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Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 05.24 GMT

SL prepares for CWC quarter-finals


Sri Lanka could not have asked for a more favourable draw for the World Cup quarterfinals, playing at home against an inconsistent England line-up that just scraped into the knockout stage, the AP said.

The Sri Lankans won the last World Cup that was staged in Asia — in 1996 — and reached the final in the last edition before losing to Australia.

And the Sri Lankans are determined to send Muttiah Muralitharan, the all-time leading bowler in test and limited-overs cricket, into retirement with a second World Cup title.

Sri Lanka qualified comfortably, while England went through the most nerve-racking results in the tournament with shocking defeats against Ireland and Bangladesh.

With the likes of Muralitharan and paceman Lasith Malinga among Sri Lanka’s ranks it will be an enormous test for the English batsmen.

While England has numerous problems, Sri Lanka stuttered only once in the group stage in a narrow, 11-run loss to group winner Pakistan.

Sangakkara along with his deputy Mahela Jayawardene and opening pair of Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga are in great batting form and all have scored centuries, the report said.

According to Simon Mann "Sri Lanka, in these conditions, have got lots of options. I'm a bit worried about their lower middle order but all the teams are flawed, and Sri Lanka has fewer flaws than others."

Meanwhile, tickets for the ICC World Cup semi-final match scheduled to be played at the R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo will be sold today at 8.00 am at P.D. Sirisena grounds in Maligawatta. The tickets priced at Rs.300 will be issued only today.

Suraj Dandeniya, Tournament Director for Sri Lanka also advised fans to arrive early in order to purchase tickets thus avoiding congestion, AP reported.





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