DHAKA, April 5, 2014 (AFP) – Sri Lanka face a daunting test of nerves from dominant India in Sunday’s all-Asian World Twenty20 final in Dhaka that is rich with incentives for both teams. Meanwhile, defending champions Australia will take on England in the women’s final at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium a few hours before the men take the field on Sunday. If Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Indians win, they will become the first team to hold all three major limited-overs titles, having won the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy last year.
Sri Lanka will seek an end to an inexplicable losing streak in title matches, after being beaten twice in World Cup finals in 2007 and 2011 and the World Twenty20 finals in 2009 and 2012.
A fitting farewell to veterans Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene in their last T20 international game and a million-dollar winning bonus offered by officials back home will further inspire the Sri Lankans.
Sri Lanka’s English coach Paul Farbrace said past results counted for little in T20 games and pointed to his team’s victory in the Asia Cup one-day tournament in Dhaka last month as a turning point.
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