India v Sri Lanka, World T20, final, Mirpur

Cool Sangakkara breaks final hoodoo

The Report by Sidharth Monga

April 6, 2014

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Sri Lanka 134 for 4 (Sangakkara 52*, Jayawardene 24) beat India 130 for 4 (Kohli 77) by 6 wickets
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Kumar Sangakkara leaps in joy after winning the World T20, India v Sri Lanka, final, World T20, Mirpur, April 6, 2014
Sweet ecstasy: It feels sweeter after it has teased you for so long © ICC
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Winning world events is an ugly business. Even aspiring to win is. Ask Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. Before tonight they had reached finals four times, wanting desperately to win, and ended up with broken hearts each time. On a night that these two champion players finally got that monkey off their backs - in their last Twenty20 international match - another champion player played a poignant, cagey innings that cost his side the final. Yuvraj Singh, India's limited-overs talisman for so long, came in at 64 for 2 in the 11th over, scored 11 off 21, denied the unstoppable Virat Kohli the strike, and that spell of play resulted in the lowest first-innings total in a World Twenty20 final and the second-lowest score for the loss of only four wickets.

Title matches consume the vanquished. This final may have put down one of the all-time limited-overs greats, but just ask Jayawardene and Sangakkara, the redemption didn't come easy. India defended the small total admirably, preying on the Sri Lankan nerves, fielding everything down, spinning a web around the batsmen, but the two champions somehow had enough in them to take their side over the line. Under palpable pressure, against a shrewd limited-overs captain, Jayawardene settled the early nerves with a run-a-ball 24, and Sangakkara saw the chase through with an ice-cool unbeaten 52 off 35.

Big finals are a cruel business, though, and history will remember Yuvraj's knock as much as it will Sangakkara's. He has won India matches from nowhere on innumerable occasions, he has buried sides with his cameos, he has turned around games in 10 balls, which is why he was still part of the team in the final. MS Dhoni trusted his match-winner, and sent him in ahead of Suresh Raina and himself. Kohli, now the leading run-scorer in any World Twenty20, had just begun to put behind him a slow start against disciplined Sri Lankan bowling. He had even been dropped by opposition captain Lasith Malinga on 11. He was in a mood to make them pay.

Sri Lanka, though, kept their wits, and gave Yuvraj nothing to score off. That too after Kohli had laced the otherwise frugal Nuwan Kulasekara for six, four and six in the 16th over to make it 111 for 2. That over featured another slip in the fielding when the fielder at cow corner was lobbed after misjudging a catch. Normally you would expect teams to fall apart at these times, but Sri Lanka produced four superb overs.

In the 17th, Yuvraj faced two dots from Sachithra Senanayake, who gave him no pace or room to work with. Malinga bowled the next over, and was happy with a single to Kohli first ball. Then came a yorker outside off. The dugout began to become edgy by now. They badly needed Yuvraj to come off now, and make up for the 9 off 17 he had made till now. You can't even begin to imagine what it would have been like being Kohli there, the best batsman of the tournament, but now without the strike to make the difference. When Kohli got the strike fourth ball, Malinga again produced a low wide one that he couldn't get under, and went on to bowl another dot to Yuvraj before the over ended. That dot was a yorker wide outside off, which went past and very near Yuvraj's outside edge, and that Sangakkara didn't appeal loudly for it said all you needed to know about Yuvraj's innings.

When Yuvraj finally hit a full toss down the throat of long-off, Darren Sammy tweeted, "Not sure this catch needed to be taken." You felt for the batsman who would once have put these in the stands blindfolded and with one arm tied behind his back. This time, though, Sri Lanka's plan had come off, bowling full and wide, just inside the tram lines, stifling India. Kohli and Dhoni tried their best, but were second-best to the execution by Malinga and Kulasekara. Kohli faced only eight balls in the last four overs. Only 19 came off them, and if this had not been a final and if this had not been Sri Lanka, it was game over right there.


Yuvraj Singh struggled to find his touch, India v Sri Lanka, final, World T20, Mirpur, April 6, 2014
An all-time limited-overs great, caught in the headlights © ICC
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Sri Lanka, though, were entering unchartered territory. The fear of winning does strange things. They looked for the easy route. Kusal Perera tried to smash everything, smashed one out of the first six, and went out to the seventh. Jayawardene brought sanity to proceedings with a tickle here, a nudge there, and with the required run-rate in grasp it began to become a stroll, until R Ashwin, the bowler of the tournament, produced a top edge from Tillakaratne Dilshan, which was caught excellently by Kohli at the square-leg boundary. Two men who didn't deserve to be on the losing side were keeping India alive.

Jayawardene and Sangakkara then added a run-a-ball 24. Jayawardene began to toy around with the fields. Cricket lovers all around the world now began to dream of a fairy-tale finish. What could be better than these two stalwarts, much like Arjuna and Aravinda 18 years ago, being there in the end? This, though, would take more sweat and tears yet. Jayawardene toe-ended a sweep off part-timer Suresh Raina, and Ashwin produced a diving catch at midwicket. Soon Dhoni took a sensational low catch to send Lahiru Thirimanne back. Dhoni's team had never lost a world final; it was now sensing the kill at 78 for 4 in the 13th over.

This was tense stuff. Wouldn't the dugout have revisited that familiar sick feeling of coming so close and finishing second-best? They tried the desperate now. Not having the emotional strength left to take this to the deep bitter end, they sent in the big hitter Thisara Perera ahead of Angelo Mathews. They were banking on the fact that India would soon have to bowl spinners that would bring the ball in to the left-hand batsmen.

Sangakkara had been going smoothly at one end, but it was the other end that was causing the trouble. The risk was taken. You couldn't change it even if you wanted to, with Perera scoring just two off the first six, and with 47 still required off the last six overs. This was the moment, though. Mishra, two overs for four runs till now, was bowling to two left-hand batsmen. The first ball Perera got from Mishra, he shimmied down a touch and let out an almighty swing. As it flew into the night sky and over long-on, relief came back into the camp. The cool Sangakkara then guided Mishra past fine leg, and this was now turning Sri Lanka's way.

In the next over, Sangakkara played probably the shot of the match. India had relied on Ashwin's accuracy through the day and had got themselves an extra fielder by not placing a fine-leg at all. This time, though, Sangakkara moved inside the line of one, took it in front of middle, and closed the face at the exact moment to tickle it through that fine-leg gap for four. Now some luck appeared too with edges landing safely in the home stretch. You couldn't fault Sangakkara for wondering where the hell this luck had been when Gilchrist, Gambhir, Afridi and Samuels had broken his heart. This night, though, was for him to rejoice. All those defeats will hurt a little less now.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (April 8, 2014, 2:58 GMT)

india please. We are not England, so Yuvi can hit 6 Sixes in a raw.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2014, 2:45 GMT)

So India has lost all matches played against Sri Lanka for 2014...

Posted by   on (April 8, 2014, 2:07 GMT)

rk_ks.... now its chaging mate..... sad to say this.... but india team is now falling apart....

Posted by merandy on (April 7, 2014, 21:15 GMT)

@rk_ks You will see who is better SL or IND in 2015 World cup in Aus/NZ. Your world class spinners will be toothless and SL has at least three more quality fast bowlers who just can not find a place in the team because of the depth in SL's fast bowling talents. SL did not rely on one batsman or one bowler to win this trophy. It was a team effort. You can not single out one player in the SL team who was responsible for the tournament win. Can you say the same for India?

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 20:36 GMT)

What must be going through Kohli's head right now. Few months ago, he asked his IPL franchise owners to buy Yuvi and he was bought at a record price. Will he include him in his RCB XI now? Haha

Posted by Stat1977 on (April 7, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

I'm sure most of cricket fans have changed their attitude towards Kohli a bit.I loved the gesture he has shown despite the loss yesterday.Good that he gave the credit where it's due with no lame excuses.I'm sure he learnt something from Brendon Macculum & Darren Sammy's post match interviews.The talent alone won't make you a class act.This is where Sanga & Mahela make the difference.That's why the whole cricket world respect them,true gentlemen of the game! Dhoni lack that quality too.

Posted by GrindAR on (April 7, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

I remember Sanga saying "what ever we pile up.. it is not enough ginst India (to defend)"... So did the opposite..this time around.... "We dont like to show the target... but make you get what we can get when nothing is to get past"... now we know how to approach team India to surrender... I really felt bad... it was as if like Sanga and DPNDJ would announce their ODI day for their career.. and India spoilt it in 2011. They both did what they could physcially... I felt sad for Sanga to utter those words... but I m happy to see him feelig more accomplished than ever before

Posted by rk_ks on (April 7, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

@Ammo666: Same applies to you as well. Read the comments when SL scored 130 against NZ and then read the comments when NZ was all out. You will know and then you will accept that fans have same attitude across all nations. SL will never be better than IND. Just because they won against India doesn't make them better. Bangladesh also won against Australia and did it make them better than Australia. Look into the last 4 world finals you lost and then tell that you were world class.

Posted by GrindAR on (April 7, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

@GloryOf96: Well said. When you watch a gaame... the responsible spectator will value the beauty of the game thn taking sides.... Thats why Chennai is the best venue for anyone in the world to play the game of Cricket.... and so is Lords....

When you take sides, as a fan, you do disrespect to the sport.

Posted by Ammo666 on (April 7, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

SL roaring now! IND crashed at the edge they deserve! We see at least some signs of respect & appreciation from 5 to 6 IND'n fans also in this forum which is better than nothing lol...as we know very well how IND'n fans are like if they win a match then they boast like crazy & now if they would win this T20 WC also then O..M..G!! there is another problem with IND'n fans that if any of their player plays bad then that means only for that player they lost the match as if the other 10 players were angels & this time its Yuvraj..yea he played 21 balls & got out scoring 11 & it was final but it doesn't mean really anyway for him IND lost lol...what about the rest IND'n so called legends in this match?? so if a player performs consistently even for a short time then he becomes LEGEND to IND'n fans! IND'n fans must respect to any opposition's effort against & also now accept SL is better than IND ;D..SL really bowled & fielded well today by sticking to their master plan & became victorious...

Posted by Ammo666 on (April 7, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

SL roaring now! IND crashed at the edge they deserve! We see at least some signs of respect & appreciation from 5 to 6 IND'n fans also in this forum which is better than nothing lol...as we know very well how IND'n fans are like if they win a match then they boast like crazy & now if they would win this T20 WC also then O..M..G!! there is another problem with IND'n fans that if any of their player plays bad then that means only for that player they lost the match as if the other 10 players were angels & this time its Yuvraj..yea he played 21 balls & got out scoring 11 & it was final but it doesn't mean really anyway for him IND lost lol...what about the rest IND'n so called legends in this match?? so if a player performs consistently even for a short time then he becomes LEGEND to IND'n fans! IND'n fans must respect to any opposition's effort against & also now accept SL is better than IND ;D..SL really bowled & fielded well today by sticking to their master plan & became victorious...

