Assessing the Sri Lankan changes for the final
I think it deserves its own thread, because it's a very interesting point of discussion imo. Very rarely do you see so many changes from a winning side heading into a final. They were drastic changes to the team balance too!
Angelo Mathews (injured), Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath and Chamara Silva
Thisara Perera, Suraj Randiv, Nuwan Kulasekara and Chamara Kapugedera
Now obviously one was a forced change, but the rest was a deliberate tactical decision to face up against the Indians.
They obviously wanted more fire power in the middle and lower order, and decided that Silva and Herath weren't going to be the men for the job. Some thought going in with 5 batsman was going to severely weaken their batting, but in the end did it severely weaken their bowling?
Additionally, the decision to play Randiv, who wasn't even selected for the World Cup, ahead of Mendis, seemed like a move of a team who had no faith in their star spinner against India.
Playing two players who hadn't played the whole tournament was always going to be risky.
At the end of the day did it work in SL's favour, and did they perhaps score more runs than they would have because of Kulasekera, and especially, Perera? Or did it just result in their demise in giving India stead medium pace bowling, which the likes of Yuvraj and Dhoni love feasting on?