Sri Lanka poised for an easy ‘kill’ in Cup opener

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, March 14, 2007 (AFP) – If ace Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan sends down a ‘doosra’ in the opening World Cup Group B match here on Thursday, many Bermudian batsmen will struggle to read it. All the four Group B sides have arrived here and had workouts in bright sunshine on Tuesday. It is not surprising because even quality batsmen in the world have fallen prey to the ‘doosra’ (‘the second one’ in Hindi), a delivery which turns away from right-handers instead of coming in like a normal off-break.

And Bermuda are not to be blamed as they are making their debut on the biggest one-day stage, especially against a country which claimed the Cup in 1996 and boasts of more than one match-winner in their ranks.

A mismatch is predicted on a good Queen’s Park Oval track here, but Bermuda hope to avoid an embarrassment by being competitive. Their recent form suggests that they will struggle to test the 1996 winners.

“We want to play good cricket and earn respect along the way,” said Bermudian skipper Irving Romaine.

“The guys are here to play good cricket and to respresent their country well. This is our first time at the World Cup and we are looking forward to every aspect of it.