Sri Lanka v England, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Pallekele

SL well placed, but many permutations remain

Preview by Andrew McGlashan

September 30, 2012

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Match Facts

October 1, 2012
Start time 19.30 local (1400GMT/1500BST)


Jonny Bairstow works in the nets, Kandy, September 30, 2012
Jonny Bairstow worked on his keeping, as well as his batting, during England's net session © Getty Images
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Players/Officials: Jonny Bairstow | Craig Kieswetter
Series/Tournaments: ICC World Twenty20
Teams: England | Sri Lanka

The Big Picture

Neither of these teams will quite know where they stand until West Indies have played New Zealand in the first game of the day. There are various scenarios, ranging from the reasonably simple to the very complicated, but it is fair to say Sri Lanka are handsomely placed with the advantage of a strong net run-rate after their massive victory against West Indies.

If Sri Lanka win they have nothing to worry about. If they lose they could be eliminated if West Indies win and net run-rate conspires against them. England could lose and go through if New Zealand win; or win and go out if West Indies win. It is a host of ifs, buts and maybes which is the sign of an ideal group stage.

The hosts have the look of a side finding their peak. They could not have played a stronger game than the one put together against West Indies. Generally speaking the longer a host nation stays in a tournament the better for the event - the crowds and atmosphere for the Sri Lanka matches have been a highlight of this tournament.

With England it remains a guessing game which side will appear. They were comfortable against New Zealand, a side which, like themselves, are built on orthodox cricketers, but it did not really tell us much about their ability to combat the variety Sri Lanka will possess. Despite the slick performance it did not bode too well that the spinners, Daniel Vettori and Nathan McCullum, were still not played wholly convincingly.

Form guide

(Most recent first, completed matches)

Sri Lanka WW(Super over)LWL
England WLLWW

Watch out for...

It has been a tricky tournament for Jonny Bairstow who was all at sea against India's spinners and struggled to maintain the required tempo against West Indies. If he is needed to play a significant innings against Sri Lanka their spinners will provide a tough challenge. Reports from England's training session on Sunday were that he had a lengthy spell with the keeping gloves so it appears there is a chance of him changing roles and replacing Craig Kieswetter behind the stumps.

Predictably the focus is on the home side's slow bowlers (and, of course, Lasith Malinga), but Nuwan Kulasekara is not a bowler to take lightly. He out-foxed Chris Gayle in the previous match and, if a batting side is not on the ball, can hustle through a couple of cheap overs. His only T20 against England, at Bristol two years ago, is an example of this when he took 1 for 15 in three overs to set the tone for a Sri Lanka victory.

Team news

Like Australia, questions remain about Sri Lanka's middle order but the other areas of the team are firing impressively. There is no real need for them to alter the starting XI although they may be tempted to bring back Akila Dananjaya if he has recovered sufficiently from his face injury.

Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Angelo Mathews, 5 Jeevan Mendis, 6 Lahiru Thirimanne, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Lasith Malinga, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Ajantha Mendis

If Andy Flower and Stuart Broad make the call to drop Kieswetter then it is a choice between Michael Lumb and Ravi Bopara to replace him. There has been little indication that Bopara is anything other than a drinks carrier during this tournament so Lumb would be favourite. Elsewhere they need to decide whether to retain the same balance of attack as against New Zealand. There were some suggestions that Samit Patel will be returned to the side at the expense of Danny Briggs.

England (probable) 1 Craig Kieswetter/Michael Lumb, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Luke Wright, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Steven Finn, 11 Danny Briggs

Pitch and conditions

As was predicted from the early days of the tournament the pitches are becoming slower, lower with more turn on offer although they are far from being minefields. Under lights the ball can skid through, while whoever chases will also do so with the pitch and its oldest. So far the Super Eights have been lucky with the weather.

Stats and trivia

  • This will be the first Twenty20 between the two teams in Sri Lanka

  • England claimed a comfortable victory when they faced Sri Lanka in the semi-final of the 2010 tournament in St Lucia

  • Six batsmen have passed 1000 runs in T20Is and Sri Lanka have three of them - Jayawardene, Dilshan and Sangakkara

Quotes

"They are a very exciting team. They have some quality players and are good with the ball as well. They are defending champions and will throw us a different challenge."
Mahela Jayawardene

"We have a huge amount of match-winners. The performances from the guys last night summed that up. Three or four of us played exceptionally well - and world-class players, like Brendon McCullum, found it very difficult to deal with us."
Eoin Morgan

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Posted by Smack-DAT on (October 2, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

@JG2704:No..we are not going anywhere and and stay tuned..we are all ready to welcome the poms..tough time ahead mate..we will make sure that POMS receives the perfect christmas gift this winter..

