Sri Lanka’s confidence “the key” – Jayaratne

Sri Lanka will be taking on England as a rejuvenated and a confident outfit after their thrilling win against India at St. Lucia. SLC’s Head of Coaching Jerome Jayaratne predicts a highly motivated Sri Lankan XI to take on the Englishmen today for the Semi Final of the ICC World T20 2010.

Jayaratne is of the view that Sri Lanka’s main batsmen Sangakkara, Jayawardena and Dilshan will approach the game with an added level of confidence knowing in the hindsight that its youth dominated middle order is finding form at the correct time. This degree of confidence can have an extreme positive impact on their mind set. This will be a key factor when Sangakkara’s men take on an English side which is heavily packed on batting. England who has batting  strength in terms of depth and aggression is bound to test the Lankan bowling attack, hence Jayaratne predicts an inclusion of an additional spinner can upset the momentum of the Englishmen. Speaking to, he expresses confidence in Sri Lanka’s batting ability to cope with the the English bowling attack.

According to Lankan team Manager Anura Tennakoon, Sri Lanka had a well earned rest yesterday and is not expected to make drastic changes to the line up. When queried Tennakoon mentioned the St. Lucia pitch for today’s match is expected to behave similarly to the  one which hosted the Sri Lanka v India game.

Sri Lanka became the runners up of the previous edition of the competition, which was played in England last summer. The game is scheduled to get underway at 2100hrs (SL time).


    i cant understand why sana was selected for the semis against england even after failing again and again. what is the purpose of having the management, coach and the skipper if they cant make a decision for the betterment of the team. chandimal was a spectator on the bench so was sana in the field !

  • Thilina

    ya of course sanath is the main reason way sri lanka lost the semi final he is a legendary player for sri lanka in all time but he’s very greedy now he is not allowing opportunity for young players he is going after money now why anyone can’t stop him now people are very angry about he is using his MP powers to stay in team.this is very funny this is sport it’s going whiled now.pls pls pls anyone please stop this happening to sri lanka cricket.we are very disappointed as a sri lankan cricket fans by the way sanath is a just a loser now we don’t like or respect him now as a sri lankan.we think he just very greedy for money that’s why he don’t leave cricket.

  • Udara Vimukthi

    @ Ranjtih- Are u speaking with a sane mind,…Sanath is the single biggest reason we lost in the World T 20…His time is now over.We all accept that he is a legend,but now he is losing all the respect people have for him by hanging on greedily depriving a younger player an opportunity.Dinesh Chandimal should have played in the semifinal after Sanath scored 0 in the match against India…But again Sanath played and see what happened…Look at his scores,..15 runs in 6 matches…It’s Pathetic…..
    If Sri Lanka need to perform well and have any hope of winning next year’s world cup Sanath should be dropped immediately…..

  • Ranjith

    Srilanka should keep Sanath Jayasooriya .He failed only one sereis

  • http://no rimsan

    in srilanka team must stop sanath jayasuriya & ajantha mendis. if it is happen like that sri lanka will win 2011 world cup.