India v Sri Lanka, World T20, final, Mirpur April 5, 2014

'We have the winning feeling' - Malinga

For almost two months, Sri Lanka have been successful in a number of high-pressure games in Bangladesh. It indicates that they are developing the knack of taming those pressure moments to their advantage
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Given how the tour of Bangladesh has gone for Sri Lanka from February, a fitting end would be clinching the World T20. Their poor track record in tournament finals has been discussed at length, but this "winning feeling", as described by their captain Lasith Malinga, has the ability to alter history when they take on India in the final on Sunday.

They have repeatedly said that they would do anything to win, particularly after the designated T20 captain Dinesh Chandimal stood aside from the playing XI due to poor form. The decision itself says much about their psyche, but there have been progressive signs.

For almost two months now, they have played a number of high-pressure games, and come out successful in all of them. It started with the two last-ball wins in the T20 series against Bangladesh back in February. They had come back from the dead in the ODI series too, and enjoyed an unbeaten run in the Asia Cup.

"We have the winning feeling among everyone - batsman, bowlers and support staff," Malinga said. "We are trying to play our best cricket, and we are winning. We are looking forward to giving our best tomorrow.

"We won the Asia Cup here, and tomorrow is a good opportunity for us to prove ourselves once more. Everyone trusts us to give our best. If we do that, given that we're used to the pitches and the conditions here, we should have a good chance."

In the World T20 so far, they overcame New Zealand in a low-scoring final group game to make it to the last four, where they put pressure on West Indies in a rain-hit game.

Sri Lanka have been carried by contributions from several players and haven't relied on just a few individuals. Kusal Perera and Mahela Jayawardene have been in good batting form while Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath have stood up when needed. Herath's spell against New Zealand stood out while Mathews made important runs in the semi-final, just when West Indies were looking to restrict them.

What has stood out for Sri Lanka is their aptitude at handling the tough situations and ensuring they see it through till the end.

They were slightly lucky to start off with in the first T20 against Bangladesh, when Thisara Perera's waist-high full-toss off the final ball was miscued by Anamul Haque, giving the bowler a return catch. Two days later, Sachithra Senanayake hammered Farhad Reza behind square-leg for a boundary when two was needed off the last ball.

Those two successive last-ball wins invigorated the team, who fought back from a sorry 67 for 8 in their next match. The allrounder Perera again made the difference with a counterattacking 80, after which the bowlers squeezed the game out of Bangladesh's grasp. That game alone demoralised the home team, and it was inevitable that Sri Lanka wouldn't be pushed in the next two games.

The momentum carried over to the Asia Cup, where they won close round robin games against Pakistan and India, before cruising past the former in the final. These wins indicate that Sri Lanka are starting to enjoy the tight moments a little more, and having won so many of them here in Bangladesh, they are quite prepared for it. Their most remarkable turnaround has been winning the first ODI against Bangladesh after slipping to such a precarious position.

Perera and Senanayake were helped by dropped catches but since you make your own luck, Perera ensured it worked in their favour. Having a team like Sri Lanka 67 for 8 should have been enough for the captain Mushfiqur Rahim to stifle them further. But as Perera attacked, Bangladesh backed off, to the point that the momentum had shifted quite forcefully by the time Sri Lanka ended their innings.

At the start of the Asia Cup, when Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal led Pakistan's fightback in a big chase, Sri Lanka stayed calm and somehow managed a tight over here, a crucial stop there, producing a breakthrough finally, and winning that opening game.

Against India, it was Kumar Sangakkara who stayed cool with a superb century, but Perera and Senanayake once again ensured that Sri Lanka finished the game, shortly after he got out in the closing stages.

With the attention on Sangakkara and Jayawardene playing their last T20 for Sri Lanka, what matters is how the team's journey ends this season, and they have had a successful last two months in the country, taming the pressure moments.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on April 6, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    Even if SL wins this final...These indian keyboard warriors will sure find something to complain about.