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

Not happy with changes we've made and feel that we've pushed the game even more in SLs favour.Lumb must be wondering why he is even being in the squad if they're playing Bopara ahead of him.I suppose Ravi's bowling might come into play but I'm notconfident there either.Liked the idea of the left/right opening combo who also must have understanding from playing with Notts together.Briggs is unlucky not to be given another game esp with Jade coming back in.Sure Briggs went for a few but still thought he bowled well and some of his runs were due to slack fielding.Also unsure about bowling first with the pitch likely to get harder to bat on.Feel we need to try to keep SL to less than 150. Over 160 and I feel it's SL's game. We need to improve all 3 facets of our game , re bowling more yorkers/slower ball variations - re fielding , stopping 1s becoming 2s and re batting , more looking for getting a run off EVERY ball rather than just go into block or hit big mode at least until they're set

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

If SL win WI in with a shout. However this maybe the obvious to some, but not me. This is a dicey call. With the exception of NZ, the teams in this tournament r fairly evenly balanced. And if u miss the small things u can pay dearly. I have ENG to up set SL. Some call it psychological, I don't know, but ENG always seen to have s/thing over SL. I would like SL to win and give WI a chance, though.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (October 1, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

"Farewell and adieu to you, England cricket team... farewell and adieu to you inept players of spin! For WI have just beaten NZ, and you'll never beat SL, and we'll never see you play T20 again..."

Posted by yorkshirematt on (October 1, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

Patel, Bopara and Dernbach? Playing in the same team? This can only end one way and it won't be pretty.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

@From-INDIA-with-LOVE on (October 01 2012, 11:22 AM GMT) from India with LOVE? We might very well get thrashed but then we weren't even supposed to get out of the group stage and then we were supposed to lose every match in the super 8s according to many like you so I guess we've overachieved already. Just think if SA beat you tomorrow and/or Pakistan beat Australia your team is going home too. At least we were always expected to fail.

Posted by Chris_P on (October 1, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

WIth the other result now over, Sri Lanka don't need to win to progress, the pressure if off. The only question left is will they hold back a little or try to put England out of the race? If in England's shoes, I would prefer to play a side already in the next round as it takes some of the edge out of your play when the pressure is eased. All in all, very interesting. The only game that counts is your next one.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

Adithya Raghunathan- You are taking India rite up in Finals without even waiting for results of India vs South-Africa and Pakistan vs Australia n then semi-final.....too much of day dreaming innit? Let us wait for few matches and then comment such jokes!!

Posted by SoulTaker on (October 1, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

If Dilshan plays well SL will be in a comfortable position....a mouthwatering match...SL spinners vs English batsmen....Go SL go....our support is for you guys.....gud luck

Posted by Nami1983 on (October 1, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Seems SL and ENG will go through.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

The side which has the best spin attack will win the match!

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

Dont Worry Srilanka , We Indians will meet you at finals and wil trash you again.

Posted by Master_Mihil on (October 1, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Although SL win over Windies was welcome, it was boring and uninteresting. I wanted a better match by windies and gayle. Watch-ability of this match would depend on how England handle crowd and spin.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

@St.John on (October 01 2012, 10:10 AM GMT) Is the word Permutations that uncommon? Regardless , many on here type their opinions regardless of what they read - if they read at all

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

@James Badge Wing on (October 01 2012, 10:40 AM GMT) He is certainly dangerous and I tend to agree with you that in this particular format the guy is World Class. For some reason I always thought you were Australian.

Posted by cool2cool on (October 1, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

@TharinduChat: You said "Wail till yo meet Sri Lanka in semi finals to show your proper spot in T20 Cricket.". So what was your team doing when India toured there last month.

Posted by nilb on (October 1, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

Fans supporting the "worlds best team" are at it again today, insulting ahead of the "minnow" matches.

Posted by Chris_P on (October 1, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

@A_Yorkshire_Lad. I think you are being way too kind to our friends maddy & rahul. I am certain their VAST cricket kowledge is the product of endless intense serious games with well rounded & comprehensive studies of all players. Good luck to your team.

Posted by ShehanJ on (October 1, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Everybody talks about SL making the semis and they most certainly will. But then winning the semis and the finals is another story.

Posted by A_Yorkshire_Lad on (October 1, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

@maddy20 & rahulcricket007 ( passim ) yeah , thanks for those fair , thoughtful and balanced comments lads . Stopped foaming at the mouth now , have we ?

Posted by Smack-DAT on (October 1, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

@all SL fans: and I apologize for my comment against my Lankan friends..on IND-vs AUS thread..it was sudden burst of emotions..!!

