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India v Sri Lanka, final, World Cup 2011, Mumbai

Battle of the wicketkeeper captains

ESPNcricinfo looks at the mini-battles that will take place in the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 1, 2011

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Tillakaratne Dilshan is bowled by Zaheer Khan, Sri Lanka v India, 3rd ODI, Colombo, February 3, 2009
Zaheer Khan will try to dismiss Tillakaratne Dilshan early © AFP

Kumar Sangakkara v MS Dhoni
Both wicketkeepers. Both key batsmen. Most importantly, both captains. Dhoni hasn't had a great tournament, Sangakkara has had a good one but needs more to make it great. A century here, a catch there; a bowling change here, a quick stumping there could potentially make this a great World Cup for one of them.

Virender Sehwag v Lasith Malinga
Late in 2009, at the Brabourne Stadium, about half a kilometre away from the Wankhede, Sehwag pulverised the Sri Lanka spinners for 293 runs in less than a day. Since then, he has held an edge over them, but Malinga will want to make sure Sehwag doesn't last long enough to see the spinners.

Sachin Tendulkar v Muttiah Muralitharan
Not much you can say about these two men; 18,093 one-day runs against 534 one-day wickets. Both are, surely, playing their last World Cup finals. Muralitharan is used to fairytale endings. Tendulkar has not had that kind of luck on big days. He has faced heartbreak in 1996 and 2003, but he is still there. Muralitharan has taken a wicket with his last ball in Tests, another with his last in home ODIs. Whose script has been written better? We will find out tomorrow.

Tillakaratne Dilshan v Zaheer Khan
Dilshan can hurt teams early. In the subcontinent, he does that more often than not. Zaheer, however, has in the past managed to maintain a certain control over him, bowling mostly into his rib area, tucking him up. On a big night, one Dilshan burst at the top, or one Zaheer delivery that gets him out early, could decide the final.

Mahela Jayawardene v Harbhajan Singh
In a tri-series final in Sri Lanka, in 2009, Sri Lanka had made a bright start in a chase of 320, and had become favourites to win when Harbhajan Singh was introduced. In his second over he got Jayawardene out with a doosra, which turned the game on its head. With a weak lower middle order to follow him, Jayawardene will want no such repeats. This is a contest that will make the middle overs gripping.


Comments: 18 
Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 13:43 GMT)

WE R GONNA WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 12:47 GMT)

Sangakkara is the best captain in the world...and the best all rounder.Come Lanka...!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 7:44 GMT)

I've seen so many comments stating.. if Sehwag clicks.. if Dilshan clicks.. if Sachin clicks.. if Sanga clicks.. please remember this is a team game and in such nervous situations.. one guy cannot win the match on his own tho' he can surely give momentum and advantage to his team.. One thing is for sure tho' dis wont be a one-sided contest.. its goin down to the wire n Indians being more used to it will pull this off!! Go India Go.. De Ghumake!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 7:29 GMT)

just saw some videos of malinga, murali and mendis in youtube. My heart beat quickened. Hope Sehwag and Sachin survive the nightmare of the dreaded 3 M's. GO INDIA GO!!!

Posted by iamnamir on (April 2, 2011, 5:25 GMT)

Feelin too bad fo SRI LANKA wer so many hearts will be broken

Posted by c.p.venkatesh on (April 2, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

Saturday 2nd april 1983 india won world cup. saturday 2nd april 2011, today we play finals. .... the calendar of both the year matches...... all the besst india

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 3:27 GMT)

If sanga and dilshan clicked then its good bye to india! + we have the best bowling attack! u name it! Murali - Highest wicket taker Malinga - best bowler in the depth overs (sachin him self said this) Mendis - Carom ball specialist ( with lowest eco in the wc) Kulasekara - 4th in the world rank Randiw - who is really good against india we have so many combinations! we can pick them according to the condition! so watch out india!!!

Posted by BustIPL on (April 2, 2011, 2:47 GMT)

I am a Pakistan fan and hence will support Sri Lanka as they have shown strong willingness to see Inernational cricket back to Pakistan but India are clear favorites for this world cup and they will win it as momentum is on their side after winning against Pakistan when everyone performed as required by the big occassion. Nehra, Zaheeer and Munaf were tidy. Spinners kept it tight while fielders did their job excellently. Kohli though could not score but did a great job in the field while Yuvraj more than compensated by taking wickets of Younis and Asad at a crucial stage of the game. Raina scored crucial runs at the end while Tendlukar, Sehwag and Gambhir did their at the top of the order. Specially Raina's innings was important becuse if it could have taken away advantage from Sehwag's innings upfront had Raina not batted sensibly.

Furthermore, Pakistan beat Sri Lanka and Australia while India have beaten Pakistan in crunch game so winning against Pakistan is winning the Final.

Posted by TheShawshankRedemption on (April 2, 2011, 1:46 GMT)

Its nervous system of India vs nervous system of Srilanka

Posted by   on (April 2, 2011, 0:35 GMT)

Sanga VS Dhoni/ Murali V Sachin..... Truly a battle of the Cricket Titans... Will be the Greatest World cup Final Ever

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