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Sri Lanka Vs in the Final of ICC T20 World Cup 2012: Preview

October 6, 2012

ICC T20 World Cup 2012 is standing at its final step where Sri Lanka and West Indies will going to fight for the much coveted final trophy and championship title. This exciting and spectacular match will be played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo tomorrow, on October 7, 2012 since 7.00 PM local and 1.30 PM GMT.  Sri Lanka is obviously standing in a favorable position firstly because this is the host country of this tournament and secondly, this team is still an unbeaten one in this series and has played outstandingly to knock out every team they have confronted so far. Moreover, this team is also aiming for their 2nd World Cup Trophy after a gap of 16 years since their first World Cup win in 1996. West Indies on the other hand is also not an understated team and they have proved their strength and ability quite confidently when they outsmarted Australia in the second semi final match. Sri Lanka will be in the final of a World Cup tournament after almost three decade as they played against India in the World Cup Final in 1983 at Lord’s. Although Sri Lanka is the favorable one in tomorrow’s match but this favorite team’s fate might be subjected to a great threat if Chris Gayle once more be in his superb and explosive form like last day.

In the 1st semi final, Sri Lanka’s magical spins on their home ground easily outsmarted Pakistan and smoothened their way to book the first spot in the final. The final will also be in the same ground where the two semi finals were hosted. Premadasa track is a slow one where it is quite difficult to get challenging scores. Last day, Sri Lanka batted first and ultimately managed to score a moderate run of 139 only. But when their bowlers came to bowl, Ajantha Mendis and Lasith Malinga did fantastic job with their delivery to put an end to Pakistan scoreboard at 123 picking up 7 wickets. The final will again be in this slow track which will provide an additional advantage for Sri Lankan bowlers.

For the Caribbean team, there are a lot of things which might change their fortune even though Gayle is their strongest strength. Last day, Gayle smashed 75 runs off 41 balls which swayed their way very easily to the final. Moreover if Gayle and the rest of Caribbean squad can take the advantage of the loop holes of the Sri Lankan side, then it will be difficult for the Asian team to win their second World Cup Championship title. But West Indies know this very well that in T20 cricket, luck is a very important factor along with their unbalanced form.

The western bookies like BetFred, SportingBet, BetVictor, William Hill and Coral are offering 4/5 while SkyBET, Ladbrokers and totesport are offering 8/11 for Sri Lanka’s win. On the other side, SkyBET, Boylesports, BlueSQ, 888sport, bWin, 188BET and William Hill are offering 11/10 while 32Red, BETDAQ and bet365 are offering 6/5 for Caribbean’s victory.

Probable XIs of West Indies: Darren Sammy(c), Johnson Charles, Denesh Ramdin(wk), Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Samuel Badree.

Probable XIs of Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (c), Angelo Mathews, Akila Dananjaya, Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Dilshan Munaweera, Kumar Sangakkara.

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