Posted by Smack-DAT on (October 1, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

All the very best SL..though SL already put one step on the semifinal berth but still dont let the momentum to break...thrash the POMS and let their miserable time continues in sub-continent...all the best again

Posted by A_Yorkshire_Lad on (October 1, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

@A Vacant Slip ( 30/9/12 - 16.00) Well said mate - judging from the general level of the replies , your comment obviously hit the bullsye ! @ wonderstar1 -' a vacant brain' , eh ? You must be really pleased with that one. Well done.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

@Meety B.Mcullum not world class? Quick question, which player has the most career T20 runs, the highest individual innings and most career sixes? Also he's in the top five of averages, MOM awards and had 2 of the 5 fastest hundreds. I'm an England fan but credit where its due Mcullum is very much a world class T20 batsman.

Posted by Marcio on (October 1, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Love how some are so confident of the outcome! You'd think cricket fans would have come to understand this T20 format by now. The idea that England are going to lose "because they can't play spin" is just a little premature, don't you think? How many times have we heard that? Heard it quite a few times before AUS played India, LOL. But to their credit, Inidia did take a single wicket in that game. Doh!

Posted by Hammond on (October 1, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

@St.John- mate I'm just a gronk from Western Sydney with no formal education and even I knew what "permutations" meant. You don't need to go to Oxford or Cambridge to learn English vocabulary, just pick up a book and start reading.

Posted by St.John on (October 1, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

An informative article but why use such big words like permutations? The average cricket fan, except toffs from Oxford & Cambridge etc, will not quite get your drift Andrew. I didnt either and had to scramble after a dictionary. A simple 'variations' would have more than sufficed. Even 'maths' could have been used. Like D & L, this group table would involve a lot of maths to find semi-finalists....Touchwood.

Posted by SL_roar on (October 1, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

We want a thriller match lions!!! Hope akila plays today, if he's fit enough. N those rain clouds better move out!!! @sachin_vvsfan: maybe so but I was referring about this page. if u dish it out u should also be able to tke it but SOME Indian fans r taking it to another level cos they don't see a good SL match ,,they will only run r team down... I guess they cnt stand it when we dnt thrash talk r team when they lose a match! So let's leave it at that!

Posted by Great_Chucker on (October 1, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

@JG2704 Bairstow,Hales,Kwitter are sitting ducks....SL will win handsomely and with WI go through

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

This would be a fairer competition if the last two matches in a Super 8 group were played simultaneously. Knowing exactly what's required to qualify may be a big advantage for teams playing in the last match.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

We never define our cricket players as gods and we will be there with our team weather they won or loose matches. We have never burnt houses of our loving cricketers like some other countries do. But still we love and proud about the Sri Lankan team, who are the warriors fight till the last breath. My heartiest congratz for the SL being #1 in rankings. All the very best Sri Lanka !!!!!! Hope to see a nail-biting thriller today.. C ya in Kandy

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

Obviously 1stly hope NZ win their match. If we don't beat SL which is the likelihood I'd rather see them qualify and if WI beat NZ then it's pretty much game over for us. Hope they give Lumb a run out

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

@Kavindeven on (October 01 2012, 04:50 AM GMT) You only want Eng to win because you see SL as a bigger threat to your beloved Indian side. You should be concentrating on the SA match and like Eng also hope that the other result goes your way too.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

@Rogerunionjack on (October 01 2012, 02:40 AM GMT) Do you honestly think our fielding has been sharp? Even vs NZ , I thought some of our fielding was lethargic

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

@Adingoth on (September 30 2012, 15:17 PM GMT) You're right. You'd never have Indian fans gloating or sniping like that would you?

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

@CandidIndian on (September 30 2012, 17:47 PM GMT) I reckon you are possibly the only Indian on here who wants England to qualify. I think we have very little chance which will diminish further if WI beat NZ.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

@Hira1 on (September 30 2012, 17:36 PM GMT) Of course it's in England's favour that NZ win and more importantly that the England match is on 2nd. NZ go into the opening game knowing that if they beat WI - esp by a margin - they still have a fair chance of qualifying with Eng unlikely to win vs SL. If we played SL first up and somehow won then NZ would have no chance of qualifying

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

@rahulcricket007 on (September 30 2012, 15:31 PM GMT) maddy20 on (September 30 2012, 18:38 PM GMT)Grace personified as ever

Posted by JG2704 on (October 1, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

@Herath-UK on (September 30 2012, 15:31 PM GMT) Think it's very improbable that SL would beat England for England to qualify - perhaps impossible because I guess NZ would have to beat WI by such a margin that WI fall below Eng but to do that they'd more than likely overtake Eng themselves. I think the only realistic way Eng qualifies is if NZ beat WI

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (October 1, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Once again it's going to be a highly entertaining contest albeit between two unequal teams.An oddity perhaps when a top team takes on one of the supposedly minnow teams.There will likely be no shortage of some entertainment though ,with 'the great English spin dance' on show once again with the Mendis mystery providing the tunes for the Pommy bats.The local crowd are in for a show alright although it would be nice if SL bat first -atleast one team will provide 20 overs of batting with sanga,dilsh and mahela treating them to some fireworks.England can just hope to avoid a real thrashing from Lankans before the trip back home....

