World T20 2014: Live Stream, Form Guide and Key Stats for India vs. Sri Lanka

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2014

DHAKA, BANGLADESH - APRIL 04:  Virat Kohli of India bats during the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 semi final between India and South Africa at Sher-e-Bangla Mirpur Stadium on April 4, 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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This year's World Twenty20 final will be contested between two of cricket's biggest powers as India and Sri Lanka ready themselves for Sunday's clash in Mirpur.

Bangladesh has been a generous host in recent weeks, laying on all of the high-octane action that those among the T20 community have come to expect but only the strongest remain in what promises to be an almighty climax.

Ahead of this weekend's finale, read on for a breakdown of exactly how our two remaining bastions have made it to this stage, along with some essential statistics and figures heading into the fixture.


Date: Sunday, April 6

Time: 1 p.m. GMT/8 a.m. ET

Live Stream: Sky Go app (subscription required)

TV Info: Sky Sports 2 (UK)


Form Guide

Considering India are yet to lose in this year's tournament and are being driven by a select sample of individual stars, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will lead his team into Sunday's final as slight favourites.

This is an Indian side high in confidence, too, having blazed past South Africa on Friday by a gulf of six wickets, holding on to a healthy lead established in their innings and restraining their most recent opponents to 172-4.

A.M. Ahad

A great deal of their batting success has come from the figure of Virat Kohli, who has finished as the team's leading scorer in three of their last five victorious outings.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have suffered defeat already in the competition, losing to England by a margin of six wickets during the group phase.

However, the strength required to come back from that result—since beating New Zealand and the West Indies—is a trait that's also worthy of commendation.

Aijaz Rahi

Mahela Jayawardene and Kusal Perera have shared the scoring plaudits over the course of this year's contest, each finishing two matches as Sri Lanka's most effective scorer. 

Sri Lanka go into this fixture fully aware that they are underdogs to take home the most coveted prize that awaits the victor, but it's a setting that may ultimately work to their advantage in Bangladesh.


Key Stats

Having won the inaugural World T20 tournament in 2007, India can become the first nation to take home a second title of this sort should they come out on top in Mirpur.

It's a feat that no other nation has managed in the past but as CricketNDTV state, the fine form of Kholi is likely to be a massive factor in their scoreboard impact:

It's really no wonder that the Indian side find themselves within reach of another title, either, with Bleacher Report cricket expert Freddie Wilde pointing out just how well the giants cope with pressure during the latter stages of such competitions and giving more detail on Kohli's scoring form:

For Sri Lanka, Tillakaratne Dilshan will want to be keeping an eye on precisely where he steps, as OptaJim shows the former national team captain has been caught stranded in no man's land all too frequently of late:

Another factor worth taking into account for this matchup will be the gulf in experience possessed by each squad, as OptaJim points out:

Although numbers and on-paper form are only so significant in high-profile matchups such as this, India will certainly feel as though they take an advantage into Sunday's meeting.

However, regardless of who lifts the trophy, the one person destined not to lose is the spectator.