Sri Lankans play Sussex in T20 :
Life begins sans Mahela, Sanga
It will be life in the Twenty20 cricket firmament without the two
stars Mahela Jayewardene and Kumar Sangakkara when Sri Lanka play Sussex
in the shorter format at the County Ground in Hove, today. This will be
the only practice game, before Sri Lanka play England in the only
Twenty20 International at the KIA Oval in London on May 20.
Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene
Jayewardene and Sangakkara who had done wonders in all formats of the
game, called it a day in the Twenty20 format after the World Cup
Twenty20 in Bangladesh which Sri Lanka won beating India in the final.
The absence of Jayewardene and Sangakkara will no doubt create a
void, but the Lankans are lucky to have back up cricketers who could
emulate the duo.
Slinging sensation Lasith Malinga who stepped in as Captain in this
‘hit and run’ format when regular Captain Dinesh Chandimal had to sit
out a match for no fault of his and continued in the hot seat, is back
from the IPL in India and will lead the team.
The greatest batsman that the world of cricket has seen and will ever
see, the great Australian Captain and batsman Sir Donald Bradman had
said that captaincy is 90- per cent luck and 10 per cent skill. And
Malinga has the all important luck in abundance.
With Jayewardene and Sangakkara out, it will be Dinesh Chandimal and
probably Ashan Priyanjana or Chaturanga de Silva. Both are good in the
The sun is shining, which the Sri Lankan cricketers will love because
it will allow them to perform better and weather predictions here is
that the rest of the week is going to remain hot.
In the shorter formats batting first is an advantage, because it
helps to bat without pressure, make a formidable score and put pressure
on the side chasing.
But that theory was proved otherwise when Malinga won the toss and
put India into bat in the World Cup Twenty20 in Bangladesh and stuffed
them. The Sri Lankan batsmen and bowlers have struck form as they showed
in the victory against Kent on Friday. Other than for Kusal Janith who
had another poor game, the others are striking well and the bowlers,
Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera and offie Ajantha Mendis bowled cleverly.
As for Sussex they are led by Irish batsman Ed Joyce. But it is not
known whether he will play. Another standout in the team is England
bowler Chris Jordan.