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Date: 19 June 2009
Venue: Kennington Oval,
Kick off: 16:30 GMT (17:30 Local Time)
Spin attack is the strongest side of
Moreover, the Lankan have a quality left arm spinner in Sanath Jayasuria and a part time spinner in Dilshan.
Even though Oval wicket could be bouncy and quick, Captain Sangakkara said the wicket would not be a problem for his team.
"We've played one-day cricket here before, it seems a pretty even track with good bounce and I think it will stay consistent right throughout," said Sangakkara.
"Especially when it comes to our spinners, I think if they can get a bit more bounce out of the track, they will be more effective," the wicket-keeper and top-order batsman added.
"I think batsmen will find it harder to get under them and really hit it long because that extra bounce might give the spinners a chance to do something that little bit extra that will get them more wickets."
Sri Lankan batting line up seems pretty much balanced in the presence of both young as well as experienced players. In the top order, they have four very experienced batsmen in Dilshan, Jayasuria, Sangakkara and Jayawardene. Big hitter Jayasuria could be vital for the Lankan team in the match. Middle order line up features Sangakkara and Jayawardene as well as young Chamara Silva and Mathews. Maharoof’s hard-hitting ability lower down the order could be effective for
"I'm carrying a bit of an injury and I don't know if I might be playing yet so it's a situation that we need to look at," Gayle told reporters on Tuesday. "I picked it up in the last game from a ball that (Mitchell) Johnson bowled and I'm still struggling a bit with it.
"When I was batting I didn't feel it but the next day I couldn't walk properly and I'm just trying to get back in my stride now. The knee is swollen a lot and bruised, so let's see what happens."
Pace attack is the biggest strength of
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Overall, I do not see any side as a favorite because both sides have some strong sides. It would be vital for both to capitalize on their strengths and keep the pressure off the shoulder. The team which would play at their best would likely be the winner and I am expecting a highly competitive game between