result………………looking forward to see McCullum, Malinga combat

  • on September 27, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    no doubt sri lanka will be winner today

  • raj3006 on September 27, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Right as per current rankings 1,3,5,7 are in one group and 2,4,6,8 are in one group. This is the right selection. Hats off to ICC or may be it is coincidence

  • zn264 on September 27, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    haha so funny, all of the Indian and Pak fans are just scared they might not make it through to the semis and are already coming up with excuses saying how there is an easy pool and a hard pool. Both are tough, both are unpredictable...it T20 cricket, anything can happen! Watch NZ go all the way...or fail badly...gotta love this game!!! C'mon Black Caps, lets go Baz, another big score please : )

  • ham1990 on September 27, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Both groups are incredibly difficult for all teams. I wouldn't be so sure about Sri Lanka winning this game (I am a SL fan) and for that matter getting through to the semi finals. Anyone would be a fool to write off New Zealand (who have always risen to the occasion in big tournaments and made it to the knockout stage), or for that matter WI (a bit more than dark horses in my opinion) and England who are the second if not top T20 side. Sri Lanka seem like they lack players who will put their hand up in crunch games, I hope they prove me wrong! Like I said both groups are hard to call, all it takes is one bad day at the office and some unfavourable results in the other matches, to be sent home packing.

  • WishW on September 27, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    to all you Indians who are trying to predict what will happen to SL..please start praying that your team will atleast win one match..I think you guys have bigger problems...cheers

  • Siva-The-Human on September 27, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Today Sl going to lose badly ha ha aha ha .

  • nayan.report on September 27, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    GREAT WORK BY ICC.....THEY ARE PROMOTING MINNOWS AND ALLOW THEM TO GET THE EXPERIENCE OF SEMI FINALS....

  • bjkboyer on September 27, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    NZ will WIN no doubt about that

  • hardik1109 on September 27, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Happy Birthday to Brendon and Best of luck to both teams :)

  • prakash_mishra on September 27, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    This group is in a way more interesting than the other..I think SL and NZ might qualify for Semis but WI can also sneak through..From the next group, Mb India will beat South Africa and Pakistan will beat Australia.The India-Pakistan encounter will be pivotal as always.Whereas in this group NL might beat WI and ENG and WI might surprise SL.Teams in Semis is difficult to predict but may be Ind v/s SL and NL v/s Aus semifinals.who knows??

  • Narbavi on September 27, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    lol, what an easy group for lanka to qualify for the semis, just imagine their plight had they been grouped with india pakistan and australia

  • hvijay.1985 on September 27, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    @UN_Jonty : Remember, one swallow does not make a meal. Any team has instances where it has beaten any other team (barring a few new entrants), but that does not prove anything. England are a peculiar case, they seem fish out of water in foreign conditions, and although they are defending champions, they are in no way favourites.

  • foodies123 on September 27, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    NZ bat down to number 10 with mills having scored a domestic hundred, I hope this works for them. If only we had Ryder and Styris as well. Milne may not be a good option to go with as with his good pace he can spray it anywhere (Wides).

  • yohandf1984 on September 27, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @ AS7777 Good one man . real irony .

  • on September 27, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    I hope NW won this game by blast Mccullum and Taylor.....

  • Mr.Blacksmith on September 27, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Srilanka surely will win this cotest............

  • WishW on September 27, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    I can only laugh at all the comments about SL being minnows/ a weak team

  • UN_Jonty on September 27, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    how on earth are NZ minnows if they beat you all in the T20 international in Channai a few weeks ago? How is England a minnow if they won the last T20 world championship? How is Sri Lanka a minnow if we managed to enter the 2009 T20 world cup finals and 2010 semi finals?

  • welleft on September 27, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    not all teams in group B are weak, Only Windies Looks Storng, which opens gates to semifinal berth for one week team (SL,Eng). Nz ismuch better side than SL and Eng.

  • colombo_SL on September 27, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    I DON'T LIKE TO HEAR COMMENTS LIKE, THIS GROUP IS BETTER THAN THAT & THAT GROUP IS ....... WHAT NONSENSE. IF SOMEBODY TRY TO EXPLAIN LIKE THAT, THEY HAVE LESS CONFIDENT ON THEIR TEAM & NOW FIND REASONS FOR THEIR DEFEAT. (Thinking ahead of the destination before the journey)

  • colombo_SL on September 27, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    @Wish all the best for every team. Every team has equal opportunity to claim for the cup in this limited format. My prediction, NZ could be a BLACK HORSE.

