Watch Live T20 World Cup 2012 Final Sri Lanka vs West Indies
Sri Lanka and West Indies are ready for a final clash to face each other in on 07 Oct 2012 at Colombo stadium. The final match featuring Asian Giants, Sri Lanka and the Caribbean stars, West Indies on Super Sunday promises to be filled with utmost excitement and thrill.
Mahela Jayawardene looked filled with great energy after the firm victory over Pakistan in the first semi-final. This World Championship would mean a lot to Sri Lanka, who are ready to rebrand the country’s image. The Sri Lankans go into the final of this T20 Cricket World Cup as clear favourites and with the added benefit of home advantage.
The hosts remained unbeaten in the 2009 T20 WC 2012, however, but lost the final to Pakistan. Now Mahela Jayawardene and his men will certainly not want to lost this opportunity. The probable Sri Lankan squad will include: Mahela Jayawardene(c), Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Akila Dananjaya Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Shaminda Eranga, Dilshan Munaweera.
The momentum however is with the West Indies after a crushing defeat over Australia on Friday. That momentum has been provided largely by one man but will Darren Sammy’s squad have a major injury concern over Chris Gayle that could affect their hopes of lifting the trophy. It has been six years since the West Indies made it to a final of an ICC event, the last occasion being in the ICC Champions trophy 2006. The likely West Indian line-up will include: Denesh Ramdin(wk), Darren Sammy(c), Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree, Ravi Rampaul, Dwayne Smith, Darren Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Lendl Simmons.
Sri Lanka will clash with West Indies in the finals of the T20 World Cup 2012 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday.
Sri Lanka are aiming to win their second world title after a gap of 16 years as their first and only World trophycame in 1996 while the Caribbean side are playing a World event final after nearly 30 years, having last played against India at the Lord's in 1983.
Sri Lanka made the final of two successive 50-over World Cups in 2007 and 2011, and also the World Twenty20 in 2009,but were unable to win when it mattered most, frustrating fans, former players and media alike.
Sri Lanka would look to rein in a marauding Chris Gayle, whose performance may be a determining factor when the dominating hosts take on West Indies.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy said "We are ready to spoil the Sri Lankan party by winning the coveted title That's what we're looking to do. We left home on a mission and like I have said before, it is just one more hurdle to jump."
Chris Gayle, who has been aggressively tweeting before every West Indies match had commented, "Sorry Sri Lanka, but we will win the final" after the semifinal win over Australia. The Lankan skipper was certainly not amused.
"When somebody says something like that, is the pressure on us or on him?" Mahela Jayawardene countered.
Mahela Jayawardene has some some good players Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and the captain.But Angelo Mathews and Jeevan Mendis are all rounders Despite that though, Sri Lanka does have a few all rounders who can turn it up on the big day, Angelo Mathews and Jeevan Mendis to name a few.
Sri Lanka should be favourites not only because of home conditions but also due to the variety of players from MahelaJayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara to Thisara Perera who can change their game according to the needs.
Strengths of West Indies
Chris Gayle is the most talked about player in this Caribbean set-up..
Apart from Gayle at the top, West Indies have some very competent T20 players like Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard bowler. who promises to put in a venomous performance.
When Gayle was questioned whether he would be able to attack the bowling of Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath like he launched into Xavier Doherty, he replied, "He (Herath) has bowled really well but the performance depends on that particular day."
For Jayawardene and Sangakkara, it will be the fourthfinal after 2007 World Cup, 2009 World T20 and 2011 World Cup and the two seniors are desperate to lift the trophy before their home crowd.
For the West Indies, a lot of things will be at stake in the match. It's not that there will be a sea change in thedeclining cricket culture in the Caribbean islands but a victory on global stage might provide encouragement for the youth, who are more obsessed with basketball and dream of making the cut in the NBA league.
The squads are as below:Sri Lanka: 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Mahela Jayawardene, 3 Kumar Sangakkara, 4 Lahiru Thirimanne, 5 Jeevan Mendis, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Lasith Malinga, 10 Ajantha Mendis, 11 Rangana Herath.
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, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Samuel Badree.
T20 World Cup Finals 2012: Analyzing Sri Lanka vs. West Indies Championship Game
The fourth ICC World T20 final features Sri Laka and West Indies emerging from the crowd and if you were looking for a piece breaking down this matchup, then look no further.
Sri Lanka took down 2009 World Cup champion Pakistan by 16 runs in their semi-final contest, thanks in large part to man of the match and team captain Mahela Jayawardene.
The man with the fourth-most runs scored during the tournament talked with Christopher Elser of Bloomberg about the big win, saying: "It’s an amazing feeling. At the beginning of the match, we felt that 140 was a par score, not a winning score. It was a challenge."
His team will take on the West Indies looking to win their third ICC Tournament in their last six appearances.
West Indies also won in decisive fashion in its semi-final game, posting the tournament's highest total score of 205 for four wickets against Australia. That outburst of power helped the Indies defeat their opponent by 74 runs.
Chris Gayle and his club will need to continue their offensive onslaught to defeat the Sri Lanka. The West Indies haven't won a major ICC tournament since 1996 which means the team doesn't have a great deal of experience in this type of high-profile match.
One aspect that the West Indies does have an advantage in is scorers however, with Gayle tallying the second-most in the tournament, besting Jayawardene's total.
Regardless, when you have two of the tournament's top-four scorers involved in a final, this is going to be a offensively driven match.
As Australian captain George Bailey explained to The Hindu though, this game will be decided by how effective Gayle is for his team. The Australian noted: "If Sri Lanka can get Gayle out under 20 runs, they are the favorites to win the title but if they can’t then West Indies are too strong."
Bailey couldn't have summed up this match any better and with a powerhouse such as Gayle on its roster, the West Indies should be able to grab that elusive second title its been waiting for since '96.
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