T20 World Cup Final – Sri Lanka vs West Indies
This entry was posted on Sunday, October 7th, 2012
Windies in ‘not total shambles’ shock
Connoisseurs know that a good World Cup needs three main ingredients: a decent run from the hosts, a series of super matches, and a star who rises above it all, dominating the tournament and in the process, establishing himself as a legend. Well this Cricket T20 World Cup, despite lasting longer than the average sub-continent Government, has had it all.
Hosts Sri Lanka find themselves in the final, we have had super matches (with, get this, super overs) once the thing heated up a bit, and we have had Chris Gayle, the coolest dude on the planet, announcing himself as a cricketing great to rival Richards, Holding and Lara. Big statement. But a true one.
So who will prevail in the final? If you’re looking for omens, England hosted the 2009 version, went out tamely in the second stage and came back the next time knowing what to do. The Windies were the hosts on that occasion, went out in an equally supine way at the Super 8s, and here they stand, on the threshold of showing that a lesson taught in your back yard is a lesson taught well indeed.
Yet when the two countries met earlier in the tournament, the Carribean chaps were schooled once more, as Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets. Opener Jayawardene hit 65 off 49 balls as the hosts won with a staggering 28 balls to spare.
The key that match was the early dismissal of Gayle, caught at the wicket off the bowling of Kulasekara for just 2 runs. But if Gayle catches fire, we like the West Indies at 6/5 with our good friends at Bet365.