T-20 World Cup Final - Sri Lanka Vs West Indies - Preview

Mahela Jayawardene Is In Good Nick

Mahela Jayawardene Is In Good Nick
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West Indies Is Likely To Win the Final

Who Will Win The T-20 World Cup Final?

Who will win in the T-20 final of 2012 World Cup? Sri Lanka and West Indies are clashing at Colombo. The final promises to be an interesting contest. Sri Lanka has the home advantage. They will be cheered by thousands of their fans in the stadium. This can be an encouragement at times of need. But it can also put pressure on the team. Sri Lanka possesses a well balanced side. Its batting has depth. Even Tisara Perera and Kulasekara can bat lower down the order and score runs or indulge in big hitting which is what is needed in the T-20 brand of cricket.

Mahela Jayawardene Is In Good Nick

Dilshan, Sri Lanka opening batsman is an aggressive hitter. But he was subdued in the match against Pakistan in the semi-final. In the final, he may come out on his own and score quick runs. Mahela Jayawardene, the captain is in very good nick. He was the top scorer for Sri Lanka in its semi-final match against Pakistan. Sangakkara is an experienced player who can steadily score and steer Sri Lanka to safety when it is required.

Sri Lanka Fielding Is Very Shoddy

Sri Lanka possesses Lasith Malinga, an explosive bowler who can run through the West Indies top batting order in his opening spell. Rangna Herath shined in the match against Pakistan by taking three crucial wickets. He was instrumental for the Sri Lanka victory in that match. If Sri Lanka selects Dhananjaya, the 19 years old boy, it will be strengthening its bowling. Sri Lanka fielding leaves much to be desired. It was shoddy in its match against Pakistan. Lasith Malinga dropped a sitting ducker to give a reprieve to Hafeez. Hafeez went on to score many more runs and at one stage it looked as though Pakistan would win the match. Malinga also did not use force in hitting the stumps to run out a Pakistan batsman. He hit the stumps at such a slow pace from a close range that the bails did not come off at all.

West Indies Fielders Exhibit Super Athleticism

West Indies is an attacking side. Gayle can decimate any attack at will. He destroyed Australia single handed in the semi-final. Kieron Pollard and Dareen Sammy can also attack with gusto. Samuels, Charles and Dwyne Bravo can steadily lift the score and give support to the other players. West Indies bowling no longer depends on Sunil Narine crucially. It has other players like Rampaul, Samuels and Badree who can chip in with wickets. Still, Narine is the main bowler for the West Indies. Whether Narine takes wickets or not, he will bowl very economically and concede fewer runs. He can be a source of trouble for the Sri Lanka batsmen. West Indies fielders exhibit athleticism and there are very few instances of misfielding or dropped catches.

West Indies Is Likely To Win the Final

One cannot say that the present West Indies team headed by Dareen Sammy is as good as Clive Lloyd’s West Indies team in the past. But definitely after devastating Australia in the semi-final, West Indies is brimming with confidence. It is bound to capitalise on this and press for winning the cup. On the other hand Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by a close margin and does not possess that kind of confidence. So my bet is that West Indies will win the cup by exhibiting super talent in the final. It is a final to be watched by all the cricket lovers. Cricket fans may never see the like of this final for many more years to come. Whoever wins or loses, cricket fans will gain

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