Sri Lanka v West Indies World T20 Final

Picture: Eranga Jayawardena/AP
Chris Gayle battered the Australian attack. Picture: Eranga Jayawardena/AP
Sri Lanka  and the West Indies  meet in the World Twenty20 Final in Colombo on Sunday night, with both sides looking to win the title for the first time. While Sri Lanka reached the decider three years ago, this is the first time that the West Indies have made it past the semi-finals.

The tournament hosts have been imperious throughout the event, with a Duckworth/Lewis defeat to South Africa in the group stage the only blemish on their otherwise perfect record. Skipper Mahela Jayawardene  has been the star with the bat, accumulating 210 runs at an average of 42 runs in his six innings. Unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis  is the joint highest wicket taker in the tournament to date and will be looking to add to his eleven wickets. Mendis has a great record against the Windies, with nine wickets from the four Twenty20 matches that he has played against them.

The West Indies 74 run drubbing of Australia in the second semi-final was masterminded by a devastating innings by hard hitting opener Chris Gayle , who batted through the pain of a side strain during the latter stages of his innings. The Jamaican has scored three half centuries from his five visits to the crease in Sri Lanka and his absence would be a potentially fatal blow to his team’s chances if it were deemed serious enough to rule him out of the match.

These two sides have met in four Twenty20 International matches, with Sri Lanka winning on each occasion. Last week’s Super Eights match resulted in a comfortable nine wicket win for the hosts after the West Indies managed just 129 from their 20 overs.

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