T-20 World Cup – Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan

Battle between Lord Allah and Lord Buddha

Battle between Lord Allah and Lord Buddha
Battle between Lord Allah and Lord Buddha | Source
Malinga Should Rip Through Pakistan Batting
Malinga Should Rip Through Pakistan Batting

Sri Lanka Team Is Well Balanced

Home Support for Sri Lanka

Today in the first semi-final of the T-20 World Cup, Sri Lanka is taking on Pakistan. Sri Lanka is keen to capitalise on the home advantage and enter the final of the tournament. The home crowd at Colombo will cheer Sri Lanka madly and prompt them to go for a win. This home support can be an advantage as well as a disadvantage. While it can bring the much needed boost for the confidence of the team, it can also exert undue pressure.

Sri Lanka Team Is Well Balanced

Even though the match is poised evenly between the two teams, Sri Lanka has certain plus points. It has a well balanced team. Sri Lanka has good bowlers, batsmen and fielders. But Pakistan relies more on its bowlers than batsmen. If Lasith Malinga can run through the top order Pakistan batting, then the match is in Sri Lanka’s pocket. On the other hand Sri Lanka has batting depth. Even Thisara Perera and Kulasekara can bat if needed.

Malinga Should Rip Through Pakistan Batting

Sri Lanka’s bowling depends mainly on their chief fast bowler Malinga. Malinga is well experienced in T-20 brand of cricket as he plays regularly for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL tournament in India. It will be difficult for Pakistan to counter his attack. Sri Lanka will ask Malinga probably to bowl two overs initially and reserve him for the 18th and 20th over to finish off the Pakistan tail or to prevent Pakistan from winning. But there are other bowlers like Kulasekara, Mathews, Perera and the new sensation Dhananjeya. Dhananjeya is a sixteen years old school boy and his bowling is of high quality. He is an asset to the Sri Lanka team.

Pakistan Should Not Be Allowed To Build Up a Partnership

For Sri Lanka, it is important not to allow an opening partnership for Pakistan. Once settled, the Pakistan openers can build up a strong base and Sri Lanka may find it difficult to chase the target. For this Malinga should strike early blows to rip through the top order Pakistan batting. It is also imperative that Sri Lanka fielders should concede minimum runs and there should be no dropped catches.

Sri Lanka Should Score 180 or More

Pakistan will rely on their spinners to bowl out Sri Lanka. But Sri Lanka batsmen like Sangakkara and Jayawardene are well equipped to handle spin bowling. Pakistan has no threatening fast bowlers like Imran Khan or Sarfraz Nawaz. Sri Lanka batsmen can easily negotiate the deliveries of Umar Gul. If Sri Lanka bats first, it should try to put up a total of 180 or more to give their bowlers a good chance to contain Pakistan. For this, building partnership is important. Sri Lanka batsmen should not throw away their wickets in panic. They should not take unnecessary risks also. They should try to score 50 or above in the power play phase of the game. If Pakistan bats first, Sri Lanka should try to restrict them to around 140 or less. It will give Sri Lanka batting a confidence to chase the target.

Battle between Lord Allah and Lord Buddha

Pakistan relies on Lord Allah for a win. Whenever Pakistan had won, its captain and players invoked the name of Lord Allah to stress the Islamic God’s superiority. But when Pakistan lost against India, Hafeez did not speak about Allah. Honestly, Hafeez should have admitted after his defeat to India that Hindu Gods are superior to Lord Allah. Going by the religious angle, today’s clash between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is a clash between Lord Buddha and Lord Allah. Who will triumph? Will Buddha trounce Lord Allah at Colombo?

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