Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand - 1st Super 8 Match

As we are entering into the super 8 stages, the tournament is going to build more heat among the cricket fans with some big matches in the pipeline. The opening match of the super 8’s in ICC T20 World Cup 2012 will be played between Sri Lanka and New Zealand today at Kandy. Both the teams have lost one match each in the group stages and will look to boost up their confidence by winning the first match of the super 8. This stage is very crucial to all the teams as it is knock stage and all the sides look to win matches without being knocked out to enter the semi finals. The venue is Pallekele International cricket stadium, Kandy which might be advantageous to the Kiwis as they got used to the pitch playing both their leagues matches against Pakistan and Bangladesh at the same venue. Sri Lanka being the hosts and home side definitely have an edge, but have to look out as to who are going to gain advantage in today’s match.

Both the teams are quality sides and look to attack against the opposition. Spin is going to play a very important role in this knock out matches and Sri Lanka might have a fair edge in this particular division as they have quality spinners along with a young new comer Aklia Dananjaya, 18 year old guy who bowls spin in four varieties with good control. He is likely to get a chance in today’s match as a surprise weapon with Ajantha Mendis still suffering from an injury. Dilshan on the top of Sri Lanka’s batting order looked to be out of form and the home team will surely look strengthened once the opener gets going and gets his form back. Meanwhile, New Zealand are a quality side with a good number of all rounders, fast bowlers and recently their wicket keeper batsman McCullum scoring a brilliant century and getting into form will be a big boost up to the team. So, both teams are going to surely put an interesting and competitive show today at Kandy. Have to wait for some more time for the match to get started.

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