  • MohammedK.imtiaz on April 6, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Being a Indian fan, I believe that both teams have equal possibilities to snatch the title, however it totally depends on how Indian bowling will restrict Lankan's other wise it would not be a cake walk for India. Also in subcontinent conditions both teams have the abilities to set and achieve the big target. It totally depends on the team which gives the BEST for the day. Good Luck India, Our support is always with you, no matter how you perform.

    It seems Lankan's are aggressive to take the 2011 revenge. But for me there is nothing like revenge and it is just a game, they team which performs good will win.

    It seems luck is working for Lankan's in last two games with NZ as it was not that difficult for batting line up like NZ where Anderson's enjury also a key here and with WI there was a possibility with SAMMY that he could have pulled it off if the play has happened.

    JUST CHILL till MATCH Begins ...WISH YOU ALL THE BEST OUR HEART favorite MS, VIRAT, YUVI and ROHIT.

  • on April 6, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Here i would like to give few facts abt this tournament. 1. Pakistan never won a match against India in any of the World Cup till now. 2. SAF never crossed the Knock Out stage in any of the world events since 1998. 3. Srilanka never beaten India in any Knock game in the world events since 1996. 4. Srilanka never won a ICC Trophy since 1996. India made sure that the above first 2 points in their favor by beating Pakistan in Group stage and SAF in Knock out stage. So obviously India will maintain the same thing for 3rd and 4th point too.

    Apart from the above facts, Malinga never gave his best in any of the matches he played against India. So i have the strong feeling that India will win this Final as usual. This is not because of the Over Confidence, but for the character what India showed so far in this tournament. We destroyed Murali's fare well in 2011 WC final. Not its time for Sanga and Mahela's farewell to be destroyed. I feel sorry for Lankans.

  • abhyudayj on April 6, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    @Shumbu- india has the experience of playing in finals amd winning it , the pressure will on srilanka to perform well in big finals and india has done they home work well, prediction is the team who handle the pressure will win the world cup t20.

  • on April 6, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    lankans stand no chance except if one thing happens. Mendis demolishes Indian batting. But then knowing srilankans they might not even playe mendis.

  • on April 6, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Cricket fans have given comments on today.s final.ofcourse this is a very big match to both teams.both team are capablle of upsetting each other in a very good over.it all depend on how they bat and bowl.from the srilankan side sangakara should play at no.4 hope both jayawardena and sanga will give there last t 20 best for the srilankan.if srilanka gets indias inform batsmans wickets earlier.then there want be much tension to srilanka.any how we expect good match hope there is no Rain in mirpur.good luck to best team,

  • on April 6, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket team should win for Sri Lanka. They should drop Sanga and bring Thisara Perera play at 4 or Sanga should open the batting with Kusal so he can play freely. He has been pathetic at this format in all tournaments (IPL & SriLanka) shouldn`t have been in the side at all - pathetic selection panel. First choosing Chandimal as captain and now he is not playing ( made a total joke out of it ) every cricket channel laughing at Sanath. Sanga should step up in this game otherwise it`s a total joke coming to this tournament head of Tharanga / Mubarak / Angelo Perera / Jeevan Mendis ( they are Sri Lanka`s best 20/20 players by far not Mahela and Sanga ( They play because of Selectors) Why others are better than these two , others are capable of playing big shots and these two don`t have the technic to play big shots. They got paid big money in IPL and they disappoint those teams. They are not out of form heading to this final, they are not good enough for this format. G`luck SL

  • on April 6, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    I fear the pressure because of twin towers last game could be causing some trouble for others in Srilankan team. So it could be a blessing for Team India.

  • spinkingKK on April 6, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    India doesn't rely no Kohli alone. They have match winners in Dhoni, Rohit, Yuvraj and Raina. New guy Rehane also playing well and I expect him to top score in this match with his ability to attack spin.

