World T20 March 20, 2014

Sri Lanka, Pakistan ahead of rest

Sri Lanka and Pakistan, who have excellent records in World T20s, have also been the most consistent teams in recent times
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Defending champions West Indies have slipped to sixth in the ICC Twenty20 rankings since the previous World T20. The runners-up in 2012, Sri Lanka, have been the most consistent team in the format since, and are ranked No. 1.

Rankings, however, do not reflect the relative strength of T20 teams as much as they do in the longer formats. Ireland, who are No. 9 and are playing the qualifier to get to the main draw of the World T20 - beat the defending champions not so long ago. India, who have played only five matches since the last World T20, were held to a draw in a two-match series by England - a side ranked six places below them. That India have been able to stay at the top of the ranking table despite playing only five games in 16 months only proves that other teams have not won consistently to push them down.

Recent form

Among top-ranked teams, Sri Lanka have been the most successful with a win-loss ratio of 2.66 during this period. They won eight out of 11 matches. Only South Africa, who beat Sri Lanka by a 2-1 margin in a three-match series last year, and Pakistan have managed to beat them. Pakistan have the next best win-loss ratio - 1.80 - having won nine of their 14 games. England have come to this tournament having played the most T20 internationals among the top sides. However, they won only five of their 15 games. Australia's resurgence as a Test team has coincided with a productive run in T20s too. They won their last five matches - their last loss in a T20 international was against India in October last year. Though South Africa's win-loss ratio of 1.16 suggests an ordinary run, five of their seven wins were against higher-ranked teams - Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

T20I records since the last World T20
Team Mat Won Lost NR W-L
Ireland 4 3 1 - 3.00
Sri Lanka 11 8 3 - 2.66
Pakistan 14 9 5 - 1.80
India 5 3 2 - 1.50
Australia 11 6 5 - 1.20
New Zealand 12 6 5 1 1.20
South Africa 13 7 6 - 1.16
West Indies 13 7 6 - 1.16
England 15 5 9 1 0.55
Bangladesh 7 1 6 - 0.16

Performance in previous World T20s

Sri Lanka are the most consistent team in terms of win-loss ratio, with 16 wins in 25 matches. They have made the semi-finals of the last three tournaments and reached the final in 2009 and 2012. However, in terms of semi-final appearances, Pakistan have been the most successful team, having got to the last four in every World T20. Of the top sides, only South Africa and New Zealand have not appeared in a final.

Teams at World T20s
Team Mat Won Lost Tied NR W-L Semi-finals Finals Titles
Sri Lanka 25 16 8 1 - 2.00 3 2 -
Pakistan 26 16 9 1 - 1.77 4 2 1
Australia 21 13 8 - 0 1.62 3 1 -
South Africa 21 13 8 - - 1.62 1 - -
India 22 12 8 1 1 1.50 1 1 1
West Indies 20 9 9 1 1 1.00 2 1 1
England 22 10 11 - 1 0.90 1 1 1
New Zealand 21 9 10 2 - 0.90 1 - -
Ireland 10 2 6 - 2 0.33 - - -
Bangladesh 13 3 10 - - 0.20 - - -

Impact of spin

If conditions for the qualifying matches in Bangladesh were anything to go by, dew is likely to impact the evening games in this World T20. However, the slow and dry tracks will help spinners when dew is not a factor. Teams with good spin attacks are likely to hold an edge - an area where the subcontinent teams and West Indies might score over other teams. Overall, spinners bowl an average of 4.3 overs more in matches in Asia than they do at other venues (excluding West Indies). While their economy rates on these pitches are only marginally better than when they are bowling outside Asia, spinners are preferred in these conditions because they concede almost a run an over less than fast bowlers.