Posted by GrindAR on (April 7, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

India did not take the half chances.... they were close but... always there is a ifs and buts when a team like India loose... and same goes to SL as well... folks get into analytic more than live spectators and fans of cricket. The final is lot closer than what the result suggests... the few boundaries at the end, if it was saved by the fielders without giving up... it would have gone to the final over. I feel like India lost their faith in the 16th over... if not why slip would not save the normally stoppable balls. Anyways, Kohli stood out out of the blue.... if he had 50% of the balls to face when he was at the crease... it would have been a harder task for SL. I would say, Malinga is the recipe for their success in this tournamnet... what a dimension he provided to win games with authority...

Posted by GrindAR on (April 7, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

I would say, a well deserved win for SL if not for anybody... it shd be for Sanga and DPMDJ.... You know it is kind of India won when SRT was in the team and be part of it. Here Sanga provided the big bite of winning taste for SL. India did not do bad... It is expected that they will choke in SL death bowling... Malinga is showing his other dimension.... Probably the bowling Captainship is back with a roar...

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

Sri Lankan T20 cricketers has given great respond to the IPL franchise owners who neglected them from the recent IPL auction. Furthermore Sri Lanka showed that the top buy; Yuvraj Singh is not worth that much anymore. :P

Posted by ShaheenPK on (April 7, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

I'm Pakistani, after my nation I loved you SL, I'm extremely happy at your WT20 champion. Many many congratulations to you, You played awesome cricket. I have no words to explain, how much is the joy and happiness here in Pakistan on your victory. Love you Sri Lankan Cricket team and Sri Lanka Nation. We loveeeeee you!!!!

Posted by mayank125 on (April 7, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

You can't win a match without Sehwag.

Posted by Mutukisna on (April 7, 2014, 15:49 GMT)

@Scoopshot, I understand your frustration at India losing. Everyone looks for reasons even flimsy ones sometimes tantamount to clutching at straws. If Sri Lanka had lost, would you and Indian fans say that that was because Malinga dropped Kohli when he had scored 11 runs? You also assert that India will beat SL 7 times out of 10 and "EASILY". Then all I can tell you my friend is that Sri Lanka have beaten India on the last three outings and according to your wise goodself, India are going to win the next seven encounters against Sri Lanka easily. My advice to you is to give it a rest!

Posted by SLMaster on (April 7, 2014, 15:28 GMT)

whom ever came ahead of Yuvi going to be in the same position. Yuvi, Dhoni, and Kholi struggled in the end.

Posted by Lion_96 on (April 7, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

I cant explain how important this win is for us. After 7 years of World Cup Disaster in Finals, to finally overcome that curse and that too against India, is all the more sweeter. I know there are alot of comments prior to the match abt our India recent record against us would come to the fore again. Im glad that we shone through. Great to see Sanga finish his T20I career with World Cup Winning 50! And how lovely was that to see Sanga and Kohli hug each other after the match was over. SL & IND fans have abused each other alot over the recent years (mainly cos we have been playing each other alot), i just hope that one scene of two great cricketers of our time, will ease off all those unnecessary insults to each other. Cricinfo plz publish!

Posted by CricketAficionado on (April 7, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

I still think India can win 7 out of 10 times against sl very easily. India was the most dominant side in this tournament, one bad move from MS (to send out of form yuv)i coupled with four good overs from sl sealed the deal for sl. Team India also didn't realize the danger until 17 th over. They thought they could get the team total to 150 +. Once they realized the danger it had already been late. It was just a small phase in the game slipped out of india and cost it dearly. Even now I will fancy india chances high against sl in any tournament anywhere. Credit to sl for 4 superb overs.

Posted by mzm149 on (April 7, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

They had reached so far by fluke (or by winning tosses). I knew their bowling will be exposed once they have to defend something. Actually both bowling and batting got exposed at the same time. Nice it happened in finals.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

what a amazing t20 team this lions just few days allowed to go ICC rank number 1 for indian team.... but again hold the ICC t20 rank number 1 sport continuing 18th months what a great team this sri-lankan lions weldone.....

Posted by Stat1977 on (April 7, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

Oh..many people throw the blame at Yuvraj..What about Dhoni? How many balls he faced? How many balls Kohli cudn't hit at the death? Didn't you see they were struggling in front of Malinga..Give the credit where due. SL has the superior death bowling attack in this tournament and India has the worst with below average bawlers Like Ashwin, Jadeja and Mishra..Sl batsmen showed them where they stand!

Posted by heathrf1974 on (April 7, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

I thought SL's variations with their bowling was the difference. However, Kohli is an awesome player.

Posted by BigINDFan on (April 7, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

SL deserved to win for their calm thinking and accurate bowling at the death. However it was a Kohli vs SL show. MSD forgot how to captain the finals by sending the struggling Yuvraj to follow a terrible start by Nohit and Rahane. Raina should have been sent at No. 4 followed by Jadeja and MSD. Yuvraj should have come at No. 7 if Ind lost wickets going for late burst. C'mon starving Kohli of strike in the finals was unacceptable, he did this in the game against WI to Rohit. 160 on the board would have made it really tough for SL. But SL brought their best game and best captaincy (winning the toss helps) and clearly deserved the title. For WC 2015 get rid of Yuvraj and find a strong opener to replace Rohit. He belongs at No. 4 in place of Yuvraj not opening.

Posted by LeoE on (April 7, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

It looked tight for SL at 78 for four mid way in the 13 th over. 53 from 45 balls and 47 required in the last six overs. The Indian spinners were bowling slower and slower, and giving no pace to hit. However, Thissara perera made it look simple and in partnership with Sanga smashed 56 from 32 balls, for the 5th wicket partnership, and the game ended in the 18th over. The decision to hold Mathews back was excellent. Thissara should bat above Thirmanne , Chandimal and Mathews after the retirement of Mahela and Sanga. He is a real match winner and his strike rate of 164 in the finals should be an eye-opener for our selectors in the future. He may fail once in a while. But when he is on fire, no other SL batsman can match him for power. He is going to win many T20 matches for Sri Lanka in the years to come.

Posted by Rolling_in_The_Deep on (April 7, 2014, 13:13 GMT)

LIONS roared finally on the big Stage.. It was a fitting Finale to the careers of two legends Sanga And Mahela..At the end it was a great game of cricket..At the end death bowling by SL bowlers and some risky decisions by Dhoni proved to be the difference..congrats to our Sri Lankan Brothers for winning this..from a Pakistani Cricket Lover

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

It is not about Yuvraj but SL's bowling and Malinga's amazing accuracy with those yorkers and overall SL death bowling!

Posted by leatherhunters on (April 7, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

Congrats Srilanka.

Srilanka was a better Team and had the necessary resources to clinch the title. Though India managed 5 wins before the final, thanks to Ashwin, Mishra and Kohli there were hardly any gaming changing performance from others. There are a lot of places up for grabs in the current Indian team. Kohli, Dhoni, Raina and Ashwin are the only 4 who can be treated as permanent members of the T20 squad. I would posted the same article even if India would have won the title.

Jadeja was hardly used down the order, and his bowling was neither aggressive nor defensive! Ohja would have been very difficult to score off. Seamers i can hardly think of any of them from the bench!. If Yuvraj was given a second chance why not Gambhir and Shewag!. Gambhir in middle overs can spinners brilliantly. Even Murali Vijay deserves a chance as a opener especially looking at his performance in the big matches in IPL. His ability to carry on till the end of the innings would have been an asset.

Posted by Nothingness on (April 7, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

I guess some people are wired in such a way that attributing a loss to "A bad day" , or "one unworthy player" or "divine intervention" seems less humiliating to them than actually acknowledging the fact that the winning team was indeed the better team.

May be for the sake of Indian cricket, Indians should understand that Dhoni falls in to the above type of people, since he always finds an excuse or a fault of one player in a defeat rather than acknowledging that his team was outplayed and trying to rectify these issues for the future improvement of the team.

I personally believe that Dhoni is not a good captain, merely an avg. one. All he does is ball following in setting fields, no real tactics. He has been the captain of the Indian team when the best talent to come out from the country actually was in the team and so was blessed with probably the most talented bunch of batsman in one team; that was the truth behind his scuccess.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (April 7, 2014, 12:37 GMT)

Well played SL. Congrats for the cup. This is an example which show how much the confidence of a player is good for the team. But, it is more Dhoni's captaincy to blame. Raina was the best choice ahead of Dhoni and Yuvi.

Posted by nishans32 on (April 7, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

Guys Guys.. Lets not be too harsh on Yuvi, They won you more than enough tournaments single handedly. Lets not forget that he showed signs of being out of form in the SA game .... was 5 out of 9 balls before he managed to hit a six and a four and eventually ended up with 18 off 17 balls and only Rainas 21 off 10 balls saved Yuvi's blushes. So Dhoni knew that there's a dangerbut he took the risk and it did not work out

Posted by Mutukisna on (April 7, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka. You outthought the Indians, planned and executed it beautifully. Mahela & Sanga you deserved this. You have been derided by a few Indian fans as mediocre and flat track bullies. These few individuals have all gone quiet since yesterday and have not woken up from their self-induced slumber. Most importantly, you have off-loaded your baggage at last. But you are not finished yet! Being freed of this baggage, the two of you, illustrious sons of this beautiful tiny island called Sri Lanka, should proudly now go on and win the 2015 World Cup in Australia.

Posted by prasain on (April 7, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

well deserved victory for the lankan lions

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 11:55 GMT)

jadeja is a useless bowler who can bowl well only when conditions favour him.india should have picked harbhajan over jadeja because he was the leading wicket taker for mumbai indians and he can play big shots better than jadeja.sehwag has also found his form and he should come back in indian team as soon as possible.rohit sharma should open with sehwag.India's bench strength was the worst among all the teams with the likes of binny and aaron.

Posted by Aroundthelegsgoogly on (April 7, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

What will be interesting to see is how this experience affects the young Kohli. Similar to his hero Sachin Tendulkar he too has now tasted defeat even though he carried his team all the way to the victory door. By far and away the best batsmen in the world right now, Kohli must be heartbroken. As a Pakistani it was thrilling to watch, such an amazing talent with more than a hint of jealously wishing we had a Kohli in our team as well. But then, I reckon the sentiment is the same for any one else.

Finally, I wasnt too concerned who won as long as the team showed the fight and the desire to win. Kohli did and for his efforts, India would have been worthy winners. But watching the last 3 overs of SL's batting - I payed attention to Sanga's eyes, I wanted to see how much he wanted it. How much this versatile, student of the game wants to win the tournament. I didnt have to look too hard, it was obvious. To do what he did with his recent form, truly outstanding, what a hero for SL.

