Thursday, January 22, 2009
With more than 12,000 ODI runs and 300 wickets, Sanath Jayasuriya is one of the legends of limited overs cricket.
The powerfully built left-hander is on song and there is little any bowler in the world can do to stop him. No matter how big a ground is, Jayasuriya has the ability to clear any boundary in the world.
Pakistan has a fair idea of Sanath Jayasuriya's pyrotechnics as the southpaw has more than 2,000 one day runs against them and they were on the receiving end once again on Tuesday when he thumped his way to 38 off only 35 balls before Umar Gul dismissed him.
The failure of Jayasuriya to convert his brisk start into something substantial was one of the factors Sri Lanka couldn't post a big total on the board.
By his whirlwind knock, Jayasuriya has given enough indications that he is in form and Shoaib Akhtar and co will have to bowl well in final game to restrict him.
Undoubtedly Jayasuriya is vital cog in Sri Lankan batting line and the visitors will be hoping that he gets more runs in the final game which will give them a big fillip.
Apart from his flamboyant batting, Jayasuriya is also a more than capable left arm spinner and it was strange to see that he wasn't used much in the first game.
He has good record against Pakistan with a best of 5-17 and is expected to bowl more today and later in the series as well.
Sanath is still a complete package in one day cricket despite his growing age and will be one player Pakistan will have to look out for.
Sri Lankans would definitely be hoping that Sanath fires in his trademark fashion.
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