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Does Sri Lanka have what it takes?

Working out the last 2 preliminary games that Sri Lanka has played, it’s not hard to figure out who has been their stand out performer. Scoring 81 from 51 in the first T20i and 100 in 67 in the second, Jayawardene has ensured Sri Lanka remain a threat in this tournament.

It may be early days, but so far it’s been a pathetic performance with the bat from the rest. Hard to figure out the difference of attitudes when you compare Mahela and the rest of the team; He definitely is in a different zone.

The Kiwis are yet to play the Zimbabweans at this point, but there is no doubt that the Kiwi’s will proceed comfortably to the next round.  

So going forth into the super 8’s, this is how I feel the tables will look:

Australia

New Zealand

Sri Lanka

Pakistan

India

South Africa

England

West Indies

Group E

Group F

 

Looking at the group Sri Lanka is in. We really do have our work cut out for us. Each of those teams, have atleast 3-4 batsmen who have contributed to their final scores, and who of which are in good form.  Put the odds up against Sri lanka, and all we have is our bowling to save our buns.

I feel, in order to get things going in the right direction, we have to tinker with the batting line up. Mahela needs a more confident partner. Dilly is a great batsmen, don’t get me wrong, but SL has to risk one game and give the likes of Jayasuriya or Chandimal a go at the top of the order. If you want the bottom line, it really is between Dilshan and Jaysuriya. Between these 2, lies the key as Mahela’s opening partner. 

Thissara Perera is good for one thing, and one thing only. Power hitting. Coming at the top of the order, doesn’t really do justice for his purpose in the team. He has the capability to come in at the end and score quick runs. That’s what we need him for. Having Jayasuriya at no.8? I mean how insane is that?! Regardless of his situation, it’s a waste of space. You either play him, or you don’t! Simple!

At this point, Sri Lanka’s Semifinal hopes are quite low.

The tweaks in our lineup have to be made. We have the players, but will they be utilized properly?

However, I still would not underestimate the power and depth of our team.  But until that power and depth comes alight, rest assured, Mahela has his work cut out for the next 3 games we have to play.

If he fails, I wonder where we would be. But, could that be exactly what Sri Lanka needs at this point?

This is the team I propose:

  1. Mahela Jayawardene
  2. Sanath Jayasuriya or TM Dilshan – Based on form, they offer the same components (Bowling, Batting)
  3. Dinesh Chandimal
  4. Kumar Sanagakkara
  5. Chamara Kapugedera
  6. CU Jayasinghe
  7. Angelo Matthews
  8. Thissara Perera
  9. Suraj Randiv
  10. Ajantha Mendis
  11. Lasith Malinga

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