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (April 7, 2014, 11:25 GMT)

We should not blame Yuvraj for yesterday's defeat. Instead we should admire SL for their excellent death bowling. Those wide yorkers bowled by Malinga and others were simply out of this world. Yesterday SL played much better cricket than us, and were deserving winners. We must give credit where it is due. Dhoni knew that Yuvaraj was not playing well, then why did he not send Raina in his place. Even Dhoni could not make runs as he normally does. What about Rahane? What about Rohit Sharma? Rohit has as much talent as Kohli, but why does he not make as many runs as him? Rohit got a very good start, so he should have gone onto make at least 50-60 runs, instead of throwing his wicket away. Why does it always have to be Kohli who has to bail out India? Team India is a work in progress, and we should seriously look at some other options in batting and bowling if we want to do well in WC15.

Posted by Gloryof96 on (April 7, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

At last .... anyhow, good game, well played both teams.

People always look for excuses and blame it on somebody when teams lose, Yuvraj is not a monster, all these people were saying Yuvi and Dhoni are god's when India were winning trophies but we as fans need to be consistent on what we say.

India just had 1 bad days and since 2007, we have had 5 bad days, so take it with a pinch of salt and look towards a better tomorrow!

Posted by Sudhir65 on (April 7, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

I guess even a 9-0 record in World cups against our "friends" across the border will not stop hateful and negative comments coming against India.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

I agree with you "Nothingness". Indians, you people never admire the opponents success. Always way that say that you'll lost because of your own fault. Even Dhoni in the presentation was bragging about the missed opportunities in the middle over. Without saying it directly, says that the WC T20 2014 final was lost because of Yuvi. That's totally unfair for a 2 time man of the series of previous WC for India. You people learn to admire the opponent's skills. Even the commentators from India speaks the same way. Correct your mentality, where your cricket fans follow you'll. Wish fatalities will not occur like last night to Yuvi. God bless you Indians.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 10:55 GMT)

Gurdit Singh..... 10 Times better than SL team..... u gotta be kidding me.....u can't even compare SL bowling with current Indian bowling line... heroes like Mishra, Ashwin, Jadeja showing poor performance against SL Batting line and they doesn't even have good pacers..... and Indian batting seems to be only depending on Kholi.... so sad to say it seems that SL was 10 Times powerful than Ind.....

Posted by Ramu444 on (April 7, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

What next for chandimal now.i think he is a misfit in t20.he should play tests.

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (April 7, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

@ Saeed Iqbal has amazing memory. He says that India got hammered by Aussies in India. Now when did that happen? The last I remember was that in early 2013 Australia got hammered 4-0 in tests by India and then in late 2013 Australia got defeated 3-2 in ODIs in India. And regarding India getting defeated 2-0 and 4-0 in ODIs in SA and NZ, then when these teams visit India they also get whitewashed most of the time in ODIs. Mr Iqbal should worry more about Pakistan which is getting hammered by just about any team these days such as Zimbabwe and WI.

Posted by Anthonydeal on (April 7, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

Finally, we heard the Lions ROAR in WC final... and wasn't it sweet. Credit should go out to 1. all the players, 2. the selectors and finally 3. SLC officials, because I'm not sure if this was planned, but spending 2-3 months in conditions where two important tournaments were to be held (Asia Cup and ICC T20) is a strategy well thought off, well before the players left for Bangladesh. Even still to execute the plans to a "T" is a whole different ball game and the Sri Lankans did it perfectly.

Everyone is talking about Yuvraj lost them the match. True he was not anywhere near the batsman who should have ideally been there at that point of time, but if you analyse the numbers, Yuvraj faced only 5 balls of the last 4 overs (17-20). Dhoni faced 8, Kohli faced 6. So the "in-form" batsmen faced almost 74% of the last four overs. Yet they couldn't find the boundary in any one of those balls.

Something to ponder!

Posted by vipinchirackal on (April 7, 2014, 10:46 GMT)

please dont say even dhoni couldnt hit ball so why blame yuvraj alone.by the time dhoni arrived in the crease india had already lost the match because of the performance of yuvi.even sachin couldnt have done anything at that situation when you lost all the hopes.lankan bowling was not as good as south africans or west indies.by the time of last overs their spinners had completed their quota also.if yuvi couldnt perform at that situation also he had better tried for some other business

Posted by latecut_04 on (April 7, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

Its really shocking to hear all cries for Yuvi's blood and many 'strategies' like "should have sent Raina ahead of Yuvraj"..Well if Raina had gone in he would have been tied down by short, fast ones bowled by Malinga and he would have been the scapegoat.they had planned for each batsman.as simple as that. But it is shocking to see the sports writers blaming the defeat solely on Yuvraj. Of course this being international sport there are no freebies but the last 4 overs were BRILLIANTLY bowled and no one can deny that.Nice to see Dhoni supporting Yuvi and back his player irrespective of the defeat (instead of taking the easy route and laying the blame on him).I am not a big Dhoni fan but I admire him for this.

Posted by UmairFazlani on (April 7, 2014, 10:44 GMT)

Great performance by SL .. They really deserve the win which they were chasing since 2003 WC finals and finally they got there in 2014. Good performance by Indians but they were lucky and made an upset by beating SA in semis because SAns were not at their best .. Due to that upset they got through the finals and this time luck was not theirs as it was in the past .. Any way a good WC coming to a great end.

Posted by wonderstar1 on (April 7, 2014, 10:41 GMT)

Well done SL! @Indian fans we cant ask for every tournament to win. we have the WC 2011, CT 2013 and we have already the 2007 WCT20 in our cabin. I think its too much to ask for everything to be won they are humans too and we made it to the finals of this edition which in itself a great achievement given at the beginning nobody gave us a chance to go beyond group stages. let others think whatever they want but India has exceeded our expectations and have a great future and can only better. so lets stop searching for excuses. you win some and you loose some its just a game. Importantly to both INDIAN AND SL FANS pls stop talking like REVENGE its not a sin or crime that somebody has committed to take revenge or punish. India winning over SL in 2011 WC final was not a sin or Sl win over India yesterday was not a sin either. one who plays better on thatd ay wins the game and it all ends there. good luck.

Posted by Imad_K on (April 7, 2014, 10:41 GMT)

Nothingness- you are wrong. I'm not saying that SL may not have chased even 190runs because they have players that are capable of doing that. The facts are that Ind were 64-2 off 10overs- that is an excellent foundation which a lot of people don't understand with 10 overs left and plenty of wickets in hand. Ind's weakness is quick short bowling on bouncy tracks but they weren't going to face these conditions here. India would have easily scored 100+ in the last 10 overs. Kohli scored at a SR of132. The problem is that YS messed up the whole momentum - that put's extra pressure on the batsmen on the other end because now due to the number of balls getting wasted by YS the batsmen on the other side is thinking about just trying to hit boundaries to any kind of ball even if it's not a boundary ball rather than even rotating the strike if a better hitter was in instead of YS. Simlarly, also with MSD-now the pressure was on to try and hit everything out the ground with hardly any balls left

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

The best team of the tournament won. This is how it should be! Sri Lanka RULES the cricketing world. Well done SL! All other teams can now aspire to be like you. The best bowling and the best batting. You certainly taught India a cricketing lesson! Now all someone must teach them is to give credit where it's due.

Posted by chimesh on (April 7, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

I am a Sri Lankan Fan. Lot of them telling that Yuvaraj was not in form in previous matches. But nobody talking about form of Sangakkara's in previous matches now. That is funny. I think lot of indians dont know about cricket. LOL

Posted by RKCH on (April 7, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

Absolutely top class death bowling by Sri Lankans. SriLanka bowled to a plan and succeeded. Regarding India, I guess they are moving in an era where they are going to be over-dependent on Kohli the same way they were on Tendulkar in 90s era. With the world cup slightly less than a year away, this is indeed a worrying sign. To that, add the fact that spinners wont be as useful and our pace attack is not a match winning one, we are faced with some very harsh questions.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

India played 50% of their ability.our best t20 hitter didn't bat and dhoni came in last 2 overs.we lost because of poor strategy and yuvraj's selfish batting.Indian team is 10 times better than sri lanka but sammy was right that almighty wanted sanga and mahela to retire on a high.sri Lanka deserves at least 1 world cup because they are good to reach finals 5 times.

Posted by momer79 on (April 7, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

Brilliant cricket by SL, professional in all areas and specially Malinga and Kulasekra executed very well. I have read many people commenting on winning toss but after analysing this game from different angles and listening expert views, I would say this was not an easy pitch to bat second, because women's final was played on this same pitch and plus a bit of rain. Full credit to SL bowlers bowling amazing accurate Yorkers in last few overs. Bear in mind it is not easy to continuously bowl Yorker on the same area with the same length. SL stick to their plan and everyone contributed, sending pherera was good move which eased the pressure from sanga. I would say that was the first game when indian team was outside of their comfort zone and they got panic, they were not tested properly in the previous games and always preferred to chased the score. People might blame to Yuvi but I think even Dohni wasn't able to hit the boundaries when he came to the crease.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

First of all I would like to congrats SL. You outplayed us in the final & u deserved the WC. Sanga & Mahela deserved a farewell like this. However I am pleased with India's performance too. We were unbeaten until the final & making it to the final in such way is an achievement too. Overall I think this was a good tournament. Thanks to BD for hosting such a nice tournament. Stadium was full in pretty much every matches. We got to see some really exciting close matches like SA vs Eng Ind vs SA etc. Ordinary teams beating top teams like Holland beating England, Pakistan beating Australia such flukes brought more fun to the WC.I think this WC had everything. So many good memories to look back. It will sting a little that we didn't win but overall I am happy with the tournament

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

Well played by SL. they deserved it and really worked hard for it. By far the best team yesterday. bowled well and batted well. A good farewell to Sanga & Mahela. Sanga played most memorable innings of his life in his last t20 game.

SL worked hard for this. They have been playing in BD for more than 2 months. And won almost everything. Lost only 1 t20 game but that was due to 1 special innings. Won Asia Cup, won against BD and were good during this tournament.

Have to give credit to selectors, coaches & all players. almost every one chipped in at some point during this WC. SL was regular side to World cups finals in last few years( i think 5/6) but this time they broke that jinx. They played as a team and worked hard to get here.

Many Congratulations to All Fans.

Posted by Nothingness on (April 7, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

Dear Indian fans (Only those who blame Yuvi or claim that India lost this game rather than SL Winning [like "Thyagu5432"]) If you guys watched the final you should understand that even if Dhoni or Raina were batting instead of Yuvi things would not be much different. Thinking about how Dhoni managed 4 from 7 and also the manner in which he struggled to get bat to ball, India might have scored at most 10 runs more. Malinga, kule & Sachithra were bowling that well. Not even Kholi could get them away during the last 5 overs.

Sri Lankan's had a plan while bowling as well as batting and in both innings they executed it well. Dhoni had no plan and no wisdom to counter that. It was just one of the best T20 bowling performances by SL. Kholi is probably the best ODI batsman the world has ever seen, even he could not explode as he would have wanted to through out the innings, I do not believe that he wanted to have a strike rate of 135 in the World T20 Final.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 7, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

@Saeed-Well said there!Pitch for final was a more even,sportier 1.Was bit in it for bowlers but not giving undue help to spin like those in Ind's group games.It suited an all round game like SL have played.Ind lost toss on this pitch,result is before you.

