Sri Lanka v Australia – 3rd Test Match – Sri Lanka batsmen to watch out for

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The Sri Lankan hosts are all set to lock horns with the Australian tourists in the upcoming 3rd and final Test match, scheduled to be played at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, on Friday, September 16, 2011.
The match comes as a potent bout for the Lankan Lions, who will be aiming to mark a worthy finale at the 1-0 trailing, 3-Test series against the Australian tourists.
Sri Lankan skipper, Tillakaratne Dilshan, will be banking on his much experienced, world-class batting line-up to make a true difference for Sri Lanka and offer some solid numbers for the team.
Tharanga Paranavitana
Left-armed comes in as more of a modest batsman on the Sri Lankan Test squad, who, unfortunately, has not been doing so well with the bat recently, particularly the preceding 2 fixtures against the Australian tourists.
However, when called for, the player can prove himself to be a potent top-order batsman for Sri Lanka, proof for which was Paranavitana’s recent 2nd innings performance at the Pallekele match, where the opener marked a fair revival for the team,
bagging a solid half century worth 55 runs.
Paranavitana premiered his Test career in 2009 against and since then has played 21 matches for his national side, scoring an aggregate of 1243 runs at an average of 34.52.
Tillakaratne Dilshan
Team captain, and opening batsman, for the team.
As for the right-armed batter’s recent performances, Dilshan has not been delivering his true bronze as a batsman during the on-going Test series against Australia. From a lot of 2 matches, the skipper has managed to earn a minor sum of 56 runs, including
his highest score of 36.
However, Dilshan still stands out as a potent threat for the Australian bowlers, since the Captain holds an exceptional Test experience which is evident from his participation in 70 matches, out of which the batsman holds a total of 4299 runs, including
his highest performance of 193.
Sri Lanka’s former skipper, Kumar Sangakkara, has so far been the most consistent batsman on the current Lankan roster, exhibiting his usual constructive batting on the preceding two matches against Australia.
Although Sangakkara earned a mediocre total of 27 on the opening fixture at Galle, his true form was seen on the recent, 2nd match, where the wicket-keeper batsman earned an impressive aggregate of 117 runs.
The 33-year-old Lankan holds an imposing Test career that has earned him a decent goodwill throughout the domestic as well as International cricketing fraternity.
Holding a solid, decade long career under the Test format, Sangakkara surely stands out as a real threat for the Aussies, since the batsman will be aiming to deliver a landmark performance on his upcoming 100th Test match.
Mahela Jayawardene is a true prized possession for Sri Lanka as well as one of the most experienced players on the team, who has always played a pivotal role for the Lankan
As for his performance against the Aussie tourists, Jayawardene so far stands out as the highest scoring batsman on the Lankan batting line-up, securing an aggregate of 171 runs from 2 matches, including his solid Galle fixture’s century worth 105 runs.
Jayawardene’s Test debut came in 1997, and since then has played in 121 matches, scoring a mammoth total of 9801 runs at an average of 52.41.

The Lankan side has an excellent batting contingent with world-class batsmen, while the Aussies pack a bunch of young bowlers, it remains to be seen if the Lankan batsmen can take the side home.



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