Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st semi-final, World Twenty20, Colombo October 4, 2012

Amazing to make fourth final - Jayawardene

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Mahela Jayawardene has led Sri Lanka into the fourth major limited-overs final of his career - now all he has to do is win one. He calls himself "blessed," and he is, but he knows that only victory in Colombo on Sunday will silence complaints that Sri Lanka always fail at the final hurdle.

Sri Lanka had to battle for their 16-run win against Pakistan after setting them a target of 140, which was distinctly vulnerable even on a slow, turning pitch at the Premadasa Stadium. The manner in which they did it deepened Jayawardene's faith that this time their experience in the final will be different.

Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga have all joined their captain in suffering defeat in three previous finals, the worst of them coming last year when Sri Lanka were routed by India in the 2011 World Cup final in Mumbai, following defeats against Australia in Barbados in the 2007 World Cup, and a World Twenty20 loss against Pakistan at Lord's in 2009.

There was no time for Jayawardene to savour victory against Pakistan before he had to make light of talk of rising tension. "We are all really happy to be part of a very successful group over a period of time," he said. "We have been blessed with four now - although I know we haven't won anything. But four finals, it's amazing. In one's career you are lucky enough to play in one final.

"They have all had to be approached in different ways. One final was in Barbados, one in England, one was in Mumbai. Now we are playing in Premadasa, so we will approach it differently.

"I think experience-wise we are much better: Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis were all pretty new when we lost against Pakistan and we have played a lot of Twenty20 since then. We play with a very positive mindset. We spoke at the start of the tournament that we would have to play on three different surfaces in Hambantota, Pallakele and now Colombo. We had to adapt. It is about handling tough situations better."

Jayawardene tonight was a captain who actually captained. There were none of the high jinks that entailed in the final Super Eights game against England in Pallakele he officially handed the captaincy to Sangakkara, so as to protect himself from a potential suspension for a second transgression for slow overrates, but then ran the show unofficially much as he always would.

The likelihood is that the authorities - Sri Lanka Cricket, the ICC or most probably a bit of both - let it be known that further mischief would be frowned upon. That is the thing about a good trick - it is best not repeated.

Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan's captain, felt around 150 was par on this pitch and repeatedly blamed his team's defeat on a middle-order collapse. Jayawardene, by contrast, felt 140 was around par - "a score where we could challenge." "The way we started, we probably fell short by about 15 or 20 runs, but Umar Gul bowled well and pulled us back.

"Pakistan brought in an extra bowler so we had to adjust ourselves up front. Sohail Tanvir usually picks up wickets for them so we changed our game plan and tried to hold out for six overs and then we knew we could attack their spinners. Today it worked for us. Sometimes you may lose calls and it doesn't work, but I think our situation has been pretty good in this tournament.

"Chasing down runs is always going to be a tough call in a semi-final. Hafeez batted really well and guided them through the first 10 or so overs, but we knew they were a batter short today and we kept pressure on them.''

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Johnny_129 on October 7, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    I am a fan of the sub-continent teams. However, I have lost my belief in SL when it comes to finals - they just don't have the mental capacity to handle the ultimate occasion...they manage to stuff it up one way or another!!! I placed a lot of money through Sportsbet (Aust) when WI were not far above 30 odd with half of their overs gone - thinking, surely SL can't lose from a position like this at home! The way Sanga and Jayawardene let the rate climb up through their slow scoring was absolutely ridiculous. Sanga is simply not a player for finals - you can see the pressure in him and he is nowhere near his best. SL still have 2 wickets remaining as I write this but it's obvious they are gone. I will still support SL but never bet on them to win a final no matter how favorable their position!!!!

  • Pathiyal on October 7, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    most of his innings depicted his character and courage and his captaincy has been exceptional throughout the tournament. being a humble fan, i wish Mahela the very best.

  • Yousufosman4u on October 7, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Good Luck to Chris Gayle and West indies team today vs Srilanka in final. Chris gayle, marlon samuels, Bravo,Polard and charles will click today. If westindies bats first. West indies will wins the cup.

  • on October 7, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    DO YOUR BEST LIONS … NO matter you win or not ,You have already made us proud , GOOD SHOW..!

    HEY Neerukonda Muralikrishna -"Srilanka won 4 out of 5 and india did the same " what do u mean by this? u guys r not lucky enough to get ther..what can we do AUS N PAK r bttr thn u , SO THEM CM FOR semis..... Stop complaining man those are part and parcel of the game.......

  • iknowsports on October 7, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    dont despair!u sure cn win this...

  • Yash520 on October 7, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    And it'll be amazing to loose 4th final of a world cup in a row...........lolzz !!

  • Munkeymomo on October 6, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Two good sides, and it'll be nice to see either one of them win something for the first time in awhile. Give the fans something to really celebrate, but they've both done well to get there. Sri Lanka are a dangerous side, especially at home. This should be a tight game. Best of luck to both teams.

  • on October 6, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Srilanka won 4 out of 5 and india did the same remember that, and with out getting titles how can any team identified as a champions, dont look for the reasons ,cricket and war is different aspect, if afgan said these words they will be valid, and i wonder bowling a no ball to stop batsmens century also make you proud.

  • SLPILOT on October 6, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    To SL & Mahela, no matter what happens on Sunday we will always support and love you from a die hard SL cricket fan. AND then there is WI, a team that I have admired and watched with joy since the summer of 84 deserves the win which is long over due. Good luck to both teams, give us a cracker jack final to remember come what may........

  • on October 6, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    west indian will give tough time to srilanka

  • Johnny_129 on October 7, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    I am a fan of the sub-continent teams. However, I have lost my belief in SL when it comes to finals - they just don't have the mental capacity to handle the ultimate occasion...they manage to stuff it up one way or another!!! I placed a lot of money through Sportsbet (Aust) when WI were not far above 30 odd with half of their overs gone - thinking, surely SL can't lose from a position like this at home! The way Sanga and Jayawardene let the rate climb up through their slow scoring was absolutely ridiculous. Sanga is simply not a player for finals - you can see the pressure in him and he is nowhere near his best. SL still have 2 wickets remaining as I write this but it's obvious they are gone. I will still support SL but never bet on them to win a final no matter how favorable their position!!!!

  • Pathiyal on October 7, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    most of his innings depicted his character and courage and his captaincy has been exceptional throughout the tournament. being a humble fan, i wish Mahela the very best.

  • Yousufosman4u on October 7, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Good Luck to Chris Gayle and West indies team today vs Srilanka in final. Chris gayle, marlon samuels, Bravo,Polard and charles will click today. If westindies bats first. West indies will wins the cup.

  • on October 7, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    DO YOUR BEST LIONS … NO matter you win or not ,You have already made us proud , GOOD SHOW..!

    HEY Neerukonda Muralikrishna -"Srilanka won 4 out of 5 and india did the same " what do u mean by this? u guys r not lucky enough to get ther..what can we do AUS N PAK r bttr thn u , SO THEM CM FOR semis..... Stop complaining man those are part and parcel of the game.......

  • iknowsports on October 7, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    dont despair!u sure cn win this...

