World Cup Final: Star-War on Saturday
Venkatesan Iyengar | 26 Apr 2007
While Sri Lankans stormed into the finals of World Cup 2007 by thrashing the Kiwis, South Africa could not break the semi-final jinx and paved the way for Aussies to the finals.
Australia vs. Sri Lanka. The top two teams in the Super Eight: 1 vs. 2.
You cant think of a better script to the Final showdown than this. You cant assemble a better and worthier cast for the grand finale to the 47-day affair than this.
Australia vs. Sri Lanka the two best sides in the cricketing world, with a rich blend of experience and youthful vigour.
Can Hayden and Gilchrist provide the Australian team a rollercoaster start? Can Jayasuriya and Tharanga do it for the Sri Lankan side? Will the Sri Lankans find Tait too hot to handle? Can Malinga unsettle the Aussie batting lineup with his sling action and pace? Will Murali make all the difference between the two teams?
McGraths precision versus Vaas; Gilchrists flamboyance versus Sangakaras; Mualis wiles and guiles versus Hoggs enthusiasm; Pontings batting and captaincy skills versus Jayawardenes.
Will it be a repeat of the 1996 final when Sri Lanka made light work of the redoubtable Australian side? Or, will the Sri Lankans go Down Under this time to the awesome Aussies who have not lost a World Cup match since May 23, 1999?
One thing is for sure: we are in for a sumptuous feast of cricketing action on Saturday.