Posted by kujacho on (October 1, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

If top three gets out SL is finished.SL spinners not mystery bowlers.With a kind batting order that lacks depth English bowlers can restrict them to a low total and win comfortably.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

the funniest thing i figure in this web site is, when india lost matches their fans do not comment about other matches, what they do is posting hasty comment about their own players. if india win a match they start to post hasty comment about other teams (eg.. when sl beat wi and when aussis thrash ind this narbavi team post nothing) WIN OR LOOS SL FANS CHEER LIONS

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (October 1, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

@spirit_cric If u r a SL fan then i have worst news for you. Semi finals Srilanka has to face either Aus or Ind or Pak... any of these team will demolish SL. Because these teams have simple strategy against the SL unorthodex bowling... Just Attack and thats it... So Mendis, Malinga will be thrahed... either from warner and watson or Sehwag and Kholi and Gambir. Jus look at the gap u have mentioned 1996.... 2007 and then 2010 :) Yes they had upset india very rarely. So after their lose against Ind or Aus, SL will again suffer in tri series (IND WI and SL). They have suffered in their home ground against india then imagine SL misery in INDIA.... I really feel sorry for frustrated SL fans.

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (October 1, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

@ spirit_cric ... i think someone should remind you of 99 WC(Ganguly's 183).. 2003 WC(Kicked out in super 8)..and last but not the least 2011 WC (Dhoni's Huge six to finish the match and win the WC - Phew - What a sight that was!!!!)...

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (October 1, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

Clash of the minnows coming up !!! England to choke as usual and getting embarrassed by Mendis and Co ... and SL to win and gloat about it until they're kicked out from the semis by either IND or AUS and then the usual MJ - in post match presentation --- saying --- "we at-least reach the SF and Finals of Most Tournaments"!!! I think that should be enough for most fans here - they enjoy being the runners up and SF'lists!!! Good luck Guys .. Don't worry we would be rooting for the SL team -- we want you guys in the Semis :) :)

Posted by Just_Pav on (October 1, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

I like SL to loose and get out of the tourny. i agree its good hosts stay till the end, but i bloody worry the pitches getting low and not very competitive and the SL slow bowlers can maul any batsmen, eventhough they dont have the same quality spinners as they used to have, still advantage goes to them.

Posted by alwaysindia on (October 1, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

@ Rogerunionjack: but the same club level bowlers dismissed your street level batsmen for 80. also they have bowled out 3teams in 4 matches. with regards to your bowling, even afghanistan's coach had said that you were "conditional"bowlers.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (October 1, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

I haven't got to see much of England play and won't this time either because, yet again, they're playing the second game of the day and the time difference here in Australia makes it just too hard. Judging by what I have seen and what I've read though, SL would have to be fairly short-priced favourites. The game against India was one we'd like to forget but I don't think anyone will be shocked if this one ends up the same. It would be great to see England perform well against a good spin attack and this ground is probably an easier place to do it than some of the others. A win here will get them through unless either WI or NZ blow the other one out. Fingers crossed. I can't help thinking that, in a must-win game, Kieswetter hasn't done enough to warrant the selectors confidence. If he does get dropped and KP is going to come back into the side, that could be the end for CK, at least for a while anyway.

Posted by Karnain on (October 1, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

According to the Net Run Rate above, it will only 20-25 run Victory margin for England to over take SL. For example if England score 160 runs all they need to restrict SL under 139. (If they score 180, it will become 160). Anyway NRR won't come in to equation if NZ win against WI.

NZ's net run-rate (-0.268) is already better than West Indies (-0.621) and if NZ win & England loose against SL, NZ have more chance of qualifying.

Posted by kunalx on (October 1, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Real test for SL begins when they will face any one team from group 2 in semis. England, WI, NZ looks weak. Beating them in own den is not a big deal.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

SL Number 1 in T20 Rankings...SL Win This World Cup........

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (October 1, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

@spirit_cric If u r a SL fan then i have worst news for you. Semi finals Srilanka has to face either Aus or Ind or Pak... any of these team will demolish SL. Because these teams have simple strategy against the SL unorthodex bowling... Just Attack and thats it... So Mendis, Malinga will be thrahed... either from warner and watson or Sehwag and Kholi and Gambir. Jus look at the gap u have mentioned 1996.... 2007 and then 2010 :) Yes they had upset india very rarely. So after their lose against Ind or Aus, SL will again suffer in tri series (IND WI and SL). They have suffered in their home ground against india then imagine SL misery in INDIA.... I really feel sorry for frustrated SL fans.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

group 2 permutations please

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 1, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

@latecut- i think you have been watching the wrong person by mistake my firend. Chandimal is all about aggression and sometimes that is his downfall...Kapugedara has had many chances and failed , his time is gone..

