ICC T20 World Cup 2012: Sri Lanka favourites to win championship opener

Tillakaratne Dilshan (left) and Kumar Sangakkara”¦ could spell trouble for Zimbabwe © Getty Images

Tarot reader Shruti Chopra is back again with her tarot predictions! She will be there right through the ICC T20 World Cup 2012 to give CricketCountry.com readers tarot card predictions of each and every match in the championship. In the below piece, she dwells into the opening game between hosts Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe on Tuesday. 



Sri Lanka


The Sri Lankans, like the Knight of Swords, will take some time to gain focus and rise to the occasion. The positives are their Four of Wands-like team work, their belief in themselves and their ability to follow cleverly-laid plans. The Lankans need to be careful of missed opportunities in the field, otherwise their batting performance will be aggressive, with runs accumulated through a collective effort – just like theTen of Pentacles.


Mahela Jayawardene will seem shaky in his captaincy, but with King of Pentacles-like backing from his team members, his challenges may not appear too apparent. As a batsman, Jayawardene will look uncomfortable. And with the Five of Pentacles, he will struggle to play in the form he is used to.


Key players


Tillakaratne Dilshan is ready to charge ahead and will relish the opportunity to start off his campaign against Zimbabwe. The Nine of Cups suggests he will display ease in building his innings.


Kumar Sangakkara will go through phases where he will appear sedate in his style, but will have the ability to accelerate his strike rate. The Seven of Wands shows him to be on top of his game.


Lasith Malinga will have his struggles. He will find his plans going wayward and will lack consistency. He will provide breakthroughs, but his bowling will appear patchy.


Angelo Mathews looks very determined. He has Chariot-like balance and is targeting victory. His ability to execute his plans will see him do well against Zimbabwe.


Rangana Herath, like the Six of Cups, will have the tendency to give away easy runs, but he will balance this out by taking wickets at crucial moments.



Zimbabwe have a point to prove, But they appear like the Tower and Page of Cups –aggressive, though misdirected and unrealistic. They could self-destruct. They have many great plans, but not quite the ability to conclusively see them through. On a positive note, their fielding will be impressive, but they will appear patchy in their bowling and batting.


The Two and Five of Wands shows Brendan Taylor as a strong captain, unfortunately his team will struggle to back his ideas. He will need to develop more clarity and simplify his plans to see a successful outcome. As a batsman, he will be over eager. This will result in him making unnecessary mistakes leading to his innings coming to an early end.


Key players


Craig Ervine will start off like the Star – positive and confident. Unfortunately he will find it tough to sustain this, as the opposition will get the better of him.


Prosper Utseya will have a very tough start with the ball, but with the Sun-like ability to pick himself up, he will showcase his abilities.


Ray Price will want to make this opportunity count. The Emperor-like maturity in his plans and implementation will bring out a good bowling display.


Hamilton Masakadza will be like the King of Swords, well planned and a steady game player. A good day for him.


Malcolm Waller will provide much-needed batting strength and will show glimpses of his capabilities.


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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