  • Yash520 on October 7, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    And it'll be amazing to loose 4th final of a world cup in a row...........lolzz !!

  • Munkeymomo on October 6, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Two good sides, and it'll be nice to see either one of them win something for the first time in awhile. Give the fans something to really celebrate, but they've both done well to get there. Sri Lanka are a dangerous side, especially at home. This should be a tight game. Best of luck to both teams.

  • on October 6, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Srilanka won 4 out of 5 and india did the same remember that, and with out getting titles how can any team identified as a champions, dont look for the reasons ,cricket and war is different aspect, if afgan said these words they will be valid, and i wonder bowling a no ball to stop batsmens century also make you proud.

  • SLPILOT on October 6, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    To SL & Mahela, no matter what happens on Sunday we will always support and love you from a die hard SL cricket fan. AND then there is WI, a team that I have admired and watched with joy since the summer of 84 deserves the win which is long over due. Good luck to both teams, give us a cracker jack final to remember come what may........

  • on October 6, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    west indian will give tough time to srilanka

  • on October 6, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    West Indies will win the world cup :)

  • on October 6, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Mahela,this may be the last world cup final you may playing.Make that chance as unforgettable for you & all fans who loving to you.Correct the all mistakes which happen in last 3 times & heal the harts which are broken in last 4 times.

    You are the best cricketing mind born from SL to the Great game of cricket.

    Final not be easy,try u r very best & wish U all the very best all sri lankan cricketers...

  • Muralibomb on October 6, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Sri Lanka are the number one twenty 20 team and they've won against the West Indies before. Why not again?

  • on October 6, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    It dosen't matter how many titles we have won..we had a war nearly for 30 yrs n a small population who gets the facility to play cricket and yes we are proud be in 4 finals unlike other nations who are rich with money and facilities but still failed to make big impacts.That's why SL cricket is amazing and all da best to SL team for the finals...DO YOUR BEST...doesn't matter you win or not....You have already made us proud!!!!!!!!

  • on October 6, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    I think the final will be the big game..............Although Sri lanka has the advange of home crowd but we don't ignore the performance of WI team after their show against Australia......

  • Raja4mIndia on October 6, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    The old golden days are ahead for WI.Whoever win in finals,it will be a sensation.But,WI have better chances.

  • on October 6, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    All the best Sri lanka..... Win it for ur people.... U deserve it after 3 finals.... Best wishes from India.

  • Ramesh_Joseph on October 6, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    I think Sri Lanka will win the World Cup. WI are just a one man show in Chris Gayle. The law of averages will catch up with Gayle and once he is gone, the rest are easy.

  • on October 6, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    india is no.1 in test over a period of 2 years , srilankan are never, india got 2 50-50 world cups, srilanka got only one, india had already got 1 20-20 world cup srilanka didnt get till now, all except 1983 world cup are done under dhoni's captancy then no need to support him, his victories created history that will tell only

  • on October 6, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    as I remember 2011 world cup - Sanga was the captain and not jayewardne.......

  • Dilruksh on October 6, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    thank you for the fans from pakistan u have been supoorting us through its the same here we consider pakistan our second team..let this bond continue

  • on October 6, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    There were lot of talks about being world T20 group 2(in super 8) is tough and sometimes referred as group of death. The irony is both finalists are from group one, which was considered comprise of weak teams…It is sad that only team (NZ) to post a challenge to both finalist is out of the tournament even without making it to semis and guess what they were too from group one… So pundits who keep on telling that it is a surprise these teams are in final or semis, admit it. Teams who performed better deserve to be in finals. And if any any team knocked out of the tournament it is just because of their bad performance. Nothing else....

  • Bruisers on October 6, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Four finals, four defeats.. Well done minnows.

  • ibbani on October 6, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Minnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwssssssssssss srilanka thrashed by WI in final on sunday. India moves up to 2nd position in T20. only 1 match bad performance costed India its place in SF. Aus/Pak match was alos fixed, hence all contributed for India's entry to SF. India is certainly the best in cricket/ money in ICC. Hence SRL wants India to be in all trination tournaments.

  • Cric_lover1234 on October 6, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    how about two finalist from Indian's so called minnow group?? they knocked out of the tournament, never won anything big outside india....what a poor team, time to change now, with this form ,if india comes in to finals, their homes will be burnt after the finals surely, because indians cant even come closer to this side, well played pakistan,and all the best for W.I.

  • Kave_Weerawardana on October 6, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    BOO BOO Pakistan.. We wish for our lions for the championship. gud luck SL

  • on October 6, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    @Late-Cut: Dont forget the 2011 WC where Indians threw out SL in finals. You guys were dismissed cheaply. Making to the finals and winning the cup doesnt mean much. Respect other teams. How many cups have you won so far?

  • sutherland22 on October 6, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    WILL BE A GOOD CONTEST.AUSTRALIANS GOT OUT UNFORTUNATELY WILL BE A GOOD GAME UNLIKE THE SO CALLED "GRAND FINAL BEFORE THE FINAL" .LOL ALL THE SUPER 7 TEAMS PLAYED WELL AND THE BEST OF THEM CAME IN TO THE SFs.EVEN THE MINNOW TEAM IN THE SF INDIA PUNCHED WAY ABOVE THEIR HEIGHT.GOOD LUCK TO BOTH TEAMS!

  • cool1sl1party1team on October 6, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    yes we lost 3 finals!!! bt we always fought till the end!!!we never gave up like some teams did !! The result doesn't matter as long as we can experience a good freaking match... WIN OR LOSE WE WILL BOOZE!! thats the spirit of srilankan fans!! all the best mehela and team.. jst give-it ur best!! i knw u guys will :)

  • on October 6, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    WI have reached the ICC t20 WC finals in the same way SL entered the ICC WC finals in 1996 with their ruthless flamboyant style of Cricket. However, their opponents SL have been in to ICC WC finals many times since 1996 than anyone other team in the world. 1996 ICC WC - Champs 2003 ICC WC - Semi Finalist 2007 ICC WC - Finalists 2009 ICC T20 WC - Finalists 2011 ICC WC - Finalists AND 2012 ICC T20 W C - Finalists with WI So for SL its DE JA VO, and for Windies despite CG's "Gangnam Style" performance, it's a new experience since 1983 and that is a LONG LONG time as most of these WINDIES have not seen any of their teams live in their lives.(IE: CG at 34 was only a 5 year old BABY when WI were in an ICC WC last), but the whole of our team has seen the glory of SL Cricket at WC games since 1996 and thye know what it takes..... Let's ROAR the lions as one nation together and show the world what Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan and malinga shoudl also win one themselves!

  • on October 6, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    @terrifyingwarriors - dont be such silly mate- only one out of Mahela's 4 finals were against India and that was mainly because you were playing at home in and in Mumbai.. some people cant just digest the fact that SL have done better than any Asian team in ICC WC cricket since 1996.....

  • ranilranathunga on October 6, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    I dont know what is up with Indian fans, they should understand just by beating Pak and SL will not make them any kind of champions. They will have to beat other teams too. For an example they lost against NZ recently and was thrashed by Aus. Though SL and Pak is not having a good time against Ind, they are doing well against other teams which make them do much better than Ind in big tournaments.