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

@Adingoth......in cricket either u win or lose.likewise SL can win and loose to any team who does well on that particular day. i as a diehard Sri Lankan fan, since a kid had always supported our Asian continent teams till i came to cricinfo to see indian fans throwing garbage at us.Onetime Australians were our bitter enemies due to Murali issue and today i was amased to See Sri Lankan fans on the ground carrying Australian flags against India and feeling awesome when shane watson and warner smacked them. WHAT WAS THE MAIN REASON FOR CHANGE IN THE ATTITUDE OF SL FANS? to my opinion its 2 reasons,first due to the attitude of indian fans and secondly the arrogant attitude of BCCI.You can have ur money and power but not the support of Cricket loving Public

Posted by mysay on (October 1, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

It's hard for SL to do any changes as most of the comobinations are working out well. Yet given the opposition SL are playing, they should bring in Akila if he is fit. This will mean the exit of Lahiru, it's a shame, to do so, but these spinners can spin out England home.

Posted by TSJ07 on (October 1, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

@spirit_cric- you forgot one and only final WC2012.How come??? @Rogerunionjack- Its you who shud be packing their bags today.May be they had already done it.

Posted by santhoo24 on (October 1, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

I wish SL all the best to win over the Poms. I am an avid hater of the Oz's and Poms, and would like for them to be trashed. I hope WI makes it to SF along with SL, nothing against the black caps though.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

As Subbass commented, T20 is a game that anything could happen. However, if the openers of S/L can show their mussles with a higher score, definitely the match can be won. Somehow S/L should come through... All the very best for Sri Lankans.

Posted by Romenevans on (October 1, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

Even though i hate both England and Lanka...but in this match supporting England because we don't want to see boring Sri Lanka in the semis to lose our interest in the tournament. Go England thrash the cats!

Posted by Narbavi on (October 1, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

@samlord: Mate my comments simply didn't get published that day!! There is no reason for me to hide!!

Posted by Narbavi on (October 1, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

@spirit_cric: Wow how funny?? why don't u mention our 2011 wc triumph, 2007 t20 triumph by the way?? u can't expect one team to win every time can you??

Posted by spirit_cric on (October 1, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

England are a good team, But without KP, they are really struggling in their batting with these inexperienced players! If KP has been included their squad, ENG would be a much better team!

Posted by Meety on (October 1, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

"...and world-class players, like Brendon McCullum, found it very difficult to deal with us." - um sorry Eoin, McCullum is NOT world class. He is a batsmen who on his day (rare), can tonk often. His Test average (minus Zim & Ban) is 32.6. The best that can be said about McCullum is he is a very handy keeper/batsmen.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (October 1, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

@shanepe2003: You remember only twice that Mathews has won matches for us...How many times you remember that any other player in the team that has won matches single handedly for us??

Posted by Htc-Android on (October 1, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

whichever team we face in semis will be a tough team. but we should look to win tomorows game.

Posted by mess.wif.da.best on (October 1, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

@ Narbavi,,, Y don't go n enjoy your Indian team FIRST SUPER 8 victory after SEVEN LOSSES IN A ROW....SEVEN losses.......Jeez....World class Indian Team....Give me a break...win or loose Lankans don't make harsh comments against their team.

Posted by spirit_cric on (October 1, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

These indian fans have really forgotton these WC matches.1996 semi-final,2007 first roung& 2010 super 8! These ar knock outs and IND lose to SL & went home after those matches! And they are really over rated & really underestimate SL and all the other teams & act as they has already won the 2012 WC!

Posted by Rogerunionjack on (October 1, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

England to win and reach the semis, I have no doubt. We're finding our rythmn, the fielding's sharp. One foot is already in the semis, a victory tonight and we're there. Our grip on the trophy is iron clad. Meanwhile the minnows with club level bowlers in the other group can start packing their bags after the inevitable thrashing by SA.

Posted by NALINWIJ on (October 1, 2012, 2:26 GMT)

This is the qualification scenario. If SL win they are through to Semis. England will be almost certainly out.[unless NZ,SL wins are cliffhangers]Then winner of WI and NZ will go through. If ENG win NZ are out. IF by good margin[20+ or 3+ overs] they overtake SL and are through.WI has to win by even more to oust SL.IF ENG win by less they have to hope WI dont thrash NZ. In the other group AUS haas a huge NRR advantage and barring PAK thrashing AUS and IND thrashing SA. IF PAK wins by less SA are out and IND v.PAK on NRR.IF PAK loses winner of SA,INDIA goes through unless it is a cliffhanger. NEED CALCULATORS OUT THEN SA FANS.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (October 1, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

Sri Lanka new #1 in ICC Twenty20 Rankings.

