Sri Lanka batsmen have more races and appearances of any kind of competition. Lasith Malinga has more land than any other fast still alive in the tournament. Sri Lanka has relied on the experience of leaving the softer opponents in their group, but as the heads of the match in sudden death now, they believe they have an additional advantage. In the last two World Cups, Sri Lanka has played five games final, winning three and losing both finals. No other team has played more than three.
‘SA has edge freshness’ – Amla
Many in the squad Sri Lanka have been at odds since mid-December, and have been touring – home and away – since mid-October. But while the battle workload lighter burnout South Africa during the last three months may give them an advantage, Hashim Amla has suggested.
“We have been fortunate that the accumulation of this World Cup, arrived in New Zealand and Australia on tour – we went home for a month and a half, and then came back here,” Amla said. “Most guys are very cool, and some of the other teams have been here for long.”
Amla has been especially prolific against Sri Lanka in the past, hitting three hundred and fifty-two in eight innings against them. He said teams “knew quite well”, having played the ODI series in each of the previous three years, but is unlikely to change dramatically, regardless of the opposition their approach to their own entries.
“My game plan was to bat for as long as possible and set the game for the kids to have fun in the end. We have very good players in death that can blow teams away. Ideally it myself, Quinton Kock, Faf du Plessis or AB de Villiers, sometimes, have to try to extend the entrances to allow bats in the bottom to explode. ”
Besides its progress consecutive finals of the World Cup, Sri Lanka have also appeared in three World T20 final and semi-final since 2009. It is the ability of this group to take advantage of key moments that difference, said the coach Marvan Atapattu.
“I’ve been with these guys for four years and I’ve gotten so many great matches of the tournament in which we have to win,” he said. “I have you seen people raise their game, and I’ve seen people raise the whole team. I see no difference this time, and because I have seen that I have confidence that these guys doing it again. When it comes to pulling together and working toward a common goal, we are among the best.
“If the number of games we have all had at 15, which is more than any other team in the competition is counted. So for them having been so long in the system, and played many games of the World Cup and playoffs, they know how to deal with pressure, and know exactly how to prepare for that. ”
Among men Marvan Atapattu marked as a “big game player” Lasith Malinga is – top wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in the tournament. He had started the World Cup with a mediocre show against New Zealand when he got digits from 0 to 84. But while he is still consistently go faster than 140 mph, with 11 wickets in an average of 20.64 in his five most recent departures.