While India cemented its position in the finals beating Pakistan in a nerve-wracking game, the Lankans made it to the finals beating the Kiwis in an easy clash.
India’s hope of winning the World Cup has been on a high as skipper M.S. Dhoni’s team might repeat the feat of 1983 World Cup. Sri Lanka will also try its best to achieve glory.
Both the teams have won the World Cup only once, and this time it can be a golden chance for one of them to win it for the second time.
The game is said to be the one that may create a new record with Sachin Tendulkar’s hundredth century in the ODI’s.
For the Indian side, this clash is an important one as nothing would be better than giving the cup to the coach Gary Kirsten and Sachin Tendulkar for their farewell. It will be a tribute for both of them as they have contributed to the Indian cricket a lot and have also brought many laurels to the nation.
Same will be the case with Sri Lanka, as Muttiah Muralitharan has also planned to retire after the World Cup series. Sangakkara and Co. will fight hard to win the cup for their bowler who has been contributing to the team with his sharp bowling for quite a long time. This trip will be the last one for the Sri Lankan coach, Trevore Bayliss, as well.
There isn’t any hidden weapon in both the teams as they have been playing against each other many times in the last three years. So, no surprises are to be expected on both the fronts. Victory is just a cup away for both the teams. The team that will be able to handle the pressure of this battle of nerves will bask in the glory.
With Sri Lanka winning the toss and electing to bat first, the battle can go either way. What matters the most is the way how both the teams will handle the big occasion.
It will certainly be an interesting match to watch where both the Asian teams will fight it out to be the best amongst the rest.