Posted by Late-Cut on (October 1, 2012, 1:11 GMT)

@Ravi Kiran; well, Dinesh Chandimal is a rising star and will become a strong aspect of SL cricket. But the aggression is not in his game. He is an accumilator. He is not a kinda guy who can switch gears 'n hit couple of sixes when its needed. I think Chamara Kapugedara is the man, should have been picked. I think you might remember him from the last T20 WC. He was the reason for the exit of India 'n W'Indies.

Posted by LilAnzac on (October 1, 2012, 0:59 GMT)

Stuart Broad give your team a chance and leave out Kieswetter!! Power play overs are crucial and losing early wickets hurt your sidey and make it very hard to come back. Look at the sides doing well eg. Aus, SL. Openers dominating and get on top of opposition. Same thing is happening to SA with failing Levi. I have been bashing poor Kieswetter a bit lately, I know he IS a good player but hopelessly out of form. Can't believe I'm saying this but I hope England win this one purely so Aussies get another crack at them(if it works out that way) to get revenge for our loss to them in warm ups. To reiterate my point Poms must get Dilshan, Jayewardena and Sanga early or I give them no chance

Posted by Tusker17 on (October 1, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

narbavi is back, narbavi is back, narbavi is back, oh my god he is back and in full force............:)

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 22:54 GMT)

Somebody please tell them to play Bopara in place of Buttler, and let Kieswetter come down the order. Bopara's bowling is what i would count on

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

I am an Indian, i think SL should play dinesh chandimal. He is a superb player.

Posted by subbass on (September 30, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

Main chance for England is to win the toss and bat 1st I'd think. Would not fancy us to be chasing a decent score down, batting last, with all the spin options the SL team has. Pretty sure we shall be needing results elsewhere to somehow stumble into the semi-finals. Mind you, Steve Finn could blast out their top order as he has been probably the best quick bowler on show so far. But yes, SL firm favourites for me, they are starting to look like a real threat to win the thing. Sadly Australia look very good so far, but been T-20 ANYTHING could happen !

Posted by CUSE on (September 30, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

Sri Lanka has been ranked NO 1 in T20 Ranking. GO LIONS GO. WIN THE THROPY.

Posted by yorkslanka on (September 30, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

for me we should play the same team as we did against WI unless akila is fit then he should come in for Herath..we need to see off finn and then pick of the other England bowlers. In terms of our bowling we must attack with spin as India did aganist england..good luck SL...

Posted by Late-Cut on (September 30, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

@Mj Steevan; C'mon Pal, How could you drop Sanga 'n go on to win matches :))))) Sanga THE GREATEST will always be there.............

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

Its really easy to find it when India is out of form cause their fans will start commenting about Sri lanka.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

(I am A FAN OF WEST INDIES TEAM) 1 think i agree with Lankavigi about Sri Lanka, Australia, India and WI in the semi-final. These teams are playing very well; however, the ball is still round, better yet spherical, hence any team can win if luck greets them. even south Africa who is in the worst position can make a comback! i dont see England beating sri Lanka Tommarrow with Mendis=to Narine, Malinga + company under the might of their fan in their back yard. West Indies can beat Newzealand so Hopefully.....

Posted by SoulTaker on (September 30, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

My request to SL and Ind fans...pls stop criticizing each other we both know our teams strength and weakness, it looks very embarrassing to see some comments from both the Ind and SL fans, throwing dirt at each other's face is not only a shame to you but also to our countries since these comments will be read by the whole world. So pls stop criticizing each other and appreciate gud cricket...Peace Brothers...:)

Posted by SoulTaker on (September 30, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

SL is peaking at the right time in the tournament and they will surely give Eng a headache in super eights. I think SL should bring in Senanayke in the team (hope he is in the squad)...he is a gud bowler. Gud luck SL.....

Posted by TharinduChat on (September 30, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

@Narbavi - India just won their first Super Eight clash against Pakistan and now think they are world beaters! Wail till yo meet Sri Lanka in semi finals to show your proper spot in T20 Cricket. And need I remind yo that Sri Lanka are the No. 01 ranked team in the world in this format?

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

srilanka will win the match very easy.

Posted by maddy20 on (September 30, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

Well its time for the "Champions" to go home. Sl will thrash England as handsomely as they were thrashed by India. An India vs SL game is on the cards and we all know what that means!

Posted by jasonpete on (September 30, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

Hope to see srilankan win...crush this England side and throw them out of the World Cup @ vacant slip.. Hope you remembers those words..After all its cricket..so be normal and advising others is too simple ..first follow and preach others.If you want more enjoyment..go to Pak vs ind ..LOL..Good luck srilanka and congrats Sinhaya for your team becoming no.1

Posted by hadncs on (September 30, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Two mystery spinners must play for srilanka. Dont think malinga's new ball balling is not good. Better if he use after 6 overs. after Watson performance and the way baily lead Aussies i can say they will be the favorites. But don't sure it may be some amazing performances can expect from 3 Asian teams.