Posted by JG2704 on (April 7, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

Re Dhoni's captaincy and Yuvraj - I think it's a tough one. My hunch would have been to put Raina in before Dhoni but having said that Yuvraj is often a slow starter so it may have made more sense to bring him in when he did than with a few overs to go. Yuvi started off the tourn poorly but in the 2 games before he scored 18 off 17 (not great but not disgraceful) and 60 off 43 when India were struggling so I'd say that's improvement. Also , it seemed from watching it live that Yuvraj took up alot of the strike but in reality he used up 21 of the 46 balls while he was in. As for criticisms of Dhoni being unable to get Mallinga away - Those deliveries were magnificent. If I was being ultra critical I'd have said that he should have made sure he just got bat on ball and been geared to run a single (even if by way of a bye) and give the strike to the set batsman. Never thought I'd end up feeling sorry for Yuvi on a cricket pitch after his 6x6 off Broad

Posted by onebump on (April 7, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

Any idea what the song/music that was played as the players walked in for the anthems. Thought it was Jerusalem, but I think I am wrong. I am not referring to the world cup Bangla song. This was a classical piece of music. Help????

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

well done Sanga. well deserving win and timely too.. congrats to my SL friends

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 8:53 GMT)

India had luck to get to the final. They were never the strongest team. They got hammered by Aussie in India, they go hammered by SA and hammered by NZ. And in the final hammered by Sri Lanka. India played all their matches on the same pitch. Why?

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (April 7, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

Sheer law of averages caught up with India. Winning all the matches comfortably in the tournament so far and the chain had to be broken and unfortunately, it happened to be the finals. India lost the T20 world cup rather than SL winning it. What a come down for Yuvi! 6 sixers in 6 balls to 11 off 21 balls. I feel it is time he retired gracefully (if it can still be called gracefully). Looks like Dhoni had decided to give the legend combo Sanga/Mahela a parting gift.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 8:34 GMT)

ALHAMDULLIA. brilliant perform by lankan. won the match with some tacical. 1 won the toss let indian bet first. 2 bring back t perera. 3 brutell last few overs. even world best finisers cant hit a on boundry last 4 overs. this is best death ball by i ever see. well done boys we pay back the 2011 due. we going to n miss u sangs- mahela.

Posted by onebump on (April 7, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

Thank you to all the non-SL cricket fans for your wishes!!!!

As true fans of cricket you will appreciate how happy and thrilled we SL fans are!

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

great job by lankens thanks cricinfo for keeping live you are great team giving all score ball by ball all over the worlds thanks again

Posted by Jafar on (April 7, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

God willing soothsayer Sammy's prediction after loosing the semi final had come true. We Look forward to his predictions in the future tournaments too. Sammy can you say who will win FIFA world cup????????????

Posted by Naresh28 on (April 7, 2014, 7:47 GMT)

WELL DONE TO SL for achieving the trophy after so many heartbreaks. Quite clearly SL bowling was spot on. India selected Mohit and Yuvraj when the last game against SA showed these were the weak links. Today Rahane and Jadeja also failed and thus all added to the problems. Fans had called for the two changes, the reporters had said it is likey that Dhoni will select the same team from SA game - they were right. For Yuvi it now sealed - he will probably not play for India again.

Posted by Iceman29 on (April 7, 2014, 7:36 GMT)

@Saambaru: Bro that was a very heart warming comment....spoke like a true gentleman....we lost to a better team...and am proud the cup is still in Asia...congrats to your and all the SL fans....savor every moment of it like we did in 2011....

Posted by Srilion79 on (April 7, 2014, 7:10 GMT)

The logical factor here is in T20 games , even though you have 7 outstanding batsmen,they all won't get chance to play..most of the time it's only 3 or 4 batsmen will score runs. That's what happen to India. They didn't count well the short nature of T20. Tough luck for india and great finish for SL after so many heart breaking attempts.

Posted by dganger on (April 7, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

Srilanka played and executed their plan to the T..they won. Indians played badly and made howlers on tactical part...they lost. Better team of the day won and they thoroughly deserve it. Period..

Do we really need to fight here?

From an Indian Fan

Posted by Night_Fury on (April 7, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

Congratulations SL. Many here would know that i am die hard Indian Fan but SL deserved to win yesterday. We lost to them in warm-ups, and we lost to them in Finals. In these conditions they are tough. A fitting finale to 2 very good players. India fought well till 4th wicket but the loss was looming. Why we lost? Almost 95% of India thinks that Yuvi lost us the game. But i am on other 5%. We lost game because we were 31 in 1st 6 overs. On that pitch Rahane struggled, Kohli struggled, but since Kohli got enough balls at the end, he improved his strike rate. Even Dhoni managed 2-3 runs of 6-7 deliveries he faced. Lets give credit to Kulasekra and Malinga. What spells they bowled from 17-20th over. Absolutely breath-taking. I have never seen India middle order not scoring runs at death when they have wickets in hand. They both are argubaly best death bowlers for shorter format right now. Even better than Steyn and Mitch. No one can be so consistent with yorkers. Bowling won SL the finals.

Posted by Hamid403 on (April 7, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

As pakistani, i would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to SL TEAM & Nations, your are my favorite Team after Pak, LOve you all.

Posted by Saambaru on (April 7, 2014, 6:51 GMT)

Cricinfo & Team,......you deserve a big thank you from us , Sri Lankans all around the world for your tremendous, tireless, valiant effort for keeping all of us alive & hopeful day & night with the spirit & taste of cricket on this T20 tournament.

More over you brought all cricket playing Asian nations within one umbrella, more closer, keep up your good work for the decades to come.

Dear Indian, Pakistan, Bangladesh Brothers & sisters, accept Sri Lankans very humble respect & bottom heart love to all of you, please join with us to share the cake.

Posted by CricfanAustralia on (April 7, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

My salute to whole of the srilankan team, especially SANGAKARA and MALINGA. We are going to miss you SANGA and MAHELA in World T-20.

Posted by cooldxve on (April 7, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

First Ind def. Pak in the T20 final. Then Pak def. SL. And now SL def. Ind. Good to see all 3 Asian giants have a T20 WC title each, that too by beating one another.

Felt good that SL finally won an ICC tournament final after so many attempts. And two of my favourite players retiring on a high.

Posted by indian1986 on (April 7, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

First of congrats to SL team. They deserved every bit of the moment. They played like champions unfortunately India didnt on the night.One of the best death bowling display that i have ever seen. Congrats to Mahela and Sanga on there glorious career. I am a Big fan Yuvi, he might come back or he may not but he will never be the same as before. Need to open with Rahane and shikar, Rohit has to come down the order and compliment Kohli without throwing his wicket away.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

feeling sorry for UV.... he had been a allrounder in past with excellent cricketing skills... I do remember his 6 sixes against England.... but today all IND. fans are blaming on him... even Indian media are choking on him..... this was very sad to here... we Sri LankaNS had never blamed mocked our such players even they lost 4 ICC finals.... even our media... so plz try to go easy for them as they have done lot ur cricket -- from a SL FAN

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

guys I really do not understand why people fighting their team s the best..its obvious wen 2 teams meet in the WC final that they r the best after beating the rest..and its also obvious one team has to win n other has to loose.. so its not one game which u look into and decide the players n team..both teams n others like pak, saf, wi hv played brilliantly n they all hv lost by the edge of one game..considering the fastness of T20, no time to realise the wickets n playing conditions and the key factor is momentum till the end and I frankly admit Ind didn't enjoy any sort of momentum in the final..so don't blame individuals, team n captain of course some players were not able to play on an off day..great regards to Lanka.. guys pls accept Lanka outplayed n emerged as the best..let's win the sport by accepting our defeat n let's take out the positives one is virat Kohli, Suresh raina n ashwin..try to improve on negatives openers problem, no reliable seemers, no death bowling..

Posted by shanks1967 on (April 7, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

I think the young Indian team exceeded expectations in this tournament. My personal feeling was that we would make the semis but would not cross the hurdle to reach the finals. Having reached the finals, the last 5 overs when we batted, used to be our strength, but let us down badly today. I think the SL bowlers did a fantastic job. Kudos to SL. Well done. No heartbreak for me viz India..well done team. I think the core is becoming stronger.

Posted by ShanNachimuthu on (April 7, 2014, 6:11 GMT)

Many congratulations to Sri Lankan team!!! They executed their plan extraordinarily well against Indians particularly in death overs. This Sri Lankan team is far ahead of Indian team in both pace and spin department, which made them to achieve this feat. Also the fielding was exceptional. OK. Coming to Indian performance. I do not remember Indian batting produced much of 20+ ( one big over ) in this tournament. I think SL noticed that and designed and executed the plan accordingly. Also Yuvi and Dhoni should have much of strike to Kholi. Looks like bit of ego reflected from both and that costed the match. May be I am wrong but thats what I felt that time. Also the choice of Mohit over Shami was not correct. Mohit did not swing that great even in his last two outings. Anyway The performance of the team overall was good and Yuvi can regain his touch only in ODIs and in T20. IPL is the last chance for him to become a consistent performer both as batsman and bowler to book a berth for WC.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (April 7, 2014, 5:59 GMT)

I wish if it was some other team instead of India in the finals...Such a boring & one sided match..Shame on such a performance by India

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 5:54 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka. You richly deserved it. Being an impartial observer of cricket all along these years, its really annoying to hear the comments of the Indian Captain, who said they had an off day that's why Sri Lanka won. Its really hurt those people's sentiments who worked hard to achieve this level. If that so India won all their matches because all other teams had 'off days' ? Isn't it an insult to all talented and skilled players of all great cricketing nations? Come on Mr. All Powerful Mr. Dhoni, be a sport not a spoiler. Learn to be magnanimous in defeat. accept it. Learn how to make a statement from a an humble Western Indian Captain Mr. Darren Sammy. Or at least from your colleague, the lovable Virat Kholi. By the way is that a tradition or habit of you not congratulating a winning team ? Grow up Mr Dhoni. - mohideen2010

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 5:52 GMT)

saransrk...... people like u alway try to hide there team's weakness all the way....for eg:- what happened to Mishra, Ashwin, Jadeja in the final... they were hammered... so called match winner, game changer MSD what happened to him....just 19 runs for last 24 balls... is that the best u can get from the best..... truth is bitter than u thought mate....try to see and believe right things.. only Kholi shows his colours.....

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

India Choked Yesterday. They played good in whole tournament but failed when it matters. Hence the new tag of chokers should be given to indian team. these players needs to be replaced immediately.they only play good in ipl. very poor performance. they really broke billions hearts. Congrac to SL for showing indians how to win. They are truely hungry and deserving champlions..

