Sri Lanka

  • One defeat ruins India's World Twenty20 title dreams April 7, 2014

    Understandably, there is a hue and cry over India's loss in the finals of World T20 against Sri Lanka in Dhaka. What's more, Yuvraj Singh is now deemed the villain. How fickle are we, the fans! Yuvraj was the toast of the nation three years ago when he won the World...
  • Virat Kohli - not just a run-monger April 7, 2014

    India played two finals at the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 on Sunday - one that featured Virat Kohli and the other that the rest of his team-mates played. The Man of the Tournament was on a different planet - not finding any demons in the track or any riddles in the...
  • World T20: Don't blame Yuvraj Singh, SL were brilliant in death overs April 7, 2014

    Yuvraj Singh, who struggled for his 11 runs off 21 balls in the ICC World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka on Sunday should not be singled out for India's loss in the final. Definitely Yuvraj looked out of sorts but after he was dismissed on the first ball of the...
  • Don't be so bitter about one bad day: Harbhajan on Yuvraj April 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Facing a barrage of criticism for his slow batting in the lost World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka, Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh found support from his teammate and close friend Harbhajan Singh, who urged fans to not be bitter about just "one bad day". "Shocking to c every1 blaming...
  • One failure can't belittle Yuvraj Singh's India job April 7, 2014

    Easier said "success and failure are part of sport and sportspersons," but when failure hits, the statement becomes as good as just an adage, and contributions of the past fall prey to short memory. What Yuvraj Singh experienced on the evening of April 2, 2011, and three years later on April...
  • 'Accidental' skipper Malinga relishes World T20 success April 7, 2014

    Mirpur: Lasith Malinga found himself thrust into the Sri Lankan captaincy midway through the World Twenty20 and emerged with the trophy in his arms on Sunday after three heady weeks in Bangladesh. Having twice gone down in the final, Sri Lanka entered the tournament under the leadership of 24-year-old Dinesh Chandimal...
  • Yuvraj Singh should not be singled out, says father Yograj April 7, 2014

    Chandigarh: Yuvraj Singh's father Yograj came out in defence of his son, saying the left-handed batsman, who struggled for his 11 runs off 21 balls, should not be singled out for India's loss in the ICC World T20 final. "Yuvraj should not be singled out," Yograj said when asked if his...
  • Stones pelted at Yuvraj Singh's house in Chandigarh April 7, 2014

    Soon after Team India's defeat in World T20 final against Sri Lanka, security was beefed up around the house of Yuvraj Singh in Chandigarh on Sunday night. If reports are to be believed, the angry fans showered their frustration with stones. Yuvraj, who scored a struggling 21-ball 11, not only...
  • World T20: Sri Lanka celebrate biggest win in 18 years April 7, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka fans at home burst firecrackers and danced on the streets as the national team won the T20 WC title beating India by six wickets in Dhaka on Sunday. Instant celebrations broke out at cricket grounds and public parks in the capital Colombo as well as in suburban towns...
  • Sri Lanka beat India to win World Twenty20 April 7, 2014

    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. ...
  • I don't think game of cricket owes us anything: Kumar Sangakkara April 7, 2014

    Mirpur: Kumar Sangakkara's eloquence is unquestionable and he was grace personified on the final day of his T20 International career stating that it was a privilege to play the sport and it "does not owe anything to the players". It turned out to be a fitting farewell for Sangakkara and his...
  • Sri Lanka dedicate World T20 title to Jayawardene and Sangakkara April 6, 2014

    Mirpur: It was a fitting farewell for Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara who pulled the curtains on their T20 careers with a memorable triumph at the ICC World Twenty20, and their team-mates dedicated it to the two retiring legends of Sri Lankan cricket. A gutsy Sri Lanka produced a clinical display...
  • World T20: It was a perfect day for Sri Lanka, says MS Dhoni April 6, 2014

    Mipur: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday admitted that his batsmen couldn't execute the plans well in the last four overs against Sri Lanka in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday. "In the middle overs, our batsmen tried our best to get...
  • Man of the Series Virat Kohli pleased with World T20 outing April 6, 2014

    Mirpur: Virat Kohli, who won the World Twenty20 player of the tournament award, said that India reaching the final was the most pleasing thing for him. Sri Lanka beat India in the final to win the 2014 World T20 title for the first time after reaching the finals in the 2009...
  • World T20: Sri Lanka lift maiden World T20 title beating India April 7, 2014

