ICC World T20 Final: Ricky Ponting says Sri Lanka must use the short ball regularly
Former Aussie skipper urges Lasith Malinga's men to punish India's pace
Last Updated: 05/04/14 3:45pm
That was the question up for debate in the ICC World T20 Zone on Friday evening, with former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting, injured England batsman Joe Root, and Kent captain Rob Key previewing Sunday's Sky Live showpiece.
Hit the video above to hear what our terrific trio had to say - and to find out how Ponting used to keep his charges calm and switched on before they entered a match of mammoth magnitude.
The Australian also had some tips for Sri Lanka - who lost to Pakistan in the 2009 ICC World T20 final and to West Indies in 2012 - as they bid to prevent India from adding the trophy to their 50-over World Cup and Champions Trophy titles.
Read the paragraphs below to see why Punter would use the short ball, whack India's primary paceman and retain the element of surprise...
PUNTER'S PRESCRIPTION #1 - DISPATCH THE TOP ORDER
"If I was Sri Lanka I'd be looking at getting some early inroads - the top three have done a lot of good batting - and try to get MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, and Yuvraj Singh quickly.
"If I was Lasith Malinga, I would also test Virat Kohli with something around his eye line; he has played some good waist-high pull shots but I'd like to see him tested up high with the new ball."
"I'd keep that going to Raina, too, as he doesn't want to hit pull shots and if he hits you for a couple of boundaries with it, so be it, as you think you can eventually get him."
PUNTER'S PRESCRIPTION #2 - GET AFTER BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR
"You know R Ashwin is likely to bowl the other end so I would get after Kumar's pace in the first six overs, even though he has swung the ball and had a decent economy rate throughout the event.
"If you can put it on him in his first over, Dhoni has to go looking for someone else to bowl and maybe go for guys he doesn't necessarily want to give the ball to or wants to bowl at other times."
PUNTER'S PRESCRIPTION #3 - KEEP THE VARIETY
"In the semi-final against West Indies, Malinga changed it up and didn't bowl yorkers all the time. He set Chris Gayle up nicely and caused him to chop on and got Dwayne Smith with a really well-pitched slower ball.
"He won't want to be too predictable and I think he will change it up again, especially as Kohli has taken him to the cleaners on a few occasions and India, in general, have a pretty good record against him."
Watch the 2014 ICC World T20 Final from 1pm on Sunday on Sky Sports 2.