Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe ICC T20 World Cup 2012 opening match at Hambantota

Sri Lanka won their warm-up match against the West Indies but lost to India AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Hambantota: Sep 18, 2012

Sri Lanka will aim for a winning start to their ICC World Twenty20 2012 campaign when they clash with Zimbabwe in the opening match of the tournament on Tuesday.

Mahela Jayawardene‘s men will take the field in Hambantota, the southeastern home town of President Mahinda Rajapakse, with hopes high they can end a 16-year wait for their second global title in front of their cricket-obsessed fans.

Jayawardene had earlier warned that Zimbabwe, who upset Australia at the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007, needed to be taken seriously in Tuesday’s curtain-raiser at Hambantota.

“They are a good team and can be attacking and very competitive,” said Jayawardene. “We need to be at our best and not get complacent.”

Zimbabwe have lost their last 12 official T20 internationals, plus the two warm-up matches against Ireland and Bangladesh. But current captain Brendan Taylor was the star in the 2007 win over Australia when he hit an unbeaten fifty.

Teams:

Sri Lanka: Dilshan Munaweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene (c), Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga

Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda, Brendan Taylor (c&wk), Craig Ervine, Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer, Prosper Utseya, Kyle Jarvis, Brian Vitori, Chris Mpofu

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