Sri Lanka v West Indies, Final, World Twenty20, Colombo

Baila v Calypso in Colombo

The Preview by Sidharth Monga

October 6, 2012

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Match facts

October 7, 2012
Start time 1900 (1330 GMT)


The West Indies team dances to celebrate victory over Australia, Australia v West Indies, 2nd semi-final, World Twenty20 2012, Colombo, October 5, 2012
Last dance with West Indies: will they be celebrating come Sunday? © Associated Press
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This is a dream final for those who don't like sameness, uniformity and inhibition. These island teams have taken formula and regulation, locked it in a case somewhere and thrown the key in the sea around them.

Between them, apart from the many funky hairstyles and beards, these two sides have three spinners who bowl the carrom ball; one fast bowler whose release point can be so low umpires have been asked to change their shirt lest the ball is lost in the background; a batsman who plays a shot that endangers his own face before harming the opposition; fielders who leap over the boundary rope, catch the ball, throw it back when in air, recover, come back and take the catch with a success rate that matches some wicketkeepers' with regulation nicks; one batsman who is so enjoying his game he can break into a dance even when concentrating hard and in obvious pain; a captain capable of pulling off the kind of switch identical twins do in professional wrestling - and what are Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara if not twins.

We could go on with that list forever. You just look around and listen to cricketers' painstaking interviews, their tense faces, their breaking bodies, and international cricket seems like incredibly pressure-filled, and possibly glum. Then you watch Jayawardene set up a trap with his spinners, or just the newest innovator from the country trying to reinvent some art of the game. Then you also watch Chris Gayle celebrate a wicket, or try to scare the non-striker's stumps when issuing a Mankading warning. These guys make cricket feel like a fun activity again.

It hasn't been all fun and games for these teams, though. Has there been a bigger heartbreak in our sport than watching West Indies wither away, at times because they have failed to match that flair with sensible cricket? They have had so many pay disputes and strikes you might think communism is alive and well, and you wouldn't be more wrong. It's after many years of gloom that West Indies are rallying again at the world stage. Is this the time when, as their anthem promises, "the runs are going to flow like water, bringing so much joy to every son and daughter"? Is this the time West Indies will "rise again like a raging fire"?

Sri Lanka have mostly been healthy on the field, in world events, but they have had to play without pay, rise above alleged corruption in the board and, most importantly, recover from various heartbreaks in finals. Since 2007, they have lost three finals of World Cups. Lesser teams would have been broken beyond despair. Yet, here they are, playing their fourth World Cup final in five years. Will they finally break that jinx?

Form guide

(completed matches, most recent first)
Sri Lanka WWWWL
West Indies WWLWL

Watch out for


Mahela Jayawardene tamed the raging turner in the semi-final like a ringmaster does his animals. If the pitch is anywhere close to that difficult for Twenty20 batting, keep an eye out for his artistry. And there is no reason why the pitch shouldn't be a repeat of the semi-final. Sri Lanka are the home side, and they should get that advantage.

In the final, Chris Gayle will have to tackle an attack more varied than he has done so far in the tournament. It won't be as easy to pick the bowlers he wants to hurt as it was against Australia. Sri Lanka will stretch Gayle to the fullest, but Gayle has already apologised to the host country for beating their team, hasn't he?

Team news


Sri Lanka will have seen Gayle batter the left-arm orthodox spin of Xavier Doherty. Rangana Herath has a carrom ball in his armoury but it will still need a big heart to persist with Herath even though he took three wickets in the semi-finals. Jayawardene will have to make the call between Herath and Akila Dananjaya. It's experience, poise and guile against the unknown.

Sri Lanka 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Mahela Jayawardene (capt.), 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Lahiru Thirimanne, 5 Jeevan Mendis, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Lasith Malinga, 10 Ajantha Mendis, 11 Rangana Herath/Akila Dananjaya


Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara added 110, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 4th ODI, Colombo, June 16, 2012
This is the fourth World Cup final for Sri Lanka's twin towers. Will they win it finally? © AFP
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West Indies will be tempted to retain the XI that thrashed Australia. Gayle pulled up with a side strain, but if the man can walk, he will play. Andre Russell's one poor over might have given West Indies headaches, but it is unlikely he will be replaced by Fidel Edwards.

West Indies 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Dwayne Bravo, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Darren Sammy (capt.), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Samuel Badree.

Pitch and conditions


Expectedly the pitch for the second semi-final didn't assist spinners as much as the one for the first. It made sense too, for Sri Lanka to win the trial by spin, and then not allow the other semi-finalist a proper experience of what it is going to be like. Expect more turn on Sunday, and rightly so.

Stats and trivia


  • Gayle has already hit the most sixes in this tournament, 16, and is only 30 runs behind the leading run-getter, Shane Watson, who scored 249.
  • Jayawardene has hit the most fours, 27.
  • Ajantha Mendis is the joint-highest wicket-taker at 11, along with Watson, and his nearest competitors still alive in the tournament are Lasith Malinga and Ravi Rampaul, who have taken eight wickets each.

    Quotes


    "Nobody is going to make Chris Gayle miss that final tomorrow. He has played through pain for us many times before and tomorrow won't be any different."
    Darren Sammy confirms what everyone expected

    "Everyone wanted us in the finals when we played our first game in Hambantota. I don't think that has died down, and as a team we've handled that pretty well."
    Mahela Jayawardene states what everyone expected

    "Were we helpless? Probably. Chris Gayle can do that to you."
    George Bailey confirms what everyone knows

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Posted by justshmad on (October 7, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

Sri Lanka is too good a side to beaten by Windies. However nothing is impossible in cricket. I (like many other Pakistanis) support friendly Sri Lanka and want them winning WT20 Cup.

Posted by justshmad on (October 7, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

Sri Lanka is too good a side to beaten by Windies. However nothing is impossible in cricket. I (like many other Pakistanis) support friendly Sri Lanka and want them winning WT20 up.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

As a pakistani we are with lankan tigers to have this trophy . Good thing is both teams are our good cricket friends and we want a good fight even if windies win we will cheer gayle storm . Best of luck both teams .

Posted by Daany on (October 7, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

West indies Should win the cup <3<3 they are the best at this stage

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (October 7, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

this WC will be in Asia ..With SL lions....Pak fans wishes with Lions

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

I think for t20 there is no need for right frame of mind :) just one big blow from Chris Gayle will do it :) We want to see some dance from Gayle don't we :)

Posted by syedqalbemuhammad on (October 7, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

Today SriLanka have a wonderful chance to win this game ..Host team have a Quality of Spinners and also his top order batting is perform well.Chris Gayle is the Difference of both Teams if SriLanka Capture Gayle they will win the Match Easily ...

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (October 7, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

last great match for great umpire taufel..good wishes for next life

Posted by challagalla on (October 7, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

Just heard windies won the toss. Lets hope Sri Lankans bowl and field well and restrict windies to a moderate score. Good luck Sri Lanka from an Indian fan.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

If Gayle and Pollard strike half-decent form, they will steam roll any T20 side in the world. I can't forget the mauling of the Aussies, in the last 5 overs, of their semi-final clash.

Posted by spnair on (October 7, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

West indies Should win the cup................ they are the best...............

Posted by buwr on (October 7, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

Malinga will have his second four wickets in four balls....

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

Sorry Gayle this night belongs to Sri Lanka !

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

best of Luck to West indies for the final...

Posted by Hira1 on (October 7, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

@ SL-RokZ I was talking about SL, india is also no different than them always good on their home grounds....hope WI wins tonight

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

We really love your passion about cricket and the way you guys play that. But today you are in the Lion's Den. So no escape.. Lions will roar for the third consecutive time in the T20 World Cup 2012 against WI. Cheers SL!!!!!

Posted by ooochi on (October 7, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

Battle is tough but make it this time lankans...well wishes from Pakistan!!

Posted by kickassPakistan on (October 7, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

Go Srilanka,bring the Windies down to earth or the world would have to bare their irritating dance moves. Pls sort out your batting order . clearly thishara and Mathews need to come before jeevan.Bring the cup to Asia boys, we are counting on you.may the force be with you

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

SL Lions will be the champions!!! WI fully depends on Gale... Mahela has a trap to get Gale. We don't won't to loose out 4th world-cup finals...

Posted by Aussie_Cricket on (October 7, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

The Lankans if they play their game should take the trophy.

Like Australia base their success on Watson the Windies base theirs on Gayle. If Sri Lanka can overcome Gayle's colossal form (and his silly dance) then the rest of the Windies won't be quite as confident as they were against Australia.

