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Home > Cricket > World Cup 2003 > Reuters > Report

I'm 80 per cent certain to play: Jayasuriya

March 09, 2003 17:47 IST

Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya has given himself an 80 percent chance of playing in the World Cup Super Six game against India at The Wanderers on Monday.

Jayasuriya, who suffered a bruised left forearm and a chipped bone in his left thumb when he was struck by Australia's Brett Lee on Friday, told reporters after a limited net session on Sunday: "It did not feel bad.

"The main problem is the thumb, I'm still feeling it a little bit.

"With my forearm, the pain is there but I can manage it. I have a 75-to-80 percent chance of playing."

Sri Lanka slipped to fifth in the Super Six table after their defeat against Australia at Centurion. Australia have 16 points, India 12, Kenya 10, New Zealand eight and Sri Lanka 7.5. Sri Lanka's last two second-phase games are against India and Zimbabwe.

Jayasuriya was speaking with his thumb in a cup of iced water. He limited himself in the nets to batting against deliveries thrown at him from a short distance by team physiotherapist Alex Kountouri.

Sri Lanka have one other injury doubt. Batsman Hashan Tillakaratne has a slight left hamstring strain but is expected to play.

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Sub: Gutsy Guy or Good Excuse?

Jayasuriya is quite a gutsy guy. But then, there seems to be a bit too much hype about his injury, with him increasing his fitness ...


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Sub: good mind game

with all due respects I am sure you wont be playing and it is just that u donít want to give the indian team the ...


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Sub: Best luck to sanath

As there is good news about sanath to play againsit India,it is good contest.Now there is an interst in match as Lankan team totaly depends ...


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I am very happy to know that Jayasurya wants to play the match against India. I like his spirit. But he is very essential for ...


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