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Team ready to handle pressure in final - Sanga

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara believe that his team is ready and well prepared to play the biggest match of their lives when they take on arch rivals India in the ICC 2011 Cricket World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today.

Sangakkara said that the entire team is brimming with confidence and is determined to bring an end to another successful World Cup campaign following their 1996 success and having emerged runners up in 2007.

The Sri Lankan captain stated that the side is capable of handling the pressure as they look to overcome the Indians who will be playing in front of their home crowd.

However Sangakkara noted that the team has defeated India on a couple of earlier occasions in India and is looking forward towards carrying on with the good work after their morale boosting victories in the quarter final and semi final respectively.

The final of course will turn out to be a contest between World record holder Muttiah Muralitharan and Sachin Tendulkar two of the greatest players to emerge from the modern game of cricket.

In fact off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan will be playing in his last One Day International and will be chasing another word record where he is just three wickets away from drawing level with former Australian fast bowler Glen McGrath’s all time ICC Cricket World Cup record of 71 wickets.

The final will also be a significant one for opener Sachin Tendulkar who will be playing on his home ground and hoping to notch up his 100th century in international cricket.

India of course have a clear edge in the batting department with Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina all displaying good form. However Sri Lanka, with their strong bowling line-up boasting of names like Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis, are capable of bringing down even the best in the business.

Sri Lanka also has the edge over India having won 4 matches and lost 2 with one no result in ICC Cricket World Cup tournaments. Overall India and Sri Lanka have met 128 times in One Day Internationals with India winning 67 matches, Sri Lanka 50 matches, with 11 no-results.

In addition the teams have met twice at the Wankhede Stadium, with one win apiece.

The teams:

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel

Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara (capt), Mahela Jayawardene, Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Chamara Kapugedera, Suraj Randiv, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath.

Umpires: Simon Taufel (AUS) and Aleem Dar (PAK)

TV umpire: Ian Gould (ENG)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)


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