Also Sri Lanka don't have the serious flaws that Australia currently have (i.e. vs spin), they can play both bowling types especially playing at home in conditions that are becoming more and more Sri Lankan. Lastly Mahela is the greatest captain Sri Lanka have ever had (yes even better than Donut lover Ranatunga), Sammy's captaincy is buoyed by his players rather than any tactical nous.

That being said... T20 is a funny game where not every outcome is the right one.

Posted by magicumesh on (October 7, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

Come on WINDIES!!!! One Billion INDIANS are behind you.... Badree, Narine, Rampaul, Ramdin.... 4 Players of Indian Origin... Our Own RCB's Galye, CSK's Bravo, DD's Russel....What else we need.... Also Lankan fans cheered against India in all the League matches... You need prayers to win a world cup... WINDIES will get it from India... COME ON INDIA>>> LETS CHEER FOR WINDIES....

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

its going to be srilanka.... they deserve this cup more than WI...

Posted by keptalittlelow on (October 7, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Lions will only roar, Windies will dance with the cup, God willing.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 7, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

In Mahela's game plan there should be a place to hide Malinga away from ball. Today, players simply don't drop catches. A drop catch means, They drop the much anticipated World Cup & they drop hopes of millions of people. Come on Mali, show your colours again.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowaoooooooooo

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

lions roar we r the champions!!

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 7, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Come on three seniors! Sanga, Mahela & Dili. It is a salubrious day here in Colombo. It is the right day & right time to let your bats to talk. Don't postponed what you have to do today untill tomorrow. This cup is ours. It is absolutely a LONG OVERDUE. Entire world look at you.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 7, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Eventhough, it could be a day to forget for us (hope i am wrong), today is a part day for us. This wonderful island free from war now & parties may continue in the uphills & along the cost lines as well, with Baila & Calypso.

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (October 7, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

Best wishes to W.Indies..from an Indian..simply bcoz it will mean a lot for u

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

Sammy=Mathews, Bravo=Thisara, Sammuels=Dilshan, S Narine= Ajantha M, Rampaul=Kula, BUT. No Equals for AGGRESSIVE GAYLE, POLLARD! CLASS MAHELA, SANGA! Lankans got bonus in this category MALINGA! will see who will rock tonight !!!

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 7, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

GOOD BYE, SIMON TAUFFLE! I TAKE MY HAT OFF YOU SIR.

Posted by bipulkumar on (October 7, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

I don't think West Indies are in right frame of mind to win this final. They are thinking ahead. They are thinking what if they win it. They should realize that this match is the toughest challenge they have faced in this tournament. Home team, playing on custom made pitch, with full crowd support and with array spinners at their disposal, they will be very hard to beat. They must focus hard on the match and strategize well.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

yeah!!! SL Lions will do it definitely,not to worry

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 7, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Tomorrow, WI may definitely go out of this island. Oh my god, we are alone with sweet memories! WE MISS ALL OF YOU TOMORROW. Good luck for every cricketing nations for your future & thanks for your appearance here & be with us. Ultimately, cricket should be the winner. Cheers!

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 7, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

This Grand Finale is like a PIANO. What we get out of it depends on how we play it. Hope Mahela & the Clan play it well & Gayle & the clan will dance according to it. Sorry Gayle, this world cup is ours! Ohhh, i am too early to tell it. Am, I?

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 7, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

"Baila Vs. Calipso in Colombo". Oh my god, i would like to see it as "Baila WITH Calipso in Colombo". Hope this Baila & Calipso would continue even after the match in colombo, irrespective of the outcome. Cheers Windies!

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 7, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

GAYLE GAYLE GO AWAY.... COME AGAIN ANOTHER DAY...... BRAVE LIONS WANT TODAY....... GAYLE GAYLE GO AWAY.......

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 7, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

Hope Gayle is there at the Grand Finale. Without GAYLE WI is Gray. Hope he is 100% fit.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 7, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

Wish al the best for both teams! Hope a great battle between bat & ball. As a proud Sri lankan, my heart says we have 75% chance to lift the cup this time. Hope it may be a day for WI to forget. It could have been gone otherway around toooooo. Wish all the best WI & SL. Cheers!

Posted by phoenixsteve on (October 7, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

Although I am an England supporter this should be a great final. To me it doesn't matter who wins and I hope that this is the best team on the day? Windies represents the way to play this game. Sometimes naive, sometimes undisciplined but always ENTERTAINING and with a smile and swagger toboot! Sri Lanka is a wonderful country and full of warn friendly people. I was privilaged to spend a few weeks there in 2005 and vow to return one day? Indeed I would like to retire and live out my days there.... So however wins it will bring a smile to me face! What a breath of fresh air this final is if you compare to say an Indiamn team, an Australian tean, or a Pakistani team .... even (dare I say it) an England team! Whoever wins tomorrow... CRICKET will be the true winner! I can't wait and goood luck to both sides - but I'll secretly be cheering for Sri lanka and hoping that the Windies prove me wrong an entertain as only they can!

Posted by APANNI on (October 7, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

Gayle Storm..dont dare to stand in front of it....

Posted by AnoMaLy on (October 7, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

Hoping Gayle fires and thrashes this average lankan team. Go WI!!!

Posted by Saeedihsas22 on (October 7, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

Congratulation! Both for s lanka and w indies.

Posted by Rajbasnet on (October 7, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

If WI wins the TOSS TODAY AND BAT first... SL Captain Mahela Will even scare to play T20 in dream. They win to Pakistan by digging the pitch... SL is not a good team, only the pitch supporting them that's all.

Posted by sumit176 on (October 7, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

@mihil rahatunga...seeing the record of sl against ind;its quite ovious u will support the opposition,,,anyways,,,who cares

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

SL start favourites if not for anything but for the enigmatic nature of WI team.history states that when Gayle has stormed in semis his winds have been taken out in the finals. a look at IPL stats will prove that. hope the match notwithstanding is a close one.

Posted by suchinnali on (October 7, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

LET'S GO ISLANDERS.........

Posted by desilvac39 on (October 7, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

I am a Sri Lankan but I would like if West Indies win this final because they really need this win rather than Sri Lanka. But truth is Sri Lanka is very well balanced team than West Indies also their middle order never panic even their top 3 failed. West Indies batting mainly depend on Gayle and if he fail other batsmen couldn't hold the pressure. 200% sure Gayle will be remove within 1st three overs that's the reality. Anyway I wish all the very best to West Indies we need to see a exciting final. ( But I know final is one sided after removing Gayle early )

Posted by SunnyFernando on (October 7, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

The only way to beat WI is through a slow pitch since SL don't have the fire power WI has and WI will fail against SL spin attack.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 4:45 GMT)

I am Sri Lankan Muslim but I always support Pakistan Team only,Because, there is no any Muslim player in SL team and they have removed our former Mahroob.

Posted by Vikum72 on (October 7, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

Both teams can learn a lot about the pitch and the conditions from the women's final which will held on the same strip prior to the men's final. They can asses each player's capabilities and past performances in the tournament against today's performance and get an good idea about how the pitch is gonna behave.

Posted by SL-RokZ on (October 7, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

@ Hira 1 :"srilanka have to realize winning on their home soil always is not a big achievement " , u kdding !!!!!!!!! or u must be talking about India's world cup win i guess ,lmao.........

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

come on lions,jump the final hurdle!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SLsupport on (October 7, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

One thing is sure, the pitch is going to spin massively or a green pitch like none have seen in sub continent.

Posted by Ramansilva on (October 7, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

Windies was the most popular team in this T20 worldcup among the SL fans. They wanted to meet Windies in the final and they got them. Whoever win tonight it will show the strength and capability of small island nations that big bullies did not have.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

I would like to see WI win...but if I analyse honestly SL will win this one...gayle can not demolish malinga n mendis... i am pretty sure... plz publish...

Posted by ddlj26 on (October 7, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

Just saw the India final with SL in 2011 world cup final and loved the trashing India gave SL... hoping for another such trashing by West Indies this time to SL :)

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

Mind blowing article Sidharth Monga, hats off.

Posted by vhs123 on (October 7, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

WI winning the cup is foregone conclusion. Lets be clear, WI thoroughly deserves it.

Having said that, cricket lovers around the world should discount the SL team in the finals. The SL team provides false sense of accomplishment to the opposition teams. The team is below par. And that's one of the reasons for India's early exit. Indians kept believing that they were a better team after trashing the SL team around the world.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

Sri Lanka Will this soooooo easily...... A team that depend on one player Never get success. Last time Windies won becoz Gayle stay there & Others hit freely.... But today Gayle will go on His first over & Story get changed.

