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As it happened: World T20, India vs Sri Lanka Final


Cricketnext Staff
Apr 06, 2014 at 10:25pm IST

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Playing his final T20 International, Sangakkara hit a match-winning 52 not out after Sri Lanka restricted India to a paltry 130/4 in the final on Sunday.

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Pre-match:

As it happened: World T20, India vs Sri Lanka Final

Rangana Herath celebrates after dismissing India opener Rohit Sharma. (ICC Images)

Familiarity counts for nothing when pride and prize are at stake in equal measure. Not many are risking a guess for this one. The 2014 ICC World Twenty20 final is placed on a knife's edge, even before it begins.

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There have been 19 tournament finals contested between India and Sri Lanka, and since the 2nd day of April 2011, this one today perhaps has the most honour attached to it.

The trophy isn't secondary, nor are the ribbons attached to it. Hanging to it are hope, history and farewell. And no team will give an inch to other in the battle for T20 supremacy.

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Commentary (Sri Lanka 1st Innings)

That is all from us then! 3 weeks of pulse-racing cricket has finally ended. Sri Lanka are the Champions, a fifth different winner from five different editions. Some memorable moments to cherish from this tournament, India did well to get this far undefeated but were undone by a resurgent Sri Lankan team. The next round of cricketing action starts from the 16th of April in the UAE where the Indian T20 League kicks off for its seventh edition. Until that time, it's goodbye and cheers.

Lasith Malinga, the winning captain comes in for a chat. Thinks that he was really lucky to captain the last 3 games. Today was a lucky day for us. This was Sanga's and Mahela's last match and they wanted to do something very special for this game. We bowled well in the last overs with Nuwan, Senanayake and himself. All the youngsters will definitely benefit from their massive experience. Hopes that they play Test cricket for many years to come.

MS Dhoni picks the runners up prize. Say that in the middle overs, the batsmen tried their best, one of those days that did not go their way. Sri Lankans executed their plans very well especially with the yorkers. With Malinga, the sling action takes the ball from a low height and that makes it difficult to get under the ball. Virat Kohli has been brilliantly in the last one and a half years, he has made the most of his opportunities and he is someone who can bat well in any format. It;s hard to win the tournament twice as it's hard to deal with the conditions. Cricketing-wise, it was fantastic and the crowd was brilliant with their support.

Virat Kohli is named the Man of the Tournament for being the leading run scorer by miles. Congratulates the Lanka and especially Mahela and Sanga. Disappointed that they lost but personally, it has been very satisfying for him. Even in the last World Cup, he tried to contribute but unfortunately things did not go their way. Was a bit frustrating not to get strike in the end but the other batsmen were also trying to hit the ball. One of those off days when they couldn't do much about the situation, credits Sri Lanka for their brilliant comeback, very proud to be a part of this team and a lot of positive things from this tournament.

Kumar Sangakkara has been named the Man of the Match. Says it's been a long time coming, 6 years and 5 finals so it means a lot to all of them, they are very happy, proud and humbled by this. Their comeback was amazing as Virat Kohli was taking the game away from us. Playing for Sri Lanka means everything, his family and Sri Lanka are the two best things that have happened to him. Everyone has to go, his time is now.

India did well to put up a fight with such a low score but in the end, it was never going to be enough. Sri Lanka finally getting what they deserved, they played like champions and nobody can argue that fact.

India were put into bat on a flat wicket. Kohli once again turned out to be the the star for India as he single-handedly battled on. Sri Lanka were brilliant in the death to keep India to 130. In response, Sri Lanka stuttered at the start but as they say cometh the hour, cometh the man. Kumar Sangakkara combined with the powerhouse Thisara Perera to take Sri Lanka through by 6 wickets.

The victory lap begins! They carry their heroes on their shoulders. A fitting farewell to the two legends of Sri Lankan cricket, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene who both finish on a high. What players they have been for Sri Lanka! Take a bow you two!

Memorable scenes here at Mirpur! Sri Lanka have stopped the Indian juggernaut and in doing so, have won the ICC WORLD T20 for the first time. This is also their first outright ICC title after the 1996 World Cup triumph.

