Earlier in the group stage, Sri Lanka nabbed Gayle early and although Samuels’ 50 and Bravo’s 40 consolidated, the West Indies could only scrape together 129. On form and at home, they start as favourites but a final and T20 pays scant regard to the tag.
Finals are often decided by the performances of your big players. Jayawardene has led Sri Lanka to four limited-over world finals but is yet to hold the cup. Have those defeats left stubborn scars of "here we go again"?
He has the bowling and the fielding at his disposal and the last time they met the Windies, they made the batting of their opponents look silly. It's up to him, Dilshan and Sangakkara to lead the batting.
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