Today Sri Lanka take on the West Indies, with both teams hoping to get their first points in the Super Eight stage. The West Indies will be under pressure, having collected no points so far in two Super Eight games besides the two against Ireland that was carried forward from the group phase. Though they should be confident of a fightback, since the teams the lost to - Australia and New Zealand - have looked very impressive so far.
Sri Lanka will still be on a high even after losing the match to South Africa, with Lasith Malinga's 'double hat-trick.' However, skipper Mahela Jayawardene will need to use the powerplay overs more wisely, and his own form will be a worry if he decides to continue to bat at No.3.
Both team have a fair share of left-handed batsmen and will be relying on the southpaws to fire. Brian Lara has come under criticism for batting lower down the order. Today he should take on the responsibility of nullifying the threat Mutthiah Muralitharan poses.
Enough said, here's our predictions for today.
Sri Lanka v/s West Indies
AKG: Sri Lanka.
MJV: West Indies. Chanderpaul, Gayle, Lara and Samuels are all due for a big score.
Match starts at 1900 IST on SET MAX (English) and SAB TV (Hindi).