  • on October 6, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    these is no fight for lanka.magic balls will hit WI in big time.Gayle also worries about this unorthodox attack.take my word Gayle cant reach 15 this time also.go lanka go ....

  • on October 6, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Bring it home Lankans.You guys are absolute gems.Really amazed about the talent the nation have produced even though we are a very little nation when compare to some other 1.25 billion nations.there were times that these massive nations can't even find proper 11 face this little tiny nation. So why not WE ARE SO SO PROUD OF YOU AND WHAT YOU HAVE GIVEN TO THE NATION.you have united us.all wish only one thing avoiding politics,religions,hunger,poverty,high,low etc etc.we want to see you winning.Lift the cup this time.ALL THE VERY BEST SRI LANKA.

  • on October 6, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Congrats Lanka for the 4th GRAND FINAL...Guys this time NO EXsUSE OK? All the cards are stacked n your favour...WI are brawny U are brainy..and you also have the "4M & N" bowling attack. WI have already peaked in the game against Australia which should have been reserved for the FINALS. They are emotionally upbeat so now is the time to keep your brains on the ground and AMBUSH their state of brute and emotion. We all know FINALS is reserved for the mentally strong and strength comes from being in FINLAS where you have been and blessed. We are not chokers like SA so bring your mental strenth on the day and MOST importantly "HAVE FUN & PLAY your natural game" GO LANKA GO! We will be staying up in Australia from midnight onwards to watch you. That is our commitment.

  • on October 6, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    many indians are still going harsh on SL.yeah india had the better of SL in recent time.but what about the rest?you went to England and showed your class :P. went Australia,Showed there class.4-0 4-0.SL was there too but gave a respectable fight as runners up in 2011WC.1-0 tests 2-3 ODI and they won the T20.but india lost 3-0 ODI and lost T20.India's CB lost came because SL simply outplayed Australia and australia outplayed India in big time.no semis in T20WC after 2007..who thrashed them out in 2010??hope these guys remember..in 2007,1996 who thought cricket to this big 1.25 billion nation.it was this tiny little 20 million nation called Sri LankaL.in 1996-1997 SL won 11 games against india and india won 0.If not sure people can check for records here in cricinfo.Winning or losing is a prat of the game.But respect others,accept defeat,admire the talent is a very much part of cricket.that's why it's a gentleman's game.Some Indians missing that at the moment.

  • Ramansilva on October 6, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    @ rajesh_singhSTM, When was the recent success of Indian team that you refer to? Don't you remember what happened in England and Australai? oh!! yeah.. they won 2 S8 matches after 2007 (albeit one match by 1 run).

  • PadMarley on October 6, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Yes ... we made it to the final game of 5 world championships since 1996, and lost 3 times and won once..... lets stop having the mindset of celebrating being second best for 3 times.... its time that we refresh the glory we had in 1996 as champions.... we got to mystify the mighty Gale and his men...let all the doosras, carrom balls, yokers, googlies, slowies, and immaculate stroke play nullify the muscle power!!

  • ThaslimArif on October 6, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    I wish all the very best to Sri Lankan team for their T20 final match against West Indies. (Indian)

  • spirit_cric on October 6, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    IND couldnt even enter the semis.Last t20 Wc they were knocked out by SL.They have forgotten it!Kapugedara hit a six in the last ball 2 send them home.This time SA knocked out him thanks 2 vry poor capraincy by Dhoni.So theres no point in talking abt IND here.Lets wish 2 finalists here!

  • Saman878 on October 6, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    go lions go win ur t20 title

  • on October 6, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    well said johnathonjosephs

  • spirit_cric on October 6, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Everyone said that group 2 is tougher & both finals will b from group 2.But see what happened.Both final are from group 1.This is a good lesson 4 indian fans who are really over rate their team.Now evereyone can see what the tougher group is.Good luck both teams!

  • Prabhash1985 on October 6, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    I think that too much of Indian fans simply WATCH cricket, rather than they play Cricket. You should play cricket. Sports give you the strength to stay calm when you are lost, bear the grievances, and most importantly, to appreciate your opponent. If you ONLY watch cricket, it's just a WIN or LOSE for you. Try to play cricket. Then you know how it hurts, and still getting hurt a lot (than just watching the match), appreciate the other team... Dhoni has many complaints about pitch and so on, but still those things come to mind simply because he wanted to win this so badly, and it's not simply excuses to defend himself. It's natural, when you have a huge sorrow in your mind, but still don't show it. But, it doesn't mean, all Indians should follow him. Try to appreciate other teams. SA is a great side. They are brilliant. In the beginning, many Indian commentators said Ausies are way gone! They have no chance. But they thrashed India. Stop saying nonsense, and try to become GOOD fans.

  • on October 6, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Congrats to both SL and WI for the FINALS. As for India and Paks I am glad SL is not playing them! So SL now has a great chance. and BOYS make the MOST of this opportunity as WI are "TECHNICALLY DEFICIENT" against the SL bowlers. As much as SL is "TECHNICALLY SHORT" against Paks, WI have a REAL problem when dealing with SL variety and canny bowling. This is why WI get intimidated by the SL bowlers...its all in the MIND somewhat but the "4Ms" make the WI batsmen look like kittens.....GO LANKA GO....your time has come!

  • on October 6, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Really disappointed the way some guys are commenting here. Sri Lanka and West Indies are deserved to be in the final as they play better cricket than the others at the moment. Either win or lose in the final, We back up our team Sri Lanka. All the best Mahela and his team.

  • Prabhash1985 on October 6, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    When Sri Lanka met Australia in World Cup finals, it rained during the match. And, just like many say, it costed a lot to Sri Lanka. It was gloomy, and it was quite hard to play good shots. But Sri Lanka was doing well, when there was a threat of another opening of heavens. So, Jayasuriya stepped forward, and tried to hit six, because if he did, we could have stopped the game as there wasn't enough light, and go to pavilion, and DL required score was around 4-5 runs ahead of what we had that moment. But, Clarke didn't bounce the ball, and hit the wicket so sadly, and Jayasuriya who was doing well at that time, had to leave. This was the turning point in that match. And Gilchrist put a small golf ball in his glove which we thought unfair. But, during an interview in Sri Lanka, the great Murali said, "Australians played extremely good cricket, and they deserve the win". I learnt a very good lesson from him. APPRECIATE OPPOSITION AT ANY CONDITION, AND DO NOT SAY A SINGLE WORD OF EXCUSE.

  • Hifli on October 6, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    Mahela, you have done a wonderful job upto now. All you have to do is put the finishing touch. You are a v.good captain and India being out you do not have to worry about the rumors and the bookies. WI are an arrogant bunch and we saw that in Marlon Samuel's today. Keep the sri lanka flag flying. Great for a small island to do this well in cricket. Only sport in srilanka that is upto world standard. Go boys Go.

