In a group which consists of the mighty Indians and Australians, Sri Lanka and West Indies must be hoping to get a win under their belt to continue further in the tournament.
A loss in this match and then they will be asked to beat India and Australia to go to semi finals. So these least favoured sides will have a do or die battle. The losers will know that their world cup is as good as its over.
So Sri Lanka, we hope will be winner in the second match today, after two unbeaten sides play first. India and Australia are the only unbeaten sides in the tournament and at the end of the day, we will have only one.
Mahela Jayawardane will be the cynosure of all eyes after his earlier exploits. To pin your hopes on him will lead the Lankan lads to nowhere. Having scored almost 60% of all the runs, one hopes he comes good this time too.
To play Dilshan or not would be dilemma for captain. It is a sorry display of batting for Dilshan. I think pressure is too much on the team when he fails. In an important match we will need all the guns blazing.
I think Sanga have to take the tough decision to drop Dilshan and bring in Welegedara, the fast bowler. That department is so weak, if we play Thissera Perera and Angelo Matthews then we are not playing any specialists.
Sangakkara should open with Mahela, then Chandimal at 3, Kapugedara at 4, Mathews at 5, and Jayasuriya/Thissera at 6/7. Suraj Randiv does handle the bat well for a No.8. Malinga, Welagedara and Mendis to follow. Sangakkara batted at 4 and really looked out of place. Sangakkara either should open or bat at 3. Leaving Chandimal to open. There is no future to Sangakkara anywhere in the middle. I think he or Mahela needs to bat through.