Watch ICC World T20 2014 Final: India vs Sri Lanka Live Streaming Information
By Deepak Vikraman | April 6, 2014 9:40 PM EST
India vs Sri Lanka - we have been here before, haven't we. The unbelievable final almost exactly three years ago, when India created one of the greatest moments in their history, while Sri Lanka were left to wonder about another final that slipped from their grasp.
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The game is scheduled for a 7 pm local time (6.30 pm IST, 2 pm BST, 9 am ET) start with live coverage on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD1 in India. The match can be watched via live streaming online in India HERE. The action in the US will be shown by ESPN with live streaming option HERE. Sky Sports 2 is the channel to watch live in the UK, while you can also live stream the game HERE. The match can be live streamed in Pakistan HERE or HERE.
The match can be live streamed in Europe HERE, with the option for viewers in Canada HERE. New Zealand viewers can live stream the action HERE, while Sri Lanka viewers can do the same HERE. To watch the match in Middle East click HERE, South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can go HERE, while Latin America viewers can do the same HERE. Viewers in Australia can catch all the action live online HERE.
It is India vs Sri Lanka Act II on Sunday evening in Dhaka, the final of the ICC World T20 2014 and a chance to hold aloft that trophy and create another moment of history.
It is fitting that the two best sides in the tournament have reached the final - India have been by far the supreme team in this World T20, unbeaten, unruffled and unflappable, very much like their captain MS Dhoni.
Sri Lanka started the tournament like a house on fire, vanquishing South Africa, and thrashing the Netherlands, before a superb hundred from Alex Hales jolted their momentum a little bit. However, a thumping of New Zealand in a must-win virtual quarterfinal, and another impressive victory over West Indies in the semis have only emphasised just how good a unit this team in hues of blue are.
"The final is a big game, the tension is completely different," Sri Lanka's captain extraordinaire Lasith Malinga said on Saturday. "Whoever plays well on the day can win.
"We all know it is a final but we have to treat it as a normal T20 game. That's the way we are approaching it, and then you don't take any extra pressure. Whoever makes fewer mistakes will win. That's what we are looking forward to doing tomorrow."
India have the momentum as well as the slight psychological edge going into the final, having beaten Sri Lanka in the 2011 final, while also showing their big-match nous with that nerve-wracking victory over England in the ICC Champions Trophy finale last year.
Just don't tell that to Dhoni, though. "In this format, I don't think psychological advantage really matters because the difference between the good sides is very narrow, the reason being it's such a short format," Dhoni said. "I feel it all boils down to how well you have played on that particular day and how the individuals respond to a particular situation."
While a second World T20 title - the Men in Blue won the first edition of the tournament in 2007 - would be brilliant in itself, India are also hunting a Grand Slam of sorts - of being the first team to hold all three major ICC titles - the 50-over World Cup, the Champions Trophy and the World T20.
India already have a firm grasp on the first two, and victory on Sunday will make the result just that little bit sweeter.
"That's something that will be very good for the side," Dhoni said. "But that's also something we can think about once we have done well in the final. As of now, we shouldn't really think about if we win the final.
"What's important for us is to play good cricket and try to contribute -- whoever gets in and sets himself up as a batsman or as bowler. That will be the crucial aspect. We are excited about this World Cup, we hope this will be an exciting final."
India were ridiculously good against South Africa, making a big chase in a semifinal look like lazy brunch; Sri Lanka were also quite good against the West Indies, with their bowling coming up trumps, like it has done for pretty much the entire tournament.
This will also be extra special for Sri Lanka - Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, two of the finest batsmen in the modern game, and legends in their country, play their last T20I game. Nothing will please Sri Lanka more, than to send the two greats off with that title; India, of course, will have other plans.
Team news: India: Ajinkya Rahane was good against the Proteas and should keep his place with Shikhar Dhawan continuing to warm the bench. Dhoni might consider bringing back Mohammed Shami for Mohit Sharma, though, but otherwise there should be no changes.
Sri Lanka: Skipper Dinesh Chandimal is again expected to sit out, for the in-form Lahiru Thirimanne, while Thisara Perera will hope for an inclusion after losing his place to Seekkuge Prasanna in the semifinal.
Key men: India: Cannot look beyond Virat Kohli, the ridiculous chaser; if he fires with the bat with India batting second, there will be little Sri Lanka can do. Also, R Ashwin will hope for some backup from Amit Mishra and Ravindra Jadeja, after Mishra, especially, went missing in the win over the South Africans.
Sri Lanka: Jayawardene and Sangakkara flirted with danger in the must-win games against New Zealand and West Indies, but this will be their last T20I game in a Sri Lanka shirt, and what better way to bid goodbye than to play a couple of man-that-was-good innings like only they can.
Expected lineups: India: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohit Sharma.
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Seekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachitra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga (capt).
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