  • on April 6, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Team composition is important for SL. They must play an extra batsman in Priyanjan and cout that their top five bowlers- malinga, Kula, Herath, Etc deliver with Dilshan as aback up to bowl one or two overs. Extra batsman is amust. Also both Mahela and Sanga should not be frenzy to plat arresive shots in the power play. They should be in till the 13 the over minimum. 16th over is even better.

  • on April 6, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    Even if SL wins this final...These indian keyboard warriors will sure find something to complain about.

  • MohammedK.imtiaz on April 6, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Being a Indian fan, I believe that both teams have equal possibilities to snatch the title, however it totally depends on how Indian bowling will restrict Lankan's other wise it would not be a cake walk for India. Also in subcontinent conditions both teams have the abilities to set and achieve the big target. It totally depends on the team which gives the BEST for the day. Good Luck India, Our support is always with you, no matter how you perform.

    It seems Lankan's are aggressive to take the 2011 revenge. But for me there is nothing like revenge and it is just a game, they team which performs good will win.

    It seems luck is working for Lankan's in last two games with NZ as it was not that difficult for batting line up like NZ where Anderson's enjury also a key here and with WI there was a possibility with SAMMY that he could have pulled it off if the play has happened.

    JUST CHILL till MATCH Begins ...WISH YOU ALL THE BEST OUR HEART favorite MS, VIRAT, YUVI and ROHIT.

  • on April 6, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Here i would like to give few facts abt this tournament. 1. Pakistan never won a match against India in any of the World Cup till now. 2. SAF never crossed the Knock Out stage in any of the world events since 1998. 3. Srilanka never beaten India in any Knock game in the world events since 1996. 4. Srilanka never won a ICC Trophy since 1996. India made sure that the above first 2 points in their favor by beating Pakistan in Group stage and SAF in Knock out stage. So obviously India will maintain the same thing for 3rd and 4th point too.

    Apart from the above facts, Malinga never gave his best in any of the matches he played against India. So i have the strong feeling that India will win this Final as usual. This is not because of the Over Confidence, but for the character what India showed so far in this tournament. We destroyed Murali's fare well in 2011 WC final. Not its time for Sanga and Mahela's farewell to be destroyed. I feel sorry for Lankans.

  • abhyudayj on April 6, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    @Shumbu- india has the experience of playing in finals amd winning it , the pressure will on srilanka to perform well in big finals and india has done they home work well, prediction is the team who handle the pressure will win the world cup t20.

  • on April 6, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    lankans stand no chance except if one thing happens. Mendis demolishes Indian batting. But then knowing srilankans they might not even playe mendis.

  • on April 6, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Cricket fans have given comments on today.s final.ofcourse this is a very big match to both teams.both team are capablle of upsetting each other in a very good over.it all depend on how they bat and bowl.from the srilankan side sangakara should play at no.4 hope both jayawardena and sanga will give there last t 20 best for the srilankan.if srilanka gets indias inform batsmans wickets earlier.then there want be much tension to srilanka.any how we expect good match hope there is no Rain in mirpur.good luck to best team,

  • on April 6, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket team should win for Sri Lanka. They should drop Sanga and bring Thisara Perera play at 4 or Sanga should open the batting with Kusal so he can play freely. He has been pathetic at this format in all tournaments (IPL & SriLanka) shouldn`t have been in the side at all - pathetic selection panel. First choosing Chandimal as captain and now he is not playing ( made a total joke out of it ) every cricket channel laughing at Sanath. Sanga should step up in this game otherwise it`s a total joke coming to this tournament head of Tharanga / Mubarak / Angelo Perera / Jeevan Mendis ( they are Sri Lanka`s best 20/20 players by far not Mahela and Sanga ( They play because of Selectors) Why others are better than these two , others are capable of playing big shots and these two don`t have the technic to play big shots. They got paid big money in IPL and they disappoint those teams. They are not out of form heading to this final, they are not good enough for this format. G`luck SL

  • on April 6, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    I fear the pressure because of twin towers last game could be causing some trouble for others in Srilankan team. So it could be a blessing for Team India.