Pace v spin in Asia and other venues, T20Is
Other venues excluding West Indies
  Mat Ovrs Mdns Wkts Ave Eco SR Ovrs/Mat
Pace 160 3946.0 46 1204 26.22 8.00 19.6 24.3
Spin 160 1787.2 10 553 23.52 7.27 19.3 11.1
Asia
Pace 118 2566.5 42 820 23.90 7.63 18.7 21.7
Spin 118 1865.5 29 549 22.79 6.70 20.3 15.8

Spinners have proved to be more effective in the Powerplay overs in Asia. With not much movement on offer for the fast bowlers, their extra pace only helps batsmen to score easily. Fast bowlers concede a boundary every five balls on average, spinners go for one every seven balls. In Powerplay overs, the economy rate of spinners is nearly a run less than that of fast bowlers.

Pace v spin in the Powerplay in Asia
Mat Dots 4s 6s Econ Wkts Ave SR Balls/boundary
Pace 216 3442 1000 125 7.30 260 28.68 23.5 5.4
Spin 136 933 198 49 6.39 85 22.00 20.6 7.1

T20 records in Asia

As South Africa's T20 record in Asia shows, having quality spinners is not the only way to win in the subcontinent. In the last five years, South Africa played 12 matches in Asia and won eight. Their win-loss ratio of 2.0 is the best among the top teams in Asia. However, in keeping with their reputation of getting bogged down in major tournaments, three of their four losses in Asia came in the last World T20, when they lost to Pakistan, Australia and India. Bangladesh are at the bottom of the table with eight losses in nine games, with their only win coming against West Indies in 2011. Since then and before this World T20, they had lost eight straight matches in Asia.

Win-loss records in Asia since 2009
Team Mat Won Lost Tied NR W-L
South Africa 12 8 4 - - 2.00
India 15 9 6 - - 1.50
West Indies 9 4 3 1 1 1.33
Pakistan 31 17 13 1 - 1.30
England 13 7 6 - - 1.16
Sri Lanka 28 14 12 1 1 1.16
New Zealand 13 5 5 2 1 1.00
Australia 13 5 7 1 - 0.71

Top performers

Sri Lanka have three batsmen among the top five run-scorers in the World T20. Mahela Jayawardene, who is playing his last few T20 games, tops this list with 858 runs at 40.85. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara are the other Sri Lankans in this list. Chris Gayle, who averages 44.26 in World T20s and has scored 664 runs at a strike rate of 152.29, and Brendon McCullum complete the top five.

Top run getters in World T20s
Batsman Inns Runs HS Ave SR 100s/50s
Mahela Jayawardene 25 858 100 40.85 136.62 1/5
Chris Gayle 17 664 117 44.26 152.29 1/6
Tillakaratne Dilshan 24 632 96* 30.09 128.97 0/4
Kumar Sangakkara 25 590 68 26.81 113.89 0/3
Brendon McCullum 21 552 123 29.05 126.60 1/1

Sri Lankans lead the bowling charts too, with Lasith Malinga's 33 wickets at 19.78 in the World T20. His economy of 7.71, though, is much higher than his overall T20 economy of 6.63. Ajantha Mendis has been excellent in World T20s, with 31 wickets at 13.48 and an economy of 6.14. The presence of three Pakistan bowlers in the top five shows why they have done well in World T20s. Saeed Ajmal's 32 wickets have come at 15.46 and an economy rate of 6.65. Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul are the other Pakistan bowlers to complete the top five.

Top wicket takers in World T20s
Bowler Inns Wkts BBI Eco Ave SR 4/5w
Lasith Malinga 25 33 5/31 7.71 19.78 15.3 0/1
Saeed Ajmal 19 32 4/19 6.65 15.46 13.9 3/0
Ajantha Mendis 18 31 6/8 6.14 13.48 13.1 1/1
Shahid Afridi 26 31 4/11 6.63 22.25 20.1 2/0
Umar Gul 20 20 5/6 6.95 16.58 14.3 1/1

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo.com

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  • on March 22, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    i think for all format of cricket there is no challange for india, all the best india.

