The 2014 ICC World Twenty20 has reached its climax, with India and Sri Lanka facing off in the final at the end of the three-week tournament in Bangladesh.
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Date: Sunday, April 6 (Reserve day Monday, April 7)
Start time: 7 p.m. local time (2 p.m. BST)
Live on: Sky Sports (UK), Fox Sports (Australia), Super Sport (South Africa), BTV (Bangladesh), PTV Sports (Pakistan), Star India (India), SLBC (Sri Lanka), ESPN3 (USA)
Weather: According to Weather.com, we may well be in for more thunderstorms in the afternoon, with temperatures again high and the air sure to be humid.
After three weeks of intense competition featuring 16 teams from across the cricketing world, it all comes down to this, the final between India and Sri Lanka.
Both teams experienced slightly differing semifinals to find themselves at this point, facing each other at an ICC final for the first time since the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
India made relatively serene progress through their semi-final against South Africa, although their batsmen were made to work harder than they have been previously in their six-wicket win.
South Africa racked up 172-4 from their 20 overs thanks to runs from Faf du Plessis and J.P. Duminy, with Ravi Ashwin leading India’s bowlers with 3-22.
However, in response India managed to put together some strong partnerships, built around Virat Kohli’s 72 not out from just 44 balls.
It was Kohli who struck the winning runs as India cantered home in the final over for the loss of just four wickets.
In their semi-final, Sri Lanka were helped out by the weather as they defeated the last edition’s champions West Indies by 27 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method.
Rain and then a spectacular hailstorm intervened with the West Indies on 80-4 after 13.5 overs, clearly banking on one of their fast finishes but failing to account for the weather.
Lasith Malinga was the star for Sri Lanka’s bowlers as he took 2-5 from two overs and removed both openers.
The tournament has been an exciting one, and now it all comes down to what promises to be a frenetic and fascinating final.
India (from): MS Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron
Sri Lanka (from): Dinesh Chadimal (capt), Lasith Malinga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath/Chaturanga De Silva, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Seekuge Prasanna
Against South Africa in their semi-final, Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 72 made a huge difference as India eased home by six wickets.
He has looked in scintillating form throughout this tournament and will be keen for more of the same in the final.
Still one of the deadliest seam bowlers around, Lasith Malinga has been remarkably consistent in this tournament.
With his combination of searing yorkers and sheer pace, he is quite a proposition for opposing batsmen to face and will want to assert himself here.