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The 2011 Cricket World Cup goes down to the wire on Saturday as India hosts Sri Lanka in the tournament final.
India and Sri Lanka have met ten times since the start of 2010, with Sri Lanka enjoying a slight edge in these encounters taking six wins to four for India.
These teams last encountered one another in August of 2010, when Sri Lanka trounced India by 74 runs in Sri Lanka. The two teams last met in India in 2009, with India pulling off the win at Eden Gardens.
India will be full of confidence coming into this encounter having defended a low total against a strong Pakistan outfit in the semifinals. While the Pakistan attack caused India some problems, the form of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag continued to impress, and the Indians must be confident of mounting a decent total on Saturday.
India would probably want to bowl first in this match, betting on keeping Sri Lanka down to a modest total and chasing this with its long batting line up.
Sri Lanka enjoyed a slightly softer progression through to the final, putting away New Zealand with relative ease in the semis. While the Sri Lankans did stumble towards the end of the match, they haven’t looked to be in serious danger of losing a match since succumbing to Pakistan in the group stages.
Sri Lanka’s brilliant batsmen hold the key to their fate in this match. Another strong performance by the likes of Dilshan and Sangakkara, and Sri Lanka could take this match either chasing or batting first.
The 2011 World Cup Final is balanced on a knife edge, and predicting the winner of this encounter is tough. Both teams have played with poise and calm in pressure situations, and chances are this is going to be a match that goes down to the wire.
Our India vs. Sri Lanka World Cup final betting tip is to put your money on the Sri Lankans. The 1996 World Cup Champions have that slight edge in the batting and bowling departments and won’t be under quite as much pressure as India coming into this match.
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