India is just one win short of claiming the Twenty20 World Cup 2014 being played at Sher-e-Bangla National cricket Stadium today, Sunday April 6 at 6.30 pm.
MS Dhoni, Indian capatain will become the first to lead the team to hold all three ICC trophies simultaneously.
Similarly, for Sri Lanka too, the win makes them the winners throughout in two major world events in a row this year and both played at Bangladesh, at the same stadium.
Sri Lanka has won 40 of their total 64 T20Is. In percentage-wise, only Nepal, with two wins and one defeat, has a higher win percentage, if not number of matches.
Sri Lanka also has the highest win percentage in ICC World Twenty20 matches. It has won 20 matches so far, lost nine matches and had a tie in one of their 30 games played in the Twenty20 World Cup 2014 tournament.
Sri Lanka’s captain Angelo Mathews will play his 53rd consecutive T20I, a record for most T20Is in a row at 54 is held by Saeed Ajmal, who played from May 2009 to August 2013.
Whenever Sri Lanka batted first, they were able to win as they won five of the last six T20Is in which they have batted first, instead of chasing the runs.
India has not lost even one match in the last seven matches they played successively in T20Is before reaching today’s final.
India has won three of the five T20Is played against Sri Lanka, losing the other two, one in the Asia Cup 2014 held in February-March.
Indian batsman Virat Kohli led India to a 39 run victory over Sri Lanka in the most recent T20I meeting, scoring 68 runs off just 48 balls.
Kohli is the Twenty20 World Cup 2014 tournament’s leading run scorer for India, scoring 242 runs from five innings in all.
What to Expect:
Sri Lankan player Mahela Jayawardene needs eight runs to become the first player to score 1,000 runs in ICC World Twenty20 matches, which he is likely to make today.
Also Mahela Jayawardene requires 31 runs to reach 1,500-mark in T20Is. His co-player Tillakaratne Dilshan too needs 66 runs to reach this record in T20Is.
Tillakaratne Dilshan needs one more catch to become the first player to take 25 catches as a fielder for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara needs 19 runs to become the fourth player to score 25,000 runs in international matches.
Tillakaratne Dilshan too needs 49 runs to reach the landmark of 15,000 runs in international matches.
Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh now needs to make 43 runs to reach 1,000-mark in T20Is.
Another Indian batsman Ravichandran Ashwin too requires one wicket to reach 25 in T20Is. he will become the second India player to reach the milestone.
Virat Kohli needs 71 runs to reach 900 in T20Is and claim the honour of being the fourth India player to reach the milestone.
Yuvraj Singh needs seven sixes to become the third player in T20I history to register 70 maximums but it is unlikely to achieve today, owing to tight Sri Lankan fielders.
Yuvraj Singh is in line for his 40th T20I cap today.
Today’s final marks the final Twenty20 International appearances of Sri Lankan veteran players Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena.
Key Players to watch:
Rangana Herath v Virat Kohli
Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath has made the tournament’s best possible figures so far with 5-3 in a crunch match against New Zealand and remains to be watched today. Herath faces a tall-order today with India’s Virat Kohli who appears all set to get better with every match.
Virat Kohli has so far earned the most runs in the twenty20 2014 tournament with 242 runs. The Team India batsman’s crucial knock of 72 off just 44 balls in the crucial semi-final against West Indies brought India to the shore of claiming the title in finals as well.
Where to Watch Live?
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