  • spinkingKK on April 6, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    India doesn't rely no Kohli alone. They have match winners in Dhoni, Rohit, Yuvraj and Raina. New guy Rehane also playing well and I expect him to top score in this match with his ability to attack spin.

  • on April 6, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Team composition is important for SL. They must play an extra batsman in Priyanjan and cout that their top five bowlers- malinga, Kula, Herath, Etc deliver with Dilshan as aback up to bowl one or two overs. Extra batsman is amust. Also both Mahela and Sanga should not be frenzy to plat arresive shots in the power play. They should be in till the 13 the over minimum. 16th over is even better.

  • on April 6, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    Re:Posted by Liyanage.1283 on (April 5, 2014, 15:10 GMT) I honestly do not believe u are a sri lankan, i think u are using a fake id, why do u still say at the end ; "While heart says SL should win, Mind clearly says India will win." You are contradicting yourself.

  • Sri_Lankan_Fan on April 6, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Kohli and Yuvraj and Dhoni and Sharma will score heavily today and Ashvin bowl out SL.. So sad .. But it's on the cards writing.. India has been so dominating in this tournament ..

  • Shumbu on April 6, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Perfect stage for a trademark MSD finish! Yes, Dhoni has got the best out of his players during this tournament. He has captained very well and was very active on the field than usual. On a big final day, the script is simple.... SL wins the toss and ask India to bat first. Pumped up captain Malinga gives them a good start and puts India under pressure. Kohli fails to score big and this forces India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to promote himself to No:4.... we know what happens next and SL are used with that. MSD to take India to a huge score with his well calculated power innings... and his bows will ensure MSD's innings is not wasted!! Cricinfo: Please take a note of my prediction as this will happen for sure.

  • on April 6, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    The difference of two teams is Virath Kohli. If he gets out early SL will win. Mahela and Sanga have enough brains to get him early. Good Luck SL.

  • satishsasikumar on April 6, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    I might be criticized for writing this, but then according to law of averages, Virat Kohli might not fire against Sri Lanka. He could be out on a low score. Someone else might have to don the mantle today.

  • bllas on April 6, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    i would say , Kholi and Dhoni, Ashwin, Mishra will be deciding factor for India and from SL it will be KJP,Mathews, Herath and manlinga. I know SL have big three. but just got a feeling Sanga and dilshan is not in touch and in this big match they might try to get some time to get their touch might cost heavily on SL

  • on April 6, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Watch out for Kusal Perera, he will be the match winner, i predict

  • on April 6, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    Can't wait for the finale. Being an indian, I hope India pulls it off. They need to play Dhawan. He is just the kind of player you need in a t20 game. My playing 11 for india will be- 1.Dhawan 2.Rohit 3.Kohli 4.Rahane 5.Raina 6.Dhoni 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Mishra 10. Bhuvi 11 .Shami. Go India.

  • on April 6, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    Srl Lanka is no match to India.

  • on April 6, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Good luck Sarilanka team and malinga.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 6, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    We're in for treat from 2 of SL's finest.1 of them is going to put on a-match defining- masterclass to make it a dream final and perfect gift to team in their final game.Add Dilshan,Kusal f/works,Mendis/Herath magic,of course Maling's 140 k 'special'!

  • on April 6, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    C'mon Lions. Lets do this! Sri Lanka have what it takes to get over the line this time !

  • Narendra7282 on April 6, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    Since January 2000, Sri Lanka are 17-12 in one day finals with 2 no results. In Twenty20 they are 1-2. India are 8-16 in one day finals with 3 no results. They are 1-0 in Twenty20 finals. Hmmm...who are the bigger chokers.

