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An emotional final for both teams

india Updated: Sep 13, 2009 16:41 IST
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The T20 finals will be an emotional affair for it will be played between two teams who had a traumatic time in Lahore just over three months back. The Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by terrorists at a roundabout near the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore and it was only good fortune that saw no player get killed. The man who had then scored two consecutive double centuries in that series, Thilan Samaraweera was badly injured, fortunately he will be able to resume his career, although the injury ruled him out of this competition. The Lankans would want to win it for him and try and erase somewhat the memory of that dark morning.

For Pakistan too it will be an emotional match because after that dastardly attack they have become just ‘away’ players since no team wants to play in Pakistan. To get in the finals after they had been written off after their loss in the first game of the tournament will feel good and they will be also charged up to make up for that agonisingly close loss to India in the finals of the previous Twenty20 World Cup two years ago. They know that most teams will not want to visit their country and they will look to make the most of this and show that they don’t need to play at home to win trophies.

Like India and Sri Lanka they will have vociferous support from their fans.