Moreover, they have an experienced side, and have always been a greater force at home, which is where they will play most of their matches. Should reach the semis, but won't be a great surprise if they're knocked out earlier.
Top order looks strong but the middle order doesn't seem to have the glamour of the 96 middle order. But 2 talented allrounders in Mathews and Perera have the ability of changing any game on it's head. Bowling looks good and economical but doesn't seem to have the spice. A top contender for the cup.
Captain: Angelo Mathews:
The 27-year-old all-rounder is the man for all seasons. He routinely stands up and contributes when Sri Lanka are in trouble and plays the role of the finisher to perfection with the bat. His medium-pace bowling should prove very handy on the hard and bouncier pitches in Australia and New Zealand.
Coach: Marvan Atapattu:
The former captain was one of the most technically gifted batsmen of his era and was named full-time head coach in April after the resignation of Englishman Paul Farbrace. Atapattu became Sri Lanka's first full-time local coach in 15 years since Roy Dias in 1999.
- Key batsman: Kumar Sangakkara
- Key bowler: Lasith Malinga
- The best bowling attack in this World Cup.
- Have the best Economy of all teams. Doubly makes their bowling a real force.
- Considerable match-winning talent in the team.
- Have an experienced side that will enjoy home conditions, where it has usually been at its best.
- The worst batting side amongst the 8 main teams in the tournament.
- Poor in absorbing pressure as a batting unit./li>
- Poor Strike Rate (second-worst amongst the top eight teams).