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* Sri Lanka national team departs for T20 tournament
Sun, Apr 25, 2010, 12:39 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka national squad for the Twenty20 World Cup left the country Saturday night from Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake with the determination of bringing the cup home.

The 15-man squad received religious blessings and participated in a photo op at the Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters before departure.

Sri Lanka is favored to win the T20 cup again in 2010. Last year Sri Lanka remained unbeaten until the final match which they lost to Pakistan.

Sri Lanka is playing in Group B with New Zealand and Zimbabwe. The team, which includes the newly-elected ruling party MP Sanath Jayasuriya, will play its first warm-up match against South Africa on April 28 at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Sri Lanka is scheduled to play the first match of the tournament against New Zealand on April 30 in Guyana. The final match will be played in Barbados on May 16th.

(AP Photo)

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