Game:- India v Sri Lanka
Competition :- Cricket World Cup 2011 Final
Venue :- Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date :- Saturday, 2 April 2011
Start time:- 09:00 GMT
No country has won the World Cup Final on its home soil. Back in 1996, when Sri Lanka won the Cup, the final was played in Pakistan. India have a chance to rewrite the record books when they take on a strong Lankan side at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Bet365 have made India 4/6 favourites to lift the Cup while odds of 6/4 are being offered on the Lankan outfit. Read our betting preview for the Cricket World Cup final and make an informed bet!
India results – last few games – most recent games on top
v. Pakistan (Won by 29 runs) Tendulkar 85, Nehra 2-33
v. Australia (Won by 5 wickets) Yuvraj 57 & 2-44
v. West Indies (Won by 80 runs) Yuvraj 113, Zaheer 3-26
v. South Africa (Lost by 3 wickets) Tendulkar 111, Harbhajan 3-53
Captain MS Dhoni admitted that the Indian squad is peaking at the right time. After wobbly displays against South Africa and West Indies, Dhoni’s men have battled hard to see off strong teams in Australia and Pakistan. Suresh Raina’s addition at number seven, has proved to be a masterstroke. The stylish left-hander has played an important role in their last two wins.
On the fitness front, Ashish Nehra is ruled out for the finals with a finger problem. R Ashwin is widely expected to replace him. S Sreesanth is another option at Dhoni’s disposal. Gautam Gambhir did not take the field against Pakistan, but he should be fine for this big final.
All eyes will be on Sachin Tendulkar for this one. The Little Master is playing in his last World Cup game and fans would love to see him lift the World Cup. Sachin is currently on 99 international hundreds. Another century in the final, would make it a century of international centuries!
Sri Lanka results – last few games – most recent games on top
v. New Zealand (Won by 5 wickets) Dilshan 73, Mendis 3-35
v. England (Won by 10 wickets) Dilshan 108, Muralidaran 2-54
v. New Zealand (Won by 112 runs) Sangakkara 111, Muralidaran 4-25
v. Zimbabawe (Won by 139 runs) Dilshan 144 & 4-4
Sri Lanka have won their last few games quite comfortably, but they have been against slightly weaker opposition. They will pose an almighty test to the Indian team. Their top four batsmen have been in imperious touch. Tharanga, Dilshan, Sangakkara and Jayawardena have enjoyed themselves in the tournament. Their lower middle order which consists of Samaraweera, Silva, Matthews is bit of a concern.
There are concerns over the fitness of Angelo Matthews and Muralidaran. Vaas and Randiv have been called up as stand-byes. Although Murali is expected to play through pain, it looks like Matthews might miss the game. Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara and Dilhara Fernando are the contenders for his place.
Match Verdict: I’ll go with the bookmakers. India to score a narrow win.