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‘Watered down’ Sri Lanka in a spot of bother now

The Sri Lankans must be cursing the rain. They will be thinking that they had the chance to put it across the Australians and had the brightest possibility of ending the unbeaten run of the Aussies in the World Cup, writes Saurav Ganguly.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2011 01:12 IST
Saurav Ganguly

The Sri Lankans must be cursing the rain. They will be thinking that they had the chance to put it across the Australians and had the brightest possibility of ending the unbeaten run of the Aussies in the World Cup.

But in cricket, you can’t take things for granted. Ponting and company could also put up their logic, that they had Sri Lanka under control and could have ended up on the winning side, thereby keeping their supremacy in the World Cup intact.

Actually, due to rain that the cricket-loving people were robbed of an interesting duel.

Lanka looked good
Thirty-two odd overs had been bowled, Sri Lanka by that time had around 150 on the board. Sangakkara looked in good touch, ably supported by Samaraweera.

They had the right launching pad for pushing the score to about 250-260. That would have really tested Australia’s batting ability and capability on a slow, turning and wearing Premadasa wicket.

Having played on that Premadasa wicket quite a number of times, one can say that batting second on that track under lights is always a testing proposition. The purchase that was available for Jason Krejza and Steven Smith when Sri Lanka was batting first must have lit up the eyes of Murali, Mendis and Rangana Herath.

Big disappointment
The washout will be more disappointing for the Lankans as they are in a spot of bother, having lost to Pakistan. It means Sangakkara’s might have to travel out of Sri Lanka for the quarterfinal.

That will be a big test for the as any team is always happy to play such a crucial game in their own backyard. On the other hand, Australia will get some more time to organise themselves. PMG