About the Match
India is coming into this final after posting a commendable victory against Sri Lanka in final league game to top the table and reach the final and knock West Indies out, India once again face the same opponent on 11th July at Port of Spain. This will be second time in past month where these two teams are involved in a knockout or a title match. On last occasion, in Champions Trophy semifinal, India marched past Sri Lanka. These are different conditions, and India faced a heavy defeat in league game from Sri Lanka’s and it can be anybody’s game. It is a match between the sides which we have seen a lot in recent past, but because it’s a final and both teams won convincingly in their group game, I expect it to be enthralling contest.
After a remarkably bad start to this tournament, India is at the top of the table after the conclusion of group stage which was a bit hard to think before the second leg of tournament began. India lost its first game to West Indies by a narrow margin of one wicket. However, in their second game against Sri Lanka, they were badly beaten first in batting and then in bowling resulting in a thumping Sri Lankan win. However, in last two games, they’ve turned the table upside down to rise from bottom to top. In a game in which they looked lost, luck combined with brilliant effort from Bhuvaneshwar Kumar helped India to climb to the top. Rohit Sharma anchored the innings until the rain arrived and after that Indian bowlers delivered on a helpful track. MS Dhoni is expected to make a comeback and if he does, it will be a tremendous booster for India.
Not unlike India, Sri Lanka too was helped by rain in their qualification match. In a rain affected game which was completed on the reserve day, Sri Lanka posted a total which West Indies failed to chase. Sangakkara’s provided the stability in the beginning, and in the later stages, he took the attack to the opposition. Angelo Mathews has bowled brilliantly in the series and has troubled almost every batsman. Nuwan Kulasekara got injured in a crucial game his unavailability is a huge setback for them. Their batsmen have struggled so far and if they deliver as they did in their first league game of this tournament, Indian team will have a hard time in the middle.
Taking into account the number of games these two teams have played recently, it can be called a clash of familiar foes. India has proved to be too good to beat in almost all the knockout games that these two teams have played in recent past. Sri Lanka will be itching to turn the equation to their favor and would come out all guns blazing. Can they beat rejuvenated Indian side in final of this tournament? Indian team has rediscovered its form and is once again looking too good to taste defeat. Sri Lankan top order has struggled against Bhuvaneshwar and other Indian bowlers. Considering form and overall team balance, I expect India to win this final and hence this Tri-Nation tournament.
India @ 1.53 William Hill
Due to tough conditions for batting in West Indies, scoring a huge target has been difficult. Sri Lanka and India have both touched the 300-run mark once, but have failed to repeat this performance. Sri Lanka’s batting form went down miserably with no batsman scoring runs in last match. Absence of Kulasekara from Sri Lankan’s bowling attack makes it less lethal. Taking into account Indian batting strength and inexperience in Sri Lankan bowling, India is more likely to produce top scorer of the match.
Team Of Top Batsman:
India @ 1.67 William Hill