Posted by wonderstar1 on (September 30, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

@A Vacant Brain. we have already thrashed u poms. It would be even fun if you visit the match page played btw India and Eng on September 23.Honestly I hate to tell this but your comments on last Ind-aus match forum was very frustrating to tell the least . Its just a game. have fun.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (September 30, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

@lankavigi you put it nicely. I would like to see WI in finals that would revive the interest in that region and also across the globe. Looks like AUS is back to its old ways.They are the side to beat in this tournament and have done perfect so far. @SL_roar Guess what. Some SL fans are equally to blame. They sneak in and post unnecessary comments on INDIA articles. Now you brought that 'spirit' attitude lets wait and see the replies :)

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

If India plays the spinners best it is Sri-Lanka who has the best overall spinners bowling line-up. If England could not play India's super-mediocre bowling, I am sure they have got no chance against SL....Only with great mistakes could SL lose. But I want WI and SL in group since these are the two best teams in that group and I am having a feeling that if India does qualifies for Semis, SL will have a great chance to redeem its last World cup(50 over cup) lose. I hoped for two subcontinental teams and two non-subcontinental teams in semis that is going to happen luckily.... I am sure though that Aussies in current form are unbeatable.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

@adingoth "Problem team India??"

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 30, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

@TheRedox: I would also love to remind you that it's no use dwelling on the past. I would like to refresh your senses that ANYONE can pose as anybody on the internet. What proof do you have that those were actually Indians by nationality ? They could have been any person of any background who love useless banter by pretending to be someone of a certain nationality. I could actually be an Aussie bad mouthing the SL team. In what way does that put Indian fans on the radar ? Like I said in an earlier post, not all Indian fans are lousy and at the same time.. not all non-Indians are classy either. There are bad apples in every orchard.

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 30, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

@Adingoth, yes I agree what you say but dont forget that many Indian fans also post lots of harsh comments against Sri Lanka too. Both must accept blame. Reason for this is many non cricket matters which you should figure out.

Posted by yohandf1984 on (September 30, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Scenarios of Semi Final Qualification from Group A -1) New Zealand - Must win game vs WI and also should expect SL to beat ENG 2) West Indies - Must win game against NZ and then should expect SL to beat ENG . Otherwise they hv to beat NZ by big margin to make sure their NRR will be better either ENG / SL .3)England - Must win vs SL . If NZ beat WI, a win would be enough . otherwise need to maintain better NRR than either WI / SL . 4) Sri Lanka - only team can afford a defeat in next game (vs ENG) and still qualify . If NZ beats WI , SL will directly qualify irrespective of result in ENG v SL . If WI beat NZ , they only hv to make sure that they would not loose to ENG by heavy margin . Bigger the WI victory magin vs NZ ,Allowance of defeat margin for SL (v ENG) gets smaller

Posted by roshanhmt2000 on (September 30, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

i still think srilanka will come to the final.the way they played with west indies they can beat any side in the compition

Posted by CandidIndian on (September 30, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

As a neutral fan my personal choice is to see both SL and Eng go through to semis. SL have always been very tough to beat in ICC tournaments and over that they are playing at home which gives them an edge.However we should not forget that Eng are defending champions and are high quality side too,they just need to change their mindset now which i personally feel is a bit defensive in-spite of having lethal bowling and some very good t20 specialists.Due to this mindset they lost against WI when they should have won easily.As for SL they have home advantage ,enough mystery related to bowlers and a brilliant leader like Mahela,they just need to get basics right like they have done so far.All the best to both teams ,must be a great match cheers.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 30, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

I can't see England winning here. They are POOR against quality spin bowling. Even the toss won't matter. SL should ease themselves to the semi finals after this one. Still, good luck to England.

Posted by rizwanislam on (September 30, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Sri lanka is looking good.But England wont be easy for us.Bcoz Morgan looks really dangerous

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

This will certainly be a cakewalk for the Lankans: As for the Windies, they have been having their way with the Black Caps earlier this year, so it should be more of the same!

Posted by Hira1 on (September 30, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

If WI wins the first game then srilankan will not take the match easily and would be very difficult for eng to beat SL, however if NZ win then might SL may not take the match seriously and can opt for some changes which may favor eng...so all in all its in eng favor that WI loose the first match

Posted by yorkslanka on (September 30, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

@ slroar - well said my friend..that's the difference between a fan of their own team and a fairweather supporter who can only put own others...

Posted by kc69 on (September 30, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

If SL face India in Semi's(by any chance)...India can consider to be in finals by default.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 30, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

@ a vacant slip . what about india v england match ? . surely that was a much more thrashing .