  • VinothSam on April 6, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    I have a bad feeling that India will lose today and a grate feeling about SL's win. Early wish for SL. Good luck for T20 WC winning Lankans. Lions roar.

  • cheguramana on April 6, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    I wonder if trying to give good send off to sanga and mahela wl add further pressure to SL in final. sure, Indian team wanted to win wc2011 for Sachin, at least Yuvi said that. But then Sachin was such huge star to India, not the same for sanga and mahela in SL ! anything can happen in T20 of course, but India seems to be favorites. May the best team on day win !!!

  • Rizwanodayar on April 6, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    There is nothing to prove to any one, you already proved that you are a fantastic team with performance during last couple of month, only thing left it now is put a another good performance today, ignore all the media hyper the India team is getting, surely you can win.

  • Ms.Cricket on April 5, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka have some big problems. First is there is more than appears on the surface about designated T20 captain Dinesh Chandimal standing aside. Secondly if they are depending on Jayawrdene his record in international T20 is mediocre, his scoring rate not acceptable. Thirdly Malinga is always expensive against India, the ODI final in 2011 is the most shining example.

  • on April 5, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    It will all come down to toss. India have the edge in chase with any team but one and only team who can cut short their chase is SL and SL alone!! Best of luck Lions!!

  • on April 5, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    @Galmos on (April 5, 2014, 15:58 GMT) . In my view ........Kushal Perera is prone to be a victim of poor umpiring decisions.... .. There isn't a much of a difference in fielding but Sri Lanka is slightly ahead of the Indians because of their..... athleticism...LOL I think you need glasses to correct your VIEWsion!

  • on April 5, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    Win or lose we should be proud of SL performance. They are always there or there about in most ICC tournaments. This is just a small country with limited resources. They should be able to hold their heads high if they lose to a giant like India tonight.But remember India was struggling against NZ recently and thats a small country too.LOL.

  • Htc-Baseball on April 5, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    @DineshCC : Did you watch the IND SA match by anychance, SA were never in it during the Indian chase, please get ur mind and heart in sink ASAP fr ur own good

  • cooljack_143 on April 5, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    SL won all matches by Sheer Luck, their catches were dropped,Stumpings missed out,and they were very shaky in all innings. Those innings are not called winning innings they are shaky innings.Ind team was resting their main aces, MSD & Raina in subcontin cond's what more you expect.Its better to loose than win such sort matches.Also dont forget again they got lucky by rain thi stime too,I wont be surprised if they get lucky tom too.

  • on April 5, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    I think India will win this at last it is the game of mind and absorbing pressure but still Sri Lanka will not allow so easily to go it away they will try there best specially for their greatest ever heroes.Mahela and Sangakara wish them best of luck. ANYWAYS IT WILL BE A CLOSE FIGHT LETS SEE WHO COMES OUT OF IT.GOOD LUCK INDIA AND SRILANKA.Deserved finalist other than anybody else.

  • mirandola on April 5, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    Feel what you like, sunshine, all the odds are in India's corner.

  • on April 5, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    One must not forget that when srilanka won there was no dhoni , raina in asia cup and also in the warm up t20 match where dhoni dint bat...

  • Vilander on April 5, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    India are just not good enough to have all the icc events, law of probability says SL but yeah its a testament to the fact that only few countries play cricket, its pret\ty unpopular the same two nations play in all finals.

  • on April 5, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    India is no greater here. We beat them in the Asia cup (even though it was an odi series and so called kholi was there too) and we beat them in the worm up game. Windis are a better bowling side than India (clearly) and we scored good 160 against them. Indian bowling looks so ridiculous as equal as thire fielding. Sl will win comfortably like they did in the Asia cup final. Go lions. Bring it home!!

  • on April 5, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Easy win for India.........congratulation.

