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Sri Lanka one win away from Cricket World Cup quarter-final

Kumar Sangakkara

By Staff Writers

Kumar Sangakkara
The Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara, who is currently the third highest run scorer in the 2011 World Cup, will look to take Sri Lanka through to the next round by defeating Zimbabwe in their next match. Photo: © AFP/William WEST.

March 8, 2011 (Island Cricket): Co-hosts Sri Lanka are one win away from entering the quarter finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Kumar Sangakkara’s men have two matches, against Zimbabwe and New Zealand, remaining in the group stages of the tournament to qualify.

Currently with five points from four matches, Sri Lanka will look to seal the deal on Thursday, when they take on Zimbabwe at the Pallekele Stadium.

In the event Zimbabwe spring an upset, the 1996 World Cup winners will be left with their group match against New Zealand in Mumbai to qualify.

The loss against Pakistan and the rain abandoned match against Australia have pushed the pre-tournament favourites into a tight spot, requiring them to win one of their last two remaining matches or face a shocking early exit.

However, Sri Lanka will remain hopeful of knocking over light-weights Zimbabwe, who have never defeated them either in the subcontinent or in a World Cup fixture before.

But memories of that devastating loss to Kenya in the 2003 World Cup, coupled with the pressure of qualifying for the next round, will mean that Sangakkara’s men will find themselves under pressure.

© Island Cricket

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