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Top-heavy SL rely too much on big two

I have always stated that I am not a firm believer in the tag 'favourites' and I was proved right once again by Pakistan's win over Sri Lanka. Sourav Ganguly writes.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2011 13:17 IST

I have always stated that I am not a firm believer in the tag 'favourites' and I was proved right once again by Pakistan's win over Sri Lanka. Most people had termed Sri Lanka favourite to win this match but, as I always believe, it is the team in form on that particular day which takes the honours. Pakistan need to be congratulated for the win, but at the same time Sri Lanka will have to be careful in preparing wickets.

They have to prepare the 20 yards in such a way that the team batting first after winning the toss doesn't carry away most of the advantage.

The wicket at the R Premadasa Stadium slowed down as the game progressed and run-chase was extremely difficult.

I have liked the Pakistan team as much I have seen them till now. Veterans Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq at four and five will have crucial roles to play in the tournament and will be the anchors for the team's temperamental batting. The Pakistan think-tank has set the batting line-up in such a manner that it portrays perfect balance with Shahid Afridi and Abdur Razzaq at seven and eight.

The Pakistan bowling also looks in good health with Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar leading the pack. Afridi seems to have developed hugely as a bowler and is leading with his heart. They could have won the game with ease had they not let off Sangakkara and Chamara Silva early on.

It will be interesting to watch Pakistan over the next few games, waiting to find out as to how they keep the momentum going.

Sri Lanka, I have always believed, is a top-heavy batting team.

They rely heavily on Sanga and Mahela and if these two fail to shoulder the team, Samaraweera, Kapugedera, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews seem to lack the wherewithal to carry the burden. Sri Lanka is definitely missing Lasith Malinga. His ability and experience with the new ball and at the death is being surely missed by his team.