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India-SL World Cup final: The facts, figures

Last updated on: April 1, 2011 22:20 IST

At the Wankhede, the score is 1-1

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Facts and figures relating to the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka, at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Saturday.

Head-to-head record: India lead 67-50 (NR: 11)

In the World Cups: Sri Lanka lead 4-2

In the sub-continent: India lead 59-46 (NR: 9)

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Results in last five head-to-head ODIs

22 Jun 2010 (Dambulla): Sri Lanka won by seven wickets

24 Jun 2010 (Dambulla): India won by 81 runs

16 Aug 2010 (Dambulla): India won by six wickets

22 Aug 2010 (Dambulla): Sri Lanka won by eight wickets

28 Aug 2010 (Dambulla): Sri Lanka won by 74 runs

* At the Wankhede, they are tied at 1-1. India won the first encounter by 10 runs in 1987. In 1997, Sri Lanka beat India by five wickets.


Image: Kumar Sangakkara (R) and MS Dhoni with the World Cup trophy ahead of the final, at the Wankhede stadium
Photographs: Getty Images
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Both teams placed second in group stage

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Both teams finished second in their respective groups.

*Sri Lanka lost to Pakistan and had a washed out tie against Australia. India lost to South Africa and tied against England.

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* Besides the hiccup against Pakistan, Sri Lanka beat Canada by 210 runs, Kenya by nine wickets, Zimbabwe by 139 runs and New Zealand by 112 runs.

They thumped England by 10 wickets in the last eight before defeating New Zealand again in the semi-finals by five wickets.


Image: The Sri Lanka players congratulate Muralitharan after his last match in Colombo

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Sri Lanka's top three batsmen in Top 5

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India had a more bumpy ride as they enjoyed two comfortable wins -- beating Bangladesh by 87 runs and West Indies by 80 runs -- were stretched before beating second tier teams Ireland and Netherlands by five wickets, tied with England and suffered a three-wicket loss to South Africa. However, a five-wicket win over four-times champions Australia and a 29-run win against Pakistan in the knock-out rounds will have boosted them.

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* As the Indians have been tested, they are likely to withstand pressure better than Sri Lanka, whose middle order, till the semi-finals, had faced a total of 29 balls in six games.

* The top order of both the teams dominate the run scoring charts. Sri Lanka have their top three batsmen in the Top 5 run scorers of this World Cup, with Tillakaratne Dilshan (467 runs) leading the tally. Kumar Sangakkara (417 runs) and Upul Tharanga (393 runs) at numbers four and five respectively.


Image: T Dilshan

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Tendulkar close to being leading run scorer

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For India, Sachin Tendulkar is close to being the leading run scorer as he is three runs behind Dilshan (464 runs).

* India have two more batsmen in the Top 10, with Virender Sehwag (380 runs) and Yuvraj Singh (341 runs) at numbers six and eight respectively.

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* India have two more batsmen, Gautam Gambhir (296 runs) and Virat Kohli (247 runs) at numbers 15 and 20 respectively, they have no other batsmen in the Top 30.


Image: Sachin Tendulkar

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Sangakkara tops the batting averages

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India will need to take wickets as the Sri Lankan top order have stunning averages -- Sangakkara topping the league with 104.25, and Dilshan (66.71) and Tharanga (65.50) not doing badly either.

* Sri Lanka will have to curb the rate of run flow at the top of the batting order with Sehwag scoring at a strike rate of 123.37.

Image: Kumar Sangakkara

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Zaheer, Yuvraj lead the way for India

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On the bowling front, Zaheer Khan (19 wickets) and Yuvraj Singh (13 wickets) have led the way for India.

* Muttiah Muralitharan (15 wickets) and Lasith Malinga (11 wickets) have provided Sri Lanka the breakthroughs when they needed it. Dilshan (seven wickets at an average of 14.14) has bowled very well in the last few matches

Point: Poonam Pandey WILL strip!

* Where Sri Lanka seem to have a distinctive edge is in the economy of their bowling figures. Ajantha Mendis at 3.14 RPO, Dilshan at 3.80, Muralitharan at 4.00, Rangana Herath at 4.27. Harbhajan Singh with an economy of 4.41, heads the list for India but is at a lowly 36th ranked place.

* More teams batting first (11-6) have emerged victorious at the Wankhede.


Image: Zaheer Khan

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