Sangakkara will keep England in the dark
Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara will wait until the last possible moment before letting England know if mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis will play in today's Twenty20 World Cup semi final.
Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara will wait until the last possible moment before letting England know if mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis will play.
Mendis missed out on a chance to play against India and Sangakkara has decided to wait until the toss to left England in on his secret.
"We'll have to have a think about that, how it works with our combination and our batting," he said. We would love him to play. He's a top quality spinner, and England have probably played him once," said the skipper
"It's a realistic possibility, but we've got other spinners who are pretty good at what they do. We've got a lot of variation in our bowling attack and will try to exploit that in these conditions - which, I think, are a bit more suited to us."
With a place in the Twenty20 World Cup on the line Sangakkara played down England’s momentum saying each game was a clean slate.
"Any team in Twenty20 is tough. You always start with a clean slate. Momentum and past wins just don't matter on the day. Twenty20 changes really quickly."
"We put ourselves in a hole after the Australia game."
"But we've managed to do well in big tournaments, and I hope against England we can convert that into another win and another final. Hoping and wishing and wanting is one thing. But actually doing it is another."
"I think they're a very good side. They've got a lot more balance than they've ever had before, a lot more depth. We know what they can do but we will be trying to concentrate on how we can get England reacting to us."