  • khiladisher on October 6, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    MAHELA IS CORRECT WHEN HE SAYS THAT HE HAS ENTERED 4 BIG FINALS-HOWEVER HE HAS NOT WON ANYTHING AT ALL-THAT SHOWS A SUSPECT TEMPERAMENT IN BIG MATCHES. THIS WOULD BE THE GREATEST CHANCE FOR SRI LANKA TO WIN A FINAL AND GET THE COVETED 2ND WORLD CUP.I WOULD SAY THAT SRI LANKA ARE THE ODDS ON FAVORITE TO WIN THIS ONE.IT SURELY WOULD BE 5TH TIME LUCKY-GO SRI LANKA-ALL THE BEST FROM AN INDIAN FAN.

  • Prabhash1985 on October 6, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    140 is against Pakistan bowling attack, which is the best spin bowling attack on a spinning track. When you say it's JUST 140, you should take into account who the opposition is, and where Sri Lanka played. It could have been 160-180 against a team without a good spin bowling attack. You cannot simply take the scores into account, to merely say "these guys are weaker than a team compared to a team who scored 210". Do not forget that Sri Lanka defeated West Indies. Score doesn't matter. What matters is, whether you compete with your spirit. Losing finals is also fine, as long as my side, Sri Lanka field well, bowl well, bat well, and try their best. That's the game of cricket. Who cares about winning... Winning is not an issue at all...

  • johnathonjosephs on October 6, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    Best of luck to Sri Lanka and West Indies for the Final. Other than my native country, I always wish for Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand, and West Indies to win any world cup/world title. I hate to see why Indian fans are so bitter against the Sri Lankans. Yes, the Indians have a better record against the Pakistanis and Sri Lankans in recent times, but those are the only 2 countries they have done well against. The reason India is not in the semi final and Sri Lanka/Pakistan made it is because they are teams that do good against the other teams. Sri Lanka won half their games against Australia IN Australia in the last CB Series and Pakistan beat Australia this tournament. Sri Lanka beat West Indies this tournament already, but if Gayle can get going sunday, it will be a completely different story. Gayle is a one man machine

  • hasitha81 on October 6, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    @ Samir Gupta well said. I can't understand why people can enjoy the game based on how the game progressed. If any team play well they should go on to win it irrespective of which country they are. I've been am SL fan and will always be, but if other teams does well they deserve to win it. India played well in WC 2011 so they won it, In '96 WC SL did well so they won it. it's simple.

    In the last CB cup Kholi played a blinder in chasing 320 odd score of SL, although I liked to see SL we enjoyed the match. It does not mean SL are minnow it just the excellence on one player on that day. Jayasuria did this to time and time again to many teams at his prime. So, don't complain just enjoy cricket. Whether we like it or not team who deserves wins the cup. That's more interesting and good for the world cricket actually rather than having one dominant team.

    Good luck team SL on the finals....

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 6, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    I am not a big fan of SL. BUT, I am certainly an admirer of Mahela. I wish Mahela's team the very best against a solid WI team in the final. May the best team win.

  • terrifyingwarriors on October 5, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    I think, Mahela is just happy being in Final.. Think big Mahela! For a change, u don't have to face INDIA.. Try your best.. Good luck SL you need it.

  • u.t.k.a.l on October 5, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    @jokerbala..... Dude didn't u watch india vs england & ind vs sa in this world cup ? we indians bowled them out with our toothless bowling :p

    Recently we defeated srilanka in ur own land in ODI series & t20. U guyz are lucky U didn't have 2 face india or else again ur team might have been see the face of defeat in ur homeland ha ha ha .....

    WI is going to win this cup and u guyz will c the name of india in west indies team :P

    Go west indians go beat this lucky minnow team .

  • on October 5, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    In 2011 world cup SL did not account any of the big 4 (Aus/Ind/Pak/SA) even though we were the finalist. This T20 we may win the cup but only able to win against Pak its not directly our fault. But still hope and wish SL will win!!!!

  • crazylankan on October 5, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    @ Ravi Darira you don't talk about the past.... you guys have cheaply been eliminated from the tournament. you don't deserve to keep posting comments in such ways. we are currently on the top all the way to final. Srilankans are playing true cricket with passion & commitment. According to the statistics you guys what they have done after world cup? two consecutive white wash in test against England & Australia respectively and lost the one day series 4-1 in England, has been eliminated in the triangular series in Australia against SL & Aussie and same story in the Asia cup. Stop to talk destructively other team.... try to building up your team.

  • bestofluckindia on October 5, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    I guess its gonna be 5th time runners up medal for Him this time too... The way WI are shaping up....

  • on October 5, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    @Ravi Darira, people like you give Indian cricket fans a bad name. Learn to be gracious in a loss. Sri Lanka deserve their time in the sun. If and when India get theirs, celebrate it. Mahela deserves all the appreciation he gets and more. Even though I would dearly like to see a revival of West Indian cricket that will come from a WC win, I think MJ deserves a world cup trophy

  • on October 5, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    One thing for sure the entire caribbean is so proud of West Indies at this moment ,come sunday and the cup will be taken by the Mighty Caribbean Team,Good luck WI

  • yorkslanka on October 5, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    @at all the people calling us chokers- let me ask you a question, before the last four world cups, if you were told your team would get to the final wouldn't you take that?only a fool would say no...i know winning is important but if you get to a final adn the other team plays better than you, provided you have tried your best, what else can you do?I wish we had won the finals also, but I am extrememly proud that we got a ot further than other bigger teams and made it to the finals...good luck for sunday sri lanka

  • on October 5, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    man i'm so happy, our Srilankan brothers are through, go for the cup man, best wishes, and to all the indian fans saying that the would have chased 140 with 5 overs to spare, well kids with your pathatic bowling the total would have been 240. no wonder you couldnt even play the semis. hasta la vista babies!

  • on October 5, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    All cards are in for the Shiri lankans. West Indies are not the best against spin unless their opener Gail can go wild with another surprise....

  • Sinhaya on October 5, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    @Chris_P, thanks for your comments. I know you are an Australian fan and hope our boys do well in Australia but I know that tests will be very tough for us. But if NZ won a test match in Australia last year, nothing can stop us. We just dont have the quality pace bowlers to win a test series in Australia. I am sure we will do well in ODIs because we have won 6 out of the last 10 ODIs we played against Australia in Australia. Also, we are the first team to beat Austalia in a T20 in Australia. Aussies are not too far away from winning a T20 world cup and hope it is in 2014.

  • Sinhaya on October 5, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    @maddy20, yeah I know your anti Lanka rhetoric as proven non stop. DRs is the only solution to umpiring problems. When no DRS is used, more errors from umpires and you cant understand that! How can Australia whip Sri Lanka?? What world are you living in?

  • on October 5, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    SL were lucky they faced Pakistan instead of India. India would have crushed Lanka, I dont remember the last time Lanka beat us..we own SL....lol..

  • 1egend on October 5, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    The way Pakistanis were batting, I don't think that they even deserve to play semi final. They should be thankful to South Africa, who provide them opportunity to play semi final. Well played Srilanka played good cricket and won semi final.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 5, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    @ Late-Cut. Yeah we thrown out from Asia cup too by SL. What a claim!!! Are you not ashamed even after all continent defeats from India!?

