Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Preview: South Africa vs Sri Lanka

Another must see game takes place today as two of the tournament's favourites come face to face in Guyana. This is likely to be a high scoring affair with so many exciting batsman on view. I am tipping Sri Lanka to go all the way this year and so far I have not been disappointed. Sri Lanka categorically swept aside all other opposition in what was a difficult group and they are a side in top form. They field superbly, bat with flair and have the most varied bowling attack in international cricket.

The South African's are a very aggressive side and this is personified in the way they bat and bowl. Herein lies the problem for South Africa. They have too many pace bowlers looking to get in the face of their opponents. The guile and majesty of a top spinner is an obvious miss in the South African team and it proved their undoing against Australia, when they were unable to stem the flow of runs. Sometimes they can be just two one dimensional. Until they find that top quality spinner it will always be hard to pick them as favourites. Make no mistake though, they have all of the other components and are a massive threat.

Prediction: Sri Lanka to march on.

Players to watch: Muttiah Muarlitharan and Mark Boucher.

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