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Friday, April 6, 2007

Sri Lanka truimphs against England

While all the drama about the coach, his allegations, counter allegations, team changes etc. is unfolding here in India, the World Cup is chugging along. And it took a thrilling 2 run victory for Sri Lanka to remind me of it.

A great game and a great finish; for the Lankans that is. The English though will spend sleepless nights mulling over this match. Their team is obviously struggling and could manage only an unconvincing victory over minnows Ireland. They have got tough games ahead and a victory here would have done them a lot of good. And they would be hating themselves to have let go of a chance to do just that. The small margin of defeat will be making Vaughan pull his hair out in frustration.

On the other side the Sri Lankans are hanging on with grit and determination. They too were only just defeated by the South Africans but they also have 3 wins from the other 3 games. A victory against Ireland is a surety. Australia and New Zealand are the other two teams they need to play against and they better get well prepared for those games. Jayawardene and Jayasuriya are in good form now. So are Malinga and Murali. They are not looking a superb side but good enough.

You never know what can happen, though. This World Cup has already flung quite a few surprises and I wouldn’t be betting my money on anything now, except maybe on West Indies exiting the World Cup at this stage.

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