You Rock Sri Lanka. Let's see.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

now in searching for the people who was saying that A group is very though than B group and it is unfair ..........where are they????????

Posted by vhs123 on (October 7, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

WI - All indian fans and reasonable cricket lovers with you. SL - The undisputed runners up, aka, another humiliating defeat on the cards.

WI thoroughly deserves the cup. SL somehow sneaked into this final, purely on luck and some arithmetic. They did too in ODI WC finals last year, but got whipped up.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

For the first time a cricket final will be played just for the love of the game. Both teams will drink tonight regardless ,

Posted by IdleSpectator on (October 7, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

Everyone is talking about CG but for me, the key player in this match is.........MJ. If he performs, SL will surely win!

Posted by iknowsports on (October 7, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

we need a cup maiyya!!jus remember all sl hearts r with u

Posted by waheed1233 on (October 7, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

If WIndies can show 10% of what they showed against the Aussies, that shud be enuf for holding the title.

Posted by SRTMEANSPUB on (October 7, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

Gayle's big stride helps him to get to the pitch of any ball of spinner......nuwan's well directed arrows will make trouble to gayle.......

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

If WI wins, it will be a great thing for the game. WI will never be minnows again and it will give them lot of confidence!!!.

Posted by GreensFan on (October 7, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

Go Lanka Go!!!

All Fans From Pakistan will be suporting you.

Posted by AussieGreek on (October 7, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

What an exciting world cup both with bat and ball. Hope another close game and may the best team win. Bring on another super over.

Posted by lets_move_forward on (October 7, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

Mihil Ranathunga -who needs YOUR support when India goes to Lanka!! plus how many times it will happen when India will plays a third team in your nation (we dont need your sympathy anyways), SLPL?!! who cares about it? this T20 WC can never be compared with ODI WC, keep dreaming!! bring on your loser team to get flattened one more time infront of India.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 3:08 GMT)

WI should play Dareen bravo instead of Russel for this match----plzzzzz post

Posted by Vikum72 on (October 7, 2012, 2:59 GMT)

@Randy Bridgeman: I do not agree to your comment about SL having 3 1/2 batsmen while WI batting all the way down to 9-10. SL too bat all the way down to Kula & in Angelo & Thisara we have 2 proven match winners. You only have to look back in to their exploits in Aus & SA. So that is 5 match winning batters. However, I do agree that if WI bat first & score above 170 it will become difficult for SL on these pitches. If SL bat first I recon they could defend 150-160.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 2:34 GMT)

I hope if we win this we could get over 2011 world cup loss, and relations with our neighbors would improve. BCCI could start that with sending players to SLPL. Otherwise be prepared to always strong support for the opposition whenever Indian cricket team travel to Srilanka.

Posted by sha119 on (October 7, 2012, 2:19 GMT)

what a surprise two of the most tiniest island who played cricket in world level reached to the final.its the 4th final since this millennium.2003,2009,2010 semi finalist and 2007,2009,2011 runners up.what a remarkable achievement just want finishing touch to hand on that trophy , what a place to do it in home in front of home crowd,to repeat 1996 glory back this is the time and today is the date.keep it up mahela you can and you will.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 2:14 GMT)

Our wishes with Srilannkan, since we couldn't achieve the final victory for few occasions within recent years. Hopefully srilanka wins the toss and set everything for victory with our well formed batsmen and amazing bowlers. God Bless Sri Lanka!!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 1:56 GMT)

every day is a new day so don't talk about what gayle and WI did with australia.i'm considering SL as hot favorites.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

west indies will win they should bat first usually the team that bats first has been winning most of the time

Posted by nilb on (October 7, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

Chris Gayle has never gone berserk against Sri Lanka. He never could, there was Murali and Vass in the way. He cannot smash quality sensible experienced bowlers. After the semi-final against the Aussies we witnessed first ever "trash talk" from a experienced player in a International side. I don't know what he was thinking but see an abundance of overconfidence and ego that Sri Lanka could use for their advantage. Go Lions!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 0:42 GMT)

When all the hype is peeled away, you have two teams hungry for victory. SL has 3 1/2 batsmen suited for this format of the game; WI bat all the way to 9 or 10. The Lankans have formidable but not unhittable spinners. However, they still have the edge in the bowling department, but they're not invincible as some would have us believe.

If Gayle gets going again, it's all over folks. WI bowlers will be able to defend 170-200+ if they reach a total in that range. By the way, SL is facing a similar situation to India who lost two of their key batsmen within days of each other. Another will retire in a year or two. SL's Big 3, Jayawardene, Sangakkara & Dilshan are all in their mid-30s. Though they're still playing well, they can't go on forever. What's going to happen when they depart?

I'm expecting a close game with WI holding their nerve to win in the end. Our men didn't come this far both geographically and in this tournament, to roll over and play dead to the home team. No siree.

Posted by gayansumeera2 on (October 7, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

Mahela Jayawardane is far better captain than Kumar Sagakkara tactically wise and intelligent wise.He doesn't panic at all in the field.In 2009 T20 final and 2011 WC final it was Sangakkara who led the team and 2007 it was Mahela.In the 2007 final Sri Lankans had the best chance,but Gilchrist and the rain ruined the match.Actually Sri Lanka could have chased that massive target somehow considering the way Jayasuriya and Sangakkara batted before the rain.My gut feeling is saying that SL will win the cup this time since MJ deserves to win a major title more than any other player in the world.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 0:37 GMT)

Come on West Indies it is our time. It will be like a mixture of all our caribbean rums in one drink and they will drink it and will be out..all of them.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

Windies need this win more than SL...... I hope this newly-inspired enthusiasm will resurrect the Windies to the glorious terror days of Michael Holding, et. al., .............

May the better team, the one that keeps their minds together amidst the conundrum, win!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 0:29 GMT)

The four most favorite teams for most Indians, I know of are : India, Pakistan, West Indies, & Sri Lanka. Though two are out, including their own, two are still in. The Indian interest in the match will be still there. As far as I am concerned, I love both the teams in the final, and look forward to a very entertaining match. It doesn't matter who wins. These two teams playing the final is good for world cricket. Especially, the entertaining cricket. Not the dull morose (but intense) surrogate wars! This will certainly be more enjoyable.

Posted by bigwindy on (October 7, 2012, 0:25 GMT)

windies must drop russel and bring back SMith... what use does Russel have in the team?

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 7, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

@Parsuram, then what is India's unholy stand on DRS to keep it out of this world cup, when the whole cricket world is more than happy with DRS? India's stubbornness towards DRS is why many non Indians wanted India out of the semi finals. More justice will be served when DRS is used for all international matches.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 23:53 GMT)

I want SL to win but just because of gayle i want WI should win .. GL to both teams !..

Posted by criclanka on (October 6, 2012, 23:45 GMT)

come on guys Sri Lanka deserve to win today final..We know except for few indian fans all of south asia is with us.

Posted by Late-Cut on (October 6, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

@Posted by johnathonjosephs; well, you've got that right. Australian bowling attack consists of young and very inexperienced players. Only Watson is the experienced one, but he doesn't have a pace or variations, So W'indies sent them all over the park. On the other hand, SL possess very experienced, specialist bowling squad.And they don't play defensive. They always go for the kill. If you saw how Kulasekara attacked Gayle with off cutters, slow balls (sometimes 30km/h less than his normal pace) and etc, Gayle was literary helpless, and got out for 2. Middle order couldn't read Ajantha Mendis at all. I think Gayle made a very premature statement like he has already won the cup, knowing what he is up against very well. :)) I get the feeling that we will see the SL version of Gangnam style from Jeevan Mendis 2moro :P

Posted by LIONS_ROARR on (October 6, 2012, 23:28 GMT)

Best of Luck to the Lankan Lions!!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 23:27 GMT)

Sorry Gayle, SL will win easily. Guys spare a thought for the Ladies final as well. Please watch beautiful PERRY is bowling at 118-120 KPH. She can bowl faster than Kula or Zaheer Khan.

Posted by Alexk400 on (October 6, 2012, 23:23 GMT)

Jawardene and sangakarra gona win their first WORLDCUP tomorrow. 100% guranteed!. mark my words.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 23:17 GMT)

Mendis carrom ball spins more than his offbreak, Jevan Mendis is leg break, Herath is left arm orthodox.... all 3 of them will trouble right hand batsmen and only 1 of the top 8 is left handed... my suggestion is to bring in Darren Bravo since he lefthanded and excellent against spin bowling and drop Charles...

