Looks like the competition between the opposing teams Sri Lanka and Australia is gearing up.
Skipper and team captain Angelo Matthews is optimistic that Sri Lanka has great chances of taking home the victory against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In fact, he believes that it’s all coming together for Sri Lanka.
“Coming into the World Cup no one really gave us a chance,” Mathews said. “We had a pretty poor series against New Zealand. We didn’t play that good cricket. But I think we are peaking and I think we’re peaking at the right time. It’s going to be an even contest from the quarter-finals onwards. Whoever plays better cricket on that day will go on to win the World Cup, but we’re not looking too far ahead.”
He even added, “When we played the Australians recently we beat them in England. In Australia as well, I remember a few years ago. So we have the capacity and we have the skill. It’s just they’re a hard team to beat. We’ve got to just flush out every single thing in the past and just go out there and enjoy ourselves.”
Matthews’ optimism is not without basis as he leads a solid team made of seasoned and experienced players like Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga.
Australian captain Michael Clarke, on the other hand, expects spin to play a role in Australia’s showdown with Sri Lanka on a dry Sydney Cricket Ground pitch. He’s also confident that they could win as the game will be held in their home ground â€“ their very own territory.
He further added, “It looks like spin is going to play a part. It looks quite dry and certainly hasn’t got as much grass on it as I’ve seen in past one-day matches at the SCG. In saying that, but that’s today, so a day of sun, a bit of rolling, I think it might harden up a bit.The SCG in general, a change of pace has always been a weapon. Generally spin plays a part, and it’s a pretty big ground, as well. I think you’ll see a pretty good wicket.”
Regardless of who wins the game and who will move on to the quarter-finals, one thing is for sure, it’s going to be a tough and exciting game for both teams.