You may need experienced players for one dayers and tests, cause they are the longer and longest version of cricket respectively. but for the shortest format = Twenty20, youngsters and unknown players can be your trump card.
How? Ask Australians who, after being mesmerised by Chris Gayle blitz in first Group C match, suffered second defeat back to back at the hands of Sri Lankans today and hence, were thrown out of this T20 World cup 2009. Interestinly, Andre Fletcher, a relatively rookie cricketer, made his mark with a half century against Australians the other day and today, two debutants, Isuru Udana and Angelo Mathews played integral part in Aussie demolition.
Coming in with new ball, Angelo Mathews proved hard to hit away for Shane Watson while David Warner mis-timed a square cut to be caught at point. Isuru Udana came in first change, bowled accuratly wide outside off stump mixed with slower deliveries that few Australians could pick. Udana's bowling figures got hurt by David Hussey's twin sixes, otherwise he would have been a candidate for man of the match.
Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee finished Aussie innings well, propelling their score upto 8 run an over. not such an easy target, Sri Lankans had other plans..
Tillakaratane Dilshan, continuing his great IPL form, smashed half century off just 31 balls with 10 fours, while Captain Kumar Sangakkara played their second fiddle. even towards the later half of the innings when asking rate got up to 9 run an over, Sangakkara allowed Chamara Silva and Jehan Mubarak to do the slogging. Sangakkara opened his arms against off spinner Nathan Hauritz, collecting to straight sixes and sealing the game for his country. they first one he captained in.
Angelo Mathew : who has a distinction of playing two under-19 world cup for Sri Lanka, made his Twenty20 international debut today. An madium pace plus batting allrounder, Angelo picked up a wicket but didn't get a chance with bat.