  • on October 5, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Such a pity hearing some downgrading comments from the Indian and Pakistan fans. Bottom line is: SL are through and neither of you are! India was always going to struggle with their openers out of sorts and their best batter MSD out of touch, to add to having one of the most brittle and toothless bowling attacks in the history of the game. Pak may have beaten 'tougher' teams, but Lanka beat them, so that's all that matters. While Dhoni has won two world cups, and full credit to him, it is not necessarily fair to say his achievement is better. In 2011 WC, India won at home. Lanka has been far more consistent all over all over the world in big games, despite having less big names than India. As a team, they lift in big games and that is what matters most. Having said that, hope WI can win the finals, they deserve a change in fortune and have some cricketing success after such a long time.

  • on October 5, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    SL were not "routed" by India in the 2011 WC Finals. Our boys played extremely well, and Mahela's century will go as one of the best in modern cricket. Winning is not all. Playing at your best is what counts. This is how we think in Sri Lanka.

  • jokerbala on October 5, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Accept it or not, India is like kryptonite for the superhuman Srilankan and Pakistan sides. May be it is because they play against each other too much. Srilanka and Pakistan do better against teams like England , Aus and SA , while India finds it very difficult to get past these teams in major tournaments.

  • rajesh_singhSTM on October 5, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Amzing to be in 4 finals. Whats even more amazing but expected is you still have no cup to show for it . Chokers aint it ;)?

  • ravikb on October 5, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    One thing is sure. Winners will be remembered by all where as losers will be remembered by their respective countrymen only. In the recent Olympics, Usain Bolt is the winner in 100m and 200m and the runner-up is Blake, who lost to Bolt by fraction of seconds but I'm sure not many remember Blake but everyone remembers Bolt. There is a daylight difference between Winners and Runners-up.

  • Baundele on October 5, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Pakistan should thank South African choking for making it to the semi-final. They are comparatively good in T20 but have a very poor batting line up. I do not see any team - be it Aus or WI - challenging Sri Lanka in the final. They are miles ahead in this condition.

  • rajesh_singhSTM on October 5, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @Nisala Fernando : Yes AGREED that SL have always been superior to India in oDI's and T20s as well. Now please, If you go to cricinfo statsguru and check out series results your beleif will be backed by figures and then you can post them here and be victorious. Besides reaching 3 finals and loosing all of them. That sounds like CHOKERs to me. I can understand you calling Pakistan a better team than India. Afterall you knew you had bright chance to progress to semis once Pakistan reached there courtesy of NRR because otherwise the past drubbing/thrashings must have haunted you.Succesful people (teams) are most hated , not because of how they became successful, but because they are successful. I guess you get the hint. India can't avoid enemies (now SL fans), they will continue to come as we continue to become more successful, which is why I say you should welcome enemies Expect them because it is a sign we are doing something right.

  • stormy16 on October 5, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Its amazing to think that Mahela would be playing in his 4th WC final when you consider so many great players who have never played in a final or may be just one or two. Its a phenominal achievement for a team like SL to have such an amazing WC record when you consider teams like Eng have only EVER won one WC event and SA none! Its also not the sort of team you would fancy at the start of any of these tournaments. They seem to just creep up on you and suddenly are in a knock out situation, which they are yet to lose one in two consecutive 50 over World Cups. There is also too much made about the fact that SL lose in finals - I think making the final is the win. Obviously winning it would be great but hey if you keep making finals - your a terrific side - else you would not be in the finals. People tend to focus on the lost final while forgetting making the finals is a serious achievement.

  • saadaftab on October 5, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Pakistan lost to the better team on the night. Well played SL! Best of luck for the remainder of the competition. From Pakistan

  • mgr125128 on October 5, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Its not about how many finals you have reached.. how many you have won?Dhoni led India to the final of 2 world cups and won both of them. It is far better than leading your team to final 4 times and winning none of them. Ponting lead Australia to 2 World cup finals and eventual wins. SA and NZ reach semis and loose and are called chokers. So what does that make SL - super chokers ?Eh? Always self praising which is quiet not good. Let others praise you. If not praise you atleast when other starts ot hate you and support every team that plays you is also a indicator of success because only the succesful have more hater/critics than wellwishers.You can't avoid enemies (now SL fans), they will continue to come as you continue to become more successful, which is why I say you should welcome them. Expect them because it is a sign you are doing something right and Indias enemy seem to be growing rapidly ;)

  • DINESHCC on October 5, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Sujan Shrirangathas: Not only 2009 WC T20. 2011 WC ODI Also led by Sangakara. Mahela led the team in 2007 WC ODI and the present WC T20

  • Late-Cut on October 5, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully,rahulcricket007; I think you guys are seriously depressed coz you were kicked out of the contest. Whats up with "would have's and could have's" ? Have you already forgotten how you were kicked out of the 2010 T20 WC ? It was SRI LANKA who threw you out of the tournament along with W'indies. http://www.espncricinfo.com/world-twenty20-2010/engine/current/match/412699.html . The Cricinfo headline was "India's island dreams shatter again". So you still wanna live in your "would have/could have" bubble ??? But I can say that India WOULD HAVE LOST AGAIN , if they had faced us in the semi final. :)))))

  • mgr125128 on October 5, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    4 finals and no trophy yet. Sounds like new chokers tag worthy team. Would prefer any team which makes finals once in decade but wins it all rather than be bridesmaid all time

  • 5udh33r on October 5, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    I hope the cup stays in ASIA , but is it fair? How srilanka came to this stage? winning on Newzland , England and Westindies? Comeon I dont even think they are any bigger than some of the teams like Bangladesh , Afganisthan, Ireland and Zimbabwe and pakistan they never good enough they cant even score more than 120 on good teams.Well they won on Australia but I think Australia more happy meeting pakistan on final than anybody else in this competition.So they dont really fight for that game , they just wanna go through and give India hard time.well , I think Australia is deserved winner of this cup.Because they playing it better at all levels.

    By the way ICC sucks big time by keeping all weak teams in one group.I think it is so unfair to other teams like Bangladesh , Zimbabwe ,Afganisthan and Ireland , why not you keep those 4 teams in one group and give them chance to go through to super 8's why u mixing them with stronger teams than themselves.

  • crick_sucks on October 5, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    I think SL is performing above par in WC events. Making the finals itself is a big achievement for this team with some average players. For anyone playing the game for so long Mahila and Sanga records are not surprising. This WC they were lucky to get easy matches all through. Aus will be a good test in the finals. I am betting it will be a 5th loss in finals for Mahila.

  • colombo_SL on October 5, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    India's three living legends are Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev & Sachin Tendulkar. I think Dhoni is closer to them. @Jasonpete; i feel mahela this time may get a world cup win under his belt. I really appreciate Dhoni's captaincy.

  • on October 5, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    gO on liOns I m a PAKISTANI cricket fan but lankans played well tommorrow than pak..hOpe tHis cup will be in ASIA>>>Go lions go

  • on October 5, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    SL played much better and mature Cricket last night. Good Luck for the final. From Bangladesh.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 5, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    As NZ frequest in ODI WC Semis, Pak in T20 semis, Lankans good to reach finals only. ODI WC fate waiting for them!

