SL will be on a lookout to break the Kiwi momentum

Published: Thursday, August 12, 2010, 16:44 [IST]
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SL to face off against Black Caps

Dambulla: Hosts Sri Lanka will take on a confident New Zealand outfit who will be looking to disappoint the home side after a superb victory against the Indians on Tuesday.

Before the tournament started, Ross Taylor led Kiwis side was considered to be the weakest amongst the three but a crushing victory against the Indians in the opening match by 200 runs has made the experts and viewers rethink twice before making predictions.

Scott Styris and Taylor made a solid record partnership for the fourth wicket in the opening game and will be hoping to continue on with their good form against the Sri Lankan bowlers. The only worry the Black Caps will be facing will be regarding their openers Martin Guptil and Peter Ingram who looked very shaky facing the new ball.

Kane Williamson making his debut in the opening match didn't trouble the scorers but he will be hoping to make a mark against the Sri Lankans. More or less the tourists are likely to stick with the winning combination ahead of tomorrow's match.

On the other side, it is a good thing for the Lankans that they are playing the second match. Now they know that the Kiwi side are not the ones to be taken lightly after the first match. Sangakkara and his men will be on a lookout to start off well and lift the tournament ahead of the World Cup.

One-day specialists Upul Tharanga, Chamara Kapugedera and Nuwan Kulasekara are likely to play tomorrow. In the spinning department, it is most likely that Suraj Randhiv who had an excellent outing in the final Test match in Colombo, to feature in the playing XI ahead of Ajantha Mendis. Randiv may get the nod along with a four-pronged pace attack of Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dilhara Fernando and Angelo Mathews (all-rounder).


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