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2014 World Cup T20: Sri Lanka Out to End The Jinx

2007 World Cup Finals to Australia, 2009 World T20 Finals to Pakistan, 2011 World Cup finals to India, 2012 World T20 finals to West Indies. These are the Finals of the last 6 ICC World Championships in which Sri Lanka was beaten Fair and Square. And next on the line is their South Asian rivals India in the 2014 World T20. This time around, the Lankans will look to end their Finals jinx and give two of their stalwarts a fitting farewell. It was a sort of deja-vu for the Lankans as it was the same situation ahead of the 2011 World Cup finals against India, which was also their star spinner’s Muttiah Muratharan’s final match for his country. This time around, their opponents are same but their legendary batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene has been in the limelight instead of Murali. The Lankans would hope to win the finals and dedicate the win to these batting genius.

On the other hand, the Indian cricket team led by MS Dhoni is yet to lose a final of the ICC events since he was appointed as skipper. After defeating the “Traditional and Semi-Final” chokers South Africa, India will now take on the “Finals chokers” Sri Lanka in the grand finale of the 2014 World T20. India is by far the best team in the tournament but given the fact that in T20’s even the minnows can upset the number 1 side, Sri Lanka will look to get the better of the men in blue in a day’s time. India will look to spoil the farewell T20 match of Jayawardene and Sangakkara. Come Sunday night, both these sides will set the Sher-E-Bangla stadium, Mirpur on fire as a gruelling battle between the Asian rivals is on the cards. India will also look to avenge their loss to Lanka in the recently concluded Asia Cup. Here is what we can expect from the clash of titans in the battle of Twenty20 supremacy.

Road to Finals:


  • Defeated Pakistan by 7 wickets.

  • Defeated West Indies by 7 wickets.

  • Defeated Bangladesh by 8 wickets.

  • Defeated Australia by 73 runs.

  • Defeated South Africa by 6 wickets.

Sri Lanka:

  • Defeated South Africa by 5 runs.

  • Defeated Netherlands by 9 wickets.

  • Lost to England by 6 wickets.

  • Defeated New Zealand by 59 runs.

  • Defeated West Indies by 27 runs (D/L method).



Sri Lanka

Mahendra Singh Dhoni


Dinesh Chandimal


ICC Twenty20 Rankings



Number of wins in 2014 WT20



Number of loses in 2014 WT20


Virat Kohli: 242 runs

Leading Run Scorer in WT20

Mahela Jayawardene: 134 runs

R Ashwin: 10 wickets

Leading Wicket Taker in WT20

Nuwan Kulasekara: 7 wickets

176-4 vs South Africa

Highest Team total in WT20

186-4 against England

73 runs against Australia

Highest winning margin in WT20

9 wickets against Netherlands


Head-to-Head in T20 Intls



Head-to-Head in WT20


*Dinesh Chandimal is the official captain for Sri Lanka in the 2014 WT20. But Lasith Malinga is leading the side to get the composition right.

Pitch Report: The wickets at the Sher-E-Bangla stadium has been aiding the spinners since start of 2014 World Cup T20. Both India and Sri Lanka are packed with some world class spinners in their side which makes the game more interesting.

Weather Report: The weather might be a concern for the game as the meteorological department has predicted a thunder storm on Sunday afternoon and the weather is likely to be partly cloudy later in the day. So one can expect D/L method to decide the outcome of the tournament. Dew might also be a concern for both the captains. So in all likelihood keeping these criteria’s in mind, the captain winning the toss will look to chase.

Match Timing: 6:30 PM IST, 1:00 PM GMT, 7:00 PM Local

On-Field Umpires: Ian Gould and Richard Kettleborough 

Third Umpire: Rod Tucker 

Match Referee: David Boon

After their victory in the 2014 Asia Cup, now the Sri Lankans have set their sights on the elusive World T20 triumph. They have a very balanced unit. Their bowlers are in top form with the pacers Nuwan Kulasekara and Lasith Malinga providing ample support to their spinners Sachitra Senanayake and Rangana Herath. Herath has been in terrific form as he single-handedly led the Lankans in to the semis with a spell of 3.3-2-3-5 against New Zealand in a match which was considered as a virtual quarter-finals. Their batting too looks good with the Kusal Perera bamboozling the opponents. He is well backed by Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Matthews. The form of their star batsman Kumar Sangakkara will be a concern for the Sri Lankans. Sangakkara was not his usual self since the start of the tournament and the team management will bank on him to regain his form back. Fielding too has been impressive from the Lankans.

Sri Lanka Possible Playing XI: Tillakratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Seekukuge Prasanna, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachitra Senenayake, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath.

Everything seems to have go in India’s way in the tournament as they stormed their way into the finals. India’s spin trio, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli look in sensational form and have performed upto the mark and carried their team into the summit clash. Their only area of concern is the form of Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj, who had a great match against the Aussies is struggling to get back to form. Yuvraj at top gear in the finals will be a blessing in disguise for the Indians. India will likely have Shami Ahmed in place of Mohit Sharma to strengthen the death bowling. Their ground fielding and catching looked to have improved and with the arrival of Ajinkya Rahane in the team, the fielding has become electrifying.

India’s Possible Playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami.


India are unbeaten in this tournament and they have been involved in many Finals over the years in which they came out successful. So there won’t be any pressure on them in the finals. On the other hand, Sri Lanka are looking to win a major ICC tournament for the First Time since 1996 and also hoping to break the “Finals” Jinx. On current form India are a way better team than England. With the pitch expected to and assist spin, India should not have any problem in winning the 2014 ICC World T20. This match might also witness a deadly duel between Indian spinners and their Sri Lankan counterparts.

2014 World Cup T20: Sri Lanka Out to End The Jinx