  • abubakerjatoi on October 5, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Yesterday, Every one of was wishing PAKISTAN to win the game, But we lost as it happens in game , some one has to lose. And Now, despite of being beaten by them , I wish Sril Lanka to win the next game and get their first T20 title and get the first one in the four finals they made. WISH YOU BEST OF LUCK TEAM SRI LANKA...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 5, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    @Nisala Fernando. Yes, Indians know SL fan's fear. India were the only threat to your team. We beat you again and again in everywhere and in every format. Now you can relax that nobody will thrash Maliga for 40 runs! You are playing at home and still unable to win the games convincingly! And your better team yet to win a game against India for the last 2-3 years!

  • rahulcricket007 on October 5, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    WITH INDIA OUT EARLIER IN SUPER 8 THIS IS THE BEST CHANCE FOR SL TO WIN A WORLD CUP . SL NEED TO GRAB THIS OPPURTUNITY.

  • TheTraveller on October 5, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Well Bad Luck for Pakistan!!

    Allround pakistan is a very good team. Better than Srilanka in all formats.

  • on October 5, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    I am from Pakistan and i think Srilanka palyed good cricket and deserved a win against Pakistan Best of Luck Srilanka for winning the Final. I love Srilankan Cricketers.

  • jasonpete on October 5, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    You can' compare the captains.Each excels in their own way.Mahela is a very good captain but somehow in the finals,they tend to fall apart.Regarding dhoni,he is a very god captain as well who achieved everything under his belt in short span of time like 50 over World Cup,t 20 World Cup and no.1 rank in test.So it's ridiculous to undermine dhoni success and Infact it's a great achievement once he took over India after 2007 World Cup debacle.@ thiwanka, sometimes you need to accept other teams too play good cricket,instead talking about gifting games is going over the top.Can we say kamran Akmal gifted srilanka victory by dropping Dilshan in 15 runs? NO. @kelum, India reached no.1 under dhoni captaincy and stayed there for 18 months which is quiet an achievement .sometimes you can accept failures too. Do u think mahela achieved everything as a captain? No World Cup under his belt and hoping that he completes the business this time.Good luck.

  • Shan16966 on October 5, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    @Balinder Singh- Dude..Get over it! Stop harping on achievements of the past coz you won't see what might hit you in the future.. Fact remains India didn't perform as a team. There were individual performances like Kholi's batting and the welcome sight of Yuvi on the ball park together with his all round performances. Also Harbajan's come back. but nothing collectively. One thing is fitness levels have to go up.

  • Rafraf on October 5, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    i learnt cricket by watching Ranatunga captaining...still i feel 4 SL...after Bangladesh i alwz love ds tuny mighty country...Mahela is the best captain after Steve Waugh i've ever seen!!...Go on LIONS!!

  • CricketPissek on October 5, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Dhoni is an amazing captain when conditions suit his players, but looks utterly clueless when it's stacked against him. His captaincy CV is second to none, but Mahela has 'genius' about the way he does things. Dhoni, although extremely successful, does not. IMHO of course.

  • on October 5, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Balinder Singh its so sad that India could not make it even to the semi's. So cribing & dreaming on India winnig against SL is useless. Be more positive. It's going to be a team from Aisa that is in the Final. Like well said by puneet18_99 now its SL'a turn to win the cup. Thanks all Indian & Pak fan's for your wishers.

  • on October 5, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Pakistan is a far more better team than India. Good luck and goodbye Pakistan - SL fan

  • AS7777 on October 5, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Reaching final way better than kicked out early....

  • maddy20 on October 5, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Be happy with Making the final Mr.Mahela coz you are not gonna win it. Pak deserved to win against SL but for the ridiculous decision against Jamshed. Nevertheless Aus will whip SL again to win their first T20 WC.

  • on October 5, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    @Balinder Singh: Sadly your team of IPL warriors couldnt make it to the semi finals, so quit complaining and admit we were far more superior this time around. Also we beat NZ who were also beaten by Eng & WI. India is yet to win against NZ in T20s both at home and away. Learn & understand cricket first and then comment my friend. It's a beautiful game

  • on October 5, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Kelum Skunkman, T20 is anybody's game.. Pakistan were lucky enough to get into semi's while India could have easily beaten Srilanka and gone through another finals and won it as well.. Dhoni has proved time and again in pressure situations which ever team he has captained be it for India or CSK.. Good for Srilanka that India failed to qualify for the semi's or else it would have been another world cup for India and Dhoni..

    Coming back to 8-0 loss its our aging cricketers and injuries to bowlers :( When a team struggle to put atleast 300 runs on the board, it is impossible for any captain to win.. With the youngsters like Kohli, Pujara, Rahane coming through under Dhoni, that stat overseas will also change in due course of time..

    I'm proud of India and Dhoni for winning all major ICC events.. Be it the ODI world cup or World T20 n also the Test Championship.. No other team or a single captain so far has done that..

  • on October 5, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Good luck sri lanka this time all of r hoping that this time you guys will be bring cup best of luck

  • ravikb on October 5, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    "Mahela Jayawardene has led Sri Lanka into the fourth major limited-overs final of his career - now all he has to do is win one." Mr. David, this is utterly wrong. Kumar had led SL when they reached finals of World T20 2009 and World Cup 2011. This is Jayawardene's second final after World Cup 2007!

  • Nani8 on October 5, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Mahela is really a great Captain..... This time I hope SL will lift the trophy... Every one here, mentioning Don't compare Mahela with Dhoni and in fact that is very true... Mahela is far better captain than Dhoni.... If Mahela would have got the hint of luck that dhoni is having from years, he would have won may be any two of previous finals... Nevertheless, he is a great captain and he is great when it comes to field placements and Dhoni is very bad at this.... Which was proved in Australia and England Series... No offence here, Dhoni might be a good captain but he is incomparable with Mahela.... All the Best to SriLanka and Mahela...

    By the way i am an Indian but accepting the fact about the current captains...

  • on October 5, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Guys you need to remember that how may times you have been whitewashed by Dhoni in India and Lanka .... result would have been different if you would have played against India in Semifinal .

  • FastTrack_Bullies on October 5, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Wish SL gud lukc for finals, lucky tht u guys didn't hve to meet ur regular tormentors india in Semi, but no u guys r the favorites to lift the trophy n keep it in Asia. An Indian Fan

  • sri5121 on October 5, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Westindies are going to win 2012 world T-20...this is not a prediction...it's a voice of pepole..

  • VinodkumarVC on October 5, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Sad to see india not in the final four. Fact that India didnt deserve tobe there due to negative captaincy during the match against SA. MSD should have attacked more since the target was clear(restrict SA to 121).It was difficult, but should have tried for it. On the other hand SL and Pak deserved to be there due to their performance(I liked the way Hafeez pushed Auz even when Aus needed 40 runs in the final over to ensure better runrate) SL really deserved to be in the finals as they have lot of Promising(and Performing) Youngsters. They play as a team. Waiting for the Other finalist. Best of Luck SL. You are a team to beat in the finals..

