Sri Lanka boosted by return of Vaas, Jayasuriya

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:54 IST

Sri Lanka take on the West Indies in their final league game of the triangular series with their place in the competition's final already ensured.

Colombo:

Sri Lanka take on the West Indies in their final league game of the triangular series with their place in the competition's final already ensured. The team from the Caribbean islands is mathematically still not out of the competition, but with Chaminda Vaas and Sanath Jayasuriya set to return to the fold having recovered from their injuries, it remains to be seen how Shivnaraine Chanderpaul and his men perform at the citadel of Sri Lankan cricket. Little has gone right for them in the competition though the pyrotechnics of their exciting all-rounder Dwayne Smith in Dambulla would offer them a ray of hope. Smith flung his bat around when all appeared lost against Sri Lanka in their previous encounter and reduced the margin of defeat to only 50 runs. Chanderpaul has not really fired for them so far and if he and the openers could provide a decent start, the West Indies could still push the hosts on the backfoot. West Indies are reasonably confident about their fast bowling and fielding though some catches have gone down. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, appear to be peaking at the right time. They have taken great heart from beating India against all odds on Wednesday with Jayasuriya, Vaas, Nuwan Zoysa and Muralitharan missing from their line-up. (PTI)

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