Charles cannot play a proper cricket stroke, even when he made runs he soaked up a lot of dot balls an had a lot of edges and he cannot afford that luxury against the Sri Lankan bowling attack... Brin DARREN BRAVO! you can let Samuels or Ramdin open the batting with Gayle

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

The battle of the Islanders. Reggae vs Baila. Rum vs Arrack. Gangnam Gayle vs funky Malinga. Both teams have played some lovely cricket. They had some facinating contests with NZ and Pakistan. Mahela is probably the best captain going around at the moment. SL also has the home advantage. I am sure they will prepare a pitch to suit the home team. WI will have a big job in their hands. It will be lot of arrack but no Rum. GOOD LUCK SL and MAHELA. I am sure SL will also get lot of support from PAK fans.

Posted by dushank on (October 6, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

Hope Gayle saves his last Gangnam dance to celebrate Sri Lanka victory.....! You don't go pass 10, bet it...!

Posted by Ajayvs on (October 6, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

I would love W.I to win, although I realize it might be difficult. W.I bring so much flair to their game, a resurgent W.I would be a great new for world cricket.

Posted by ottoflick on (October 6, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

To all the ppl supporting sri Lanka plz don't be too over confident cause it is t20 and it is the most unpredictable format of cricket. So best of luck to both teams

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

Come on West Indies.Let's go 'Gangnam Style' over Sri Lanka.

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 6, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

Really looking forward to the game tomorrow..as the article states it will just be really exciting cricket..I am obviously based towards SL being a Sri Lankan but I also love to watch gayle, narine,pollard Samuels and Edwards...good luck to Sri Lanka but may the best team on the day win...

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

yes we were at finals 3 times in last 5 years. only losses. but were away from our mother land. sri lanka is a cricket loving country . no one fired any property of a team member because of losses. we knew it is hard. but we will not give it away even to god when we are ready .West Indies may have fire power. but we have more organizing power. galye may be able to play his own game against Australia with a poor bowling attack . but not against you can find 5 out of 11 who can ball 20th over for a score less than 10 .we have defeated WI 4 times before even when this same Gayle standing tall in 2009 semi finals. you are having questions. we are having answers. this may not be the most perfect fit today. but having all power to beat this Giant hitting unorganised west Indian 11 .No worriers there will 35000 in the ground, 20000 on CR and FC. 20 million over TV.no one can beat this .!! cheers mahela and Crew. will meet you Tuesday .:)

Posted by Mutukisna on (October 6, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

It is such a fascinating situation that I could not resist a comment. The match is between the power and brute force of WI vs the guile and subtlety of SL. In short, it is a contest between an overwhelmingly attacking batting side against an attacking bowling side with two class batsmen. As a SL fan the only country I would not mind SL losing to is the WI Team, in order for them to restore and relive past glories. The whole cricketing world love West Indian cricket. I hope they win a major competition soon. But hopefully not this time! Anyway SL fans, win or lose this time, a tiny island like ours should be proud of the consistency it has shown in World Cricket. Which country can boast of 4 World Cup finals in 5 years even if we are wrongly called cricket's chokers with SA? If a country reaches its peak in Cricket it has to play SL in a final to win a World Cup 20/20 or 50 over ODI. Long live Sri Lankan Cricket and its frequent innovations and contributions to the glorious game!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

The entire Caribbean is happy at this moment for the great performance by the west indies Team.We are very confident that this final West Indies will Take it.Good Luck From Guyana.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 21:19 GMT)

It will do world cricket a lot of good if the Windies win it.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

Island vs Group of islands ! one is my neigbour and another one is my favourit team after India i like Mahela the batting artist who was once captian of our own team Kochi I like pollard and Bravo as well so , my all the best to both teams! Happy that the spiritless Aus were badly beaten in the semis If the pitch is too much spin friendly i think Badree Narain & samuels can also take adwantaages

Posted by tdslbuwa on (October 6, 2012, 21:02 GMT)

Sri Lanka really deserve it..after 3 heartbreaks all SL fans really need this win...GO Srl Lanka bring it for us!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 21:01 GMT)

Its WI's cup to lose, not sure of test matches, but this WI outfit is capable of being a world class ODI outfit as well

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (October 6, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

The real question is... Can Gayle really explode against the likes of Malinga, Kulasekera, and Mendis? I think Rampaul will hold a Huge role in all of this. If he can take out Mahela/Dilshan/Sanga tomorrow cheaply, Sri Lanka will be in HUGE trouble

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 20:51 GMT)

Time is drawing near . SL'/WI , let the game begin . Put us at the "edge" of our seat with evey play of that cricket ball .

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (October 6, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

Though I want West Indies to do well, I think they will suffer against the experienced Sri Lankan bowling. Australia has a very inexperienced and young bowling atack: Doherty, Cummins, and Starc. The rest of the bowlers are part timers. Even though they have talent, experience is needed in World Cups. Sri Lanka has Malinga, Kulasekera, Herath, and even Mendis who had been exposed to international matches quite a while back. They will also be captained by Mahela (plus Dilshan and Sanga) who are very experienced players. The West Indies side is also a young side and the most experienced player in the lineup at the moment is Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels. If Gayle and Samuels can bat sensible, West Indies have a chance, but if they throw their wickets away, the lions will pounce when they smell that first blood. Looking for a performance from Gayle, but history shows that he has not really shined in Finals. We shall see tomorrow

Posted by alvinbvi on (October 6, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

Chris Gayle is the Predator (check out his hair style) BE AFRAID SRI LANKA - BE VERY AFRAID!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

West Indies to be flummoxed by astute Jayawardene ( and low bounce/turning pitch ) in the Finals !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Although, Gayle & Pollard decimated the Aussies in semis and fire-works were "VISUALLY IMPRESSIVE", deep inside "the Pallekele SCARS" would still be fresh in memory. There is no reason to reverse the form especially on a dying pitch! Despite all the verbal rhetorics ( from Gayle ), Sri Lanka pack too many guns and they will be dancing in the streets long into night . Expecting a INTENSE CRICKET game / A CRACKER ! Best of luck (from Karachi) to BOTH teams.

Posted by Juan_Fernando on (October 6, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

Near perfect tournament so far. We had some great matches and no one can disagree. My only beef is with SA's lack of performance, a team that I'm a fan of very much just as much as WI. Ask me to choose between SA and WI for my 2nd fav spot? I wouldn't be able to. Absolutely loving the anticipation both on net, overseas and around the country. Come hell or high water there will be an afterparty :P SL all the way...

Posted by Kays789 on (October 6, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

it seems to me like the only team that can tame the power hitters in the windies line up is SL. they've got the bowlers, the experience and one of the best captains in the game currently if not the best, to handle gayle and co. they already proved it once in this tournament. something tells me that experience and all round ability in the SL line up would prevail over the over-reliance on gayle and co. anyway here's hoping for a 180 plus score from both teams and a super over finish! that would be the ultimate thrill ride and a quality end to the worldT20!

Posted by kc69 on (October 6, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

@kandykolla:i guess you are not aware of something called olympics !!!

Posted by kc69 on (October 6, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

India won 2007 cup in SA,Pak won 2009 in England,England won 2010 in WI,who will win 2012 in SL?

Posted by Aragoth on (October 6, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

Being Sri Lankan to the very last drop I of course want SL to win, and they will win for sure. But I also want to take this space to congratulate the WI for reaching the final and I dearly hope that the WI will give us a good match. I would like a toe-to-toe fight tomorrow and I do hope we will all be thrilled by a stunning performance from both sides. May the best team win!

Posted by poosari on (October 6, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

I am an Indian like Rajasekaran but I am sure all other I ndians wish Sri Lanka to win. Even people from Jaffna, Kerala, Madras etc cheer for SL. However, rain can do miracles!!! DL system would operate. So, fielding first should be better. Good luck to all!!!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

i have faith in west indies, they can di it.

Posted by SoulTaker on (October 6, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

I wish SL to win the world cup....Since my Ind team went out from this tournament my support is for SL...wish the world cup stays in Subcontinent...

Posted by golgoal on (October 6, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

I wanted India to win it this time :-( India is carrying too many passengers, who are just playing based on past glory and not any real performances - Zaheer, Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvraj, have to go and make way for new faces. Anyway, good luck to teams for the finals. Looking forward to watching Mendis VS Gayle. Hope the pitch is better than the SL-Pak one.

Posted by Ra_Thore on (October 6, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

Gayle has done enough to take Windies up to this level. Now, if anything, it will be the rest of the team regardless of his performance.