  • Jitesh1610 on October 5, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    All d best Sri Lanka...... I was supporting u against Pakistan...... Gr8 captainship by mahela.....

  • puneet18_99 on October 5, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    i am an Indian fan......congrats to all lankans for reaching finals. Sri lanka has always followed India , Pakistan , in raising the odi cups and in symmtry. India won in 1983 , pak in 1992 , sri lanka in 1996. india won t20 in 2007 , pak in 2009 ....and its Sri lanka time to take the honours and keep the symmtry live.

  • vikramtheindian on October 5, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    best of luck to Sri Lanka from an Indian Cricket Fan and hopes they will taste the success at top most level after so many years and it will be right result for their hard labored consistency in ICC tournaments since 2007.........

  • on October 5, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    May the better team on the day, win the Final. Bring it on!!!

  • on October 5, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    @Ankit Kumar It is true Dhoni led India to 2 finals and won both, but they also did poorly in 09,10 and this T20 WC. Not to mention loosing 8 consecutive overseas test matches while boasting the greatest batting line up of all time. Now what does that say about Dhoni as a captain?

  • KunzMan on October 5, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    We are going to rule the world for the next decade! C'mon MAHILA and SUNGACARA. Weare Lankan LIONS and we will always ROARRR!!!!! ...... MEEOOW!!!!!

  • on October 5, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    @Thiwanka Dodanwela - If you say that India won the Two world cups under the captaincy of Dhoni by the mistake of Other teams , then it is also true that srilanka is lucky to be in the Super eights due to the mistakes done by NEWZELAND. had they won both the Super over matches the entire scenario would have changed..Mind that it was the ball from johinder that induced Mishab to play that shot...& gautham didnt ask Kulasekara to drop the catch of him...Understand that those are part and parcel of the game...pointing out a silly point for a win , no way is going to support your views...Think wise & act wise... Dhoni is a class within himself...cant be denied by anychance...so too Mahela...

  • here2rock on October 5, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Sri Lanka has been very lucky so far. They are not the world champions and I don't see them winning it. Go Australia!

  • bhaloniaz on October 5, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    I m not a big fan of mahela. SL need Mathews, Perera and Kula to bowl a few overs up front to get the ball to swing. At the end they need a few overs of Malinga and Mendis left.

  • Dilruksh on October 5, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    Sri Lanka a tiny island with only 20 million people and only half of the country playing cricket its really a great achievement to enter a fourth final winning is not important you have shown that you are one of the best in the world.

  • on October 5, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    @ Thiwanka Dodanwela: I'm 200% agreed with your comment! Yes MJ one of the great skipper in the world cricket.

  • Nishamili on October 5, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Indeed it was a fantastic thrilling game to watch. I never expected 139 was a secured score. However, the captaincy proved that any lower score can be achieved. One comment from my end is that when Mahela is in a crucial stage, he should simply not go for the lapshot. If he hadn't gone for the same lapshot, he would at least have passed his fifty easily. The next weakness I saw is that Malinga gets panic when he doesn't get any wicket and also when he finds any lower total of scores. As the scores were around 100 closing to the final stage, he dropped a very easy catch. When it came for fielding, Malinga did a lot of errors as fe found the total was lower as 140 and missed an easy run-out. However, his bowling average is good. Overal each had contributed well and special thanks to Sanga who elevated score instantly. Nuwan and Herath again did a good job. All the best for the finals.

  • Chris_P on October 5, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Credit where it's due. Despite some gloating posts what can you say? They are #1 & with that usually comes bragging rights. They are #1 because they have deserved it, very simple. Although personally don't take T20 seriously, I'll acknowledge their deeds getting there. Well done.

  • on October 5, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    All the best to Sri Lanka to lift up the cup ... just a point here .. Angelo Matthews and Perera shud be given much more overs in the end than they got yesterday ... Oh and Malinga shud do better in his fielding ...rest all looks perfect .. U guys deserve the cup so much . Here are wishes from India ! :)

  • on October 5, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Jayawardene for once has got his stats wrong. It is his 5th final alongwith Sangakkara in an ICC event. He is also wrong in saying that he has not won anything. Both of them were involved in the 2002 Champions Trophy (which is an ICC event) held in Sri Lanka when the finals were washed out on 2 occasions. This made Sri Lanka & India joint winners.

  • dmqi on October 5, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    MAKE SURE MALINGA GETS SOME CATCHING PRACTICE BEFORE THE FINAL. THE CUP IS YOURS, MAHELA. I TRULY HOPE SL WINS. NOW IT IS 70% CHANCE. YOU HAVE A VERY BALANCED SIDE. GOOD LUCK FROM A BANGLADESHI.

  • on October 5, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    @Ankit Kumar: Yes you are true, but making final is not an easy job. Count how many matches India gone without reaching semis or even finals. Indians playing T-20 in twice a year in IPL. but couldn't make it in 3rd in a row to even for semis after winning 1st tournament in t20 world cup. Dhoni is the captain in all three times. Indians won both finals from the mistakes done by other teams. 2007 it was Mishbha who miss the trick by having too many dots. 2011 it was Kulasekara who who dropped Gautam. Yesterday we beat pakithan with having so many mistakes in the field. That shows how good mahela is when it comes to reaching to a final. So don't compare Mahela and Dhoni. Mahe is far better captain than MS. Cheers!!!

  • Htc-Android on October 5, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Small request to mahela. Please give atleast 5 or 6 overs to one of mathews or perera to bat. u can send jeevan mendis when we lose too many wickets earlier on. we could have easily scored 160 if one of those guys came earlier. Please dont make this mistake again in the final, otherwise we are going to miss another final.

  • spykersaj on October 5, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    @Joby George atleast Mahela talks about his accomplishment and that of his team as Sri Lankan we have always been happy with what the team archived it might be a world cup final or a first round exit from the asia cup we will always be behind the team and MJ 100% and when I say this I speak for the 21million Sri Lankan as one. From what I see it's always good to praise yourself and talk about you rather than complaining about every single variable in the game. In Sri Lanka we have a good old saying in sinhalees about it "If you cant dance properly you always end up blaming that the floor is not even".

  • krik8crazy on October 5, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Reaching the finals is in itself a big achievement. Coming up second best is no shame given the limited resources at SL's disposal. Mahela is a great captain and has inspired his troops to punch well above their weight. That being said, I wish SL the best and hope that they win this time.

  • spirit_cric on October 5, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    He's a great captain.Defending 139 in a semi-final with huge pressure!Well done mahela!Hope this time the cup will remain in the SL soil!

  • lananad on October 5, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    It is very sad to see some negative comments from some Indian fans. SL should be very proud being a tiny country achiving so much in Cricket. Go SL go..proud of you MJ, Sanga and the rest..

  • on October 5, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    To the purists T20 is not cricket. To others test cricket is boring. Mahela combines the best of both worlds.

  • on October 5, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    Well done Mahela and SL team. Getting to the final means you are the 2nd best. Dont compare Mahela and Dhoni. Mahela and the SL team has not yet been whitewashed by Aussies and England. MS has had the taste of those defeats.