  • on September 27, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    i m hoping a birthday blast from brendon Mccullum...

  • desm on September 27, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    AS7777 : My dear friend do not talk too much of your Countryman ,as you all know in the pass all the previous matches especially big tournaments they fail ! regardless best team or not it's cricket !! All the best to Sri Lanka and the rest of the Countries as well.

  • foodies123 on September 27, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Lets hope the Black caos can get up for it, they have an excellent side on paper (if you know the players well enough you would know this). I have a feeling Guptill, Nicol could come off tonight, it would be nice to see a quick fire 60ish from Oram. Go Black caps good luck!

  • Balumekka on September 27, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    @AS7777: Well said. 100% agree!!!!!

  • on September 27, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    SL fans still havent forget defeat WC 2011 final and beaten in all series pls stop it now start something new topics we r also boaring listning always India beat SL so stop it and have a new topic. Ur players get good respect here in IPL Sanga, Malinga, Mahela even new players like Mathwes, Parera so have respect for all who playingas like as us u should like Indian cricketers and stop it.

  • on September 27, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    @ Lankan fans India have easily beaten Lanka in Lanka, but U guys will never ever win a series in India.

  • ammar7may on September 27, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Seems a head-to-head contest this afternoon. People overrating their own teams will not change the scenario. Mendis has already been exposed for years. Bigger teams have survived the likes of Ajmal and Swann pretty well, so bigger teams are not going to be troubled. The contest is among Dilshan, Jayawardene and Sangakara versus BB McCullum and Taylor. Bowlers are going to play absolutely no role, fielding will surely distinguish between the teams. That's it, if there is no further washout like SA-SL, WI-Aus match or sudden fall like Eng-Ind match.

  • WishW on September 27, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    @indirocksz...firstly I think you don't know a thing about cricket..and it can't be the clash of the titans with India in there...all the other teams are assured of atleast one win because India is in the group..fight is btwn Aus pak and SA..mark my words..

  • Htc-Android on September 27, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    @indirockz. why dint you beat these club level minnows SL and WI in the last t20 world cup and came last in the super 8 table. how come Nz managed to beat you in a t20 match abt couple of weeks ago. so plz show respect to them. dont be so arrogant. every team has ups and downs. if u look at indias performance in the 1990s-2000s you will understand. now they reached their peak form. so they are doing well. CRICINFO PLEASE PUBLISH.

  • Ameega on September 27, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    If someone say they are in a tough group, I feel that they scared of loosing two games out three in group stage. But mind you, if you win 2 out 3 in group, it will be easy walk to the finals, as a 'club level' or 'minnow' team (as most of you have rated) will see you in semis. btw I am sure Paks will prove wrong their tag of 'unpredictable', becos, they can win all three group stage games and probably the title, and become 'predictable'!

  • AS7777 on September 27, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    My dear Sri lankan fans. Just accept that India is the worlds best cricket team. No one will ever beat them. They never got defeated in the hands of Sri Lanka. They never whitewashed likes of 8-0. They never consumed 953 runs in a one innings. They never lose any wickets to Ajantha Mendis........ Simply India is the best. So no need to have a tournament. Just give them the cup. So we can save our time for something else.....

  • on September 27, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Agree the super 8s could've been selected in a better manner. But those of you who feel Group A is far superior to Group B should think again. This is T20, not tests or ODIs. All 8 teams have an equal chance if you ask me. Have can you call a team with Gayle, Pollard, Narine, etc a weak team? Don't be surprised if a Group B teams wins the tournament. As I said, it's T20, anything's possible.

  • Sinhaya on September 27, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    @indirockz, how on earth are NZ minnows if they beat you all in the T20 international in Channai a few weeks ago? How is England a minnow if they won the last T20 world championship? How is Sri Lanka a minnow if we managed to enter the 2009 T20 world cup finals and 2010 semi finals? Cricinfo please publish.

  • roversgate on September 26, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Twenty20 rankings are not accurate enough to consider seeds. The better way would be to look at ODI rankings, T20 rankings and past performances in world cups. In which case I get: (1) England (2) Pakistan (3) South Africa (4) India (5) Sri Lanka (6) Australia (7) New Zealand (8) West Indies. Out of which only positions 3-5 are interchangeable, all the others are pretty well set. Looking at those rankings, the groups are poorly sorted for the super eights.

