India favourites to win World Cup

Sangakkara says India were favourites to win."They have got to the finals so everyone will look to the Indians to keep doing that and keep playing as well as they have," he said."We're not underdogs, we're a pretty good unit," he added. "But we have to know the fact that the Indians, over the last year or two have been tagged as the favourites to win this World Cup. I'm sure they will be looking at themselves as favourites too. We will just turn up tomorrow and play as well as we can."

Sri Lanka had lost the 2007 World Cup final to Australia after Adam Gilchrist's scored a brutal 149. Sangakkara said the lessons from the game have not been forgotten. "Hopefully, there won't be a repeat of. But even if that happens, then we've got to have the aptitude to adjust and get back into the game," he said."We're all excited, but it's nice to see that it's controlled excitement," he said. "Everyone's comfortable and having a laugh but you can also see a steely determination. World Cup final is a huge occasion, so it's tough to do too much extra.

Since the 2007 World Cup where the Lankans knocked India out in Port-of-Spain, the two sides have met an surprising 33 times in ODIs. India have had a good run, winning 18 times to Sri Lanka's 13, while two were no-results. They know each other inside out, get on well on and off the field, and Sangakkara didn't think they can be expecting to be surprised, Not being too emotional about anything. Trying to be clinical and stay grounded and in the moment. Try and plan and execute them as much as possible, but things can change in the middle and it's significant to be fluid."

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