Sri Lanka’s Sangakkara wary of ‘unpredictable’ Pakistan

LONDON, June 20, 2009 (AFP) – Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara believes Pakistan’s major asset ahead of Sunday’s World Twenty20 final is their penchant for unpredictability. “Hopefully, there’ll not be much emotion. I think we’ve got to control that part if we want to be mentally strong enough to do what we have to do tomorrow (Sunday). I think the guys have moved on very well from where we were just after Lahore.”

Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka, who thrashed the West Indies by 57 runs in Friday’s second semi-final at the Oval, were expected to name unchanged sides.

But Sri Lanka were given a scare during Saturday’s practice session at Lord’s when spin star Ajantha Mendis needed treatment for an injury on his bowling hand. Sri Lanka have won all six matches en route to the tournament climax here at Lord’s whereas Pakistan, whom they defeated in the Super Eights, have lost twice.

But Pakistan also beat favourites South Africa by seven runs in Thursday’s first semi-final and Sangakkara, speaking to reporters at Lord’s here on Saturday, said: “They’ve probably learnt a few things along the way.

“They’ve always been a competitive side, temperamental, but yo