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Paul Collingwood eyes Australia World Twenty20 final

ICC World Twenty20 Final, Sunday 16 May
Venue and Time: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, 1630 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC 5 live and Radio 4 LW, plus live text commentary and report on the BBC Sport website & mobiles

Ryan Sidebottom is congratulated for taking a wicket
Ryan Sidebottom got the ball rolling with the wicket of Sanath Jayasuriya

England captain Paul Collingwood said he would "love" to face Australia in the World Twenty20 final on Sunday.

England will be seeking to win their first major one-day title after beating Sri Lanka in the semi-finals.

Unbeaten Australia face defending champions Pakistan on Friday in the second semi-final in St Lucia.

"Everyone would love an England versus Australia final, but we have to give a lot of respect to Pakistan too, so we'll have to wait and see," he said.

"We are just happy to be in the final - but we haven't won anything yet.

"I am going to keep drilling that into the guys - we haven't won anything yet, but we've got ourselves into a position to win. That's a thing I'm delighted about."

England will be appearing in their first global final since the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy, where they were beaten by West Indies at The Oval.

When Paul Collingwood's side take to the field in Barbados on Sunday, they will be bidding to end their losing run in finals, having also been defeated in the 1979, 1987 and 1992 World Cups.

They will go into the final in confident mood after a superb sequence of results which has seen them beat Pakistan, South Africa and New Zealand in the second group stage and now Sri Lanka in the last four.

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"I'm just a lucky guy who's putting a few fielders around everywhere," said Collingwood.

"They have been very easy to captain, and I am sure over the next couple of days we will continue with the confidence building all the way through.

"We will keep that belief in us and hit Sunday as hard as we have over the past week and a half."

Another superb display in the field restricted Sri Lanka to 128-6 from their 20 overs in Thursday's semi-final in St Lucia.

Man-of-the-match Stuart Broad was the pick of England's five bowlers on a sluggish track at the Beausejour Stadium.

The fast bowler finished with 2-21, while Tim Bresnan, Ryan Sidebottom and Graeme Swann chipped in with a wicket each.

"I'm going to sound like a broken record here but full credit to our bowlers again," added Collingwood.

"We lost the toss and adapted to conditions on a slow wicket. We put them under pressure and I'm delighted with how they performed.

A ruthless batting display saw England overhaul their target with four overs to spare as openers Craig Kieswetter (39) and Michael Lumb (33) put on a first-wicket stand of 68 before Kevin Pietersen, fresh from a three-day visit to Britain to attend the birth of his son, hammered 42 not out from 26 deliveries.

Pietersen now averages 67 in the tournament, second only to India's Rohit Sharma (84).

"The two guys at the top of the order, Kieswetter and Lumb, are still going at the bowlers and again got us into a good position," Collingwood added.

"For KP to go out and get a big not out after all he's been through in the last few days is great for the team."

Sri Lanka's innings began badly as veteran Sanath Jayasuriya once again failed at the top of the order, while Mahela Jayawardene, the tournament's top run scorer, fell in the fifth over.

England have a great chance in the final - they have great balance and great depth

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara

Only the contribution of all-rounder Angelo Mathews (58) saw Sri Lanka beyond three figures.

And captain Kumar Sangakkara admitted their top-order collapse was the main reason for their below-par performance.

"Angelo Mathews tried to get us to a good total but it was way too short," said the wicketkeeper.

"Anything over 150 we would have done well to defend - so we were 30 runs too short."

And Sangakkara said England had a fantastic opportunity to finally win their first major international cricket tournament.

"England have a great chance in the final - they have great balance and great depth," he added.



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