  • India_Rules_Everybody on March 22, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    No matter, what list you make, BD is always at the bottom!!!! :))))))

  • Slough327 on March 20, 2014, 23:21 GMT

    Syed Usman barmawara. I did not said that your country or some country can win the IPL I think you need some help when you reading news and comments will be better that you ask for help from some one who know better then you so you will not waste your and others time thank you

  • Slough327 on March 20, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    Syed Usman you need to use your comonsence b4 u do comments actually you don't even know what I was talking about. I make it easy for you don't worry here the topic was which country has performed better in t20 stats were proven by cricinfo Pak&SL and one of your team fan said this. AND THE COUNTRY THAT OWNS IPL HASNT PERFORMED WELL? LOL. I know India hav won t20 very first time the first one and they won the 50 over World Cup I did not said they never won it I mean to prove you are good you need to perform here in world cricket not own IPL now just wait and watch what happens Pak&SL have played more final and smi finals then India b4 then this t20 that is where Pak&SL are good then you how many time India reach in semi ?

  • on March 20, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Never mind the stats nor predictions. Fact remains SL have been winning more than their fair share of matches all over the globe. Same cannot be said about the Indian team who will keep on loosing all over the world. SL, Pakistan, CA and SA have a good chance to be in the finals.

  • on March 20, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    guys lankan team maybe consistent na... that is not true they have been lucky... india on the other hand lost one match in gp stages and that get them...

  • blthndr on March 20, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    two groups are interesting ones.....group 1 has a more pace heavy teams and grp 2 has more spin heavy teams....SL & pak have good chance to top in their grp as they hav better spinners and good fast bowlers...

  • RuwanFer on March 20, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    @Janith Chandrasoma T20 is like that, nothing wrong with the author's argument.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    T-20, anything can happen. Stats don't matter. Very unpredictable, luck plays a big part. It is enjoyable while watching the game, if your team wins, Well, congratulations!!

  • LionsCric on March 20, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    yes mr Indian... I Have seen Indias Contribution for wt20 since 2007. only 1 semi, 1 final , one n only title. But srilankans 3 semis , with 2 finals... Can you imagine the consistancy on lankan team. I don't say we are the best . Remember, Best team never wins the title. But Best team keeps their consistancy for ever.

  • on March 22, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    i think for all format of cricket there is no challange for india, all the best india.

  • India_Rules_Everybody on March 22, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    No matter, what list you make, BD is always at the bottom!!!! :))))))

  • Slough327 on March 20, 2014, 23:21 GMT

    Syed Usman barmawara. I did not said that your country or some country can win the IPL I think you need some help when you reading news and comments will be better that you ask for help from some one who know better then you so you will not waste your and others time thank you

  • Slough327 on March 20, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    Syed Usman you need to use your comonsence b4 u do comments actually you don't even know what I was talking about. I make it easy for you don't worry here the topic was which country has performed better in t20 stats were proven by cricinfo Pak&SL and one of your team fan said this. AND THE COUNTRY THAT OWNS IPL HASNT PERFORMED WELL? LOL. I know India hav won t20 very first time the first one and they won the 50 over World Cup I did not said they never won it I mean to prove you are good you need to perform here in world cricket not own IPL now just wait and watch what happens Pak&SL have played more final and smi finals then India b4 then this t20 that is where Pak&SL are good then you how many time India reach in semi ?

  • on March 20, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Never mind the stats nor predictions. Fact remains SL have been winning more than their fair share of matches all over the globe. Same cannot be said about the Indian team who will keep on loosing all over the world. SL, Pakistan, CA and SA have a good chance to be in the finals.

  • on March 20, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    guys lankan team maybe consistent na... that is not true they have been lucky... india on the other hand lost one match in gp stages and that get them...

  • blthndr on March 20, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    two groups are interesting ones.....group 1 has a more pace heavy teams and grp 2 has more spin heavy teams....SL & pak have good chance to top in their grp as they hav better spinners and good fast bowlers...

  • RuwanFer on March 20, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    @Janith Chandrasoma T20 is like that, nothing wrong with the author's argument.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    T-20, anything can happen. Stats don't matter. Very unpredictable, luck plays a big part. It is enjoyable while watching the game, if your team wins, Well, congratulations!!

