Mumbai: Away from the arch lights and drum beats, Sri Lanka have arrived at the final not quite unnoticed but in the unfussy manner that befits a team that plays vibrantly but rarely boisterously. Their journey to the final has been quiet and efficient; they have rarely been stretched and, apart from a brief middle-order stutter against New Zealand in the semi-final, their progress through the knockout phase has been so smooth it's almost eerie.
From the beginning this has been a World Cup of two halves. From the moment Virender Sehwag crashed the first ball of the tournament to the cover boundary, Group B remained a constant whirl of action and drama whereas Group A flowed along serenely and predictably, simmering and occasionally bubbling but never really boiling over. The pattern has continued through the knockout stages: India have been through the wringer with two high-octane and emotionally draining matches against Australia and Pakistan - two finals before the final, if you insist - whereas Sri Lanka have cast away their opponents as gently as blowing away a feather.
And now these two contrasting worlds are to collide. It could work either way. India could be so exhausted that one more tough match could break them; or they could be so battle-hardened that nothing would faze or shake them. Sri Lanka, having eased through to the final, could be the fresher and the more relaxed team for the biggest match or - never having really been challenged, their only loss in the tournament coming more than a month ago - they could be ill-prepared for the rigour and the pressure of a final.