Mahela Jayawardene, left, and Kumar Sangakkara prepare for their final T20 appearance for Sri Lanka, against India. MS Dhoni comes across as the most imperturbable man in world cricket, but even he might be unnerved by the manner in which India have progressed to the World T20 final. His side have barely been required to break sweat.
They cantered through the group stage. In the semi-final when confronted by their largest target so far – 173 – they cruised home against South Africa with five balls and six wickets to spare, courtesy of another superbly paced innings by Virat Kohli, the imperturbable batsmen of the tournament.
Can their passage to the trophy continue to be so smooth? Cricket is seldom that straightforward but if it is, India will be the first side to hold all three of the ICC's one-day trophies at the same time. Dhoni has recently led his team to victory in the Champions Trophy and the 50-over World Cup. Thus India would complete a modern "grand slam" if they win on Sunday.
If Kohli is Dhoni's banker when his side is batting, Ravi Ashwin takes that role in the field. But for his intervention against the South Africans the target would have been nearer 200 in the semi-final.
Sri Lanka offer a different challenge. They lack the batting power of South Africa, but they are better led, nominally by Lasith Malinga, but with Mahela Jayawardene pulling most of the strings. Sri Lanka will pose many more questions in the field than Faf du Plessis's South Africa managed.
This will be the last game in this format for Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. Both have survived a long time even though they lack the bulging biceps of so many modern T20 cricketers. Sangakkara has barely scored a run in the tournament so far (19 in four innings) but if any man has the capacity to defy his current ghastly form on the big occasion, it is him.
The Sri Lanka spinners, whichever ones they choose – recently they have dispensed with Ajantha Mendis – have been mighty effective so far. So too has Malinga, who appears to be inspired by the captaincy. However these are bowlers who have seldom worried the India batsmen. The heart may lean towards Sri Lanka with their two great ambassadors bidding farewell; the head says India.