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Sri Lanka Twenty20 prospects

cricket Updated: Jun 03, 2009 17:59 IST

Reuters
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Sri Lanka factbox for the Twenty20 World Cup opening at Lord's in London on Friday:

Strengths

Experience and explosive power in a batting lineup of Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, captain Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan. Sri Lanka have always played as a unit and spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis will be a handful.

Weaknesses

Pace bowling backup for Lasith Malinga, who took 18 wickets for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Key Player

Captain Sangakkara, one of the best attacking batsmen in the world and an accomplished wicketkeeper. In form after amassing 332 runs in 13 innings for the King XI Punjab team in the IPL.

Odds: 8/1

Squad

Kumar Sangakkara, Indika de Saram, Sanath Jayasuriya, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Chamara Silva, Isuru Udana, Muttiah Muralitharan, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Farveez Maharoof, Angelo Mathews, Jehan Mubarak, Thilan Thushara.