SL to face Aussie challenge in key encounter
Mar 3, 2011 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Four-time champion Australia will face their biggest challenge of the World Cup so far when they take on co-host Sri Lanka in Group A on Saturday.
Sri Lanka, considered a favorite for the title, will be looking to prove that they will not falter again against strong opposition on the big stage following an 11-run defeat by Pakistan.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting concedes the match at R. Premadasa Stadium will be a challenging one for the defending champion. "We expect Sri Lanka obviously to be a very tough contest. I think that’ll be our toughest contest to date in this tournament."
Australia have won both their matches so far, crushing Zimbabwe by 91 runs and then trouncing New Zealand by seven wickets.
Sri Lanka have comfortably beaten Canada and Kenya, two International Cricket Council Associate teams, but their ability to withstand the pressure of playing a top class team before an expectant home crowd will be sorely tested on Saturday, after last week’s narrow defeat by Pakistan.