Easy win for Sri Lanka. They have been the best side of the tournament and deserved to win. Barring their first game against West Indies where they were clearly outplayed, this new look Sri Lankan team has been energetic. How hungry they were for a win here was displayed the other day when they came from behind to restrict a cruising West Indies. Talking about today, it was complete dominance. Having been put to field after losing the toss, they got some early wickets and did not let the hosts off the hook for the rest of the innings. Chase was a bit tricky to start off with the openers trying to force the issue and perishing while doing so. But Tharanga and Mendis ensured that there were no further hiccups.
Talking about the hosts, to reach the final has been an achievement in itself. Both Sri Lanka and West Indies were mighty sides for them. But not once were they bogged down by the status of their guests. Fought well and today, despite having posted a small total, had the tourists at 42/3. However, the lunch break helped the Lankans who replanned their strategy. Tharanga took his time and got support from the other end. The asking rate was never an issue and once things were under control, the captain made sure that Sri Lanka crossed the line with rather ease.
Cremer: "To get to the final is always nice. Bit disappointed, did not think the day would end like this. It was tough to bat in the morning. He (Tarisai Musakanda) works very hard and he is going to be with us for some time I think. It was good to watch him in the nets (Vitori). The guys are hungry to do well and win and that's what matters . Fans have been great, to come out in great numbers. Thanks to the sponsors as well."
"I am very happy. The pitch was good. This is the first time I have been Man of the Series, feeling very good," Kusal Mendis, who is the Man of the Match and Series. The right-hander scored a 72-ball 57 and amassed 167 runs in the competition.
Tharanga: "It is a big moment. Thanks to the guys, they have done a great job in the last two weeks. We knew we needed just one good partnership. Mendis batted really well and from there it became really easy. Lots of new players came in and performed really well. Support staff has done a good job. We will have to work hard for the series against South Africa."
The Lankans would find it as a big relief. They were thumped by the Aussies in the ODI series at home and will take this one as a confidence booster.