World T20: Jayawardene, Sangakkara likely to mastermind Lankan win over NZ

Tarot cards favour the old firm of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sagakkara to quell New Zealand’s challenge © Getty Images

Shruti Chopra dwells into her tarot cards to see what lies ahead in the Sri Lanka vs New Zealand ICC T20 World Cup game on Thursday.


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Sri Lanka

 

There is quite a mixture of cards drawn out for Sri Lanka in this game. Like theSeven of Cups and Five of Swords, they have confusion and disagreements bothering them. They are saved majorly by the Death card, which represents strong positive changes imposed by the coaches. They will set strong game plans and keep the team rightly motivated. The Wheel of Fortune reaffirms this turn around. They will have a good day with the bat and on the field.

 

Mahela Jayawardene will have a tough day as a batsman, but more so as a captain. He will find it tough to be proactive and may make odd decisions. Whereas, despite his batting being a struggle, the Four of Wands does show him pulling through to salvage a respectable innings.

Key players

 

Kumar Sangakkara is itching to go out and play a strong innings, which he will do. Like the Ace of Wands, he will be attacking but with the Three of Wands presenting itself, it will be important for him to slow down during moments of doubt.

 

Tillakaratne Dilshan will have a good start, but this will not last. The Eight of Cupsrepresents a disappointing end to his innings.

 

Ajantha Mendis, if played will be economical, deceptive and like the Knight of Cupshe will be reliable.

 

Angelo Mathews will have a balanced and fruitful match overall, but will be expensive with the ball.

 

Nuwan Kulasekara will be like the Two of Pentacles – trying to achieve balance and rhythm in his bowling. He will manage to do this, pulling off a good day.

New Zealand

 

New Zealand will be the opposite of Sri Lanka. They will first appear balanced – strategically and mentally. But with the Tower card appearing, it will not remain so for too long. They will second guess every decision and begin to lose confidence. TheFour of Pentacles does show them picking themselves up towards the end, but this might be too late. They will need to step up in all areas – especially their fielding as the King of Pentacles shows them being collectively expensive.

 

Ross Taylor will have a tough day as a captain. The Ten of Swords and Seven of Cups represents the hard work and confusions he will battle. His batting will show great promise, in fact, with the Knight of Pentacles and Justice card revealed, he will play a comfortable innings.

Key players

 

Brendon McCullum will have a tough start. He will play a careful innings, but with theFive of Cups drawn, he will find it difficult to push for a stronger momentum.

 

James Franklin will have a very strong day. Like the Nine of Pentacles and Four of Cups he will be balanced between aggression and calm.

 

Tim Southee is like the Fool card – ready to take his chances to receive rewards. He will bowl freely but over aggressively, which will bring him results.

 

Jacob Oram will have a balanced start and will take wickets, but he will not be economical.

 

Kyle Mills is going to lose his rhythm, but like the Eight of Pentacles, he will apply himself to bowl well. It will be a tough day.

 

Who will win?

 

Sri Lanka.

 

(London-born Shruti Chopra was introduced to cricket by her two older brothers. She spent some of her childhood time in Delhi and became an Indian cricket fan. She has remained an unflinching and passionate Indian cricket fan even after moving back to London, setting 3.00 am alarms to watch India play Test matches. It was during the 2011 World Cup that she brought together her passion for cricket with her profession of Tarot Reading, looking at the cards in the hope of spotting an India win coming through – which it did! You can know more about Shruti via FacebookTwitter and her website) 

 

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