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Batsman:

Kumara Sangakkara: Bite as effective as his bark

Kumara Sangakkara
Reuters
The Oscar Wilde-reading, studying-for-the-bar Sri Lankan wicket- keeper has, in a relatively short term, earned the reputation of being quite the chirper, constantly sendng down a flow of imaginative invective behind the stumps. But Kumara Sangakkara has an attitude to match, and he brings this to bear in his game, whether batting or fielding. In both Tests and one-day internationals, Sangakkara has saved and won games for his country in the recent past, and against Zimbabwe in a crunch Super Six tie, he came good yet again. Hitting 35 runs off just 25 balls, with four sweetly timed shots to the fence, Sangakkara gave the Sri Lankan total exactly the boost it needed, getting it past the 250-run mark - which, as it turned out, was hardly necessary.
[Kumara Sangakkara Player Profile]

Bowler:

Sanath Jayasuriya: A miser with the runs

Sanath Jayasuriya
Reuters
He may score enough and more with his blade, but Sanath Jayasuriya is loath to concede any in one-day cricket. Which is why his left-arm orthodox is so lethal; in the middle overs, Jayasuriya will rush through his quota and end up with 10 overs for next to no runs conceded, putting the batting side in a bit of a bother. Against Zimbabwe, Jayasuriya's six overs cost him 30 runs, but he also took three vital wickets that undoubtedly saw Sri Lanka triumph in the end. Bowling with a bruised forearm, a fractured left thumb and suspected tonsilitis, the figures were only more spectacular.
[Sanath Jayasuriya Player Profile]

Fielder:

Tatenda Taibu: Zimbabwe's man of quicksilver

Taibu
Reuters
Tatenda Taibu appears to have been poured into his wicket-keeping gloves and then stationed behind the stumps with the exact goal of making him keep. Whoever had the idea, though, hmust have had few better ones. Taibu is effective without being flashy, snapping up whatever passes behind the stumps. Against Sri Lanka, Taibu first caught Jayasuriya off Heath Streak, but the really good catch came when Aravinda de Silva, trying to cut, got a top edge that thudded into the gloves of Taibu, who held on for dear life! Just as keepers indeed should.
[Tatenda Taibu Player Profile]

 

 


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