FORMER champions Pakistan and hosts Sri Lanka clash in the first semi-final of the World Twenty20 in Colombo today, banking on the quality spinners in the two camps.
The pre-match focus revolved around Sri Lanka's unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis and Pakistan's prolific Saeed Ajmal, both of whom have been the highest wicket-takers for their respective teams in the competition.
While Mendis has taken nine wickets, Ajmal has eight.
Mendis achieved the best figures in Twenty20 internationals with six wickets for eight against Zimbabwe in the preliminary league and remains the trump card for the hosts despite conceding 40 runs in four overs against England in Super Eights.
Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene said he was confident about his team reacting well to Pakistan's challenge.