West Indies to take on Sri Lanka spinners

Published: Friday, June 19, 2009, 16:04 [IST]
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London: It would be Sri Lankan spinners vs West Indies batsmen when the two fierce title aspirants collide head-on in the second semifinal of the Twenty20 World Cup here on Friday.

Sri Lanka's impeccable record and incredible balance will definitely give them an edge in Friday's encounter and Kumar Sangakkara's men seemed capable of achieving any target and defending any total.

Whey met in the first phase, when Tillekeratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya put on 124 for the first wicket in a winning total of 192. But West Indies have happy memories of the Oval, where Chris Gayle — who did not play in that first match — hit 88 not out from 50 balls in the game against Australia.

Sanath Jayasuriya may not have set the tournament alight yet but the veteran swashbuckler is capable of destroying any bowling attack single-handedly on his day and West Indies would pray tomorrow is not one of those days.

For Sri Lanka, Jayasuriya's lack of form has hardly been a concern because runs have been flowing from Tillakaratne Dilshan's prolific blade.

The all-rounder is carrying his spectacular form right from the Indian Premier League and rival bowlers are yet to come up with a solution as to how to stymie him.

Sangakkara's has been a reassuring presence down the order, while Mahela Jayawardene never shied away from stepping up to the plate.

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