For the World T20 2012, it is finally ‘D’ Day. One team will be crowned the champions, while the other will have to make do with a small runner’s up medal and a hurt ego. Sri Lanka couldn’t have asked for a better scenario, they have a chance of clinching glory in front of their home crowd, however, that depends on whether they thrive under pressure or crumble.
West Indies have momentum behind them and enter this contest on the back of some thrilling performances. One thing the men from the caribbean have done well, is put in a good all-round performance and that is something they will yearn for in the final. There will be some pressure on Darren Sammy and his men since this side doesn’t have much experience in the current scenario. After all, it has been six years since the West Indies made it to a final of an ICC event, the last occasion being in the ICC Champions trophy 2006.
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Sri Lanka on the other hand will be desperate to capitalize on this final. The hosts remained unbeaten in the 2009 T20 WC 2012, however, faltered in the final and lost to Pakistan. This tournament’s story has been quite similar for the Lankans, with plenty of victories and just the one loss to South Africa in the group stage. Mahela Jayawardene and his men will certainly not want to let history repeat itself and will know that they will not get a better opportunity than this.
The bowling attack is a problem for the West Indies.
While leg-spinner Samuel Badree did his cause no harm by picking up both Shane Watson and David Warner in the semi-finals, there is no guarantee that Sammy will persist with leggie knowing full well that how good Lankans are against spin bowling.
In that case, Fidel Edwards who bowls at a brisk pace will come in as Badree`s replacement. Marlon Samuels, bowling his fastish off-breaks and skiddy Ravi Rampaul can be devastating on their day.
Jayawardene is likely to go with the same team as he wouldn`t like to expose his talented boy wonder Akhila Dhananjaya in front of a marauding Gayle as it can dent the young boy`s confidence.
West Indies: Darren Sammy (C), Dwayne Bravo, Samuel Badree, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (C), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Akila Dananjaya, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shaminda Eranga, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Jeevan Mendis, Dilshan Munaweera, Thisara Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimann.