Sri Lanka were the best team of last World T20 tournament, in June 2009, racing into finals undefeated until Pakistan snatched the final prize. Now, May 2010 comes with another opportunity for Kumar Sangakkara's men to go that one step further.
Sri Lanka squad for T20 world cup 2010 is an ageing one with Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and tillakaratane Dilshan into 30s and Muthiah Muralitharan and Sanath Jayasuryisa into 40s. Experience in the team will come in handy for islanders but at fielding's cost.
West Indies pitches suit Sri Lankan style of play as they also made it the finals of 2007 world cup.
Dinesh Chandimal, the 20 year old right handed batsman is the new face in the squad while Chinthika Jayasinge, the allrounder, has only played 2 T20 matches. Chamara Kapugedera is fairly experienced at International level now and Lankan selectors will hope he finally comes off age.
Angelo Mathews and Thissara Perera are two allrounders that Sri Lankan challenge in T20 world cup will depend on. Both are young, strongly built and bat, bowl and field atheletically. Sanath Jayasuriya is lucky to be in squad despite several failures in recent times and will hope he strike form and sees Sri Lankan batting through the world cup with Dilshan, Sangakkara and Jayawardene.
Sri Lankan bowling will be lead by Lasith Malinga, the slining fast bowler and Chanaka Welegedara, the left arm seamer who hasn't yet played a T20 match but is quite experienced at test and one day games. Nuwan Kulasekara is the third seamer option besides twin offspinning options of Muthiah Muralitharan and Suraj Randiv. Ajantha Mendis still has a brilliant T20 record but his form lately hasn't been as good. He'll hope to respond to faith selectors have shown in him and added varity to Sri Lankan squad.
Fixtures : T20 world cup 2010.