  • on October 5, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    Hopefully we'll be 4th time lucky...c'mon Lions

  • on October 5, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    I hope Sanga would be able to find a middle gear in his batting.

  • champ777 on October 5, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    its not about how many finals you have reached.. how many you have won?

  • on October 4, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    I feel sorry for them last 3 World Cup final I'm talking abut. Hope this time they gonna keep the cup in there country. <3 SL :D

  • on October 4, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    MJ talks too much. 3 finals and no results. Always self praising which is quiet not good. Let others praise you, In this case you do all the praising for yourself. Win the cup and show others your capability rather than talking about you reaching finals always.

  • on October 4, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    I want SL to win, I love MJ and Sanga and they def deserve this one! Undefeated in the 2009 WCt20 they lost to PAK, this time they won't. Just a funny coincidence. In the 2011 WC, India lost to SA and tied against ENG, their only loss and won. Now here SL lost to SA and tied NZ.. Would be interesting if they won! Anyways I would prefer an AUS vs SL final, they haven't played each other yet and would be a good contest. BEST of LUCK Sri Lanka... Indian fan!!

  • Herath-UK on October 4, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Mahela has led from the front and if Sri Lanka lifts the trophy he should be the Man of the series. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on October 4, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Congrats - Sri Lanka played "OUT OF THEIR SKIN" ! Outstanding performance to defend 139 ( albeit on a crumbling/variable bounce/turning pitch ). Top draw captaincy from Jayawardene under pressure ( esp. when Pak were 91/4 ). Brilliant !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Philip_Gnana on October 4, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    All credit and congratulations to Sri Lanka. Mahela the master tactician deserves much credit in the manner he has marshalled his forces. Time and again we see him outsmarting his oponent on the game plan and knowing his oponents weaknesses and shortcomings. The confidence that he shows in his team is something that the other teams need to take from this tournament. Hafeez has led his team well too. Pakistan needs credit for having fought their way through. Sri Lanka has performed as a team right throughout with different players making a mark. This is credit to them all. When called upon, they have delivered. They have not shied away from taking risks in giving the young a chance at this level. The wicket has been a test for both teams. Having varied wickets has given teams better chances of making it. Now it is up to OZ & WI to come up with a good game. The captaincy will play a huge part. Well done all. Well done Sri Lanka. Philip Gnana, Surrey.

  • on October 4, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Didn't he lead SL to 3 finals because, Kumar Sangakkara led them to 2009 WT20.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 4, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    The Colombo pitch is tailor-made for SL. They should fancy beating either WI or AUS. They have the captain in Mahela, the batsmen, the bowlers etc who thrive in such conditions. I cannot see any one but SL winning this World T20. It's in the stars I guess, having narrowly missed out in 2009, SL can become the 3rd Asian team to lift the trophy this year. Good captaincy by Mahela, excellent bowling etc are all vital ingredients for SL to shine in this tournament. I am a big fan of Mahela, I am glad Delhi Daredevils will be lead by him. Hopefully, once he had lead SL to T20 glory, he can do the same for the Daredevils in the CLT20. Good luck.

  • on October 4, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Dear Brave Boys all lankans are proud of you guys. I hope & pray we will win FINAL...

  • on October 4, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Dhoni led India to the final of 2 world cups and won both of them. It is far better than leading your team to final 4 times and winning none of them (if SL lose this one too)

  • keptalittlelow on October 4, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Pakistan's bittle batting finally got exposed, up to now their bowlers won them matches. There was no planning by Pakistan while batting, on the other hand SL were clinical, and deserved the win.

  • Htc-Baseball on October 4, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Its as if a student appearing for all his exams and fails in each of his attempts.So called most consistent team.In 2011 WC Lanka entered finals by beating mediocre teams England and Newzeland . Pakistan deserved to win today, shd have made it easily if they had played with commonsense.Pakistan reached here beating teams like SA and AUS. Jayawardne u r one lucky chap.

  • MananWad on October 4, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    I think SL is lucky to NOT have INDIA in the way. This time they do have a great chance.

  • Afridynamite on October 4, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Sri Lanka has a habit of choking in the finals. I think it will continue. Go West Indies, my second fav team!!!

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  • Afridynamite on October 4, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Sri Lanka has a habit of choking in the finals. I think it will continue. Go West Indies, my second fav team!!!

  • MananWad on October 4, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    I think SL is lucky to NOT have INDIA in the way. This time they do have a great chance.

  • Htc-Baseball on October 4, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Its as if a student appearing for all his exams and fails in each of his attempts.So called most consistent team.In 2011 WC Lanka entered finals by beating mediocre teams England and Newzeland . Pakistan deserved to win today, shd have made it easily if they had played with commonsense.Pakistan reached here beating teams like SA and AUS. Jayawardne u r one lucky chap.

  • keptalittlelow on October 4, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Pakistan's bittle batting finally got exposed, up to now their bowlers won them matches. There was no planning by Pakistan while batting, on the other hand SL were clinical, and deserved the win.

  • on October 4, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Dhoni led India to the final of 2 world cups and won both of them. It is far better than leading your team to final 4 times and winning none of them (if SL lose this one too)

  • on October 4, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Dear Brave Boys all lankans are proud of you guys. I hope & pray we will win FINAL...

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 4, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    The Colombo pitch is tailor-made for SL. They should fancy beating either WI or AUS. They have the captain in Mahela, the batsmen, the bowlers etc who thrive in such conditions. I cannot see any one but SL winning this World T20. It's in the stars I guess, having narrowly missed out in 2009, SL can become the 3rd Asian team to lift the trophy this year. Good captaincy by Mahela, excellent bowling etc are all vital ingredients for SL to shine in this tournament. I am a big fan of Mahela, I am glad Delhi Daredevils will be lead by him. Hopefully, once he had lead SL to T20 glory, he can do the same for the Daredevils in the CLT20. Good luck.

  • on October 4, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Didn't he lead SL to 3 finals because, Kumar Sangakkara led them to 2009 WT20.

  • Philip_Gnana on October 4, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    All credit and congratulations to Sri Lanka. Mahela the master tactician deserves much credit in the manner he has marshalled his forces. Time and again we see him outsmarting his oponent on the game plan and knowing his oponents weaknesses and shortcomings. The confidence that he shows in his team is something that the other teams need to take from this tournament. Hafeez has led his team well too. Pakistan needs credit for having fought their way through. Sri Lanka has performed as a team right throughout with different players making a mark. This is credit to them all. When called upon, they have delivered. They have not shied away from taking risks in giving the young a chance at this level. The wicket has been a test for both teams. Having varied wickets has given teams better chances of making it. Now it is up to OZ & WI to come up with a good game. The captaincy will play a huge part. Well done all. Well done Sri Lanka. Philip Gnana, Surrey.

  • on October 4, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Congrats - Sri Lanka played "OUT OF THEIR SKIN" ! Outstanding performance to defend 139 ( albeit on a crumbling/variable bounce/turning pitch ). Top draw captaincy from Jayawardene under pressure ( esp. when Pak were 91/4 ). Brilliant !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!