Posted by umeshup on (April 7, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

A loss is always hard to digest. And moreover defeat from the hands of a rival who u had earlier dominated consistently. Every Indian cricket fan must be heartbroken, dejected; that's obvious. Whats more disappointing is the reactions, the abuses, the blames being made by Indian Fans. A man who once was the heartthrob of nation and a hero suddenly was being mocked at the social media platform. It pinches me to look into inner selves and makes me ask whether what we are doing is rational? Nobody chooses to play bad. A player of his stature and class should be respected. He has earned that right.

Posted by sundersingh on (April 7, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

India paid the heavy price by playing the wounded horse in a furious race(yuvi)...i think the team management has to take the blame for not backing up the inform youngster(rahane).instead the backed the out of form senior.. onthe other hand excellent decision by Sri lanka , excluding their skipper fro the sake of team and backing the youngster in form.(thrimannae).. the best yuvi could do at that mmt was to throw his wicket by dancing down the wicket and whack at the ball.. any way we dont want to let our match winner in distress and hope he will come back stronger..

Posted by SL_legacy on (April 7, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

The best feeling ever watching a cricket match. We owe our team a damn lot for makng us proud after so many heartbreaks over the years. A brilliant effort put in by everyone. Ever reliable Sanga and our big match player Mahela took us home and that was the best part of this victory. The most touching moment for me was Sanath hugging Sanga after all the roumours spread out about them having a conflict between them. We all Sri Lankans stand very proud today!!! It was great to see the celebrations all over Colombo... Can't wait till the team arrive in Colombo. As we said after the Asia cup, the grand welcome awaits you!!! we love you!!!

Posted by CricSriLanka on (April 7, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

Nice to see the Banga supporters, even after losing to SL in all the formats, they supported us, Thank you Banga!

It should be noted that neither a SL batsman nor a SL bowler is in the top 5 run getter or top 5 wicket taker in this tournament. So SL have not been depending in one or two players, they have won it as a team as a whole everyone has contributed no passengers.

Posted by Machu.mac on (April 7, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

Congratulation to All Sri Lankan Fans....I am an Indian, but I wanted U to win....Happy to see SANGA Laughing yesterday and 2011 World Cup Final.SANGA is the only one I saw laughing when SL loss to INDIA in 2011 WC Final.He is A Great Guy and He deserved it now....Its a Very Big lost this two guys For Sri Lanka (SANGAKKARA AND MAHELA)....

Posted by G_M_Awan on (April 7, 2014, 5:40 GMT)

Kholi played well too..... but many congratulations to deserving winners Sri Lanka! !!.... Sanga proofs big players are for big matches.....Deathe overs xptnlly outstanding by lankans..... I really happy on Sri Lankanz victory though i am from pakistan....

Posted by Dr_Dre on (April 7, 2014, 5:40 GMT)

Indian fans, just accept the fact that SL WON it. Live with that. Don't apply 'what if' logic here. We dropped two catches. Specially Kohli's one. And a run out. Dohni couldn't deliver at the end not only Yuvi. We have been to 6 finals. We won twice. We lost four times. We lived with that. Now its your time. I am happy we won it defeating Indians. Otherwise we would have seen many more logic comments here.

Posted by CricSriLanka on (April 7, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

@ Every Indian who is bashing Yuvi: Yes Yuvi was one of the reason for Ind to lose but out of the 24 balls in the last 4 overs Kholi scored only 7 runs out of 8 balls and was run out too, the great finisher MSD scored only 4 runs in 7 balls. And yuvi scored 4 out of 9. So what's the difference? It was just great depth bowling of SL. There weren't neither Virat Storm nor Dhoni Dhamaka!

Posted by shenshen on (April 7, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

@ramz30380 true true

A big thank you to Bangladesh for hosting a GREAT TOURNAMENT!

Posted by Iceman29 on (April 7, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

Got to give full credits to the SL..they had a plan from the start for India and they executed it perfectly and Yuvi helped them a little bit too...they fully deserve the victory....a hard fought victory and what a send off to their legends Mahela and Sanga....well done guys...as an Indian fan i feel disappointed in my team by not having any plan and still Dhoni persisting with Yuvi over Raina ...but full credits to SL..enjoy the victory guys....after a long time you guys have won a world cup...we know how it feels...As I said earlier am happy the cup stays in Asia... :P cheers..

Posted by Dr_Dre on (April 7, 2014, 5:33 GMT)

Indians are so pathetic to blame a one person for the defeat. Well not only Yuvi but also Dhoni failed to bat. Even master Kohli gave a catch very early stage and SL dropped it. But SL won the match. So stop calling names and accept the fact that SL played better today. Yuvi delivered many times for India but today was not his day. That happens, Show some gratitude to the great legend. I think as a nation Indians have to just GROW UP.

Posted by GD66 on (April 7, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

Well played, Sri Lanka, very patient and calm when it mattered. I think if you replayed that match 10 times, the score would probably be 5-5. Plenty of young talent coming through for India, a great match. Thank you to both teams, and warm congratulations to Bangladesh for a happy, well-run tournament.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

I did not have expected the result of World Cup's final match what I got to know after the game ended. India lost this match from a tiny team, such a shameful act, I'm sure nobody had expected this stupidity from Indian team, SL banged the former champions in the final to become the current champions. SL should be thankful to Pakistan cricket team who lost the match against WI and the fortunately there was rain in their semi final which is why their luck worked out in their favour. I don't know why ICC do not host big events like this one in the USA or Canada where the majority of cricket lovers live.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 5:27 GMT)

As pak fan very satisfactory end of T20 2014 after big disappointment on Apil 01 my second favorites WIN the cup and kicked BIG-III by Small rest of the World feel very pleasure specially for two all time Greats SANGA and MAHELA they exactly got what they deserve. we will miss them a lot in T20s. CONGRTULATION Srilankan fans. Enjoye the big movement.

Posted by sundersingh on (April 7, 2014, 5:27 GMT)

India paid the heavy price by playing the wounded horse in a furious race(yuvi)...i think the team management has to take the blame for not backing up the inform youngster(rahane).instead the backed the out of form senior.. onthe other hand excellent decision by Sri lanka , excluding their skipper fro the sake of team and backing the youngster in form.(thrimannae).. the best yuvi could do at that mmt was to throw his wicket by dancing down the wicket and whack at the ball.. any way we dont want to let our match winner in distress and hope he will come back stronger..

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 5:23 GMT)

On sri lanka vs WI semi final when WI required 80 runs in 37 balls every one told its possible target for WI if rain is not come. Just see the final how much difficult to bat against sri lankan death bowling.

Posted by sachin_equal_to_bradman on (April 7, 2014, 5:19 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka!!! You absolutely outplayed us!!! You deserve it thoroughly...Yuvi played baddest innings of his life but no excuses here...You deserve it!!! Congrats from Indian Fan

Posted by phaktaa_tikit on (April 7, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

As an ardent fan of Yuvi i was disappointed - not just for yesterday's performance but for the fact that we are seeing extinction of india's most attacking selfless cricketer of the shorter format. Yuvi is clearly past his prime and his lack of energy was very visible in this torunament in all departments of the game right from exhibitions. It was very evident Yuvi didn't fit the bill but dropping him was not a choice for Dhoni given Yuvi's historical achievements in shorter formats. Even the 60 odd runs he scored in league match was less than an Yuvi inning we used to see in the past. I'm sure Dhoni would have realised that very well.

Having said Yuvi was the major cause of loss, we cannot overlook the fact that Rohit & Virat were too slow to take off. 61/1 in 10 overs was below par. And India's preparedness to bat first was clearly exposed in this match. Lastly, they need to bring in Pragyan Ojha into their scheme of things as an alternative to Amit Mishra.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 5:10 GMT)

India lost becuase of Dhoni. His didn't executed his plans, nor talk to any bowler while fielding. See Malinga, Mahela, Sangakkara n Dilshan... in between they are discussing what to do next? India selectors wake up..... many talented cricketers available in India..give them chance to perform. Don't go back what Yuvaraj did 7 yrs back, select them what is capable to do today based on current performance. Change the captain as well. Too much cool is bad for Indian cricket. Wajke up!!

Posted by krishna_cricketfan on (April 7, 2014, 5:08 GMT)

Congratulations Lankans!!!! You deserve it. Your slow bowlers were always top notch and what can I say about Malinga. Mumbai Indians said it better by having Malinga all the time. Happy that Malinga is the captain as I always liked his bowling and his gentle behavior on the field despite being a fast bowler. Yuvraj has done a lot to Indian campaign and yesterday was not his day. Indian team has done well in this tournament and they can be proud of their efforts. SL now you must enjoy and savoir this victory.

Posted by ramz30380 on (April 7, 2014, 5:07 GMT)

I am seeing a lot of ppl taking a dig at Yuvi, plz this guy has won two World Cups for India & ppl shudn't forget tht! Lets be honest in accepting tht the better team won.... Ind's batting line-up came under the fire thanks to some outstanding death over bowling by Maling & Co - I think tht sealed the match....

SL fans my hearty congrats to all of you... but I dont understand when the SL & Ind players behave like brothers on and off the field, why is tht the fans are having a go at each other???!!!!

The best two teams were in the finals and the best team of the day won it! On that note, congrats to all the Bangla ppl for making this event a huge success! You were very supportive to all teams in spite of ur team not making it to the semis.

Hoping that SLC turns over a new leaf and supports its players who deserve all the accolades they are getting at the moment... Good Luck!

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 5:07 GMT)

sad to learn the attack on Yuvraj singh house. The subcontinent cricket lovers are too much emotional. (From Pakistan)

Posted by sarangsrk on (April 7, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

To all SL fans who have been talking about India being biggest rival and revenge and all that, please be humble in your team's victory. Don't forget Indian captain had a rare bad day with his tactics by sending Yuvraj in rather than Raina else the story might have been different. SL played well in all the finals and semis that you lost but you were outplayed by better teams ( Aus, Ind, Pak, WI). Ind didn't play well and hence, gifted a cup to your departing heroes. Ind at their best will beat SL at their best in any ground any day. I guess that fact will remain lost on all fans who only want to see India losing.

Posted by sowdad on (April 7, 2014, 5:00 GMT)

well played tigers..deserved victory...sanga played a valuable innings..u tigers were awesome through out the tournament..congratulations..well played india too..they were unbeaten throughout the tournament...solid batting performances from ur batting line up..but final..it was tigers day..wish u best of luck to india in future..Wishes from Pakistani fan..

Posted by Siddiee on (April 7, 2014, 5:00 GMT)

130-3 in 20 overs is inexplicable. Yuvraj struggled to put bat on ball even during his 60 against Australia but still Dhoni persisted with him for the reasons best known to him and experts.

Also I do not buy Dhoni's argument that Sri Lanka Bowled too well in last few overs as from what I watched, Yuvraj ended the momentum and allowed them to ball in the areas they wanted to without any pressure. As a result, Kohli who was going good but didn't face many balls and Dhoni realised that India was approaching a below par total and in an effort to hit a boundary every ball, struggled to put bat on ball.

