NZ v SL, Group B, World Twenty20 2010, Providence April 29, 2010

Styris tips tiny scores in Guyana

Cricinfo staff

Scott Styris expects scores of as little as 120 to be competitive during the World Twenty20 games in Guyana. New Zealand begin the tournament against Sri Lanka on Friday and the teams in groups B and D face a tough time if Styris' predictions are accurate.

New Zealand won the practice game on Wednesday by seven runs after West Indies lost 9 for 31 to be all out for 117 at the Providence Stadium. "You're never out of the game," Styris said. "Scores of 120 and 130 are not so bad over here at the moment."

Only five of the 21 batsmen used in the match reached double figures and Styris said the slow pitches were like nothing he had encountered on previous visits to the Caribbean. "It's requiring a change of game plan, trying to figure out the best way to bat on it," he said.

"They are very tired wickets, it's almost like they have been used a lot. Batting isn't easy, once you get in it's easier, but getting yourself in is the hard part."

Ross Taylor also expects life to be hard at the beginning of an innings and has targeted the slow bowlers as the danger men. "Spin is going to play a big part so it's about adapting your game to facing spin," Taylor said. "The quick bowlers are probably going to bowl a lot of slower balls as well."

One thing that pleases Styris is that the surface suits his slow mediums and he could be a huge threat in the opening stages. He picked up 4 for 18 in four overs against West Indies to start the collapse.

"It isn't easy to bat on and the wickets do suit my style of bowling," he said. "It was very pleasing with the way the ball went and it would be nice to contribute with the bat as well."

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  • Deepak on April 30, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    whoever batting first make 150 or above 140 will have 90% chance of winning the game. both teams have good players & it will not be hitters game anymore.

    Srilanka has an edge over Newzealand due to more spinning options !

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    I reckon there is going to be a new champions this year and my gut feeling tells me that its one of those teams that have struggled to win silver cups and by that i mean New Zealand or England.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    You can't compare anyone with Malinga,Murali,Mendis,Sanath!! They are the one of the best bowlers in the game!!! We'll see who will win the game. but i think sri lanka has more advantage on this game. Mahela is in form and we al know that he can change a game very quickly. but the only problem in sri lanka team is Dilshan and Big Hitters. but in the crabian grounds i son't think it will be big issue. because grounds are too small and anyone can hit 6 without an big effort. hope we will have a good opening match!! Good Luck to both teams.. But Sri Lanka Will Win!!!

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