The Sri Lankan team put everthing they could in training to be fully prepared for their big World Twenty20 final match against India in Mirpur on Sunday. (All images courtesy AFP)
Sri Lanka's veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene and wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara will be playing their last T20 international during the World T20 final against India. While Jayawardene has made 134 runs in the tournament, Sangakkara has struggled in almost every match.
Although Sri Lanka lost the match against England where Mahela Jayawardene scored 89 due to a brilliant Alex Hales century, they will be favourites to win if Jayawardene can produce another such knock against India in the final.
Another key player for Sri Lanka will be Rangana Herath, who has been on fire with his brilliant leg-spin bowling ever since he produced a match-winning 5/3 spell against New Zealand in a virtual quarterfinal match of the ICC World Twenty20.
It will be interesting to see if Sri Lanka play either of Prasanna Jayawardene or Sachitra Senanayake in the final against India, or bring in Thisara Perera and Ajantha Mendis once again.
A lot will also depend on Sri Lanka's one-day captain Angelo Mathews, who produced a brilliant 40-run knock against West Indies to take his team to a decent 160-run total in the first ICC World Twenty20 semifinal, where after a rain storm, the Lankans rode Duckworth-Lewis to sail into the final.
Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga, who is leading the side after Dinesh Chandimal opted out due to his poor form, has been brilliant so far in his decision-making on field and very accurate in his bowling.
What he will bring into Sunday's final against India will be key in determining whether he will be able to replace Dinesh Chandimal as Sri Lanka's T20 captain after the ICC World Twenty20 tournament.
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