First Twenty20 at Pallekelle today:
Lankans set to clear first hurdle
The Sri Lankan cricketers will be looking to clear their first hurdle
when they face the touring Australians in the first of two Twenty20
internationals at Pallekelle International Stadium this evening.
The former ODI world champions will look to start the one and a half
month long tour on a positive note while the Sri Lanka team is banking
on its blend of youth and experience to deliver their best against the
Australia will be looking forward to rebuild their reputation after
falling down in the Test rankings while not being able to impress in the
recently concluded World Cup of the shorter form of the game which was
held in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka, under the guidance of their new panel of coaches, headed
by the legendary pacie Rumesh Ratnayake, are positive towards a good
game in their favour according to the skipper T.M. Dilshan.
On the other hand, the youthful deputy skipper Anjelo Mathews also
thinks that the absence of Paceman Lasith Malinga and Star spinner
Muttiah Muralitharan would not affect the strength of the team in a
Australia is here after having crushed Bangladesh in their only other
series after the World Cup, and that makes this, their first big
encounter after the World Cup.
Sri Lanka had just finished their England tour where they won the T20
international but lost both Test and ODI series.
But Sri Lanka is well known for their supremacy in own territory and
that fact alone would make any visiting team to think twice about the