Posted by avmd on (October 6, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

I'm not a Westindians, but being in USA, got to support our neighbors, go West Indies, cup is yours.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

If Windies click, SL is going down for sure. SL batsmen seem like kids in front of West Indians who have immense power. Not only Gayle, but in forms of Bravo, Pollard, Samuels and Russells. If they pick SL bowlers, I dont think SL will have anywhere to hide. Sl's gonna chase 200 is 16 overs? LOL what a joke. Only a side like WI and somewhat AUS-watson can do that. Again I'd say its a game of buts and ifs tomorrow. Both teams have the chance, not writing any1 off! May the best team win.

Posted by Jaffa79 on (October 6, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

I hope its a great final! Both teams have played the best cricket. Tough choice who to support: SL deserve it due to their consistency but it'd be nice to see the Windies get some success. Hopefully, it might kickstart a revival for the Windies in Test cricket as well. Oh and kandykolla, you mention that England are good are football! What have you been watching? We are dire!

Posted by JG2704 on (October 6, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

@marlboro19on (October 06 2012, 16:53 PM GMT) CandidIndian on (October 06 2012, 16:47 PM GMT) Absolutely fair play to you for your comments.

Posted by ListenToMe on (October 6, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

Gayle can't win against SL. I am an Indian but I am 100% sure about this. SL has a lot of variations in their bowlers and to beat all of them will be impossible. It is not enough even if Gayle scores a 50. If WI has to win, Gayle should score atleast 80 which is IMPOSSIBLE.

Posted by Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on (October 6, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

22 yards of "Premadasa SANDY BEACH" can give Jayawardene the last laugh and Lankans will be dancing to Baila music!!!!!! While the cricket world continues to reverberate at Gayle & Pollard POWER HITTING against Aussies, it would be easy to forget the claims of S/Lankans on a slower pitch. Make no mistake, "Pallekele 29 Sept." was a far better surface to bat than what the Calypso will encounter tomorrow. "Premadasa SANDY BEACH" will be more to S/Lanka's liking (blunting the power hitters). Toss, Technique to bat/play spinners & Nerves will have a major impact. S/Lanka ticks all the boxes ! Thoughts of what the Premadasa scenes will be like if/when Jayawardene emulates the feats of 1996 ( WC - Lahore) by succeeding in a repeat of Pallekele would inspire a primetime drama scriptwriter !!!! ALL THE BEST TO BOTH THE TEAMS - HOPE & WISH THAT CLASH BE A HUMDINGER and goes to the wire !

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

200+ Choke the mighty Warner and Super man Watson. Can West indies go for another 200+. Will it choke Dilshan, Mahela and Sangakkara. Love to watch Chris Gayle and Pollard hammering like they played against Australia. Go go goooooooooooooo West Indieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees. From an Indian fan.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

@kandykolla: Well said machan

Posted by Robin-Hood on (October 6, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

Who will be the king for tomorrow in SL by taking the prize wicket of Gayle's. He will be a hero for few years to come. Anywa,y we just want to see Gayle's fireworks and with SL win. Everyone will be happy then. Both countries are fun loving dancing supporters, So we want fun.

Posted by obatsalem1979 on (October 6, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

jayawadena has handled his bowlers well,while sammy,since the new zealand game has done much better in that regards but not for the entire 20overs.

much is being made of sri lanka`s jinx,but as far as i know windes have not beaten sri lanka in a t20 match,think wi are 0-5. before,i would say bowl 1st and the pressure of knowing gayle,is in the opposition,would see the sri lanka top 3 take risks.....but i`m fearful sammy might over bowl certain players by giving them one over too many in a row or bring in a bowler at the wrong time. samuels,rampaul and russell have all gone for over 20 runs in an over before in this world cup,thanks to poor bowling and field placements.

smith in for charles i say

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

Have no fears...it will be a "spin friendly" wicket & even if we(SL) scores 140+ (as we did against Paks), that's good enough.(that's batting first).In case, we bat second, then you negotiate Sunil N for 20 runs & even if WI score (by any chance) 200+(on a spinning wicket like Thursday, an improbable task), we will still overtake it in the remaining 16 overs. That is the normal game plan.But anything is possible in a game of 20-20 Cricket.

Posted by Akheel on (October 6, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

SL all the way.......................

Posted by kandykolla on (October 6, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

Apart from cricket Australians are good in Rugby/Swimming, England in Rugby/Football, New Zealand of course Rugby champions, Pakistan good in squash/hockey, West Indies have some fantastic athletes,India just behind China- in population wise , South Africans also good in Rugby but for we Sri Lankans it`s only cricke which put us on the world map. Every Sri Lankan would be crying tomorrow but this time it`s tears of joy................. All the very best to you guys.....!!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

Im pretty sure... Gayle will shake tomorrow with his team on the ground when he faces the true lions....

Posted by ramz_01 on (October 6, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

I'm a die heart sri lanka fan and.I never saw such a friendly comments frm fans all over da world and I knw why z dat. bcz datz hw those two countrys won ppls heart. 1 st time I'll wish both da side very best. may da best team wil win and soo proud to ne a lion nation...

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

On paper, SL has the better team - having played and overcome all types of pitches SL will be expected to have the better of WI easily. Unless, WI has another flash in the pan, SL should have a cake walk. Pretty cheeky of gayle to apologise before hand. On the other hand no SL cricketer has commented. Hence - Gayle! - you got to back you threat up!! Good luck to both teams - WI, in my opinion, needs more luck than SL to get through the last hurdle.

Posted by Maham123 on (October 6, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

@Late-Cut..yeah I agree with you ...India is also only good at their own ground

Posted by Rajavel-cricket on (October 6, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

Srilanka going to bite the dust tomorrow,, Some silly srilankan fans crying they have reached more finals,, ,, Who cares the team which comes second always, Only champions will be remembered.. Non-sense srilankan fans,,

Posted by Dheeraj_Shetty on (October 6, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

All the Best West Indies, we indians will support you, you deserve to win this years t20 World Cup.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

this time anybody can't stop us.we only champion.mahela,sanga,dilshan,malinga missed 2007,2009 t20,2011 wc.bt this time world cup is ours

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 6, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

Since many SL fans rooted against India throughout this tournament, me being an Indian fan will reciprocate the favour. I will root for WI against SL, though I wouldn't mind if SL win the trophy. In the end, it's only a sport. Some Sri Lankans had a cheap bit of fun celebrating India's exit from the competition. That has had a lot to do with the chain of defeats India inflicted on their team in recent times. I honestly want a good game of cricket here. I still want the WI to beat the Sri Lankans and I will be more than pleased if that happens. It's been a while since the WI enjoyed any kind of global success. Their tiny islands deserve some happiness. I have a lot of West Indian friends here in Canada and I will be rooting for the Caribbean. GO WI !

Posted by Htc-Android on (October 6, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Sri lanka should target west indies bowling attack. try to get gayle early as possible. bowl tight line and length to them. bcoz they will only try to play big shot, they r not good at running between the wickets. give atleast 6 overs for one of Mathews or perera to bat.also herath should play. i know it would be very dangerous to play a left arm spinner against gayle. But herath is a clever and experienced spinner than dhananjaya. so i think he can handle that situation. If they do all these surely Sri lanka will win the world cup.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

dont measure west indies easy......best of luck sri lanka

Posted by Rici737 on (October 6, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Dear Sri Lanka, only way to erase the ""runners-up"" history…… intensify your mental attitude to change the negative history + win the toss + bat first. Drop the sleepy Angelo Mathews", Over 170 runs will be a great target. Good Luck Sri Lanka. We will cheer from the other end of the world.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Oh yeah...this is it...I wish Sri Lankan team to win the cup with all my heart. And all the best for the WI as well. They are my favourite team after SL and so for most of the Sri Lankans. Hope to see a good match.

Posted by jerryman on (October 6, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

Good luck to both teams.. Am thinking Mhaela shud take a gamble if it is a turning to wkt to include all 3 spinners , ajanta ,herath and akila , and may have to drop lahiru .. this may create pressure among the wi batsmen to think they have to take their chances and will create chances and lose their wickets in this pressure encounter ..would be worth the gamble .. fortune fears the brave

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

@parsuram - I cant agree more with you man , its clear Australia and Pakistan denied India a deserving SF spot ,but it was great to see both of them knocked out in SF ,it would have hurt to see either of them playing the finals ,Sri Lanka would have done the same if they were in our group ,but i cant blame them know . I am happy that these two deserving teams will play the T20 world cup final tomorrow . I want WI to win but i have a feeling it would be Sri Lanka ,playing at Premadasa with the home crowd ,and they would be playing their 4th final in 5 years ,so they deserve it and maybe destiny has it . It would be great if it happens especially for Mahela jayawardene and Kumar Sangakara . I would be supporting WI though . Whoever may win it promises to be an Cracking Final . Best of Luck to both the teams . Dont forget one man Simon Taufel his last match ,hats off to him for what has been a magnificent umpiring career ,hoping he too has a memorable farewell .