  • LionsCric on March 20, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    yes mr Indian... I Have seen Indias Contribution for wt20 since 2007. only 1 semi, 1 final , one n only title. But srilankans 3 semis , with 2 finals... Can you imagine the consistancy on lankan team. I don't say we are the best . Remember, Best team never wins the title. But Best team keeps their consistancy for ever.

  • Nampally on March 20, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    In T20 stats count to Nought! It is a game of chance in t20 format with all teams having equal chances to win. It is essential for the XI guys to be in the present moment in time & focus to make the best out of every ball. Every dot ball is a step closer to victory as is ever OUT. The team that can make the best out of 120 balls WINS. So it is up to each batsman & bowler to understand this & work his tail off to do his best for the team. Every Captain needs to convey this message to his XI. Outstanding batsmen & Bowlers are those who make the best of this & produce a winning team. In short the actual 3 hours play on the field on each particular match has to be planned & executed to perfection to produce a winner. Currently there are at least 6 teams who can compete for the WC title but it remains to be seen which way does the luck tilt. I hate to predict a winner which is like bidding for a lottery. SL & Pakistan may have the best stats but teams like WI, NZ, Australia & India can WIN.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    @Slough327: Man, in which world you are living. You say, "To prove that you are the best You need to own the World Cup not IPL". If that's so. we own both the world cup (50 overs & 20 overs) and all the major ICC trophy and by the way any country can not win the IPL because it is played between IPL teams not countries. Please use your commonsense at least before placing your comments in public. (Cricinfo, please publish)

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    If India were at ranking number one, stat will matter for Shiv Jayaraman...!

  • on March 20, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    @look-ma-i-am-indian: wrong logic, the top 4 test playing countries play the most test matches, does it mean that the test rankings are nothing to go by? stop making excuses, I am sure if Pak played more test matches they would be in the top 3, even currently they on the border line of 4 and 5. In terms of T20, i think its going to be either Pak, WI or Sri Lanka who will win.

  • YesSirYesSirThreebagsfull on March 20, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    @Udendra you may laugh but remember it is because of IPL that T20 WC and T20 cricket is popular in world.

  • YesSirYesSirThreebagsfull on March 20, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Pak and SL may ahead of winning more matches but they have played more matches too. Team Inda win only a few but they play less. And how many times has Pak or SL beaten Team India IN India? only once.

  • tanstell87 on March 20, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Indian fan here...each of top 8 teams have a chance to win this World T20...Australia looks best poised to win this time...not sure about other teams though...ever since its inception the World T20 has produced different Champions so by looks of it we will see possibly Australia or South Africa or Sri Lanka or New Zealand to win this year as other 4 teams have won the World T20 already...

    as an Indian fan i would luike Team India to win the World T20 again but it looks highly unlikely with Dhoni & team management continue to play Rohit as an opener & with listless Ashwin & Bhuvneshwar kumar in Indian 11...they wont advance to sems...btw good luck to all teams !

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Whenever "Pakistan" was favourite, they've failed miserably. Take any example, 1996 WC, 1999 WC final, 2007 T20WC final, 2012 t20 WC, 2012 Asia Cup and most of all Champions Trophy 2013 etc etc. Such is the fate of Pakistan.

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Pak has a real chance to win this tittle if they played with planning

  • LALITHKURUWITA on March 20, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    I think Aus can win as they have explosive batsmen and very good bowling attack. The dark horse is the Black Caps. SA will prove again that they are pretenders. I am not sure other teams.

  • Slough327 on March 20, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Pakistan Sri Lanka West indie Are fav and best teams in this formate Pak&SL are best cos of their bowling and west indie Are best cos of their fearless bating with some spin India have good bating and fielding but they have always fear that's their cos of loss

  • Balumekka on March 20, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    bdtigerkabir: ".....once srilanka was more poor than bd in statistically...." Which sport you are talking about? In cricket? or Ice hockey?

