It’s pretty much confirmed now that India will go into their opening Super Eights clash against Australia on Friday with five bowlers. At the post-match conference, Indian skipper M S Dhoni went to the extent of admitting that either Yuvraj Singh or Virender Sehwag will have to pave the way for the inclusion of a fifth bowler;
The two teams that will be battling it out in the first of the two Super Eights clash on Friday are among the most well-balanced outfits in the tournament. If Pakistan have exceptional batting talent and three of the best T20 bowlers in the world, South Africa have an experienced line-up of batsmen, capable of delivering against the best and pace bowlers of the highest calibre.
West Indies through some great fielding performances downed England by 15 runs at Pallekele. England rocked back by a double wicket maiden from Ravi Rampaul took some time to gain any momentum in its run chase of 180 from 20 overs.
Sri Lanka opened its account in the Super Eights following a Super Over win over New Zealand. Chasing 175, the hosts were well on course to reach the target but somehow after a few quiet overs, the match was back in the balance.
And now time has come to watch some real hardcore cricket in Sri Lanka with the Super Eights kicking off this Thursday at Pallekele. In the dozen matches prior to this, we have witnessed quite a few one-sided affairs.
The unofficial practice games in the tournament are over. All teams expected to make it through to the Super Eights have done the same. The real battle begins now, with Sri Lanka taking on New Zealand in the first Super Eights clash at Pallekele.