17.5 R Ashwin to T Perera, SIX! Perera finishes it off in style! Tossed up on middle, Perera smashes it down the ground all the way, the dressing room erupts on the field. SRI LANKA WIN THE ICC WORLD T20! 134/4

17.4 R Ashwin to K Sangakkara, Stays back and punches it down the ground for a single. just 3 needed now. 128/4

17.3 R Ashwin to K Sangakkara, The batsman has been beaten by the turn and flight on that one. 127/4

17.2 R Ashwin to K Sangakkara, FOUR! This one's finishing pretty quickly now! Down the leg side, Sanga sweeps and gets it down to the fine leg fence. 127/4

17.1 R Ashwin to K Sangakkara, FOUR! Everything going well for Lanka here! Sanga goes for a sweep but gets a top edge that goes over Dhoni's head. 123/4

16.6 A Mishra to K Sangakkara, Waits back and punches it through the off side for a single. 119/4

16.5 A Mishra to T Perera, The batsman failed to make contact and was hit low on the pads. They take a leg bye. 118/4

16.4 A Mishra to T Perera, Tough chance put down! Short ball on middle, Perera goes for a pull but gets a top edge that keeps dropping down to long on, Rahane runs forward and dives to get to it, reaches it but fails to hang on, a couple taken. 117/4

16.3 A Mishra to T Perera, SIX! Perera sealing the deal here! Tossed up once again in his a lot, Perera just swings through the line with his massive hands and belts it over long on. Just 16 NEEDED NOW. 115/4

16.2 A Mishra to K Sangakkara, Driven through mid off by the batsman. They pick up a single. 109/4

16.1 A Mishra to K Sangakkara, FOUR! Just pure grace! Makes room and plays a sumptuous inside out cover drive for a boundary. 108/4

15.6 R Ashwin to T Perera, Perera has attempted to put bat on ball but fails. 27 NEEDED OFF 24. 104/4

15.6 R Ashwin to T Perera, WIDE! The batsman tries flicking a ball that is down the leg side. 104/4

15.5 R Ashwin to T Perera, Perera has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 103/4

15.4 R Ashwin to K Sangakkara, Sweeps this down to long leg for a single. 103/4

15.3 R Ashwin to K Sangakkara, Angled in on middle, pushed back to Ashwin once again. 102/4

15.2 R Ashwin to K Sangakkara, FOUR! He's a genius! Ashwin fires it down the leg side, Sanga cleverly uses the pace of the ball and delicately glances it past the keeper. 102/4

15.1 R Ashwin to K Sangakkara, Flighted on middle, Sanga drives it hard back to Ashwin. 98/4

14.6 A Mishra to K Sangakkara, Sanga has driven it through mid-off. One run added to the total. 98/4

14.5 A Mishra to K Sangakkara, Short outside off that keeps a tad low, beats the bat this time. 97/4

14.4 A Mishra to K Sangakkara, FOUR! Terrific shot! Sangs knows exactly where the fielder is and perfectly evades him, sweeps this past the short fine leg man with precision for a boundary. Is this the over that swings the match into Lanka's favour? 97/4

14.3 A Mishra to T Perera, Now rocks back and cuts it through the off side for a single. 93/4

14.2 A Mishra to T Perera, SIX! Monstrous! That's soaring into the night sky! A well tossed up ball, it was in the slot for Perera to swing his bat across and murder it over the long on fence. 92/4

14.1 A Mishra to K Sangakkara, Flighted on a fuller length on middle, bunted down to long on for a single. 86/4

14.1 A Mishra to K Sangakkara, WIDE! Fired down leg side, an easy call for the umpire. 85/4

13.6 S Raina to K Sangakkara, Flatter and shorter outside off, Sanga leans back and cuts it through point for a single. 47 NEEDED OFF 36. 84/4

