Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sanath Jayasuriya vs Indika de Saram | Hometown mates to light up the Hong Kong Sixes

Master blaster Sanath Jayasuriya will come up against hometown mate Indika de Saram, who will lead a strong Sri Lanka outfit at the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes on November 8-9 at the Kowloon Cricket Club.

De Saram. who captained Sri Lanka to a memorable victory over the All Stars in last year's final, will be back again with three other players - Jeewantha Kulatunga, Dilhara Lokuhettige and Kaushalya Weeraratne - who figured in the 16-run victory 12 months ago, which gave the island-nation their first win in Hong Kong.

The rest of the squad will be made up of talented all-rounder Gayan Wijekoon - who played at last year's Twenty20 World Cup and has figured here in the past - Chintaka Jayasinghe and Muthumudulige Pushpakumara.

"It is a good side who has the potential to win again," said former Sri Lankan test spearhead Rumesh Ratnayake, who is in town in his role as development manager with the Asian Cricket Council.

De Saram and Jayasuriya - who both come from Matara in the south of the island - are known to hit the ball a long way.

De Saram made a top score of 40 in the final against the All Stars last year, treating leg-spinner Shane Warne with disdain, as Sri Lanka rattled up 127 for three. Whether he can repeat that effort on the opening day when the Sri Lankans meet the All Stars in a preliminary match will be a mouth-watering prospect.

"That should be something worth going a long way to watch, Jayasuriya up against his own country," Ratnayake said.

Sri Lanka are drawn with the All Stars, Australia and Hong Kong in the preliminaries. The other group comprises India, Pakistan, England and South Africa.

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