Sri Lanka Vs West Indies: ICC World Cup T20 Final Tomorrow!

In the first semi final of the ICC World Cup T20 2012 Pakistan surrendered meekly to allow Mahela Jaywardene to lead his team into the fourth Final of ICC limited overs tournaments including that of against India in World Cup-2011 and in T20 World Cup in 2009 without a title. Now, in this final Mahela has another chance at home to make Sri Lanka victorious. In the second semi final Australia were swept away by Gaylestorm last night in Colombo. An incredible performance steered West Indies to meet Sri Lanka tomorrow in the Final in Colombo.

After the intense race between India and Pakistan to reach the knockout stage it was an absolute anticlimax with Pakistan lacking both intensity and purpose. Their bowlers, as usual, did a good job again to restrict Sri Lanka to just 140 in allotted 20 overs. A little application in batting could have seen Pakistan edge past Sri Lanka into the final despite the slow and sluggish pitch. But their chase was a disaster from the word go. In fact most of the Pak batsmen fell to casual and careless shots. They have now disappointed their fans on two major counts—not reaching the final and winning the title, and, losing to India. The Scorecard: 

West Indies was revelation of the hidden power inherent within the team. Of course, with Chris Gayle around they are capable of having a blast anytime anywhere, but what they did to Australia last night was beyond any kind of prediction. Starting a little carefully after winning the toss and electing to bat West Indies launched a brutally professional attack on Australian bowling hitting more sixes (14) than boundaries (13) and piling up the highest total of the tournament at 205/4 in allotted 20 overs. Gayle hit 75 off just 41 balls and for the most significant part was supported equally belligerently by Samuels (26 off 20), Dwayne Bravo (37 off 31) and Kieron Pollard (38 off 15 balls including 3 huge sixes in the last over). The Australian reply was pathetic with West Indies opening with spin and getting success immediately. Wickets fell in heaps except for a frustrated 63 off 29 balls by skipper Bailey. Except against Pakistan the Australian top three batsmen made the victories too easy for them and maybe the dependence on them misfired in the end against a bulldozing West Indies. Shane Watson—the most natural choice for the player of the tournament got finally got demolished. The Scorecard:

Interestingly the buzz among the Indian cricket fans has been that Australia played to lose against Pakistan to keep India out of contention, and therefore they cheered West Indies yesterday shot by shot and jeered Australia wicket by wicket. Maybe Australia’s cruel demolition of India in the Super Eight group encounter was also responsible for such kind of behavior! Apart from this India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to be under the hammer for all his tactical blunders and wrong decisions. 

Sri Lanka defeating West Indies soundly in the Super Eight group encounter notwithstanding the Final tomorrow would be the farthest from a predictable match even on slow Sri Lankan pitches. If Gayle gets going again the ‘slowness’ of the pitch would transform into a ‘race track’ and with sound support by other explosive batsmen as witnessed last night West Indies stand a terrific chance to win a title after long years—this final being their first major success after six years. Sri Lanka better be wary of the Caribbean. West Indies on their part must control the unpredictability factor and continue from where they left last night.

In all, cricket fans across the globe can expect to enjoy a competitive and exciting encounter this Sunday.


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