Posted by marlboro19 on (October 6, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

(some of)Fellow Indians- Ge over it. We lost. Stop giving flimsy excuses and riddling the simple binary(well, most of the times) aspect of the game with words like "Justice" etc. All the best Sri Lanka, I support you in final as you are our neighbour - we have ties which go back thousand of years . Sri Lanka is almost India . Some stupis Indians and sri lankans commenting on match previews etc., cannot be held as an exampler of our relations(i am pretty sure those comments come from teenagers ). Good luck Sri Lanka, fight well and make us proud.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

this should be a cracker of a game,the batting power of the West Indies and the varied bowling attack of Sri Lanke,both teams possess fantastic batting talent.

Posted by mhk21 on (October 6, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

cmon srilanka tomorrow is your day .....you played very well to beat us and you deserve your place in the finals .....i recon the variations from sri bowlers will too much for westindies to handle ....mendis will play a big part as well as malinga ..... best wishes from a pakistan supporter to srilanka team

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

Let's hope that the RAIN stay away and we do not have to go to the D/L syatem . Stay tune and witness Cricket at its best . Go Windies , make Sri Lanka cry .

Posted by u.t.k.a.l on (October 6, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

WI team for final should be :- 1.Smith 2.Gayle 3.Samuels 4.Bravo 5.Pollard 6.Russel 7.Ramdin 8.Sammy 9.Rampaul 10.Narine 11.Badree.

1. Please replace Smith for Charles. Charles is consuming ballls in the early overs and not being able to rotate the strike. I believe Snith is better than Charles , he can play big shots, can rotate strike, if needed can roll his arm for few middle overs and not last but the least he has experience to face malinga coz he is the ipl team mate of slinga. So he is better choice thn Charles.

Go WI Go bring the cup. We all indians supporting U. All the best and hit SL bowlers out of the park :P

Posted by Retour on (October 6, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

SL would feel confident as they have the home advantage. The pitch would be tailored to fit their spinners. All SL have to do is show up for the game and stick to their formula. Also it will be hard for WI to be consistent in back to back pressure games. The odds are against WI but there is something about WI that makes you feel that they are going to lift the cup.

Posted by pakcricketgirl on (October 6, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Best of luck Sri Lanka! Best of luck West Indies! It's going to be an awesome match...Can't Wait!!!! :D

Posted by CandidIndian on (October 6, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

@All Srilankan friends-Best of luck guys , you will surely come out as winners,regards from India.

Posted by kitten on (October 6, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

SL won against WI at Pallekele on Sept 29 when they restricted WI to 129, and scored the runs to win by 7 wickets. So they have the measure and tactics to beat the WI, albeit at a different ground. But considering spin will play an important part, and even though WI have brilliant hitters, I feel fairly sure that the loss at Pallekele will play a part in WI's thinking. If Gayle is dismissed early, half the battle will be won. However, as a neutral spectator, I look forward to an entralling encounter, and may the better team win. Can't wait to see Gayle in full 'storm', again.

Posted by pakcricketgirl on (October 6, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

Best of luck Sri Lanka! Best of luck West Indies! It's going to be an awesome match...Can't Wait!!!! :D

Posted by mcsdl on (October 6, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

There is only one winner & its Sri Lanka... Something miracously need to go wrong for Lankans to lose the match.... Sri Lankans are in a superior league & a class to windies... I think it will be a one sided final & Sri Lanka should have no problem against this Windies side...! & to be fair to this Windies side they will be losing to the tournament favourites & best ODI & T20 team since 2007...! This is the 5th worldcup since 2007 (both odi & t20 combined) & Sri Lanka has been finalists in 4 of them & nobody has come even close... Hopefully the end result for Sri Lankans will change this time...!

Posted by yorkshirematt on (October 6, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

Really don't mind who wins this one as a neutral . Have great respect for both teams and "nations". Looking forward to a good game of cricket.

Posted by Just_Do_It_Now on (October 6, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

It's been an exciting cricket so far on this tiny island ! Thanks Sri Lanka for hosting such an exciting event ! You're a beautiful cricket loving country & a warm host ! I put 50/50 for both WI & Lanka. Both are exciting cricketing teams & my good wishes & heart goes with both. Although, I am a die hard Indian Cricket fan, I simply can understand that India paid the price of not depending on its own guts & being over reliant on others, to qualify. Asian teams..Pak..Sri Lanka & Bangladesh will always have full love & support from India...We'll always be an excellent neighbors... --Indian Cricket Fan

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Congrats WI for being in the final.....SL no match for this West Indies T20 11.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

Just like New Zealand broke their wodoo in rugby finals, SL gonna break thier wodoo in this final....... it is just a matter of time....!

Posted by timohyj on (October 6, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

Gayle will have a hard time against malinga and mendis, but Mathews and herath or dananjaya ( whichever one plays) will be in trouble. While it would be dangerous to go with a left arm spinner against gayle I think herath would do better than dananjaya because dananjaya doesn't spin the ball either way and herath is a very clever bowler. His flight is very difficult to pick

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

West Indies most attacking team vs Sri Lanka best defensive team.... Interesting battle. For the sake of the game I hope Windies triumph.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 6, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

@cricketlover76, many thanks for your sincere wishes. Hope we end our run of chokes tomorrow. Getting Gayle out is the key.

Posted by Sarangarajan on (October 6, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

After a long long time,we have seen a cricket match yesterday . albeit T20, played by the Windies in true carribbean spirit.What a pleasure it gave. Have seen matches / heard matches on radio broadcast when TV was not popular in India those days,involving the greats like Kallicharan , Sobers, Kanhai, Lara, Viv Richard, Hall, Holder, Holding, Roberts - et all playing cricket and enjoying every moment of it. Windies is one team ,in cricket, whose good performance is appreciated by all the cricketing lovers in the world irrespective of their origin despite the fact that all other teams were battered by the carribbean pace battery and their bowlers pummeled in to submission by their supreme- natural batsmen,time and again in the 70s-80s and early 90s. Windies Cricket gives uninhibited pleasure when watched when they are in full flow.This Windies team deserves at least this T20 World cup for the sheer pleasure they give you in this format.Best of luck Sammy &co. Go- get It

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (October 6, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

this Cup for Lankan,,,they have some weapon to stop gayle power.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 6, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

@jasonpete, I owe you a special thanks for your cricket passion in spite of coming from a non cricket playing nation. I went to watch the semi finals in Colombo last night and saw a fellow from Tanzania who had come all the way and he was cheering West Indies (I asked if he was from Trinidad). I will be at the venue tomorrow too and just cant wait till tomorrow evening indeed. Whatever you see the extreme harsh comments between Indian and Sri Lankan fans, the reason is the anonymity that internet offers. I am 100% sure that the key board fighters of both sides will be warm and diplomatic should they meet face to face.

Posted by kirikat on (October 6, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

Think this is like the battle between david and goliath..... some thinks that Lions Cubs cant beat the Giant..... But Im damn sure Histry will repeat.....

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

make dusty pitch..long boudris to avoid edges going to sixes also WI not gud in running between wickets! mates 6,0,0 = 4,1,1 still we can win this!

Posted by Parsuram on (October 6, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

It will be interesting to see who the Pakistani and Australian cricket fans support for tomorrow's final. Even to the children, it is obvious that Pakistan, Sri Lanka and even Australia have formed a sublte, unholy alliance or pact to prevent India from advancing into the semi-finals. However, justice will be served when West Indies crush the Lankans tomorrow. Life is not about creating alliances and pacts to prevent a person or team from progressing. While arguments can be made to justify this action, it must be said that cricket is still the gentleman's game and, at the end of the day,winning fairly without an unholy collusion is the best option! Keep politics and personal grudges out of cricket!

