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Sangakkara knew he lost the toss, says Michael Vaughan
PTI
London, April 03, 2011
First Published: 10:15 IST(3/4/2011)
Last Updated: 10:35 IST(3/4/2011)
Sri Lankan cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara greets Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the final of The ICC Cricket World Cup tournament between India and Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan accused Kumar Sangakkara of cheating during the coin toss of the cricket World Cup final against India, saying it was the Sri Lankan skipper's "skulduggery" which prompted a re-toss.

There was confusion during toss in Saturday's final, which India won by six wickets to reclaim the World Cup after 28 years.

The start to the match was marred by confusion when the coin had to be tossed twice after match referee Jeff Crowe failed to hear what Sangakkara had called.

But Vaughan wrote on his Twitter page that Sangakkara conned his Indian counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

"Sangakkara has stuffed Dhoni. He shouted tails in the first toss and lost it. You can hear it on air."

He later tweeted: "I hear tails shout at the toss.. Others hear heads... Inconclusive on the replays."

Vaughan went on to insist that the Sri Lankan skipper knew he had lost the toss the first time around.

"I think there was a bit of skulduggery at the toss. Kumar Sangakkara knew he'd lost that first toss, but he saw Dhoni hadn't really heard him!"


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