Australia, who has had a great run in this year’s ICC T20 World Cup, will be wary, playing against one of the most talented teams in world cricket. Sri Lanka will always be a threat to the mighty Aussies who beat Pakistan, Bangladesh and tournament favorites India, in their three outings and that too comprehensively.
Sri Lanka due to a few mistakes lost the lung opener to the black caps in the group stage, but turned things around against Zimbabwe, and showed their class against host West Indies in their last outing by thrashing them by 57 runs.
Both teams have world class players and match winners. Australia boasts of an explosive opening combination of Warner and Shane Watson. They do have a hard hitting middle order unit in Cameron White, Michael and his brother David Hussey together with Brad Haddin. Australia has a good seam attack for the given conditions at Bridgetown Barbados, spear headed by Dirk Nannes, Shaun Tait, and Mitchell Johnston. Shan Watson also comes into this equation with Steven Smith as the lone wrist spinner.
Sri Lanka on the other hand can match their counterparts man to man. Jayewardene is easily the best batsmen in this tournament with his precise timing and elegance as a stroke maker. Kumar Sangakkara found form in the last outing. The Lankans have utility all rounder’s in the caliber of Angelo Mathews, and hard hitting Thisara Perera. The middle order looks solid with Chamara Kapugedera and Dilshan both capable of hitting the ball out of the park. It is envisaged that Jayasuriya will strike form; he is a classy striker of the cricket ball, if he gets going, Barbados will come alive. Sri Lanka has a much better spinning option than their opponents. Muralitheran is out of this game with an injury, but Randiv, Mendis, Jayasuriya and Dilshan are very effective. The seam department is well balanced with Malinga, Kulasekera, Mathews and Perera adding the much needed variety.
Both teams have winnings combinations since they have opener’s who could piece the infield with precise timing, they have wicket taking quick’s, economical spinners and prodigious late order hitters.