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Jayaysuriya tips Asian giants to take crown

“I expect the winner of the World T20 to come from Sri Lanka, India or Pakistan who are all very good T20 sides and will be tough to beat particularly if they get runs on the board.” -Photo by AFP

Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya has tipped one of the Asian giants to win this year’s World Twenty20, which starts from September 18.

Jayasuriya, a perfect exponent of the T20 style of cricket during his playing days, believes the slow wickets in Sri Lanka will work in favour of theses teams, all packed with quality spinners and explosive batsmen within their ranks.

“It's a tough tournament to predict as there are several teams who, if they find their rhythm, and get their tactics right could ultimately win the competition,” Jayasuriya said in an interview with Pakpassion.net.

“Any team that can put 160 runs up on the board in this tournament is going to be tough to beat in any conditions. The pressure to chase a score of 160 plus could be too much for some of the teams,” he added.

“The conditions are ideally suited for the Asian teams and expect them to excel.”

“I expect the winner of the World T20 to come from Sri Lanka, India or Pakistan who are all very good T20 sides and will be tough to beat particularly if they get runs on the board,” he said.

In Monday’s warm-up game between India and Pakistan was a some proof of this, which saw both teams attack with spinners and score with relative ease.

India, batting first, notched up 185/3 in 20 overs which Pakistan chased with five balls and as many wickets to spare.

Out of the non-Asian teams, Jayasuriya picked out South Africa as the best all-round side.

“I think South Africa is the best out of those teams. They are in good form, confident and have a number of match winners in their squad.”

The tournament starts on Tuesday when hosts Sri Lanka take on Zimbabwe at Hambantota.


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lion_o
Sep 18, 2012 12:34pm
West Indies has a very good chance, they have Gayle, Pollard, Bravo and Smith in their batting line up. Although their bowling is a bit weak, but I see them as the surprise package of this world cup
nadan
Sep 18, 2012 10:33am
wa wa wa
ABDUL BASIT KHAN
Sep 17, 2012 02:43pm
what a batting!
ali
Sep 18, 2012 10:57am
Unerring Akmal is hidden failure and enjoying. Can some one justify him being in the team. For Pakistan to win they must select proper players and drop UmerAkmal.
Raza
Sep 18, 2012 08:48am
That's where the problem lies. For me, Kamram Akmal should not have been in the team at all. Despite all the allegation, he has now been reinstated. No matter how he performed, there where the board and the administration sets the standard. If integrity of a person is challenged, he should not represent the country. Let's not be disguised - he was involved. Although it may not be a proven fact from a judicial stand-point, he and others should be sidelines to set the right example. Unfortunately we are short sighted and forget quickly even the recent past merely on account of one good inning. Set the example so others do not dare to follow suit.