On-song Sri Lanka set for Super Eights

NOTTINGHAM, June 11, 2009 (AFP) – Sri Lanka emerged as one of the favoured teams in the World Twenty20 after their clinical destruction of mighty Australia and the West Indies in the first round. “I am happy we have hit the right groove and gained the momentum we needed going into the Super Eights,” Sangakkara, leading Sri Lanka for the first time in a major series, told AFP.

“But a lot of areas remain to be worked on. The next round will be tough and we must cover all grounds. We are getting there.”

Sri Lanka, who failed to make the semi-finals in the inaugural T20 Worlds in South Africa in 2007, are drawn with Pakistan, Ireland and New Zealand in Group F of the Super Eights.

The other group has defending champions India, South Africa, the West Indies and hosts England, with two teams from each group advancing to the semi-finals.

“To win a world-class tournament like this, one needs to do well against all teams,” said Sangakkara. “There are no easy groups, no easy games. We can’t