It was clear from the total India posted that SL would win in case they bat 20 overs. Ashwin and Mishra were the attacking options for India here and they bowled only 1 over between them in first 9. This allowed an out of form Sanga to settle and he made India pay. Dhoni wanted to keep his options open till last over but the match wasn't to reach there.

Posted by Sudhir65 on (April 7, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

@Kazun: so when you say India is not good enough for Intl. cricket and call its opponents whom it easily beat in this WT20- Pakistan, WI, Aus , Bangladesh and SA as weak- does that imply these teams are worse. Then who else would be left to play Intl. cricket? According to your statement, only SL, Eng and NZ are good enough for Intl. cricket!

Posted by avani on (April 7, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

Let us have 2 minutes silence for RCB who bought Yuvi for Rs. 14 crores.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 4:55 GMT)

Come on Sri lankan fans. Its good to see the champs Mahela and Sanga ending on high and lifting the trophy, but the fact still remains the same that India is the best team in Asia and everyone talking about IPL dont forget that every player want to be in IPL. India had the toughest group in league stage,Australia,West Indies,Pakistan they all were favourites comig into the tournament. Respect for Mahela, Sanga and Sri lanka. Well Played.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 4:54 GMT)

srilanka deserved to win as they played better in all segment last night . india will take lot of positives apart from yuvraj singh this tournament . winning and loose part of game .

Posted by suharshan on (April 7, 2014, 4:52 GMT)

Great article Siddharth! As always

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 4:47 GMT)

Kudos to SL for the grt win.shame Indians caved in w/o a fight.at the 15th over stage lkd an even battle, but thanks to the grt Yuvi we nosedived to defeat.the body language of the Indians after their first innings show displayed their mood and the result was forgone.why they forgot the WI match where the islanders took the match to the last over defending a similar target proves the lack of dtermination and doggedness needed in such situ.time yuvi was thrown out if he persists in continuing.why Dhoni stuck with him for this match is a question that will haunt many for times to come.he and the southpaw did their reputations no good.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

This game was properly executed by Srilanka. Toss was a big advantage but everything worked on the way SL planned. This match reminded me of T20 World cup final between Eng and Aus. That day england played with a plan and they executed it well. Even though India were favorites, in the Final srilanka totally outplayed india. Kulasekara and Mallinga bowled beautifully in the death overs. Srilanka deserves this cup and what a legend sangakkara is. I can say he is the only remaining legend playing cricket now (test & ODI). Congrats to Srilanka and the Srilankan Fans. You deserves it. Cheers

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

Well played Srilanka, u deserved to be the champions... u guys bowled in good line and length to the indians giving no space to hit...... Indians dont be heartbroken you still are the champions we love you.... As dhoni said this is just one off day... Dhoni and this indian team had given us so many proud moments.....Come on India get ready for the next battle.......... :)

Posted by Lion_Wallaby on (April 7, 2014, 4:39 GMT)

@IndianCoolGuy; Sorry mate we understand your pain!! The unplayable yokers showed the brilliance of Sri Lanka. If you can't play them go sit in the stand. We cannot help you for not having even an average Fast bowler even to ball with the new ball. So just forget about the depth bowling. But if you need help we'll get couple of our school level bowling coaches to help them out!!!

Posted by cric_leo on (April 7, 2014, 4:38 GMT)

well deserved victory. fans were awaiting for this moment for so long. hats off to great mahela and sanga, they got what they richly deserved finally, the taste of a big cup. we met WI for semi's and they lost the match with their T20 hero samuels in the middle and played like school boy cricket. we met india our biggest rival and they lost the match with world best batsman kholi and world best finisher Dhoni in the middle and played with no answers to one of the greatest exhibition of death bowling. it is sweet revenge... by the way we are no 01 T20 side in the world

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 4:38 GMT)

good luck Sl we were with you - you deserve victory.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

It's sad to hear the news of attacking Yuvis home.... fans have to respect the players those who are representing their country. After all it's just a game... I'm wondering what will happen if sri lankan fans have behaved like that for past 7 years... so learn from sri lankans... just enjoy the game and spirit of the cricket.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (April 7, 2014, 4:35 GMT)

From a Bd fan , big congratulation to Lanka for winning this t20 wc and the asia cup in one package ! bravo ! I thought ind might win it becuz I believe ind understand and adapt into sub-continent condition better than any other team. But SriLanka deserves it more not becuz they played well in this one particular day but rather they are more of a team than this one man v.kohli company and Sl also can play well anywhere in the world not using special advantage of sub-continent homelike cond/pitches.

Posted by kazun2 on (April 7, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

@Yogesh Gupta, I guess you had something to remind CrickFans007 after the match. Why don't you come here and remind it?

"Posted by Yogesh Gupta on (April 6, 2014, 14:10 GMT) CrickFans007 on (April 6, 2014, 13:56 GMT) : We will see very soon and i will be the first one to remind you what you said before the match .."

"Posted by CrickFans007 on (April 6, 2014, 13:56 GMT) In semifinal I wrote, the day india loss the toss they will lose the game, Today we will see that, They cant defend any total,"

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

A great match....Congrats to Sri Lanka...Mahela and sanga the legends given an incredible farewell...Have to accept that lankan bowling was top class at the death and also yuvi was struggling..Not proper to bash him on the basis of just one tournament..Virat is the best ..this guy is an incredible run machine and the hunger for success is so evident..

Guys stop bashing each other...The cameraderie among our players is so strong..Y cant we follow them...Its just a game of cricket played in absolute cordial spirit...Well played both the teams....

Posted by ReezColombo on (April 7, 2014, 4:33 GMT)

Wow, What a performance by Sri Lanka - Hats off to all those contributed. Even Chandimal contributed by staying out of the tournament. It was a collective team effort. What a way to tribute the two greats of the game. As Sammy said God put an hand to send the two men in high note.

Posted by kazun2 on (April 7, 2014, 4:29 GMT)

Now it's very funny to see the comments from Indian fans as well as commentators who were like India already won the "T20 world cup 2014" even before starting the match. Definitely Sri Lankan players had other thoughts in their minds.

They said India got the best batsmen in T20. They said Indian batsmen will thrash Malinga. Even yesterday I got few sms from my Indian friends saying "Sorry dude! This world cup is ours. Go to sleep".

Though I don't have to answer them as Sri Lankan team already did it, I would like to point out few facts.

1. India is a highly over-rated team.

2. They were lucky to make it to the semi final because they were in the easy group. Having weaker teams Pakistan, Australia and West Indies.

3. They were lucky to make it to the final because as we all know South Africa can not handle pressure matches like semi finals. Even Netherlands could defend 172 total against India.

Go and play club cricket IPL. You are not good enough for international cricket.

Posted by ramz_01 on (April 7, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

wen SL beat india in asian cup indian fans said SL BEAT SECOND STRING indian side without dhoni and yuraj and wen SL BEAT IND warm up match indian fans said itz just a warm up and i dnt knw whatz da reason now indian fans going to come up wit.

Posted by JoyBangladesh71 on (April 7, 2014, 4:27 GMT)

I am so happy that Sri Lanka won!!! Next to Bangladesh, I have always rooted for Sri Lanka ( ok...maybe India too at one point!). But the Sri Lankan team exudes confidence and skill that is hard to match. I wish the Sri Lankan team all the best and continued success!

Posted by vipinchirackal on (April 7, 2014, 4:27 GMT)

captain why did you gamble with yuvraj when it was clear for everyone except you that yuvraj is awfully out of form.sreelanka was not a threat to india till yuvi came into crease.i couldnt have my dinner yesterday because tears always bring the taste of salt which i dont like.captain you had given a lot of fond and cherishable memories earlier but this really broke the heart of millions of indians like me

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (April 7, 2014, 4:27 GMT)

Hats off to Sri Lanka. They played like champions, they deserved victory. As an Indian supporter, I was rooting for Sanga and Mahela to have at least one trophy in the cabinet before they bowed out. It was touching to see Mahela virtually in tears as he spoke at the end- Sri Lanka should be proud of them.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 4:23 GMT)

I was just 8 yrs old when Arjuna and Co lifted it for the 1st time. since then I hardly missed a single match that SL played because cricket got in to my brain and bone marrows. We grown up with cricket. cut school whenever Lanka played. I never cared about lectures when I was in University and I used to sit in the canteen and never missed a single ball when SL played. we clapped, cried etc. I am sure lot of kids made their religion as cricket after 96. People who have special talents came through the ranks and showed their class. A classic example is KUSAL. ever since he can understand the game, he wanted to be like great Sanath. Because of this win there will be new heros in future who wanted to be like Sanga, Mahela and Malinga. SL cricket always bless with the true talent. 21 million nation with immense talent will shine forever in the sky of global cricket. Thanks Sanga n Mahela for memories you produced. Thanks IND for the great match. Thanks BD and ICC for organizing it well.

Posted by Bansam on (April 7, 2014, 4:18 GMT)

Congratulations, boys. A job well done. You managed to get over the X factor. Malimga's captaincy was lucky to win the toss and send India to bat. When they were going strong the X factor was finally overcome. The boys wanted to give a resounding farewell to the two stalwarts Mahela and Sanga. The put their heart and soul and crippled the batting machines Virat, Yuva and Dhoni. From that point it was winning and it was fitting that Sanga scored the winning total with Mahela contributing immensely. Let us all be happy for them. Indian cricket lovers should put this behind and support their boys at this moment. They didn't lose the World Cup but didn't win a second time. After all Sri Lanka is the No 1 in T 20 at the moment and this is another game as Malinga said.

Posted by Gabbagod on (April 7, 2014, 4:18 GMT)

Well done to the Sri Lankans. India saved their worst game for the final but having said that, SL played very well. Congrats to all their supporters and to the Indians for making the final. T20 is a game where any team can win and it is great to see that two absolute legends of the game, Mahela and Kumar, bow out in style. India will be back, as will hopefully the Aussies but enjoy the win Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 4:17 GMT)

One thing above all that stands out in this match is the quality of leadership, and that cooperative leadership. Malings had the vision to seek his elders advise and the interactive crtical situation handling was a major factor in winning the championship. It was clear that the Lanka coach and the team had done a thorough SWOT of India and the match. Indians got hardly any gifts and really had to work hard. Prominent was the yorkers outside the off stump. Kumar up to the final was a shadow of himself, but when it mattered most came up with the winning innings that propelled Lanka to victory. But this comment will not be complete if I do not say something about the Indian team. They too played like true gentlemen, a lesson to some teams that talk of attrition. Kholi like a true gentleman walked up to Sanga and congratulated him on reaching 50 runs. Dhoni was the epitome of calmness never betrayed his feelings.Word about Sammy, and how magnanimous was he indefeat. Leasson to all leaders

Posted by Lokkrish on (April 7, 2014, 4:13 GMT)

Congratulations Srilanka. A well deserved victory and a comprehensive one over India. You proved to be better on the day. As an Indian i am bit disappointed though that our boys couldn't deliver when it was required. However, it is not as much of a hurt thinking that it was a fitting send off for two of the Sri Lankan greats. :)

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

thanks all pakistan and indian fans who wishes for Sri lankan team.But don't blame Yuvi for this lost,cause it is not his wrong entirely. Even though if it is,it is not good for Stones pelted at his house.After all yuvi has done so much for Indian team previously.We sri lankan never do that to our beloved players.Win or Lose it is a game,they are playing for country.If something like that happen to a player who just recovered from cancer.What kind thoughts he is having now,Very sad....

