In the tournament being played in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka beat West Indies in the first semi-final and India beat South Africa in the second to set up the final on Sunday between the two sub-continent nations. (Update: For those who don’t understand cricket, I wrote a post back in 2006 that explains the game as briefly as I could.)
In the first game on Thursday, Sri Lanka batted first and started slowly but managed to score 160, which is at the low end of the range of defensible scores. When the West Indies went to bat, they started off with a flourish but then seemed to get bogged down in the middle and inexplicably batted as if they were not concerned that they were falling further and further behind the required run rate to win. When a sudden downpour accompanied by hail put an abrupt end to the game, they lost according to the controversial Duckworth-Lewis system for adjudicating incomplete games but there was no doubt that they deserved to lose.
In the other game played earlier today, South Africa batted first and put up a decent score of 172 but India put on a tremendous batting display to reach the total quite easily.
I think India has to be favored in the final to be played on Sunday at 9:00 am Eastern US time. They are a good all-round team and have not lost a single match in the tournament so far and seem to be playing with confidence. Sri Lankan fans will be hoping for an upset because this could well be the last international tournament for their veteran players Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, players who have rendered outstanding services to cricket, and to go out with a world championship would be a nice reward for them.