World T20 final LIVE: The clash of Titans begins
Colombo: Opting to bat, West Indies scored 137 for six in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 against Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium here on Sunday.
Sri Lanka made one change from the side that beat Pakistan in the semi-final, bringing in 20-year-old spinner Akila Dananjaya in place of Rangana Herath.
The West Indies retained the same team that defeated Australia in the second semi-final.
West Indies: 137 for six in 20 overs (Marlon Samuels 78, Darren Sammy 26 not out; Ajantha Mendis 4/12).
For the World T20 2012, it is finally 'D' Day. One team will be crowned the champions, while the other will have to make do with a small runner's up medal and a hurt ego. Sri Lanka couldn't have asked for a better scenario, they have a chance of clinching glory in front of their home crowd, however, that depends on whether they thrive under pressure or crumble.
West Indies have momentum behind them and enter this contest on the back of some thrilling performances. One thing the men from the caribbean have done well, is put in a good all-round performance and that is something they will yearn for in the final. There will be some pressure on Darren Sammy and his men since this side doesn't have much experience in the current scenario. After all, it has been six years since the West Indies made it to a final of an ICC event, the last occasion being in the ICC Champions trophy 2006.
Sri Lanka on the other hand will be desperate to capitalize on this final. The hosts remained unbeaten in the 2009 T20 WC 2012, however, faltered in the final and lost to Pakistan. This tournament's story has been quite similar for the Lankans, with plenty of victories and just the one loss to South Africa in the group stage. Mahela Jayawardene and his men will certainly not want to let history repeat itself and will know that they will not get a better opportunity than this.
Sammy had earlier announced that they are ready to spoil the Sri Lankan party by winning the coveted title.
"Definitely, we will be looking to spoil that party. That's what we're looking to do. We left home on a mission and like I have said before, it is just one more hurdle to jump," a smiling Sammy had told a packed media conference on Saturday.
Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene (capt.), Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Akila Dananjaya
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy (capt.), Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree
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