Monday, January 30, 2006


The Australians were led by Adam Gilchrist at Perth to a victory over the Sri Lankans. This further consolidates the position of the home team as far as the points table is concerned. Gilchrist came into his own after a long time taking apart the Lankan bowling attack. There is no better sight in world cricket today Gilchrist makes big runs. This should sound a warning to the rival teams. There was even talk that he should be dropped from the one day squad. After the century on Sunday, Gilchrist was quite ecstatic and jutifiably so.

The Lankan batting is heavily dependent on Jayasuriya and when he fails, the team scores limps towards respectability. Sangakkara is the only other batsmen who is able most of the bowling attacks and he too fell for a small score. Jayawardena is a run machine when it comes to the subcontinental wickets and Attapatu feasts on docile attacks. The bowling is also no great shakes either excepting Vaas and Muralitharan.

The match between Sri Lanka and South Africa should decide the second finalist that takes on Australia. It is difficult to hope for a victory to the Sri Lankans on a pitch such as Perth.


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