Sri Lanka

ICC World Twenty20 2009

Sri Lanka’s failure in the Super Eights of the last World Twenty20 cost them dear, heavy defeats to Pakistan and Australia consigning them to an early exit.

The mainstay of their batting remains in place with captain Kumar Sangakkara joined by Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Their bowling, as ever, relies heavily on Muttiah Muralitharan, who has taken more then 1,200 international wickets. New kid on the block Ajantha Mendis and the explosive Lasith Malinga provide valuable support.

Sri Lanka, who have won eight of their 13 Twenty20 internationals to date, are in Group C alongside Australia and West Indies.

Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara (captain)
A stylish left-handed batsman, Sangakkara has quickly become one of Sri Lanka’s most important players and his run-scoring ability is crucial in all forms of the game. A top drawer wicketkeeper and with the captaincy a recent addition to his game, he shoulders much responsibility.

Muttiah Muralitharan
An icon of the game, the off-spinner is arguably the greatest bowler of all time. His ability to turn the ball prodigiously, pinpoint control and his famous doosra have meant that Muralitharan has broken all sorts of records in the game. Despite having playing one Twenty20 international before this tournament, he is sure to be one of Sri Lanka's most potent threats.

Sanath Jayasuriya
The veteran left-handed opener has enjoyed a glittering career that has spanned more than 20 years. He was a pioneer of “pinch-hitting” in the mid-1990s and his explosive batting means he still is a vital weapon in Sri Lanka’s batting. Throw in his wily left-arm spinners and you have a top cricketer.

Tillakaratne Dilshan
A technically-gifted right-handed batsman, Dilshan has become a permanent fixture in Sri Lanka’s middle order. His run-scoring ability will be vital during the tournament and his off-breaks provide variety to the bowling attack.

Mahela Jayewardene
Jayewardene is another stalwart of the Sri Lanka team and, in form, is a pleasure to watch. His classical approach to batting has not hindered him in the shorter form of the game and he is expected to star once again in England.

Chamara Silva
A regular in the Sri Lanka limited-overs set-up, Silva has an ability to score well above a run a ball consistently. His expansive off-side shots have attracted much praise and he could prove an important player.

Angelo Mathews
The 21-year-old batsman has been touted as one for the future, but with his big-hitting and ability to score quickly Mathews will be hoping to get the opportunity to impress on the big stage.

Ajantha Mendis

Ajantha Mendis
Just when you thought having one mystifying spinner was tough to deal with, Sri Lanka brought Mendis into the fray along with his unique combination of googlies, off-breaks, flippers and leg-breaks. He has made a huge impact, with batsman unable to pick what is coming out of his hand. Expect wickets to tumble.

Thilan Thushara
The 28-year-old has provided an extra outlet for the Sri Lanka pace attack in recent times with his encouraging left-arm seamers. A career-best 5-47 in an ODI against India proves his can hold his own at the top level.

Nuwan Kulasekara
Bustling in with an open-chested action, Kulasekara has an ability to get through at close to 90mph and with sideways movement. He has been around the one-day scene for six years and is currently attempting to nail down a spot in the Test side.

Lasith Malinga
Malinga is Sri Lanka’s only real strike bowler and, with his slingy action making it hard for batsman to pick him up, he has been a success in all forms of the game. Consistency and no-balls can be an issue, but Malinga’s ability to bowl yorkers at considerable pace means he is always a threat.

Isuru Udana
A 21-year-old left-arm seamer, Udana has been fast-tracked into the Sri Lanka squad for the tournament without any previous international experience. A wicket-taker for Sri Lanka Under-19s and Sri Lanka A, Udana will hope for a chance to impress.

Farveez Maharoof

Farveez Maharoof
With best bowling figures of 6-14 in an ODI against West Indies, Maharoof is rightly considered an exciting bowler with plenty of potential. He is useful with the bat, too, having has recorded a couple of half-centuries.

Jehan Mubarak
After moving to Sri Lanka from his birth home of Washington DC, Mubarek made batting look easy when he first made it into the side. However, he could not live up to his potential and slipped out of the reckoning. He forced his way back into the squad and will be aiming to improve second time around.

Indika de Saram
Eight years after his exclusion from the side in 2001, 35-year-old Saram returns to the squad as Sangakkara’s reserve. He is a stylish batsman and a sound keeper, but is unlikely to get much action in England.

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