  • Slough327 on March 20, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    The country who own the IPL they think they own the world cricket and World Cup no brother you don't. And also if a country own the IPL it does not mean they are favourer and better. To prove that you are better you need to show here in world cricket not in IPL. To prove that you are the best You need to own the World Cup not IPL. Pakistan even do not play IPL actually is not allowed to participate in IPL but still in world t20 their record is better then the team play and own IPL. And INSHALLAH they will prove it again that to be best you don't need IPL but you need wining spirit and better performance just wait and watch them playing.............

  • Yousufahmed1 on March 20, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    @ Udendra The country that owns the IPL at least has one WC and it was the first WC. How many your country has. LOL.

  • on March 20, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    This tournament is wide open , day night encounters favor the seam base bowling attack due to dew conditions and day matches favor the spin friendly teams, so the playing conditions will be a key factor , and also the pitches. when the tournament goes on the pitches will be deteriorated so then it will favor the slow bowlers, so the team who prepared for all conditions will survive. My semis SL & SA in Group A, Aus & WI/Pak in group B - Aus - SA 1st semi , SL vs WI/ Pak 2nd semi

  • true-cric-lover on March 20, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    @bdtigerkabir .. Your analysis make no sense friend. What r u trying to point out which is not clear.. :/

  • Herath-UK on March 20, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    When you keep on knocking on the door, it will open one day & in the same breath Sri Lanka have been at the finals several times & lost but this time around it should be able to pull off the win. Always there are gate crashers & back door entrants who will spoil the party as what happened at those finals but one knows well who really deserved the trophy at those times.

  • true-cric-lover on March 20, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    @Khurram S Chaudhry I agree with u my friend. U spots the points correctly. May I add some more -SL win almost all matches in 2009 and 2012 but unable to win the finals. That much unpredictable limited over games are and records in past not represent the current performance. So, comments like this many matches win against this country make no sense. But I think SL, Pak and WI have the better chance for the finals.

  • bdtigerkabir on March 20, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    mr- Ramansilva, Sri Lanka have good stats but I note that Ireland have even better - 3 wins/1 loss since the last World Cup! So are Ireland going to win the World Cup? Bangladesh oviously a better team than to icc associate team and once srilanka was more poor than bd in statistically.

  • ksquared on March 20, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    SL deserve to be up there as the best t20 team out there. it's been the consistency that has been their hallmark especially when they play outside SL where they have an excellent T20 record and they usually perform well in world tournaments finalists in 4 of the last 6 world cups t20 or odis. If only they can get over the final hurdle!!!!

  • Dr.Lakson on March 20, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    We should have a best of three final and an IPL like formula to find the semifinalists to find the real consistent T20 world champions!

  • Ramansilva on March 20, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Look at the win-loss record of the host nation of this T20 World cup since last T20 world cup. I wonder why its fans are so boisterous and boast that their team is on par with any other test playing nation.

  • SLisBestinEarth on March 20, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Only Lanka with Sanga,Jaya,Mathews,Mendis,Malinga ,Perara's can take T20.. No stop on that..

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 20, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Sri Lanka have good stats but I note that Ireland have even better - 3 wins/1 loss since the last World Cup! So are Ireland going to win the World Cup? I don't think so! I don't know that Australia's victory in the World Cup is exactly certain but they are definitely in good form and if they can make it to the semi finals they could give it a real shot.

  • on March 20, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    good stats for SL. they are consistent t20 team and thats why ranked 1. pak also have good record in t20 and it suits their style as well. past records doesnt mean much. in t20 a single innings or few overs can change game quickly and all teams are fav. we cant rule out NZ, AUS, and WI. what matters most is that which team will be mentally strong to win so many games together and not run out of gas. its different this time with 1 playing 4 games in 1st round and tough groups.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 20, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    I hope pakistan plays correct team. SL is doing good in t20.

