The return of Lasith Malinga restored Sri Lanka’s image as one of the key contenders for the World Cup. This after the defeat against Pakistan raised questions about their credentials.
The key strike bowler against Kenya showed what a factor he is in this Team. In truth he represents between about 20-40 runs to Sri Lanka through the wickets hell take and the pressure he takes off the other bowlers. Thus making them a greater threat.
Though Malinga aside,it must be said that it was disappointing not to see a bit of imagination shown against Kenya.
This in the batting and regarding Mahela Jayawardene…
One of the failings of the Sri Lankan’s against Pakistan was their openers.Not so much the run start they gave, but the lack of speed in which they got it. Which is so key in chasing a large total.
So against Kenya chasing a very mediocre total why wasn’t the choice made to open with Mahela and Dilshan?
This with Mahela’s dominance in this role in T20 in mind. Where he is truly one of the most devastating batsman going around as his strike rate of over 141 represents.
I can’t see why Sri lanka hasn’t asked him to assume this role in this World Cup.
For if his success from T20 carried over into the World Cup arena. This move could be the catalyst for a Sri Lanka win. Then you could either chose to bat Upul Tharanga at three which would take the pressure off him to be a mauler and assume a more conventional role.
Pushing Kumar Sangakkara to 4 and adding a bit of steele in the middle order. Then have the excellent Angelo Mathews at 5 and the Chamara’s Silva/Kapugedera at 6 and 7.
The line up would have more balance and considerably more threat for which they sadly lacked against Pakistan.
Plus could indeed win Sri Lanka a World Cup!