Sri Lanka take on New Zealand tonight in an all important clash in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup, where the triumphant team would walk into the semi-finals of the competition. Both teams are tied with four points each with the island nation ahead in the points table with a superior net run rate.
Sri Lanka possess a formidable side with the likes of Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Dilshan in great touch in the batting department. Jayawardene may well hold the key for Sri Lanka, as he is one of the best T20 batsman in world
cricket, who does not slog, but still scores at a brisk rate. They have other players such as Perera and Angelo Matthews, who can slog when required in the final overs of the game.
As far as their bowling department goes, they have one of the most lethal bowlers in world
cricket, Lasith Malinga, who with his variety of slower balls and toe-crushing yorkers might make New Zealand's night a difficult one. And in Kulasakera, Malinga has a perfect bowling partner.
But, New Zealand will not go down without a fight. They have some strong players in the squad, who could change the course of the game at will such as Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum just to name a few. But, it is their bowling, which is a worry. Hence, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills, Nathan McCullum must give it their all while bowling for the black caps.
With South Africa already having made it through from the group stage, the winner of the match would join them in the semi finals and increase their chances of winning the ICC T20 World Cup 2014.