The Toss will play a vital part in today’s final. Kumar Sangakkara has been lucky so far, winning the toss four out of four times, a one hundred percent record. Teams who have batted second in this tournament have predictably won, and this is not good for cricket.
The dew factor has caused major problems to the side fielding under lights. Wicket taking bowlers have looked ordinary and batsmen have had all the glory so far. Sangakkara the Sri Lankan captain opted to bat first against India, mainly to test his bowlers with the wet ball. The plan did not bear fruit due to his strong batting line up being restricted to a low score of only 213 runs.
Prior to the second game against India his openers had given him good starts and Sri Lanka were able to chase the relatively big targets set by the opponents. The top order came up with sterling performances with Dilshan, Samaraweera, Jayewardene and Upul Tharanga recording centuries and the skipper himself getting among the runs with three half centuries scored with an excellent strike rate.
Sri Lanka will have to build a total of three hundred plus if they bat first, taking into consideration that India has one of the strongest batting sides in world cricket.
If India bats first, they are capable of setting a big target, given their batting options. It is envisaged that three key Indian players namely Virendra Shewag, Harbajan Singh and Zaheer Khan will be in the playing eleven tomorrow.
It is likely that the same batting line up that lost to India, in the last outing, will play in the final, however in the bowling department Nuwan Kulasekera looks likely to be included in the final squad.