  • wazza85 on March 20, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    I wouldn't jump to conclusions just yet guys. all though you loss a warm-up match does not mean you are loosing the tournament. Yes SL are no-1 and perform well in this format, so does Pakistan. But it all comes down to how much a team can score in the first 5 overs or runs will determine the game. Australia are strong too this year and with Hoggy coming for spin. so my top three 3 team would be SL, Pak and Oz. but Mendis and perera need to improve from yesterdays game.

  • on March 20, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Well played Sl. Think they can continue this form through the World cup

  • on March 20, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    No one can isolate Pakistan n Srilanka..... They are everywhere..... :)))

  • Ishfaqkhan.jk on March 20, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    Well all i can say is that pakistan and srilanka are doing well. In this t20 wc i think pakistan and australia hav got the chance to win with pakistan having 3 spin bowling allrounders and a good pace attack too. Aus hav good batting. If india can some how manage to bowl well they can make it to semifinals. I hav the strong feeling that NZ will make it to semis Look at this nw Pak 1 shazad 2 kamran 3 hafeez 4 umar 5 maqsood 6 malik 7 afridi 8 bhatti 9 gul 10 ajmal 11 junaid India 1 shiekher 2 rehane 3 virat 4 yuvi 5 raina 6 dohni 7 jedeja 8 ashwin 9 mishra 10 shami 11 varun

  • bouncer709 on March 20, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Umer Gul will be leading the pace bowling as always.

  • Vikram_Rathore on March 20, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    @Udendra: India owns IPL but the entire world plays in it! Hence, we are not any better off than anybody else! Besides, in T20 one crazy over with a ball or a bat, is sufficient to swing the game from the jaws of defeat to victory! So, you got to give India what is due!

  • jawana on March 20, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    So it is clear that either Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the favourites for this cup...

  • Udendra on March 20, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    And the country that owns the IPL hasn't performed well? Lol.

  • siddhartha87 on March 20, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Great stats.Sri Lanka and their players are dominating the stats.No wonder they are rank 1 in this format

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  • siddhartha87 on March 20, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Great stats.Sri Lanka and their players are dominating the stats.No wonder they are rank 1 in this format

  • Udendra on March 20, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    And the country that owns the IPL hasn't performed well? Lol.

  • jawana on March 20, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    So it is clear that either Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the favourites for this cup...

  • Vikram_Rathore on March 20, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    @Udendra: India owns IPL but the entire world plays in it! Hence, we are not any better off than anybody else! Besides, in T20 one crazy over with a ball or a bat, is sufficient to swing the game from the jaws of defeat to victory! So, you got to give India what is due!

  • bouncer709 on March 20, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Umer Gul will be leading the pace bowling as always.

  • Ishfaqkhan.jk on March 20, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    Well all i can say is that pakistan and srilanka are doing well. In this t20 wc i think pakistan and australia hav got the chance to win with pakistan having 3 spin bowling allrounders and a good pace attack too. Aus hav good batting. If india can some how manage to bowl well they can make it to semifinals. I hav the strong feeling that NZ will make it to semis Look at this nw Pak 1 shazad 2 kamran 3 hafeez 4 umar 5 maqsood 6 malik 7 afridi 8 bhatti 9 gul 10 ajmal 11 junaid India 1 shiekher 2 rehane 3 virat 4 yuvi 5 raina 6 dohni 7 jedeja 8 ashwin 9 mishra 10 shami 11 varun

  • on March 20, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    No one can isolate Pakistan n Srilanka..... They are everywhere..... :)))

  • on March 20, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Well played Sl. Think they can continue this form through the World cup

  • wazza85 on March 20, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    I wouldn't jump to conclusions just yet guys. all though you loss a warm-up match does not mean you are loosing the tournament. Yes SL are no-1 and perform well in this format, so does Pakistan. But it all comes down to how much a team can score in the first 5 overs or runs will determine the game. Australia are strong too this year and with Hoggy coming for spin. so my top three 3 team would be SL, Pak and Oz. but Mendis and perera need to improve from yesterdays game.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 20, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    I hope pakistan plays correct team. SL is doing good in t20.