Colombo: Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene pointed to the familiarity of home conditions and a "fanatic" crowd support as reasons why his team deserves to be favorite when the World Twenty20 starts later this month.
He said Sri Lanka is trying to buck the trend of losing semifinals and finals in high-profile tournaments, having lost a 50-over World Cup semifinal in 2007 and the final in 2011 plus the World Twenty20 final in 2009. (Also see: Sri Lanka gets set to host, in pics)
"Obviously we have a slight advantage in little bit of the conditions as well as the crowd being behind us," Jayawardene said. "We'll definitely enjoy some fanatic fans behind us."