Sri Lanka win maiden World T20 title; Sangakkara gets best farewell
Kumara Sangakkara's brilliant 52 helped Sri Lanka win the ICC World T20 2014 final at the Sher-e Bangla National stadium by six wickets against India. They had 13 balls still to play.india Updated: Apr 07, 2014 00:58 IST
Kumara Sangakkara's brilliant 52 helped Sri Lanka win the ICC World T20 2014 final at the Sher-e Bangla National stadium by six wickets against India. They had 13 balls still to play.
It was the perfect farewell gift Sangakarra could have given himself and his senior partner Mahela Jayawardane, both of whom played their last T20 on Sunday.
Chasing a modest 131 set for victory by India, Sri Lanka had little problems despite losing hard-hitting opener Kusal Perera.
Mohit Sharma drew first blood when he removed Perera for 6. The Lankan opener tried to swing at a ball that was outside off but a thick leading edge sent the ball to the safe hands of Ravindra Jadeja at mid-off.
But Mahela Jayawardene (24) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (18) came out charging to keep the pressure on India.
Finally, R Ashwin struck in his first over to remove Dilshan. It was the carrom ball again that did the trick for Ashwin as Dilshan top-edged to deep square leg.
The run rate still kept going but the part-time spin of Suresh Raina came in handy. Jayawardene attempted a cross batted shot but failed to go past Ashwin who took a good diving catch at midwicket.
Amit Mishra also removed Lahiru Thirimanne (7) giving just three runs in the 13th over. Thirimanne bottom-edged a Mishra delivery and Dhoni latched on to a sharp catch.
Sangakkara, the veteran of many battles, however, held down the other end for Sri Lanka and India had no answer for him. He kept batting in a calm manner and guided his team home. Thisara Perera contributed in the end with a flashy 21 off 14 balls.
In the earlier session, fantastic death bowling by Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara saw Sri Lanka restrict India to a below-par 130 in their 20 overs.
Losing the toss and put in to bat first, India lost Ajinkya Rahane in the second over when the opener tried to slog away a back-of-the-length delivery and was bowled by Angelo Mathews.
The dismissal brought together, Virat Kohli (77) and Rohit Sharma (29) for the most fruitful partnership of the innings.
They took some time to settle themselves in. In the fifth over, they showed signs of shifting gears when Sachithra Senanayake was taken for eight runs. They did not rely only on the big shots and rotated the strike nicely.
Kohli had a reprieve in the seventh over when Malinga failed to latched on to a sharp chance. Kohli was 11 at time. Not the one to be bogged down, Kohli replied by hitting the bowler Rangana Herath for a massive six off the last ball of the over.
Rohit fell in the eleventh over to Herath when he made room and looked to drive through cover - but he neither tried to go over nor kept it down, playing it straight into the hands of short cover.
Kohli continued with Yuvraj Singh (11) for company. He took only 58 balls to get to his 77. This was his eighth T20 half-century for India.
Though the two got a partnership of 55 runs, Yuvraj Singh might have really hurt India's cause. He took 21 balls to get to his 11, putting a lot of unnecessary pressure on Kohli.
Yuvraj finally fell, trying to hit out and getting caught in the deep.
Captain MS Dhoni (4*) next came in but was completely ineffective against the accuracy of the Lankan bowlers. The last two overs yeilded only 11 runs. Virat finally fell, trying to steal an extra run in the last ball of the innings.
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