  • Bollo on September 26, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    @Ramansilva - I think seedings were based on performance in the last World Twenty20, not rankings. Thus, England, Aus, Pakistan and SL (semi-finalists from 2010) were seeded no.1 in their groups, and India, WI, NZ and SAf (lost in the super eights) were seeded 2. I can understand that the organisers want fans to know where their team will be playing Super Eights prior to the tournament beginning, but all Group Winners in the same side of the draw is a bit of a joke and makes the first round (particularly with no carry-over points) even more irrelevant.

  • indirockz on September 26, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Group A = Clash of Titans. Group B = Club level gameplay for minnows. Cricinfo pls publish

  • on September 26, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    gonna be interesting.. ill put my money on SL... go lanka !

  • zn264 on September 26, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    All these people saying NZ have been given a leg up in the comp need to remember we were ranked 2nd earlier this year and have two of the top 5 batsmen for this format of the game. England are also defending champs, so if anything, this is the tougher pool, India and Pak are the ones that have got off lightly!!! Go NZ, show em what we're made of! Look at the record for Sri Lanka vs NZ...it's not great. We should have this in the bag if we bat first.

  • Haleos on September 26, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    @Graeme Ford - you forgot all the 3 venues belong to SL. Thats home advantage for me. I think he is preparing for arguments for loss.

  • intcamd on September 26, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    How come all the losers are in a nice little group of their own, while the winners have to duke it out for the 2 slots?

  • lilyblackcapsfan on September 26, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    It'll be a good game, don't think Sri Lanka will win as easy as all of you are saying. Gotta look at both teams before you decide. Sri Lanka is a tough mountain to climb for the Kiwis, but history says NZ can definitely do it.

  • on September 26, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Should Open the bowling with oram and franklin's bowling Must be used too Nz haven't been utilizing their potential

  • on September 26, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Lankan Lions will run away to the Arabic ocean after the match. Ross tylor and team will be slapping lankans face, by bat and bowl.

  • on September 26, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    thirimanna should be dropped.he ddnt bat in last t20 and no worth of keeping him! he must replace by a bowler. dilshan,munaweera,mahela,sanga,mathews,jewan,thisara,nuwan,malinga,akila,ajantha/herath/shaminda (depend on mendis fitness)

  • Ramansilva on September 26, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    The comments about the top 4 teams should not be in the same group do make sense only if there were about 5 teams (1 team play with all other 4) in the qualifying round. There were only two matches that a team played in the round one. In that context using ranking of the team to decide on grouping was more sensible because the rank portray the recent record. Tennis matches are scheduled like that for both individual or team events. It was a coincidence that the teams that won both matches in round 1 are in the same group for S8.

  • Htc-Android on September 26, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Sl should play with 2 spinners since Nz are weak against spinners.also bring chandimal instead munaweera. u can test him later in the upcoming series. my team. 1.mahela .2.dilshan 3.chandimal 4.sanga. 5.J.mendis 6. mathews 7.perera 8.kula 9.malinga 10.herath/mendis 11.akila. i would keep thirimanne out of the team.its a t20 u dont need too many batsmen. infact kula and malinga also can hit sixes.

  • Surajdon9 on September 26, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Admin "SANGA need another 33 runs to became 4 th player to reach 1000 T20I runs" please include it in your stats and trivia of Prerview plz...

  • pappu15 on September 26, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    It will a tough match.. I hope Srilanka wins!!!!!!! good luck from pakistani fan.

  • on September 26, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Jeewan Mendis should be promoted ahead of Munaweera. It seems like Munaweera yet to find the middle of the bat. he can play at No. 05 or 06. In the last match against the SA, the top order was clueless against the pace of Steyn and Morkel and need to be mindful of the seam bowlers of the NZ as well.

  • desm on September 26, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Pls include Tirimanna for chandiaml

  • on September 26, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Wherever you go, whatever you do, we will be right here with u.go lions go.go lions go

  • LSDubois on September 26, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    How ridiculous is it to have the 4 group winners all in the one group for the next stage of the tournament ? Even if this is how it was designed before this world twenty 20 started, it's a laughable and unfair format. Only 2 teams who topped each group should be in the same group for super eights. I actually can't believe this is the format. Imagine this happening in the football world cup, well I can't because it wouldn't. Sri Lanka, NZ West Indies and England have been given a leg up now when they have not earned it. C'mon ICC. One of the consequences of this format is that the matches between the 2 major countries in the first group stage don't really amount to anything. Topping their respective groups should have given Sth Africa, Australia, India and pakistan the chance for all 4 teams to make the semis.

    This had better change for the 2014 edition, otherwise ICC and cricket generally will again show they are a laughing stock in world sport.

