PALLEKELE - Sri Lanka is a far superior team to Zimbabwe because it has more bowling and batting power yet the host are treating the African opponents with respect in the crucial world cup match which will be played here on Thursday. No other than the vice captain of Lankan team Mahela Jayewardene himself speaking on his teams chances against Zimbabwe told a pre match media briefing here Wednesday that the opponents were a surprise package. Moreover, he added no team could be taken lightly. Sri Lanka who lost to Pakistan to lose two valuable points and dropping further one when rain washed out play against Australia would need maximum points from an authoritative victory to increase its run rate that will be crucial for the final ranking in the group A. He recalled some shocking results in the current cup and said no team should be taken lightly because whatever their ranking was they were here to win. Sri Lanka would take the contest as seriously as any. Zimbabwe has good players and they are capable to do well. He said the track prepared for the day and night match was new and unknown to us and to Zimbabwe. Both the teams will be playing on an unknown track, so the there would not be any home advantage except that they would have a favorable home crowd. About the final playing eleven , he said no decision has been taken neither any decision taken to play three spinners. Sri Lanka has many options and by tomorrow it would be decided about the playing eleven. When asked about Dilshan Tillekaratne failing the dope test as reported, he said he was not aware whether a dope test had been taken of Dilshan rejecting the question that his colleague had failed the test. Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura in his media briefing said match against the host was crucial because on it depended his teams hope of reaching the next stage of the event. He however said the most one single important point in Thursdays match would be first fifteen overs. It was during those overs that Zimbabwe had not done well, It was important that his team did well in those overs. The batsmen have to do something extra ordinary .Similarly the bowlers had to bowl well. He said cricket was picking up in his country and a big number of youngsters had taken up the game which was good. Prospects of cricket growing in his country were brighter, he added. A huge crowd is expected to fill the stadium because the home team will be playing its first ODI before the home crowd. The teams would be from. Sri Lanka: Kumara Sangakkara (captain), Ajantha Mendis, Mathews, Chamara Kapugedera, Silva, Ferdando, Lasith Malinga, Jayawerdena, Muralidaran, Kalusekara, Herath, Samaraweera, Perera, Tillakaratne, Tharanga. Zimbabwe: Chigumbura (captain), Chakabva, Coventry, Cremer, Ervine, Lamb, Masakadza, Mawoyo, Mpofu, Ray Price, Rainsford, Taibu, Taylor, Utseya, Williams.