CRUCIAL CONTEST

NOTTINGHAM - Sri Lanka and the West Indies will enjoy a contest without pressure when they clash in their last group C league match of the World Twenty20 here today.

NOTTINGHAM - Sri Lanka and the West Indies will enjoy a contest without pressure when they clash in their last group C league match of the World Twenty20 here today.

What should have been a virtual knock-out game in the group will hold nothing more than academic interest after both teams knocked mighty Australia out of the tournament.

"This was the only group that had three Test-playing nations in it, so to come out it pretty well is a huge bonus," said Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara.

"Both the West Indies and us have made the Super Eights, so the pressure will no doubt be a bit less."

Sri Lanka hammered Ricky Ponting's men by six wickets on Monday, two days after the West Indies rode on captain Chris Gayle's explosive 88 off 50 overs to down the Aussies by seven wickets.

Sangakkara said Ajantha Mendis's success against Australia, where he took 3-20 in four overs, bode well for his team and he expected the mystery spinner to play a major role in the tournament.

Mahela Jayawardene, Sangakkara's predecessor as captain, said today's game was crucial for both teams.

"This game will help us get into the rhythm for the Super Eights contests," Jayawardene said.

He conceded Gayle was the major threat and Sri Lanka's bowlers were working on a plan to get him early. - Sapa-AFP

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