  • HawksEyeFocused on September 26, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    This is going to be match worth watching! Though we Pakistanis always support Sri Lanka everywhere in all formats but this time let the better team win!!! Good luck to both the teams!!!

  • RAQ on September 26, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Brandon and Tailor are key, if they will be able to settle there for some time there is no chance of sirilanka Good Luck for Newzealand from Pakistani cricket fan

  • nsam on September 26, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    my team for sl... 1 . dilshan 2. mahela 3. munaweera 4.mathews. 5. sangakkara 6. perera .7 kulasekara 8 malinga 9 mendis 10 dhananjaya 11 shaminda/thirimanna.. ;) ...

  • desm on September 26, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    If SL wants have good balance teem ,pls include Tirimanna and not Munaweera . he is still new to the scene.

  • tdslbuwa on September 26, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    My team :Munaweera,Dilshan,Mahela,Mathewes,Perera,Sanga,Jeevan,Thirimanne,Malinga,Mendis,Akila. Open with Munaweera if he fails again give opening role to Mahela or Chandimal. Mathiwes and Perera should bat at 4 and 5 because if these two get going we can easily score around 200 and give them lisence to score quickly.If they fail Sanga and Thirimanne can rebuild and Jeevan can give finishing touch. We have to send Thisara and Mathiwes as early as possible because in this tournement number 6,7,8 batsmen haven't face handful of balls in previous matches. Good Luck SL....!!!!!!!!

  • nicko11 on September 26, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    srilanka should have won with ease from nzland...go srilanka go

  • on September 26, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    All the best lankan lions.Sanga need 33 to complete 1000 T20I runs.can't wait to see that moments.all the best sanga.....Common Lions...........I hope mahela will play Eranga instead of Malinga....

  • on September 26, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    i dont think its a good grouping design for the super eights

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  • on September 26, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    i dont think its a good grouping design for the super eights

  • on September 26, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    All the best lankan lions.Sanga need 33 to complete 1000 T20I runs.can't wait to see that moments.all the best sanga.....Common Lions...........I hope mahela will play Eranga instead of Malinga....

  • nicko11 on September 26, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    srilanka should have won with ease from nzland...go srilanka go

  • tdslbuwa on September 26, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    My team :Munaweera,Dilshan,Mahela,Mathewes,Perera,Sanga,Jeevan,Thirimanne,Malinga,Mendis,Akila. Open with Munaweera if he fails again give opening role to Mahela or Chandimal. Mathiwes and Perera should bat at 4 and 5 because if these two get going we can easily score around 200 and give them lisence to score quickly.If they fail Sanga and Thirimanne can rebuild and Jeevan can give finishing touch. We have to send Thisara and Mathiwes as early as possible because in this tournement number 6,7,8 batsmen haven't face handful of balls in previous matches. Good Luck SL....!!!!!!!!

  • desm on September 26, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    If SL wants have good balance teem ,pls include Tirimanna and not Munaweera . he is still new to the scene.

  • nsam on September 26, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    my team for sl... 1 . dilshan 2. mahela 3. munaweera 4.mathews. 5. sangakkara 6. perera .7 kulasekara 8 malinga 9 mendis 10 dhananjaya 11 shaminda/thirimanna.. ;) ...

  • RAQ on September 26, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Brandon and Tailor are key, if they will be able to settle there for some time there is no chance of sirilanka Good Luck for Newzealand from Pakistani cricket fan

  • HawksEyeFocused on September 26, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    This is going to be match worth watching! Though we Pakistanis always support Sri Lanka everywhere in all formats but this time let the better team win!!! Good luck to both the teams!!!

  • LSDubois on September 26, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    How ridiculous is it to have the 4 group winners all in the one group for the next stage of the tournament ? Even if this is how it was designed before this world twenty 20 started, it's a laughable and unfair format. Only 2 teams who topped each group should be in the same group for super eights. I actually can't believe this is the format. Imagine this happening in the football world cup, well I can't because it wouldn't. Sri Lanka, NZ West Indies and England have been given a leg up now when they have not earned it. C'mon ICC. One of the consequences of this format is that the matches between the 2 major countries in the first group stage don't really amount to anything. Topping their respective groups should have given Sth Africa, Australia, India and pakistan the chance for all 4 teams to make the semis.

    This had better change for the 2014 edition, otherwise ICC and cricket generally will again show they are a laughing stock in world sport.

  • on September 26, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Wherever you go, whatever you do, we will be right here with u.go lions go.go lions go