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Updated: April 2, 2011 04:33 IST

All eyes on Mumbai as India, Sri Lanka clash

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GRAND FINALE: On the eve of of the most important games of their lives, rival captains M.S. Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara get a close look at what they'll be playing for at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. Both India and Sri Lanka will be attempting to win their second World Cup title in their third final appearance. Photo: K.R. Deepak
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GRAND FINALE: On the eve of of the most important games of their lives, rival captains M.S. Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara get a close look at what they'll be playing for at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. Both India and Sri Lanka will be attempting to win their second World Cup title in their third final appearance. Photo: K.R. Deepak

Can India end a 28-year-long drought?

In a match-up with exciting possibilities, subcontinental giants India and Sri Lanka will meet in the final of the ICC World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.

Both teams appeared relaxed as they went through the practice sessions on Friday afternoon. The high-pressure game that will test the nerves of the two sides is the first title clash between them in the premier ODI competition.

India enters the match as the favourite, and expectations are high. If Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side triumphs, it will become the first home team to win the title in the World Cup.

India has the batting might, while Sri Lanka has variety in bowling. Its off-spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, striving to recover from a hamstring strain, bowled at the nets. He is expected to figure in the summit clash.

Muralitharan, 38, will retire from international cricket after the final. He has 800 wickets in Tests and 534 in ODIs — the highest by any bowler in both formats.

Another legend, the in-form Sachin Tendulkar, has 464 runs from eight matches of this edition at 58.00. The ageless Tendulkar has the opportunity to complete 100 international centuries on his home ground and become part of a World Cup winning team.

Pace-bowling all-rounder Angelo Mathews, down with an injury to quadriceps, has been replaced in the Sri Lankan squad by off-spinner Suraj Randiv.

In the Indian side, left-arm paceman Ashish Nehra has been ruled out as he has a broken finger. Dhoni has said top-order batsman Gautam Gambhir, grappling with a few niggles, is fit for the fray.

The pitch is expected to offer good bounce and carry initially. As the match progresses, the surface could play slower and encourage the spinners.

India won the World Cup in 1983 when Kapil Dev's men bucked the odds to defeat the formidable West Indies in the title clash at Lord's, England.

It has since been a long and rather agonising wait for India as the side sought to reclaim the ‘cup of joy'. Sourav Ganguly's men journeyed to the final of the 2003 event in South Africa, but succumbed to the Aussie firepower in the final.

Sri Lanka, the winner in 1996 and runner-up in 2007, has consistently delivered on the big stage. The side, led astutely by Arjuna Ranatunga and powered by an unbeaten hundred from Aravinda de Silva, defeated Australia in the final in Lahore in 1996.

In the Caribbean in 2007, the side was ambushed by an astonishing century by Australian great Adam Gilchrist.

Captains on pressure, excitement

Talking to the media here on Friday, Dhoni attempted to play down the pressures of the occasion: “The team is living in the present and is not thinking too far ahead.”

Sangakkara, the other wicket-keeper-batsman captain, said: “Everyone is excited. But we are trying to control the excitement and add steel to it.”

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Yeah, India won the cup and they played extremely well but it's very dissapointing due to the fact that the Indian team though they have batting skills they defenitely lack manners. All of us noticed that he never congradulated the SL team after winning the cup in his official speech. Sangakkara's speech was excellent.

from:  Nayomi
Posted on: Apr 3, 2011 at 17:08 IST

Congrats Indian Team and to all Indian.
The Team India has made all of us proud. Great Knock by Gambhir and My Favourite (Mahindra Singh Dhoni)

from:  Arun Kumar
Posted on: Apr 3, 2011 at 15:40 IST

It's Sri Lanka that is going to win today. But I must also say that if I want any other country to win other than Sri Lanka, that is India.

from:  nirupa rodrigo
Posted on: Apr 2, 2011 at 15:26 IST

Possiblities are for India as the photo shows that Srilankan captain gives the WORLD CUP to Indian Captain DHONY. Also this is the game for India to win in the Home town. Awaiting for the Results.

from:  Sundar
Posted on: Apr 2, 2011 at 12:50 IST

India is playing now with the shout of viewers.But In india v/s Aus, Yuvi and Raina showed us a model of real cricket. On this occasion i would like to tell them play for the team not for the viewers.

from:  Ahlad Radhakrishnan
Posted on: Apr 2, 2011 at 12:38 IST

Sri Lanka will win the ICC World Cup definitely

from:  Rohana Gamage
Posted on: Apr 2, 2011 at 11:55 IST

Sri Lanka Going to win today .

from:  Gayan Frenando
Posted on: Apr 2, 2011 at 11:52 IST

India will win the match in the world Cup final.
Man of the Match: Sachin Tendulkar
Man of Tournament: Yubraj Singh

from:  Bibek Saha
Posted on: Apr 2, 2011 at 11:49 IST

We all are very excitement mood,
We know that india will win and we already consider India as the winner.

from:  Atanu Paul
Posted on: Apr 2, 2011 at 11:46 IST

I am sure INDIA will win today. I am 1000 % confidence.....It's my chalange .

from:  Madhu Ray
Posted on: Apr 2, 2011 at 11:08 IST

India will win...............

from:  Shailendra Kumar
Posted on: Apr 2, 2011 at 10:08 IST

I wish both the teams play to their potential and make the final an exciting game. Although Sri Lankans are a better team on paper Indians have the fire power to demolish any bowling attack on their day. I think Sri Lankans should replace the injured Mathews with Thissara Perera rather than Randive. The team that wins the toss will have a better chance of lifting the Trophy. I wish both the team all success.

from:  Asokan Suppiah
Posted on: Apr 2, 2011 at 10:01 IST

India will win the match

from:  Rajesh, trivandrum
Posted on: Apr 2, 2011 at 09:41 IST

Let us pray for Indian cricket's team to play well and be victorious in this world cup and to fulfill the ambition of ageless Tendulkar to complete his 100 international centuries in his home ground.

from:  Balachandra prabhu .A
Posted on: Apr 2, 2011 at 09:35 IST

What a match it would be. Billions glued to their telivision sets and some lucky ones will be at the stadium in all each and every body is wishing to have a great and a historic win by the Men In Blue.Hoping to have a gala match performance and 100 overs of great cricket, but hope n wish that Men In Blue turns out to be the Men with that golden trophy and rule the world cricket.
ALL THE BEST!!!!

from:  Dhruv Chopra
Posted on: Apr 2, 2011 at 09:07 IST

SRI LANKA WORLD CHAMPS 2011 COME ON LIONS...................

from:  Mevan senarathna
Posted on: Apr 2, 2011 at 09:03 IST

Technically, India will not be the first host nation to win the world cup.Sri Lamka were the co-hosts for the tournament when they won the title in 1996.

from:  Sobhana Desikan
Posted on: Apr 2, 2011 at 08:00 IST

Sri Lanka is the best.......

from:  Dilini
Posted on: Apr 2, 2011 at 07:11 IST
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