  • rafilafir on April 5, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    As a Lankan fan I think SL have done well to yet again reach the final. We all know India is on song from the outset of this series and will be hard to be undone by any other but the lankan's who could end the wining jinx. Yet one must admit the fact that India has a formidable and most consistent batters on subcontinent conditions. Yet given a T20 format, the eagerness for both to get to the helm coupled with recent stats the game is evenly poised. That said, Sanga and Mahela would like to hang their boots on a high while MSD will eye to be the only captain to clinch the most for India. So neither would dominate unless an extraordinary performance hurts the opponent. Hopefully it should be a hard fought battle that might perhaps go down to the wire. No matter who will be on the loosing side, twice in the finals makes them both the greatest sides in the subcontinent. Perhaps it wouldn't be wrong to quote tomorrows game as the ""clash of the titans of cricket in the Indian ocean".

  • on April 5, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Its all about the day which team playing well " both good teams" hope to see a good game

  • on April 5, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    @Liyanage.1283-here comes my favorite SL fan impersonator. Only Indians would stoop to this level to post scathing comments about other teams. It's obvious you always see us as a major threat. Well you should be there's not so much difference about SL and India. You may have been undefeated yet, but that doesn't guarantee you would win the final. SL was undefeated in 2009 world cup as well, until the final. Ultimately lost to a team they had already beaten. You never know what happens when kohli gets out first bowl..

  • SLC-2020 on April 5, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    My prediction is, it's going to be a flat track with no or limited assistance to the bowlers. Since the lords call the needs, SL boys should be prepared to face any mumbo-jumbo, right from the initial toss as it happened in 2011 WC Final! They should be prepared to win all the mini-battles thrown at them, apart from cricket! They have already faced plenty of them in this tournament as well. If they are on the right side of the coin & the conditions ok, SL should bat first & post a score that is difficult to Topple, even with Doubles! When dealing with such odds in this shorter format, hold your nerve & stick to the business, without any letups. That's the only key to success, no matter what! Hope Malinga would be able to deliver something special, with the help of such a capable/deserving bunch, who were holding the Runners-up Tag in the World Cricket scene for so long! Wish you Good Luck SL, Bless you India, to Win the game fairly and squarely!!

  • on April 5, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    india will make it tomorrow...come on india

    love u sanga and MJ...good luck to both of you

  • MohammedK.imtiaz on April 5, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    As a Indian fan, I would love to see India lift the cup, however there is equal probabilities for both the teams, It all depends on how Indian bowlers perform in the final. If we out played in bowling sector then it would be a cake walk for for India. Also, I believe in sub continent conditions both teams have the equal possibilities.

  • CurrentPresident on April 5, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Here are some thoughts: 1. If Sri Lanka bat first they will lose. 2. Great move to have Malinga as captain against India. 3. Sri Lanka need to play Mendis over Herath. 4. Mahela will be good as usual, but Sangakkara is the real key to unlock a SL win.

  • Hush78 on April 5, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    I don't agree the childish way liyanage has compared cricket and wins. You can never measure anything in cricket with the margin of wins as it is just a small idea of a teams dominating ability.good example is 1999 world cup which started australi struggling to win even againt minnows and loosing matches too. But they finished the world cup as champions and one of the most one sided world cup final matches in the history aginst a star studded Pakistan side. I think this domination by India in the tournament could be there downfall if enough pressure put againt them by a good team. Sri Lanka won so many closely contested ages last 3 months and will be better equipped to handle pressure than India on a final specially when everyone talking about final jinx and giving them less probability to win. Sri Lanka is most dangerous when considered underdogs or less favorite to win which could set this match nicely for them. As sri lankan wish for a sri lanka win but wish Good luck to both teams.

