|Thursday, 24 January 2002|
Must win situation for Sri Lanka
by RANJAN ANANDAPPA
Sri Lanka's fate of entering the Super League at the under 19 ICC Cricket World Cup will firmly hang on the outome of the match against Zimbabwe today at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
Sri Lanka has not won a single match so far in the tournament besides sharing two points each with New Zealand in a rain affected opening game.
The Lankans suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Namibia on Tuesday and they need to perform a must win act against Zimbabwe to be in contention of a place in the Super League.
Zimbabwe will be at full strength with three of their players namely Hamilton Masakadza,who scored a debut test hundred, Sean Erwin and Taibu all who were members of the Zimbabwian national team that toured Sri Lanka recently.
Sri Lanka's batting still remains their major problem. Only vice captain Jeevan Mendis batted with some assurance in the last game scoring a half century,the rest of the top order will certainly have to bat with more responsibility if Sri Lanka are to find the second berth in their group.
Host New Zealand has already shown their supremacy by occupying the top spot in their group.The tussle will be between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka for the second spot in group'B'.
The Sri Lankans underwent a vigorous training session last morning under the guidance of coach Owen Mottau and Manager Brendon Kuruppu
The Sri Lanka team will be chosen from the following players:- Dammika Niroshan (Captain),Jeevan Mendis,Kanchana Gunawardena,Gamini Chandrakumara,Charith Sylvester (Wicket keeper),Dammit Indika,Eshan Abeysinghe,Sumalka Perera,Lasith Fernando,Upul Tharanga,Prasad Ranawaka,Omesh Wijesiriwardena,Farvez Maharoof,Dammika Prasad.
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