Friday, 23 March 2007

Previews: India vs Sri Lanka and Ireland vs West Indies

Judgement day has arrived for India. Needing a win to stand a chance of qualification for the Super Eights, India face an exceedingly tough game tomorrow. Sri Lanka will not take this game lightly, as they are looking to ensure their own qualification and need victory to ensure that they take two vital points through to the next phase. Should India lose the toss tomorrow, then Rahul Dravid's men will likely be joing Pakistan in catching an early flight home. On a surface that offers encouragement for the seamers, Chaminda Vaas and Lasith Malinga will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing the likes of Virender Sehwag with a new cherry. This one will be a hum dinger of a game! Match of the tournament so far in significance.

The latter match is now effectively a Super Eight confrontation and it should be a good contest between two spirited sides. West Indies should have too much for Ireland in front of their home support, but who would have predicted what has taken place to date in this group?!

India vs Sri Lanka:

Prediction: Sri Lanka to effectively dump India out of the tournament.

Players to watch: Rahul Dravid will fight tooth and nail, but so will Mahela Jayawardene. Anil Kumble vs Murali could also be a good battle!

Ireland vs West Indies:

Prediction: West Indies to end the run of the Irish.

Players to watch: Eion Morgan and Dwayne Bravo

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