  • devagupta on April 5, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    true malinga. u guyz just have the winning feeling .but the win goes to india. it will be totally one sided game with srilanka bat first and dont even score 140 . india will take the win with 8 wickets in hand

  • on April 5, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Well said Liyanage, I'm an Ind fan and that's exactly what i think except my heart and mind both say India. India had very not easy but easy games in the group stages, it's very hard to describe but I watched and followed all the games and there was a lot more pressure in the games than most think, vs Pak, it was a Ind-Pak match so even if Pak made 40, the intensity would had been the same, vs WI ,the chase was a bit hard at first but after Rohit and Virat got going it become very easy but the part which troubled India the most were the final overs by WI which added a lot more pressure on our batsmen to start good and not lose wickets and Dhawan's wicket in the first over didn't help. vs BD it was easy but the first couple of overs were pretty tense and with Aus, just the pressure of batting first was tough and posting only 159 against a strong line up also didn't make it easy for our bowlers but in the end Aus collapsed and we won. So SL have a gd chance but they hav 2 fight for it!

  • on April 5, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    well all the best wishes wid SL , they plyd sum exceptional cricket in Bangla. they are capble of winning this title bt if u compare both sides India have clear edge. bowling is simlilr bt Ind have much better batting combination than Sl which is a major fctr which make IND fav bt still its 60:40

  • on April 5, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    i think india will start as favourite here...but bowling unit and fielding unit is par...indian batting will make the difference

  • DC75 on April 5, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Don't agree totally with Liyanage, both teams are equal and may the better team win, by the way I am an indian fan and I do not believe it will be easy for India to win, it will be a close match.

  • DINESHCC on April 5, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Liyanage.1283: Your comparison of margin of wins, chasing, defending is acceptable at ODI and test cricket level. In T-20 no one can predict that this team will win. One big over will change the entire match both for batting and for bowling sides. For eg. England, SL Match. England was nowhere near the target of 190. When 25 runs were taken in Mendis over, the game was changed immediately. In the India, SA match, Parnelll's (17th) over turned the match. Till 16th over SA was the clear favourites. I am an Indian fan. My heart wants for an Indian win whereas my mind says it won't happen.

  • on April 5, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Guys see tomorrow sl will win.we have nothing to lose.we are underdogs.so presure is for ind.malinga will boost.kusal sanga anji with bat.take my word

  • Galmos on April 5, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Sri Lanka should not change their winning combination for the finals. Hopefully Prasanna will play tomorrow, since they have suffered a lot after dropping spinners in important finals in the last three years ( Herath, Mendis in the 2011 CWC final & Herath in the 2012 WT20 final ) . In my view India has the edge in batting because of inform Kohli and Rohit, while Sri lanka's Sangakkara is out of form and Kushal Perera is prone to be a victim of poor umpiring decisions. But Sri Lanka has a better bowling lineup because of Malinga factor, while spinners of the both teams are doing a great job for their teams. There isn't a much of a difference in fielding but Sri Lanka is slightly ahead of the Indians because of their athleticism. The better team on the day will go on to become the T20 champs.

  • on April 5, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    Excellent Liyanage..True lover of own nation and true lover of cricket.Hats off...

  • Liyanage.1283 on April 5, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    From an SL fan : I think its gonna be a cakewalk for India as they are much better and ahead in this series. Just compare the margin and comfort level of the victories between the teams and its pretty obvious India that were much more comprehensive in their victories.

    My 2 cents : King Sanga will rise to the occasion and give a big match knock and Mahela might not shine. Similarly, Yuvi and Dhoni will be devastating, if at all Dhoni is needed to bat.

    While SL have not chased at all (forget NED) and have not been proved chasing, India have been proved both setting the total or chasing. So, India might not pray for the toss which SL have would probably don't want to bat second. Anyways, that should not worry India.

    Even if you are put a head to head comparison between the 2 teams, India are way better. Barring the common teams that India and SL won, India have won against Aus, pak while just NZ for SL

    While heart says SL should win, Mind clearly says India will win.

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  • Liyanage.1283 on April 5, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    From an SL fan : I think its gonna be a cakewalk for India as they are much better and ahead in this series. Just compare the margin and comfort level of the victories between the teams and its pretty obvious India that were much more comprehensive in their victories.

