Lankan Cricket – Lanka’s Test Match 1997
The Lanka vs SL gold medal clash is a once in a lifetime opportunity for fans to see the two sides live action. This will be the first time the Lankan team will face off against the other in an official international tournament. Although there is disappointment following the recent performance at the Asian Games, most are optimistic about the upcoming clash. It’s a toss up on how you feel as to who will come out on top, but here are some predictions and how you can prepare yourself for this exciting match.
There is a strong possibility that runs out the clock and makes this match as easy as possible for them. However, there is also a very experienced side, led by coach Koos Mulder, that has a lot of experience playing in such high profile matches. The Lankans do not stand a chance against this group of players. They have too many All-round players who can play multiple roles on the field. The key to their success in this competition is a strong defensive unit and timely hitting.
Both teams have a number of talented players. Both the batsmen and fielding players for both sides are well known quantities with great skills. A match up like this is an ideal opportunity for players like Mahela Jayawardene to stake his claim to the Lanka cricketing world cup team. He has been playing consistently well and has emerged as one of the most reliable performers in the competition. Up against batsmen who have some excellent statistics, Mahela is not likely to lose this particular match. The fact that he will be playing for his country is enough for him to perform to the best of his ability.
The Indians have a number of players in their squad who can play multiple roles on the field. The catching selection may turn out to be interesting as there are some promising youngsters in the side. rounder Srikanth Kumar has impressed lately and has played some excellent matches. Kumar along with all-rounder Sandakan Thriyani have shown excellent abilities in limited overs. Some other options include seamer Ongar Mukherjee and batsman Neelkanth Apps.
batsman Ongar is another exciting option and has impressed a lot of fans with his skills. He is not the kind of player who plays a lot of shots, but is a high achiever who averages about 45 runs per day. Coach Danny Morrison has faith in Ongar and has backed his selection. Other than these players only batsman Sourav Ghoshnath is a regular in the side.
The Sri Lanka team is made up of experienced players and new comers. The experienced ones like Dinesha Bhopan Thakur, Mahela Jayawardene and Dineshwar Kumar have played a lot of games. The rest have played just once. So this is a big chance for youngsters like Mahela to stake their claim to the top position in the team. With experienced players like Dhamish Reddy and Ranga de Silva, the youngsters can’t expect much from the other side.
The partners in this match are pacers Sanath Kumar and Dineshwar Kumar. The two have impressed the fans with their styles of bowling that have impressed even the stumps. Kumar is known to pick up the ball and make the batsmen work for his runs. Dineshwar on the other hand has shown excellent strokes like the pull and turn. This is one of the most important factors that have helped the players to win the toss.
It is expected that both the sides will put in their best efforts to win the match as this is only the quarter pole for the World Cup. Both the teams are confident of reaching the semis and will be representing Sri Lanka at the final tournament. The Lanka cricket fans will be excited with this game and the semi-finals due to the fact that the country has never reached the finals of a world cup game before.