    First determination, then emotion. That's how Sri Lanka approached the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 final. The team knew Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara won't slip into a T20 jersey again after Sunday. But they didn't let that emotional thought affect their determination of achieving what they couldn't in 2009 and...
  • World T20 Final: SL limit India to 130/4 despite Kohli blitz April 6, 2014

    Sri Lanka dropped Virat Kohli when he was on 11 but then conceded just 19 off the last four overs to compensate for the 66 Kohli scored more. That and Yuvraj Singh's struggling 11 off 21 balls limited India to a below-par 130 for 4 in the ICC World Twenty20...
  • As it happened: World T20, India vs Sri Lanka Final April 6, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) 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. Pre-match: Familiarity counts for nothing when pride and prize are at stake in equal measure. Not...
  • World T20: Final destination for Team India and Sri Lanka April 6, 2014

    The anticipation that subcontinent teams will dominate the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 has turned into reality. India and Sri Lanka will contest the final, and it promises to be a battle that may well go down to the wire. On form, two best-performing teams have qualified for the summit clash....
  • MS Dhoni arranges final ticket for Pakistan fan April 6, 2014

    Mirpur: There is one thing about MS Dhoni that even his staunch critics will applaud. Whether he is on or off the field, he loves to walk the talk. So, when he declared that the hostility associated with an India-Pakistan encounter is long over, Dhoni meant it and his latest...
  • World T20 Final: Will it turn out to be the battle of spinners? April 6, 2014

    History repeats itself. After three years and four days since the 2011 ICC World Cup final, the two Asian neighbours - India and Sri Lanka - are again standing at the cusp of history; this time, though, to decide who wears the crown in the other limited-overs format as they...
  • World T20 Final: Lots at stake for Team India and Sri Lanka April 6, 2014

    India vs Sri Lanka match-ups haven't generated much interest of late, but the one on Sunday is different - it's for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 trophy. From farewells to history to breaking jinx, the 40-over slugfest will have lots at stake when the two subcontinent giants meet. Here's what to...
  • World T20 Final: India aim at a treble against jinxed Sri Lanka April 6, 2014

    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. There have been 19 tournament finals contested between India and Sri Lanka,...
  • MS Dhoni wary of Sri Lankan spinners in World Twenty20 final April 5, 2014

    Mirpur: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has pointed to Sri Lankan spinners as the ones to watch out for when the two teams clash in the final of the World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday. Spinners Rangana Herath and Sachithra Senanayake have done exceptionally well in the tournament...
  • Cricket T20: Malinga wants WT20 farewell gift for departing greats April 6, 2014

    Mirpur: Winning the World Twenty20 title will be a perfect farewell gift for the departing Sri Lankan greats Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, stand-in skipper Lasith Malinga said on Saturday. Sunday's final against India will be the last Twenty20 international for both former captains who have played a combined 265 Tests...
  • Lasith Malinga plans to get rid of Virat Kohli with 'one good ball' April 5, 2014

    Mirpur: Sri Lanka's stand-in captain Lasith Malinga says that Virat Kohli is a great batsman but they have the bowlers who can bowl that one good delivery, which can dismiss even the greatest. "We all know Virat is a great player. But even the greatest player needs only one ball to...
  • Controversies are part of Indian cricket: MS Dhoni April 5, 2014

    Mirpur: Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was at his pragmatic best on the eve of the World T20 final against Sri Lanka as he said "controversies are big part in Indian cricket" and his name was associated with almost every good or bad thing that happened in Indian cricket. "Over the years...
  • MS Dhoni on the cusp of becoming the first captain to win three World Cups April 6, 2014

    Mirpur: In sublime form through the tournament, India would be aiming to become the first team to win the World Twenty20 title for a second time but a gutsy Sri Lanka stands in the way in what promises to be an exciting summit clash between the subcontinental rivals on Sunday. While...
  • Five things to know about the Sri Lankan team ahead of WT20 final April 5, 2014

    Mirpur: Will it be third time lucky for Sri Lanka? The Sri Lankans have played in the World Twenty20 final two times, but never walked away with the trophy. Here are five things to know about the Sri Lankan team that will play Sunday's World Twenty20 final against India: Bad history:...
  • World Twenty20 final, India vs Sri Lanka: Six players to watch out for April 5, 2014

    In India and Sri Lanka, two of the best-performing teams have reached the final of the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, and this is an unarguable fact given the way the two subcontinent giants have dominated the tournament right from the start. But now it all boils down to who plays better...