Posted by cricketlover76 on (October 6, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

I am an Indian and I really hope Sri Lanka win it this time. They have had heart breaks in 4 major tournament finals since 2007. It would be a fitting tribute to Kumar and mahela - 2 great batsmen and wonderful ambassadors of their country. Go Sri Lanka!! Let the roar of the lion resound across the Premadasa tomorrow

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

Good Luck Sri Lanka..We cried last 3 times but surely not this time...We will win this tym! This is our time! hope Ind,Pak,B'desh fan support us

Posted by kirikat on (October 6, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

Chris Gayle - Sri lanka we love u, but soory we gonna lift da cup... Sri lankans - Chris we also love u and ur team soory dude :P in ur dreams...:D think both of the teams deserved to win and both of them badly need it, WI hope to bounce back while Sri Lanka looking for WC win 4 finals in last 5 years...... think mahela, sanga and dli deaserve a WC win before thay retire...... as a SL fan hope Lions will win this time and wish both of the teams goodluck... peace.....

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

sure to be a cracker ....... can't wait for it and hats off to Simon taufel he will be getting a proper send off.. thanks to windies beating oz

Posted by rai_xi on (October 6, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

I dont know who deserve to win T20 world cup. But I feel SL required to make the pitch as slow as possible inorder to win. In semi final SL prepared one of the worst pitch and both teams played very poor cricket. WI on otherhand used muscle power to overcome the pitch and Aussies. To overcome this muscle power SL has to prepare a slow pitch and that they will certainly do that. On normal wickets this SL bowling is just like Indians. Below par. Since Murali & Vaas, SL very rarely win at home. Whatever victories they had all orchestered by either Sanga or Mahela. Malinga does not look to be in great form. WI also doesnot have great bowling and feilding. Whoever wins,we wii have a new champ. good luck both teams

Posted by Karnain on (October 6, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

I think SL should replace Rangan Herath with Akila Dhananjaya as WI are not so good against mystery spinners. I still remember the 5 balls Kieron Pollard faced against Ajantha Mendis

Posted by bumsonseats on (October 6, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

at least with Australia, England and India not in the final there will be no bragging rites after completion by whoever wins from the finalist or at least less than would be the norm.

Posted by bipa on (October 6, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

As a PAKISTANI I support my srilankan brothers > Best of luck srilanka

Posted by brvhrt343343 on (October 6, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan i'm supporting my country because Sri Lanka deserve all the hard work. If it's not, the team should win is West Indies. Almost every Sri Lankan feel the same. Either way it's not going to be a disappointing outcome tomorrow. So keep calm & enjoy the action. Good Luck to both teams. (Little bit more for Sri Lanka.)

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 6, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

@rahulcricket007 and jasonpete, many thanks for your wishes indeed and greatly appreciated. @rahulcricket007, I have seen lots of your comments and I know very well from your name that you are an Indian fan and I appreciate your comments indeed unlike some Indians who talk trash about Sri Lanka.

Posted by Herath-UK on (October 6, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

In 2009 in the UK,it was Dilshan all the way but he failed in the final and the trophy along with it however during this tournament he has had a relatively quiet run & I'm sure to peak in the final with a blistering knock. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

Everyone will be enjoying my dream, while I am in England. We grew up wanting to playlike WI team of 70s and 80s. Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Marshall (RIP), Greenidge, Garner, Gomez, Kanhai oh they wre the gods of my era. Seeing their team in the final with our team after 30 years on our own back yard! Oh man, I have lived my dreams. Thanks for all the teams.

Posted by Master_Mihil on (October 6, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

It's a shame these teams came to the final instead of one of those two teams and an opponent who has a more successful record in world cups. Both teams deserve world cup for their own reasons. Hope SL win this, because they just have to, otherwise they will get the choker tag for rest of their careers. Windies are totally the underdog here. It's windies that have to rise against the tide and win this match against an opponent who have beaten them often. So naturally everybody loves the underdog! I don't like the way SL is portrayed here, i would have very much like India or Australia in the final because i too like windies and gayle very much.

Posted by kunderanengineer on (October 6, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

As a non partisan cricket fan and for the sake of the sport all that I could hope for is a thrilling final and pray that Messrs. Duckworth and Lewis don't manage to turn it into a travesty!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Good Luck to Srilanka But i am worried about their Future What will happen once Mahela and Sanga Retires.They will left a big void in batting Line Up.Just like Pakistan after Inzamam and Yosuf

Posted by Cric_lover1234 on (October 6, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

ok this is it, we have lost 3 damn finals in 5 years, that is too much to handle, we are done in lossing finals. so windies,we will come hard hard and really hard at you,hope u can make lions taking that glory as difficult as possible, love you maroons, but tommorow u need to play probably the best game u hav played for sometime to beat sri lanka......good luck all....let the best team win on that day..............

Posted by dumdumicf on (October 6, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

WI to thrash SL and show to whole world who is real T20 team. Go Gayle go from a proud RCB fan.

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (October 6, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Hope to see the great legends of Viv Richards, Holding, Haynes, Lloyd, etc in the stands & WI lift the trophy. Ciao

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

This was my prediction, SL V WI final.. extremely happy about it.. Every Sri Lnakan wants to win the finals..but we all love the way the W. Indians play their game.. It will not be easy for the both teams..but my heart says it will be SL!!! I am sure, it is going to be a fascinating contest between two dominant teams of the world T-20 cricket.. GOOD LUCK to both the teams..give us a memorable contest of CRICKET!! OPK-SL

Posted by AnotherCricketFan on (October 6, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

SL may be the favourites, home ground and all, but my heart wants a WI win.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

A great semi-final win by the Windies. To beat the Aussies the way they did, will do their confidence no harm at all. Facing the Lankans on their home soil will be a different proposition though. They had a taster of it in the super-8s, with Sri Lanka's mystery spin being the key. For the Windies, i'd drop Johnson Charles. The young man deserves to play in the final, but i feel he'll be out of his depth against the variety of SLs bowlers, i hope he proves me wrong, but i doubt it. The choice between Smith, Simmons or Darren B to open with Gayle, whoever's the most comfortable against spin should get the nod. Otherwise the team remains unchanged.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

Sri Lanka all the way!!! The world's biggest party tomorrow night in Colombo. Everyone is invited..

Posted by silent.warrior on (October 6, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

As a pakistani, i will be cheering for both Srilanks and brothers from West Indies.... good luck to both of the teams and nations

Posted by SoulTaker on (October 6, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

Gud luck SL....go get the cup..

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

History is not on the Windies' side, but a small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. Go brave WI,and may the Gods see it the way I do.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

may the blessings of triple gem with u Sri Lanka..we lost 3..no way that we gonna lose 4 finals..we believe in lions~

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

Sorry Gayle,we are the champions

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

Hope it will be Gayle,s Game again...we r eager to watch Gayle,s blast again Gud Luck 4 both d teams..Tease r the two teams out of three (third pakistan) really deservs 4 t20 Final.

Posted by pargat89 on (October 6, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

Both teams are good. But WI should win the finals. It will help a lot in reviving cricket in the country which ruled the game 40 decades ago... Best of luck WI from India...!!!

Posted by Ashreiko on (October 6, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

I am really hoping for Sri Lanka to win, Win or loose, I believe whole of Sri Lanka will also support West Indies as they are a team that is very much loved in this country. Best wishers to both teams.

Posted by cyberstudent on (October 6, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

Best wishes for WI, but a plan will be ready to get rid of Gayle early with spinner. Hope Gayle can fire in the final.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

West indies all the way, bring back the glory days.

Posted by Rising_Edge1234 on (October 6, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

West Indies all the way! Whoo! Woot Woot. Sorry SL, wi (we) winning dis. Thanks for the magnificent hospitality.

Posted by Dimuthu_SL on (October 6, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

will be very nice game. world best t20 teams against each other. Gayle storm will be deciding factor. congratulations both SL and WI

Posted by SLcuppers on (October 6, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

good luck SL...hope you overcome the gayle storm..good luck my indian brothers for next time, you guys deserved semi spot more than pakistan team

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

The script could not be written better, therefor we expect noyhing less,{weather permitted}a great game, but i also hope Windies win to bring back the glory days. At this point we are the only ones can beat ourselves. Good luck to both teams but a windies win could have lots of those nasayers eat their hearts out. They know who they are, just look at their reporting. Go windies we are with you all the way.

Posted by Donga-The-Bonga on (October 6, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

..its going to be a ripper.... the cynical familiarity about this final is that both teams have the same.... 'ifs'. IF Gayle fires, IF Dilshan fires...IF Malinga bowls well, IF Rampaul bowls well.... IT'S GOING TO BE A CARRIBEAN DISCO SHOW!

