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World Cup Semi final on 24th: Sri Lanka vs New Zealands

Tomorrow (2007-04-24) is going to be a big big day for both Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Two teams meet each other in a crucial match, semi finals. In recent past, SL have done well against New Zealand. They once met in the super eight matches and Sri Lanka won comprehensively by 6 wickets.

According to news, the pitch at Sabina Park in Jamaica will have some bounce. This is said to be favoring NZs because SLs have much experiences on subcontinent wickets. But having the best balling department, SLs will be able to get the benefit of the bounce as well.

A quick comparison over the two teams

1. Captaincy:
Stephen Fleming, the New Zealand captain has more experience and is a good leading captain. But Mahela Jayawardane is one of the best positive captains in the world who has shown much colors in a lesser number of matches. So I weight SL has a good captaincy.

2. Balling attack:
NZ comes with one of the best ballers in the world, Shane Bond. But SL goes with 4 high class ballers: Vaas, Murali, Sanath and impressive Malinga. So SL has a huge advantage.

3. Batting:
NZ has a good batting line up starting with their captain, Fleming and following with Oram, Styris, McMillan and McCullum. SL comes with Sanath Jayasuriya (World's best batsman who frightens the opposite), following Sangakkara, Mahela, Chamara and Dilshan. So seems both have good batting attack. But it's a matter of getting some of them to show their class.

4. Fielding:
NZ is doing well of fielding, but they are not up to the level as much as SL. SL are putting huge pressure on the opposition by a showing a good team effort at the ground.

These are some comparisons, but the team that play as one unit and perform best will defeat the other. This is the first time NZ plays for a semi final in a world cup. So it will be a huge game for them.

But still I believe SL will beat NZ and go for the big final on 28th.

All the best wishes for SL from me and all the SL lovers. (Hope you are also joining with me to wish SL).


  1. Have fun with the cricket. Right now it is hockey semi-finals here and (almost) everyone is excited.

  2. Sri lanka won because of dreadful LBW decision against Fleming and Ross Taylor.
    Also Murali did not take that catch cleanly which sparked the collapse of NZ batters.
    If the umpiring was in order NZ would have won faily easily. Styris and Fulton were on song and SL bowlers were in disarray

  3. Seems one NZ fan got upset over the SL win. My deepest sympathy.

    But for a detailed discussion on this topic read the article, Sri Lanka through to World cup finals playing against 11 or 13?


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