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 4:10 GMT)

It is time to say Yuvraj to good bye. your are over dude.

Posted by 9ST9 on (April 7, 2014, 4:08 GMT)

@vkias - Yes Yuvaraj Struggled - but didn't the 'great-finisher' Dhoni too struggle to get bat on ball?

Posted by TZ9383 on (April 7, 2014, 4:06 GMT)

2003 Semi Finalist (50 over world cup), 2007 Runners Up (50 over world cup), 2009 Runners Up (2nd T20 world cup), 2010 Semi Finalist (3rd T20 world cup), 2011 Runners Up (50 over world cup), 2012 Runners Up (4th T20 world cup) and after 18 (1996 world cup) years dream come to reality

Posted by 9ST9 on (April 7, 2014, 4:05 GMT)

Ok Big respect to the Indian fans who have had the grace to congratulate Sri Lanka, at the same time I am shocked to hear reports from India that Yuvaraj's house was pelted. That is pure ugly - to treat the Hero of 2011, plus a cancer survivor like that. I am deeply ashamed that such humans' exist on earth. India have made huge cricketing progress but some of their fans need big lessons in humanity.

Posted by Usmaan21 on (April 7, 2014, 4:01 GMT)

Srilanka deserved it so many congratulations, well, I picked Srilanka for the likely winner in poll :). The pitch was not easy to bat on, innings from rahane, dhoni, thiramanna, kausal also prove it.Yes, Yuvi had a bad day but we must not forget how well he has served right through his career, watch out for Yuvi in IPL.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 4:01 GMT)

Why so much hate abt Yuvraj? Even Kohli's strike rate was 130 only.Not exactly phenomenal.He also struggled in last 4 overs. India scored just 30 runs in powerplay with kohli and sharma. Kohli didnot got his strike rate up till 13th over. Infact his strike rate becamw good in in 15 th over whem he struck 3 boundaries. Afterwards he also struggled to get boundaries. Sri lankans were bowling to a plan.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 3:58 GMT)

How correct Sammy was. Yes. The Almighty reserved this vicroty for Mahela & Sanga! Well done, Sri Lanka! You deserve this victory. Also hats off to Chandimal with a Lions heart to put his country before self unlike most in Politics.

Posted by Lion_Wallaby on (April 7, 2014, 3:55 GMT)

The news reports say Yuvi's house has been attacked! How unfortunate is that??The man who won them 2 world cups and a great player of Indian cricket! Just because he flopped one!! Even Dhoni/Virat couldn't hit in the depth overs. I don't understand this. SL lost 4 finals and if that same theory applied our cricketers would have not had any place to live. I think Indian government and police should give these people who got no human sense a bigger punishment!!!

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 3:53 GMT)

1 billion hearts broken and 20 million hearts won. Finally Sri Lanka became T20 world cup champions plus No.1 in ICC T20 rankings. :)

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 3:51 GMT)

here comes the New MEN IN BLUE, the SRI LANKANS.....

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (April 7, 2014, 3:50 GMT)

MSD, backed Yuvi and that's how paid the penalty, and also some odd bowling attack by lankans and most importantly along with LUCK able to win the match.

No where I have seen this kind of odd bowling by lankans (wide yorkers). What a cunning attack.

Posted by DilumSL on (April 7, 2014, 3:50 GMT)

CONGRATZZ SRI LANKA... waited for 18 long years for this but it well paid off. It was a great game and as usual India gave a good fight. Especially Kholi.no doubt that he is the best batsman in the world cricket these days. It was very Emotional scene when kholi and Sanga hugged. About the two legends Thank You for all u have done for Sri Lankan cricket. Bit about the game, I think the turning point was final 4 overs. I remember some people said SL would have lost to WI if the game goes on that day. Now I guess they had their answer. All SL bowlers did an amazing job as restricting this strong Indian batting line up for 130 is not that easy. Still i think Indian spinners did a great job. But again who can stop Perera when he find his rhythm. Great knock by Sanga. Big players in big games show their true colors. but that surely didn't happened with Yuvraj. I do feel bad for him coz he is a very good player just having a bad time.

Posted by Nalaka_Kularatne on (April 7, 2014, 3:49 GMT)

India, the only undefeated team in the tournament, should be proud of its little brother Sri Lanka. Koli was exceptional. True, Koli is as aggressive as he can be in his batting or fielding, yet, he showed his class with his fine gestures when Sanga was batting as he went up to Sanga and congratulated for Sanga's half century. He won hearts of many yesterday. Finally I think it's Cricket that won last night. All the best India in the next encounter. From a Sri Lankan fan.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 3:49 GMT)

First of all i would like to thank all pakistani and other fans of SL cricket worldwide for showing their support to Sri Lanka##......What a way to say farewell to great two legends MAHELA and SANGA...Great team spirit by lions...And finally it's good to see a smiling Kohli :-)

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 3:48 GMT)

a purple patch in 2011 world cup and a black mark 2014 world t20 cup thats how its goes; I feel really bad for YUVI yesterday, neither he was rotating the strike nor he is hitting, he just gifted t20 world cup to SL, with his dissmal performance

Posted by Ruminate on (April 7, 2014, 3:46 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka, well done on a sensational win! Thoroughly deserved win from the best all round team performance in the tournament!

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 3:43 GMT)

Good Job srilanka, i know Media Coverage for Srilanka winning very Limited, cheers.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 3:42 GMT)

India made a big mistake of depending on the names and past reputation rather than skills and new talent. They have done everything correct until Yuvi comes to the crease. They should have sent Raina there and that will help Kholi to play his natural game. Sri Lanka didn't do any majour mistakes and the Team with lesser mistakes won the game. Well played Sri Lanka.

Posted by KANCHANA623 on (April 7, 2014, 3:37 GMT)

I used to hate Kholi all this time for his attitude. Yesterday we withnessed a different Kholi who was appreciating and praising the good work of his colleagues in the other teams. We all know he is immensely talented and hopefully he will continue his good spirit and win the hearts of all cricket fans from around the world.

Posted by anuradea on (April 7, 2014, 3:35 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka, We are so proud of you. The team, support staff, selectors and the board and the fans all had a hand in it and congratulations to all. The Indian fans should give Yuvaraj a break as he was at the crease for 40 balls and faced only 21 of it. Although he could have done a bit better I am not sure either Raina or MS could have done much better as the bowling was lethal during that time. Yuwi may have added another 15 and it still may not have made a difference. it was a great bowling performance and sometimes it happens to the best. If anyone can say that they could have scored more against those great wide yorkers either they have not played cricket or they are just trying to find a scapegoat. Right from the toss it was Sri Lanka's game and tonight Not even great Kholi could stop it. It was unchartered territory for the indian batsmen to put up a score rather than chase where they are at their best. Anyway well done Sanga, Mahila and Lasith and the team and now 2015

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 3:35 GMT)

Really proud of our team,through the odds they played magnificently,specially after they were written off by all the experts (espncricinfo and commentators) so it makes the win all the more special:)

Posted by yohandf on (April 7, 2014, 3:33 GMT)

What a victory . As a sri lankan fan . this is the day to cherish . i was just 12 in 1996 but remember that victory but i ever wanted to renew it . in 2007 we dissapointed , in 2009 we distraught , in 2011 we disgusted , in 2012 we cried but now the moment has come . well done entire team , squad , staff , selectors for this effort . celebrations are galoring in colombo . await for grand welcome guys . you have made us proud . dont want to talk anything about scorecard , tactics , highs and lows today . it s all emotions . Lions roared . Hail Sri lanka .

Posted by TharakaNilupul on (April 7, 2014, 3:32 GMT)

It is not fault of Yuvaraj singh. It is all about Sri Lankan bowling attack. Sri Lanka Lost four world cup titles since 2007. but Sri Lankan fans accept their loose. never blame to anyone or never do unwanted things such as attack to players house. I feel sorry Vuvi. If you were Sri Lankan you never get hurt

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 3:31 GMT)

If SL population nearly close to India we never give any match to win any others...

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (April 7, 2014, 3:28 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka. Well deserved crown!

Posted by Lakpj on (April 7, 2014, 3:27 GMT)

@yvivekcb don't blame the toss mate, the truth is your team can't defend anything. Great teams don't depend on the toss they should be able to make things possible from any position. You won against Aus because they were already out of the tournament and they were mentally not ready for that. And the over dependence on Kohl is going to cost India big time. remember 90s? where India was over dependent on Sachin it might be happening again with Kohli.

Posted by la.bestia on (April 7, 2014, 3:26 GMT)

Remember .. When lions roar & Attack The jackals run out of the window. Same happen for India . What a performance form our Lions . Every body said before the match that Raina,Yvi & Doni are the best finishers , India will crush sri lanka & Associates can play a final & win against srilanka and Win , Sri lanka is lacking the X factor.. ....But they all forget that it is not a one man show and it is a clinically a grate team effort form the lions. They came .. They delivered and they conquered. We are the champions .... VIVA Mother Lanka.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 3:22 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka what a team effort to lift the cup after 18 long years. Sangha was brilliant. Saved his best for the finals. SRI LANKA deserves this world cup . My final word what a cricketer Chandimal is, Opted to stay out of the team and also to step down from captaincy for the benefit of the country & the team. Shows is strong character. But all know Chandimal is sri Lanka's future. WELL DONE SRI LANKA>

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 3:17 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lankan Cricket Team for winning the T20 World Cup..............

Posted by ajithabey on (April 7, 2014, 3:16 GMT)

Mighty India one of the so called big three humbled by the islanders showing their prowess in this format of the game. Superb bowling at the death overs gave SL the impetus to plan their innings and stalwarts Mahela and Sanga paved the way for this victory. They will be sadly missed by the team although it is always good to depart on a high note. It is also an eye opener for IPL franchises who ignored the champion Sri Lankan players in the draft. Hopefully,Malinga & Thisara Perera too pull out from the IPL to show solidarity to the rest of the Srilankan players.All in all it was a great tournament and congrats to all the teams and the Bangladesh cricket board for their organization.

