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Mendis to miss Proteas match?

2012-09-21 15:58

HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka, Sept 21 - In-form Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis is doubtful for Saturday's Twenty20 World Cup match against South Africa due to a side strain he picked up during their tournament opener against Zimbabwe.

Mendis, who returned the best figures by a bowler in T20 cricket with six wickets for eight runs in Tuesday's match, went off the field soon after he had completed his quota of four overs.

"Mendis' injury is our only worry ahead of tomorrow's (Saturday) game against South Africa," Sri Lanka team manager Charith Senanayake said.

"We are monitoring Mendis' progress and will take a call on him before the match."

Sri Lanka also have leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis, who took three wickets bowling in tandem with Ajantha against Zimbabwe, left-arm spinner Rangana Herath and uncapped spinner Akila Dananjaya in their squad.

South Africa captain AB de Villiers said even if Mendis played on Saturday, his team would not allow him to dictate terms.

"A guy like Ajantha Mendis is a world class bowler and when he's going well he will always pick up wickets," de Villiers said.

"But we've seen him perform under pressure and seen him break down under pressure as well so, hopefully, we can get the upper hand against him and not let him bowl to us."

Both teams have already qualified for the Super Eight stage from Group C but would look to maintain momentum with a victory on Saturday.

South Africa, who thrashed Zimbabwe on Thursday by 10 wickets in their opening match, might make some changes to test their bench strength.

"We may give one or two of the other guys a run, but once again, we want to win the game, beat the home team in their conditions and pick up the momentum," de Villiers said.

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene also ruled out a dead rubber.

"We need to win and get momentum going," Jayawardene said. "Probably their lower middle order is a little inexperienced. What we need to do is focus on our strengths."

Reuters

Comments
  • simphiwe.madlala.79 - 2012-09-21 16:44

    Mendis or no Mendis it is the same we are the best side.

  • justin.roper.3705 - 2012-09-22 07:27

    Hope we can win today, think mendis would of killed us again like last time we faced him, and worst of all he just bowls straight with a little bit of swing he's no spin bowler like Shane

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-09-22 07:50

    Will definately work in our favour. Also Kallis must come in at three to add stabilty while the other batters can work on the run rate.

  • gary.cockcroft.50 - 2012-09-22 07:57

    Now there is a cheeky bit of gamesmanship for ya. . .

  • PetriVoges - 2012-09-22 08:08

    I dont believe that

  • gary.cockcroft.50 - 2012-09-22 08:16

    No stress of result, no need to give the boys a bit of practice for the crunch stages.

  • wesley.green.3597 - 2012-09-22 10:47

    all tactics! SL already into next round. just trying to "keep him a mystery"

  • gsaker1 - 2012-09-23 00:49

    T20 is a fickle game where rankings change like the weather...SA are a tremendous cricket side but I wouldn't get carrying away with T20 rankings - not that I'm saying SA don't deserve the no1 ranking but it does not carry the weight of a Test Ranking. Australia was ranked below Ireland a couple of weeks ago. And u r kidding - Mendis is a nightmare for any batsmen. He and the Pakistan spinner Ajmal are probably the two best spin bowlers in the world in these conditions and SA will have to b careful if there is any turn as he can move it both ways and is very hard to pick out of his hand.

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