India on the verge of making history

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India take on Sri Lanka in the final of the World Twenty20 even in Dhaka on Sunday on the verge of making history.

<b>India take on Sri Lanka in the final of the World Twenty20 even in Dhaka on Sunday on the verge of making history.</b>

Should Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side beat Sri Lanka in Sunday's all-Asian final, the will become the first team to win all three limited overs titles, after they also beat Sri Lanka in the World Cup final in 2011 and beat England in the Champions Trophy final last year.

For Sri Lanka, the match in Dhaka presents them with an opportunity to end a remarking losing streak in finals.

Apart from the 2011 World Cup final loss, they also lost in the final of the 2007 World showpiece and the World Twenty20 finals in 2009 and 2012.

A victory for the islanders will be a fitting farewell for Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who both announced that they will retire from the format on the international stage after the event.

Paul Farbrace, Sri Lanka's English coach, believes that their defeats in previous finals mean little and believes the country's victory in the Asian Cup at the same venue was a turning point for the team.

"We've done really well in most competitions and got to finals," he told AFP.

"That's where teams want to be. We had a big win here in the Asia Cup a few weeks ago where we beat India pretty convincingly, and also beat Pakistan twice.

"T20 is about whoever turns up on that particular day. Form goes out of the window. It's about making sure we're ready and focused. What happened two years ago won't even be talked about."

Sri Lanka reached the final after beating defending champions West Indies by 27 runs by virtue of the Duckworth-Lewis system after heavy rains arrived halfway through the Windies' innings.

At that point, the West Indies were 80-4 in 13.5 overs in response to Sri Lanka's 160/6.

India reached the final as the only unbeaten side in the event and beat South Africa by six wickets in their semi-final on Friday, largely thanks to an unbeaten 72 off 44 by Virat Kohli.

"There is a good feeling around the team, but we have to make a fresh start in the final," said Kohli ahead of the final.

"Sri Lanka is never a team to take lightly."

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