    My 2 cents : King Sanga will rise to the occasion and give a big match knock and Mahela might not shine. Similarly, Yuvi and Dhoni will be devastating, if at all Dhoni is needed to bat.

    While SL have not chased at all (forget NED) and have not been proved chasing, India have been proved both setting the total or chasing. So, India might not pray for the toss which SL have would probably don't want to bat second. Anyways, that should not worry India.

    Even if you are put a head to head comparison between the 2 teams, India are way better. Barring the common teams that India and SL won, India have won against Aus, pak while just NZ for SL

    While heart says SL should win, Mind clearly says India will win.

  • on April 5, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    Excellent Liyanage..True lover of own nation and true lover of cricket.Hats off...

  • Galmos on April 5, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Sri Lanka should not change their winning combination for the finals. Hopefully Prasanna will play tomorrow, since they have suffered a lot after dropping spinners in important finals in the last three years ( Herath, Mendis in the 2011 CWC final & Herath in the 2012 WT20 final ) . In my view India has the edge in batting because of inform Kohli and Rohit, while Sri lanka's Sangakkara is out of form and Kushal Perera is prone to be a victim of poor umpiring decisions. But Sri Lanka has a better bowling lineup because of Malinga factor, while spinners of the both teams are doing a great job for their teams. There isn't a much of a difference in fielding but Sri Lanka is slightly ahead of the Indians because of their athleticism. The better team on the day will go on to become the T20 champs.

  • on April 5, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Guys see tomorrow sl will win.we have nothing to lose.we are underdogs.so presure is for ind.malinga will boost.kusal sanga anji with bat.take my word

  • DINESHCC on April 5, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Liyanage.1283: Your comparison of margin of wins, chasing, defending is acceptable at ODI and test cricket level. In T-20 no one can predict that this team will win. One big over will change the entire match both for batting and for bowling sides. For eg. England, SL Match. England was nowhere near the target of 190. When 25 runs were taken in Mendis over, the game was changed immediately. In the India, SA match, Parnelll's (17th) over turned the match. Till 16th over SA was the clear favourites. I am an Indian fan. My heart wants for an Indian win whereas my mind says it won't happen.

  • DC75 on April 5, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Don't agree totally with Liyanage, both teams are equal and may the better team win, by the way I am an indian fan and I do not believe it will be easy for India to win, it will be a close match.

  • on April 5, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    i think india will start as favourite here...but bowling unit and fielding unit is par...indian batting will make the difference

  • on April 5, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    well all the best wishes wid SL , they plyd sum exceptional cricket in Bangla. they are capble of winning this title bt if u compare both sides India have clear edge. bowling is simlilr bt Ind have much better batting combination than Sl which is a major fctr which make IND fav bt still its 60:40

  • on April 5, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Well said Liyanage, I'm an Ind fan and that's exactly what i think except my heart and mind both say India. India had very not easy but easy games in the group stages, it's very hard to describe but I watched and followed all the games and there was a lot more pressure in the games than most think, vs Pak, it was a Ind-Pak match so even if Pak made 40, the intensity would had been the same, vs WI ,the chase was a bit hard at first but after Rohit and Virat got going it become very easy but the part which troubled India the most were the final overs by WI which added a lot more pressure on our batsmen to start good and not lose wickets and Dhawan's wicket in the first over didn't help. vs BD it was easy but the first couple of overs were pretty tense and with Aus, just the pressure of batting first was tough and posting only 159 against a strong line up also didn't make it easy for our bowlers but in the end Aus collapsed and we won. So SL have a gd chance but they hav 2 fight for it!

  • devagupta on April 5, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    true malinga. u guyz just have the winning feeling .but the win goes to india. it will be totally one sided game with srilanka bat first and dont even score 140 . india will take the win with 8 wickets in hand