13.5 S Raina to T Perera, Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 83/4

13.4 S Raina to T Perera, Flatter on off, Perera gets a bit of a leading edge to mid off. 82/4

13.3 S Raina to K Sangakkara, Goes back and punches it down to long off for a single. 82/4

13.3 S Raina to K Sangakkara, WIDE! Sliding down leg, wide signalled. 81/4

13.2 S Raina to T Perera, Perera does the same now to get off the mark. 80/4

13.1 S Raina to K Sangakkara, Comes forward and pushes it down the ground for one. 79/4

12.6 A Mishra to T Perera, Short again on off, Perera rocks back and cuts it straight to point, just 3 and a wicket from Mishra. 53 from 42. 78/4

12.5 A Mishra to T Perera, Tad short on off, Perera mistimes his cut to cover. 78/4

12.4 A Mishra to T Perera, A googly that completely bamboozles Perera, beats the bat. 78/4

Sri Lanka saving Mathews for later, Thisara Perera walks out to bat.

12.3 A Mishra to L Thirimanne, OUT! Mishra strikes! A flatter ball around off that skids on, Thirimanne looks to cut but the ball keeps low and takes the inside edge, credit to Dhoni here who stays low and takes a fine catch. India in with a chance. 78/4

12.2 A Mishra to K Sangakkara, Flatter and shorter outside off, cut down to deep point for a single. 78/3

12.1 A Mishra to K Sangakkara, On the pads, flicked through square leg for a couple of runs. 77/3

11.6 S Raina to L Thirimanne, Flatter and darted in on middle, Thirimanne comes forward and defends. 56 NEEDED OFF 48. 75/3

11.5 S Raina to L Thirimanne, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 75/3

11.4 S Raina to L Thirimanne, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. 75/3

11.3 S Raina to K Sangakkara, Driven towards the mid off region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 75/3

11.2 S Raina to L Thirimanne, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot on the off side. The batsmen have run through for a single. 74/3

11.1 S Raina to L Thirimanne, A gentle off break outside off, Thirimanne drives without any feet, gets caught in between and misses the ball. 73/3

10.6 R Ashwin to L Thirimanne, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 73/3

10.5 R Ashwin to L Thirimanne, Flighted across off, it doesn't spin much, beats the bat of Thirimanne. 72/3

10.4 R Ashwin to K Sangakkara, Waits back and taps it on the on side for a single. 72/3

10.3 R Ashwin to L Thirimanne, Angled on the pads, nurdled through square leg for a single. 71/3

10.2 R Ashwin to L Thirimanne, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 70/3

10.1 R Ashwin to K Sangakkara, Sanga has driven it through mid-on. One run added to the total. 70/3

Ashwin back on.

9.6 S Raina to L Thirimanne, FOUR! Edged but safe! A flatter ball that spins just a tad away, the ball takes Thirimanne's outside edge that goes past first slip and into the fence. 69/3

Lahiru Thirimanne comes out to bat.

9.5 S Raina to M Jayawardene, OUT! Mahela's T20I career ends! Flighted on middle, Mahela slaps across the line and hits it straight to Ashwin at mid-wicket who takes a good sharp catch. 65/3

9.4 S Raina to M Jayawardene, FOUR! Silky hands of Mahela! Flatter and quicker outside off, Mahela leans back and gently runs it down fine past short third man for a lovely boundary. 65/2

9.3 S Raina to K Sangakkara, Tad short on middle, eased down the ground for a single again. 61/2

9.2 S Raina to M Jayawardene, Chips down and whips it down to long on for a single. 60/2

9.1 S Raina to K Sangakkara, Flatter on off, pushed down the ground for a single. 59/2

8.6 R Jadeja to M Jayawardene, Mahela has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 58/2

8.5 R Jadeja to K Sangakkara, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 58/2

8.4 R Jadeja to K Sangakkara, SIX! Elegance personified! Sanga goes down on one knee again and slog sweeps this with the spin, gets hold of it and comfortably clears the mid-wicket fence. 57/2

8.3 R Jadeja to K Sangakkara, Flatter on middle, driven to mid on. 51/2

8.2 R Jadeja to K Sangakkara, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. 51/2

8.1 R Jadeja to K Sangakkara, FOUR! Brilliant! Sanga welcomes Jadeja with a powerful sweep that finds the fence at square leg. 51/2

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