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ICC World T20: Sri Lanka strengths, weaknesses and players to watch out for

Ahead of the ICC World T20, here's a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the teams for the main round.

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The sixth edition of the World Twenty20 tournament will be hosted by India and feature 10 teams in the main group stage, including qualifiers Afghanistan and Bangladesh.(Full Coverage|| Fixtures||Photos)

The five previous tournaments have been won by five different countries, with no team crowned champion on home soil.

Here’s a look at teams in the two groups. There are two big traditional derbies in Group 2, which features India and Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand.

Team: Sri Lanka

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World T20 record: ’07-2nd Round, ’09-Finalist, ’10-3rd place, ’12-Finalist, ’14-Champions

Strength: Bowling

Weakness: Batting

Players to watch:

Lasith Malinga — Sri Lanka hopes its premier fast bowler gets fit in time to deliver some of the trademark Yorkers and cause trouble for the batsmen. Malinga has been instrumental in Sri Lanka’s progress to the semifinals in the previous four editions of World Twenty20. Although Malinga’s economy rate is 7.26 per over, he has taken 78 wickets in 62 T20 internationals with an average of 20.28.

Tillakaratne Dilshan: Famous for his “Dilscoop” shot over the head of the wicketkeeper, Dilshan has been an integral part of Sri Lanka’s batting lineup. In the absence of retired Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, Dilshan holds the key to Sri Lanka’s batting strength. His tally of 1,751 runs in 73 T20 internationals is more than double the next-best tally among the Sri Lankan batsmen.

First published on: 14-03-2016 at 02:20:02 pm
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