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

i would love see this side in coming match 1 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 2 Dilshan Munawerra, 3 Dinesh chathimal (wk), 4 Angelo Mathews, 5 Jeevan Mendis, 6 Lahiru Thirimanne, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Eranga, 10 akila, 11 Ajantha Mendis

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

Tomorrow it will be a big test for English batsmen against world class spinners, all the best Sri Lanka

Posted by SL_roar on (September 30, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

@narbavi: according to u India is not in form n u talk about thrashing SL, who is in form! SL have done well in ICC tournaments n whether in form or not v wil always support r team. Wonder y? Because v love their spirit n attitude on field:) this is a page for cricket lovers n some Indian fans r really spoiling it by thrash-talking other teams. So get a life guys, enjoy cricket, love the game n it's players - win or lose we will always always back r guys! So bring it on!

Posted by Muralibomb on (September 30, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

What about Shaminda Eranga?

Posted by lankavigi on (September 30, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

England will struggle against SL. The spinners will play a big part in stopping england. Mendis under the lights is very dangerous and can spin out any team on his day including India and Pakistan. I would love, Akila to play, am sure he'll do well against England. With the way Jayawardene, Sanga and Dilshan playing, they can surely handle Finn and co with ease. Will be interesting tomorrow. England can win, but it'll be tough. To be honest i would love to see WI and SL go through from this group. With India winning against Pak, it looks pretty difficult to predict who'll be the fourth semi-finalist. India may just sneak through. So, my semi-final line up is SL vs Ind, Aus vs WI. Hopefully SL and WI meet in the finals.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (September 30, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

@RAHULCRICKET007 Revenge for what exactly? Being the best team on that particular day and winning a cricket match? Hardly the crime of the century.

Posted by TheRedox on (September 30, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

To Indians who says this is a easy group,I like to remind them they've lost to England last summer and lost T20 against kiwis in Chennai.And they are the ppl who kept saying WI are mighty and will thrash SL.Well now you can eat your words.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

@narbavi-dont cry man..india wl not select for semis despite deir win against pak..so made up ur mind..doesnt mind wts de group india is playing..i think u know india havent win a super8 match for 4 years..sl too thrash india in last t20 wc match..wining 2 ,3 matches recently in sl not make dem heroes.expect sachin nd kohli all others in ur team can score only in subcotinent..

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (September 30, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

i dont know if @AStyle @narbavi are indian fans. Some fans are equally embarassing SL have been reaching semifinals/finals in most of (recent) ICC tournaments .May be this is the right occassion for them to lift the cup.

Posted by samlord on (September 30, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

And Mr Astyle how did those inform batsman just manage dismal 138 runs against d auzzis...

Posted by samlord on (September 30, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

haha narbavi is back..mate where have u been hiding when INDIA GOT THRASHED bu the auzzis!!!!!ROLF!!

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (September 30, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

@rahulcricket007 - revenge. this is all some people think of. cricket does not even take second place. Turn off cap lock then go to India V Australia page for more enjoyment.

Posted by Kohli_DaBest on (September 30, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

@Adingoth: dont worry about SL, India world chamipions will thrash them once they meet in semi final or final. sehwag, kohli, gambhir, raina, dhoni great fielding great batting superb unit.

Posted by Kohli_DaBest on (September 30, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

well said by Narbavi, when SL face India world champions they will learn their place soon. India got very good players explosive batsmen sehwag, gambhir, yuvi, kohli all god form.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

i think Srilanka should drop Herath and better take akila if he is fit, or else chose an extra batsman (chandimal) to make him available if top order collapse...it will be useful if we make him ready for big game like finals. we should expect some thing different can happen in finals may be with aussy, chandi was the key when we played against aussy on our last tour. we can't much relay on all rounders if our top three got down early,

Posted by Surajdon9 on (September 30, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Lankan Lions and England both will Make it into the semis.all the best Lankan Lions and Sanga.....

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 30, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

HOPING FOR AN EASY WIN FOR SRILANKAN TEAM BEST OF LUCK MAHELA & CO . THRASH THESE POMS OUT OF THE TOURNAMENT , REMEMBER IT WAS ENGLAND WHICH DEFATED YOU IN THE SEMIFINAL OF T20 WC 2010 . TIME FOR A REVENGE .

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

sfsfffffffffffffffffffffffffff

Posted by Herath-UK on (September 30, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

I'll bet Sri Lanka will win handsomely but I would like the things to work out so that England too will qualify with Sri Lanka to the semi finals. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by Return-of-Sinhaya on (September 30, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

I like Sri lanka, but recently their fans behaviour towards India make me post hasty comments against them, my question is why do they mock india despite losing to india on their own backyard, come on guys, makes no sense!!

Posted by Narbavi on (September 30, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

They are well place because they have avoided India in their group, a team which has been thrashing them all the time, also in-form teams like Australia and Pakistan!!

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