It has been a great T20 world cup so far and now the final will be played between West Indies and the host Sri Lanka. Not many had imagined this final line-up though West Indies had been pegged as favourites to win the cup from the beginning of the competition. Any team that scores between 175-180 runs will lift the ICC World T20 trophy.
WE ARE hours away from the ICC World
T20 final. Sri Lanka made it to the finals when it beat Pakistan with a margin of 16 runs. The West Indies outplayed the mighty Australians. Led by Chris Gayle's controlled innings, the West Indies posted a massive total of 205.
Cricket-watchers around the world expected a fierce response from Shane Watson
, David Warner, and David Hussey but none could post a big score that was required to overtake the total required to win the match. While Australia's captain George Bailey made a valiant attempt, at the end, the required run rate was too much, and the Aussies had run out of wickets.
Now, in the final, both Sri Lanka and West Indies will bring to the table their respective strengths of bowling and batting. But I believe if Sri Lanka posts even 145 or 150 runs, with its great fielders and slow bowlers, not excluding the great Malinga, Sri Lanka will be able to defend the total. But one can't say the same for West Indies whose fielding and catching are suspect, though they seem to have improved in the latter department.
For the West Indies, if both Gayle and Pollard fire again, it will be game over for Sri Lanka - as chasing a big total against West Indies's competent bowling attack will not be easy while chasing in front of the home crowd. For the Lankans, if Mahela Jayawardene, Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara blast the West Indies attack away, then it's game over for the boys from the Carribean.
Either way, one hopes for a great match in the final, and not a one-sided affair, which will be quite a let-down - considering the high quality of most matches in the T20 World Cup 2012.
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