Posted by Hawk_Pk on (October 6, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Gooooooo win Sri Lanka. Go win brothers....we Pakistanis are with you..our second home

Posted by hasitha81 on (October 6, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

Sidharth, thanks for the article, It's well written comparing both sides.

Wish all the best for both teams and wish SL for a SL win being a SL fan...

More important to have a close match.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

my two favourite teams in this competition. as a west indian i'll e rooting for my guys but if w.i. catch a brainwave i'm happy for s.l. nice country nice ppl. and nice team

Posted by Late-Cut on (October 6, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

@Hira1; Ok..so you are saying that winning at home is not a big achievement. Well then, India's victory of 2011 WC was nothing. right???? I'm just asking..........

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

what ever the out come i dont care ,what i pray for the god is heal the harts of all srilanka cricket haters ( let them to repeat the word minnows) and help this tiny island to keep this consistency for ever

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

by reading all the comments, it looks like te west indies are the favorites... SL will not mind that...! and i think this will be a one sided match with SL wining !!! gayle is a great player, but not consistant..

Posted by indiancricket_crazy on (October 6, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

wish u both(WI & SL),all the best....for me both these teams are well deserved to be in the final.....so best of luck to both WI & SL.......may the best win......from indian supporter.

Posted by lion55 on (October 6, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

the final will be great but wi will win . didnt anyone see how they thrashed australia . a 206 run target not easy to achieve you know wi forever and gayle thrash malinga

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

It will be a cracking match between two good teams SL and WI...No matter who wins...but expecting to see a great battle.. "Gayle Vs Malinga" So lets wait and see..I think both teams have 50/50 chance to win the title.. Finally I wish all the best to both the teams...and may the best team win...!!!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

i'm west indian and hope we win but i'm worried about the s.l. spinners .

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

This was my prediction, SL V WI, final.. Everybody in SL loves the game, they equally like the WI brand of cricket.. MY HEART SAYS THIS IS GOING TO BE A FASCINATING CONTEST..between two very good & innovative teams.. Every SL wants to win the finals..but i still don'd understand the way we surrendered to the Indians in 2011 finals??? Only Sanga can reveal one day what really WENT WRONG!!! Best of luck to both teams! Give us a memorable contest!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

Go west indies , looking for more gang man style from you guys tomorrow.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

i think we witnessed the last dance of the windies in the semi finals.. its gonna be sri lanka all the way!!!! i think SL will win this easily.. the gayle storm in over.

Posted by stormy16 on (October 6, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

Its ironic that two teams who have experienced total chaos in the last 12 months would be in the final and its packed with color and flair - just goes to show the value of flair in the limited over game. If WI played like yesterday I am afraid SL will have no answers! That was a monstor performance by the Windies and exactly the reason why they were one of the favorites. They'll be impossible to beat but SL is one team that has the variety (Pakistan being the other) to tame the Windies. SL cannot get in to a slog fest with Windies, infact no team can, and SL are not a slog team. Their strength is defending or chasing a 175ish total. Both teams rely on key players. Obviously Galye is on his own and can win the game on his own but others are Samuels, Narine and Pollard for the Windies and Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan, Malinga and Mendis for SL. Thw wicket will be a major factor and a SL V Pak like wicket will see the Windies struggle while a WI V Aus final will see SL struggle to reign in WI.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

i am a sri lankan fan but as much as my heart break if sl loses i would like WI to win the match and some of my friends feel the same. may be sl will win the next WC...."sigh" i am being a traitor for my motherland ... damm me

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

btw west indies never beaten srilanka in a t20 match,,,, and they havent beaten us in odi's since 2007 :DDDDDDD

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

C'on Lions...you can do it!. <3 <3

Posted by theRule19 on (October 6, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Hearty congratulations to the WI team..It would be nice to see the Windies winning the title after so many years..Good luck to both the teams.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 6, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

I adore West Indies and I love you West Indies, but I love my country more. Hope Sri Lanka wins tomorrow and makes us proud. Honestly West Indies, I am eager to see you all return to your days of glory going back to the 60s, 70s, 80s and even early 90s.

Posted by indigower on (October 6, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

finally it is between Sri Lanka and West Indies,as a Sri Lankan hope SL will win this contest.but all the best west Indies tooooo....Minnows on a way..we definitely know our Pakistan Bros always behind us,salute them..

Posted by SLcuppers on (October 6, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

I am soo glad we gave that paki team a good sound beating. We would have preferred to play with our Indian brothers. SL will hopefully overcome gayle storm. Good luck mahela, bring back the cup, all SL is with you.

Posted by Vikum72 on (October 6, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

MJ has being the back bone of SL batting all this tournament and somethings tell me he's gonna fail with the bat tomorrow (I hope and pray I'm wrong though). Dilshan's being having a quite tournament by his standards so far. We need Dilshan and Sanga to shine tomorrow and Angelo must come in 2 down.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Please Give a Great Final!! Windies Make Srilanka Felling... I Never Seen Windies Giving a Thriller Against Srilanka In T20's... ONE SIDE GAME!!

Posted by jasonpete on (October 6, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Best of luck to both teams.My favourite two teams in the final and I will be happy whoever win the trophy.Very exciting teams and its going to be one hell of an exciting match as well. @ sinhaya, congrats mate, hope SL win the trophy .

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (October 6, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

as an indian fan i m quite happy that both pakistan & austrlia who were the main reason for india 's early exit has been also knocked out . good luck to both sl & wi .

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Sri lankal win final .. sure...........

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

All the best wishes to both teams but Sri Lanka deserve the trophy more as the lost the last 2 ODI World Cup Finals & the 2009 World T20 Final - Moreover, Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Dilshan, Malinga & Mendis deserve to win an ICC tournament!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

I think Sri Lanka would have a better chance if they will get to play on similar picth like the first semi final, dead, low powdery where the ball is not only keeping low but you got watch for the powder(dust) as well to figure out where the ball is?????????

Posted by George_cricket on (October 6, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

LET ME APPLY PETER PRINCIPLE. SRI LANKA WIN. ANGELO MATHEWS IS THE MAN OF THE MATCH

Posted by Sri_Lankan_Fan on (October 6, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

As much as my heart would break if SL loses, I would like WI to win the match.. simply b'cos it would mean much more to the WI fans and the cricketing world.. All best windies coming from a SL fan..

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (October 6, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

Cricket fans could not ask for a better Final. The only problem I have is: who to cheer for? Do I cheer for the Sri Lankans, a small Island that have produced world cricketers and consistently make Finals of Huge tournaments looking for healing after a prolonged blood civil war? Or should I cheer for the West Indians, an group of islands that have been unstoppable in the past, only to fall to the lowest point imaginable, looking for their past glory? Either way, both teams have done their share and it will be a win for any real cricket fan in the world, regardless of the outcome. My gut feeling is that cricket fans are divided 50/50 over support, unlike the 2011 Final where it was 1 billion for India and the rest of the world for Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Wow? So many expectations for the final, both teams are ready and will give it their best shot but cricket is all about the day itself, little fielding mishaps can happen to both teams, nerves would be on each and every player, officials, referee, spectators and every one involved in the game, so good luck to both teams, may the best one win. (Praying for a windies win thou)

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

even though sl lose 3 finals , entire cricketing world is jealous about srilanka's performance in icc world cups, so now whole world is crying for a west indies win, and i know what u will say when we beat them,,, u will say pitch heavily favored Sl, u will talk about umpiring errors, and u will use every single word in the dictionary to insult sl win, but the truth is, since 1992, we have only missed out 2 wc's, in all other wc's we are at-least reached semi finals,only team to do so, and now no one can stop us, its written in the stars,, Srilanka is World t20 champs,,,,,,, whether u like it or not,

Posted by Herath-UK on (October 6, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

Sri Lanka have beaten the WI in many WC games even in their own backyard let alone having beaten them twice during this tournament itself.If you feed fodder to a chap like Gayle as Aussies did, no wonder what you get in return but do not think Mahela is immature as was Bailey & men.Sri Lanka certainly will win the cup handsomely. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by Hira1 on (October 6, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

lot depend on the pitch, hopefully the pitch is different than we saw in Sri Pak SF ..then only we can expect a competition...srilanka have to realize winning on their home soil always is not a big achievement, I want WI to win they are very good entire tournament

Posted by criclanka on (October 6, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

I agree with you Sidharth.Akila Dananjaya should be selected ahead of Rangana Herath.Good Luck to Mahela & SL team.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

oh it a world cup? i think india will win,regardless who's playing,, lol

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

Am an Indian but going with WI in this world T20. Am sure They will be bring the WT20 to WI. Best of luck to WI.

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