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Mahela Jayawardene and his men have beaten Australia in three straight games and what’s more, have bowled them out thrice which should matter more now that the first final is on a pacy and bouncy strip. Lasith Malinga is obviously the spearhead of Lankan ambitions and his slinging action has claimed 14 scalps so far in the tournament. He recorded his series best of 4-49 last night to secure a thrilling nine-run win for his team in Melbourne and a passage to the finals. Nuwan Kulasekara has been a source of strength at the other end with nine victims at an economy rate of 4.89 in the tournament.
Young Dinesh Chandimal has been in fine nick with 383 runs at 63.83 average and a strike rate of 82.36. Every second innings of his in the tournament have been a score in excess of 50 runs. Jayawardene’s move to the top as an opener has been a masterstroke for his side. The Sri Lankan captain failed in the last match but he still has 297 runs at 42.42 average and a tremendous strike rate of 87.86. Kumar Sangakkara has slowly picked up the threads and has 308 runs at 38.50. Opener Tillakaratne Dilshan has played the highest knock of the tournament — a mammoth 160 against India at Bellerive Oval, Hobart where he carried his bat through.
Angelo Mathews (7) and Thisara Perera (9) have been more than adequate support at the other end though the latter will not be there on Sunday due to injury suffered in Saturday night’s match. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has been outstanding with his economy rate of 4.17 in six matches even though he has had no more than three wickets. He conceded 43 runs in his 10 overs for the wicket of James Pattinson in Melbourne. Sri Lanka’s strength has been the solidity of their top order with all the top four looking more than good with the bat. Sri Lankans are also blessed with athletic fielding. They will be bolstered by the return of fit-again regular captain Michael Clarke while the young Peter Forrest inspires confidence with 247 runs at 41.16. Australia’s lower half hasn’t looked credible with Dan Christian alone striking 158 runs at 26.33. In many ways, Australia’s batting against Sri Lanka’s bowling holds the key to the finals. The latter should acquire that extra edge in favourable conditions of Gabba.
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