India Vs Sri Lanka Finals – ICC World Cup 2011 Preview -

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(Hi folks, I'm an Indian and I have predicted India to meet Sri Lanka in the Finals of the World Cup 2011. The content below is an optimistic Indian's view)

The ICC World Cup 2011 has seen many exciting encounters involving India, but Sri Lanka have won all their contests hands down except their match against New Zealand in the first semi finals. Everybody, including Indian cricket lovers are of the view that Sri Lanka have better chances than India to win the Final match of the ICC World Cup 2011. But there are a few portions where the Sri Lankas are still lacking. Lets jump on to some quick comparison with both the strength and lacking points of Sri Lanka and India.
India Vs Sri Lanka Finals 2011 World Cup - Pitch favors:
Both the teams have played enough amount of games in the past in the sub continent pitches. The hot and humid climatic conditions will also not hinder the performance too much as the Asian cricket playing sides are always used to it. The World Cup Finals between Indian and Sri Lanka has been scheduled in Mumbai which is an added advantage for India. Sri Lanka were accused by New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori for playing in Colombo without changing the behavior of the pitch.

But that will not be the case in Navi Mumbai as the pitch has been changed for the World final match. So it will be the quick learners of the pitch who can make the most out of it during the final match. So the pitch favoring is not a factor to be taken in to much consideration.
India Vs Sri Lanka Finals 2011 World Cup – Experience matters:
India and Sri Lanka once again stand balanced in the number of fresh players and experienced biggies. The World Cup Finals will definitely have the same pressure on young players and experienced fellows since the experienced are always expected to deliver and freshers should struggle hard to prove themselves. But the main thing that matters is maintaining a cool head during pressure situations which is readily available with the experienced players.
India Vs Sri Lanka Finals 2011 World Cup – Batting Strengths:
India is definitely a better batting side when compared to Sri Lanka. When written on paper both the sides have genuine batsmen till number 6 but the Sri Lankan middle order have not opened up well in the required situations. Mainly the Sri Lankan top order have carried all the burden on the shoulders making their middle order a bit lazy.

The Sir Lankan openers Dilshan, Tharanga, Sangakkarra and Jayawardane are as good as the opening four o India which includes Sachin, Gambhir, Shewag, Kholi. Yuvraj, Raina and Dhoni are the three who make the difference in the batting line up. Yuvraj and Raina have proved themselves already, but Chamara Silva, Mathews and others are still to open up.

So the in form Indian batting department is the key advantage for the Indian team.
India Vs Sri Lanka Finals 2011 World Cup – Bowling Strengths:
Every Indian would accept the fact that India are lacking with their bowling skills. So far India has made up to this level under the lights of Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Ashwin and part timer Yuvraj Singh. Munaf Patel when compared to Sreesanth and Nehar is doing a fair job.

On the Sri Lankan side front line spinners Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis are in prime form. They are completing the middle overs quickly besides taking wickets in regular intervals. Their economy level has been consistent throughout the World Cup 2011 series. Part timer Dilshan is also handy for Sangakkara to rush through the middle overs. Last but not least the colored head Lasith Malinga is the deadliest arrow of Sri Lanka.
Lasith Malinga can be too hard to handle during the end overs. His in-swinging yorkers have tasted timbers many time and has got no answers from some of the greatest hitters of the cricket ball. His rhythm and confidence is fine tuned more and more as the day progresses. Lasith Malinga is the key man to watch out for. Moreover Angelo Mathews can have a fair bit of purchase in pacy tracks and have go at the Indian bowlers during his batting chances too.

India Vs Sri Lanka Finals 2011 World Cup – Fielding strengths:
India, in the recent past have grown up as a good fielding side in which they were lacking for decades. The picks of the Indian fielders are Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Yuraj Singh and among the seniors its undoubtedly Harabhajan Singh and Sachin Tendulkar.

Sri Lanka have not been a great fielding side in the ICC World Cup 2011 series. Especially Angelo Matthews, Chamara Silva have dropped a few sitters in the field against England. Tillakaratne Dilshan, Muralitharan and skipper Sangakkara are doing their best in the field for Sri Lanka.

India Vs Sri Lanka Finals 2011 World Cup – The Keeper's Cup:
Being an all-Asian finals the ICC World Cup 2011 will not catch more attention from the Asian cricket lovers. Now the time has come and it is the keepers gamble which will lead their respective sides to victory. Lets hope for the 'Men in Blue' to shine bright and bring back the ICC World Cup trophy to India.

MS Dhoni Vs Kumar Sangakkara:
MS Dhoni has tasted a few success as a captain in the previous years. MS Dhoni started off with the T 20 World Cup title followed by the IPL season 3 title and Airtel Champions League Trophy for Chennai Super Kings. Sangakkara has been in good form being a a captain, but hasn't won major titles for his side. It will the clash between the keepers to lift the dream trophy this time. Let us keep our fingers crossed and hope the best for India. Jai Ho!!!!

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