T20 World Cup Finals 2012: Analyzing Sri Lanka vs. West Indies Championship Game
The fourth ICC World T20 final features Sri Laka and West Indies emerging from the crowd and if you were looking for a piece breaking down this matchup, then look no further.
Sri Lanka took down 2009 World Cup champion Pakistan by 16 runs in their semi-final contest, thanks in large part to man of the match and team captain Mahela Jayawardene.
The man with the fourth-most runs scored during the tournament talked with Christopher Elser of Bloomberg about the big win, saying: "It’s an amazing feeling. At the beginning of the match, we felt that 140 was a par score, not a winning score. It was a challenge."
His team will take on the West Indies looking to win their third ICC Tournament in their last six appearances.
West Indies also won in decisive fashion in its semi-final game, posting the tournament's highest total score of 205 for four wickets against Australia. That outburst of power helped the Indies defeat their opponent by 74 runs.
Chris Gayle and his club will need to continue their offensive onslaught to defeat the Sri Lanka. The West Indies haven't won a major ICC tournament since 1996 which means the team doesn't have a great deal of experience in this type of high-profile match.
One aspect that the West Indies does have an advantage in is scorers however, with Gayle tallying the second-most in the tournament, besting Jayawardene's total.
Regardless, when you have two of the tournament's top-four scorers involved in a final, this is going to be a offensively driven match.
As Australian captain George Bailey explained to The Hindu though, this game will be decided by how effective Gayle is for his team. The Australian noted: "If Sri Lanka can get Gayle out under 20 runs, they are the favorites to win the title but if they can’t then West Indies are too strong."
Bailey couldn't have summed up this match any better and with a powerhouse such as Gayle on its roster, the West Indies should be able to grab that elusive second title its been waiting for since '96.
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