Posted by TharakaNilupul on (April 7, 2014, 3:15 GMT)

It is not fault of Yuvaraj singh. It is all about Sri Lankan bowling attack. Sri Lanka Lost four world cup titles since 2007. but Sri Lankan fans accept their loose. never blame to anyone or never do unwanted things such as attack to players house. I feel sorry Vuvi. If you were Sri Lankan you never get hurt

Posted by kazun2 on (April 7, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

I feels very sorry for Yuvi that Indian fans threw stones at his house. Yuvi has done enough for Indian cricket in the past. I still remember he hit 6 sixes in one over. There are only very few players who can do that.

This is the different between Indian cricket fans and Sri Lankan cricket fans. In past all the 4 times they lost the world cup finals, we still did welcome them home and we were happy, they make it to the finals. Every time they failed we hoped next time they will do it(And they did). We never got angry about them.

Sanga failed all the previous innings in this tournament. But we didn't see fans asking to drop him. Because we know how much these two legends(Sanga & Mahela) have done for Sri Lankan cricket. And they deserved to play until end in their last tournament even both of them scored 0 in all the matches and even that cost us the world cup. In short these two players mean to us a lot more than a world cup title.

Wish you all the best Sanga and Mahiya!!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 3:10 GMT)

Tigers lost but lions finally roared and remained the king of cricket, as you truly deserved it. Congratulations Sri Lanka on your excellent cricket. I would also like to acknowledge in Sangakkara's last match in T20 that he's one of the most polite cricketers I've ever seen. As a great cricket fan, I'd like to see more gentlemen like you in cricket.

Posted by hasa555 on (April 7, 2014, 3:10 GMT)

Why you guys scold yuvraj. dohni also struggling to get bat on ball. just a good death bowling which other teams didn't have. nothing more.

Posted by Htc-Android on (April 7, 2014, 3:08 GMT)

Thanks to Indian fans for your friendly wishes. From now on words we both should stop bashing each other and start appreciating each other.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (April 7, 2014, 3:05 GMT)

Congrats to Sri lanka. The title went into the hands of a deserving team.

Posted by Htc-Android on (April 7, 2014, 3:03 GMT)

It was a great win for us. Nice to See sanga and Mahela winning a world cup title they deserve. Hopefully we will win the next T20 world cup as well.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 3:00 GMT)

First of all i would like to congratulate srilanka . they have done extreamly well all 3 department, and perfect way to send off two legend sanga and mahela. from a Bangladeshi fan

Posted by Stat1977 on (April 7, 2014, 2:57 GMT)

I don't know why other teams struggle in front of below average Indian bowlers.Lankans showed how to deal with them thrashing all of them..Jadeja,Ashwin and Mishra..They were hammered by Lankans.India win matches with some luck but not today.

Posted by ms2000 on (April 7, 2014, 2:46 GMT)

Congratulatons SRI LANKA for a great win against all odds you hve been the T20 Kings for teh last 1.5 years and you will continue to be the T20 Kings for the net 2 years until the next WC Virat Kholi has won the hearts and miinds of millions of people in Sri Lanka with your great batting performance and also your fine gesture towards Sanga when he reached the 50 . I do not know ho many noticed this. Even at the interview he was not shy to appreciate the effrorts of Sri Lankan team. Thank you Virat. I can assure you there will be many many Sri Lankans who will follow you in the years to come and where evere you play in the world there will be many supporters from Sri Lanka. This is the true spirit of Cricket. Congratulations fo Virat for his finest performnace at this T 20.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 2:43 GMT)

LOVE YOU LANKA we are the best .... we are the best t2o team ... love you sanga & mahela .....

Posted by khewage1 on (April 7, 2014, 2:41 GMT)

When India sent Dhoni up the order based on a similar situation, it was tactical acumen. When Sri Lanka promotes Thisara its because they "didn't have the emotional strength"? I'm sorry, but this article appears to concentrate on India losing the final, rather than Sri Lanka winning it through a fantastic performance. Sri Lanka outplayed India today. While the fielding was awash (both sides dropped catches), Sri Lanka bowled and batted better and it would have been nice to read an unbiased match report.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 2:41 GMT)

The world's best team again proved that they are the most consistent and talented. Lets re-enact the same in Australia next!! Think Sri Lanka and Pak will be the only teams from asia that will go past the first round, in bouncy wickets of Aus and NZ.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 2:41 GMT)

Well played SL Champions....!!!

Posted by VinothSam on (April 7, 2014, 2:41 GMT)

Sri Lanka is the best. There we go, who is the chokers of world cricket now? Better luck next time India. Go HOME and play, India is not good at AWAY matches. Party on in everywhere in Sri Lanka. Never slept whole night. We are the Champions of the world.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 2:35 GMT)

IMHO, it is bowlers who won match for SL. They kept Kohli out of strike, exploited Yuvraj, and didn't let even Dhoni to fire with the few balls he had to face. Sanga played a gem of an innings and I am not trying to take anything from him but Malinga is the one who needs to be given who kept Indian batsmen at check. Welldone Malinga!!!

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 2:34 GMT)

There is no point in blaming Yuvraj Singh

Dhoni believes in not changing a winning combination . Therefore as long as Dhoni is the Captain it's best for selectors not to have more than 12 .

The rest are anyone benched permanently.

Sad that these Benchers end their cricketing careers on the Bench itself:>((

Even if they play, it's just 1 or 2 matches and if they fail, that's the real END. Favourites like Jadeja are given any number of chances and are eventually bound to succeed despite continuous failures in between.

Sad that Stuart Binny never got a chance. Sadder still that Vinay Kumar is never reconsidered good enough for India just because of one failure. I think Vinay Kumar should opt to join CSK !

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 2:32 GMT)

Well as we predicted before the Finals, Lions broke the Jinx.. And it was so much nice to see fans from all over the world supporting the Lions. Banglas , Paks , Windies and all. SL deserved this cup so much. The world may only see that we lost four consecutive World cup finals. But nobody noticed how good we were to reach those finals which were played all over the world. Got to admire Kholi. Even though we don't like the way he lets out his emotions , he is a Gentleman and truly a Master cricketer. Probably Dhoni could take few lessons from him and try giving some respect to the opponents abilities rather than giving this excuse and that. The bottom line is , We are the World champions and stats won't matter.

Posted by nothingnew on (April 7, 2014, 2:25 GMT)

Statistics after 15.4 overs (india ) kohli scored 9 runs faced 11 bowls strike rate 81.81% (don't forget kohli was near ly out luckily 4 ) yuvi scored 4 runs faced 9 bowls strike rate 44.44% dhoni scored 4 runs faced 7 bowls strike rate 0.5714% 1 leg byes , 2 byes , and 1 wiide (21 runs for 27 bowls ) Don't blame to yuvi . Everyone struggled last few overs . We saw kholi also didn't have good timing when starting the innings . SL came with good plans .they stuck it on time . most Commentator's choice was india but what happened in the end ? Might be overrated by fans and commentators make India worst . SL came to final beating WI duckworth lewis.But SL showed in the final even they would play full match . SL would win easily . you see what happened to marleron samuel .SL enter to the game with particular plans for each individual players . I hope SL deserve the victory and Good luck for their next tour to England .

Posted by Saumen on (April 7, 2014, 2:23 GMT)

95% of Indian fans are criticizing or blaming Yuvraj for his inning and think it costed us the match but that is not true at all as others had 99 balls and if you have your day, these 99 balls can fetch you 150+. Why Rohit and Rahane who were expected to give India a better and a pacy start, failed to do so? Had they any fear in their mind? Not at all. The thing is it wasn't our day as Rahane played on early and on a better day it would have gone to a boundary as we see in Lanka's innings where mistimed and mis-hits fetched boundaries. I don't want to blame anyone but blaming Yuvraj only is not the right thing as other players also failed to click especially the openers.

How much it would have hurt Mahela and Sanga, had they lost that final? In all terms, more than what Indian fans are feeling now. There would have been weeps and cries in their camp to sending two great at such a low note. Our Indian team is still a world class as making it to finals takes lot of efforts. Best of Luck

Posted by SatishTembey on (April 7, 2014, 2:14 GMT)

It was 10.3 overs when Yuvraj started his innings, Defending few deliveries would have been okay. However he wasn't confident till end. He should have thrown his wicket. Surprisingly Dhoni was cool, instead he should have sent message to Yuvi. One more question to be answered - Why Dhoni didn't promote Raina, who scored 24 runs in 8 balls against Steyn & company. Even he could have batted at number 4, instead of Yuvi - as he did in previous World Cup.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 2:09 GMT)

India lost the game in the lost four overs of their batting inn. Sri Lanka bowlers always have check on Indian batsmen. Credit goes to Sri Lankan bowlers. They made win possible.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 2:05 GMT)

many many congratulation to SL team and the people for wining this mega event. SL team always shows very positive role in the all games of cricket. its represent the people of that nice country. wish you guys more achievements in future. thanks to Mahela and Sangakara whose played the best cricket in their career.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 2:03 GMT)

Yuvraj who was not in form should have thrown his wicket to allow others to put up more runs on the board. This actually cost the match for India. Congratulations to Sri Lanka, you deserve this win.

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (April 7, 2014, 1:56 GMT)

This really was Yuvi's fault. Not taking anything away from the Sri Lankans, they bowled well, but Yuvi played awfully. He couldn't even get bat on ball. At the stage he came in, he needed to take singles and give Kohli the strike, or try and hit the ball out of the park himself. He did neither, starved Kohli of the strike and made him lose all the momentum he had gained in the 16th over. A 21 ball 11 at that stage is abysmal. Dhoni also erred by sending him instead of Raina. Raina is the form batsman and is the type of player that can at least take a single. Had India got even a decent acceleration at the end, they might have won.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 1:55 GMT)

Heartiest congratulations to srilankan team lifting the T 20 World cup.it is an a honour to both great batsmans jayawardena and sangekara.ended up T 20 games with high note.all srilankans are very much delighted our team performances in the final game.Big brother india had a opportunity to score more runs on the board.yuvraj fail to apply his usual form.we must thank to dhaka crowed and in general cricket lovers on there participation on this great final game.once again well done srilanka,

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 1:54 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka! Out of all the teams, they played the most consistently and in my opinion, deserved it the most. Yes, even more than Australia :-)

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 1:52 GMT)

Its a night many Indian cricket lovers would like to forget or erase from their life. This is a night when MS Dhoni shows his mentality that loyalty or trust is more important then current form. There will never be a logical explanation to why Dhoni has send Yuvraj instead of him or Suresh knowing the fact that Yuvraj is in poor form, against the Aussies was a fluke as there was no quality spinners and even there Yuvraj was struggling till the first 30 balls and keeping in mind Dhoni has the best records against Srilanka. Hats off to the Srilankan team though and a great retirement gifts for Sangakara and Jayawardene, the two iconic players of the modern Cricket.

Posted by bjcm12 on (April 7, 2014, 1:51 GMT)

Thanks Yuvi for that great knock - Sri Lankan own a lot to you !

Posted by wapuser on (April 7, 2014, 1:49 GMT)

Thank you sanga and mahela,,,

Posted by DwightR on (April 7, 2014, 1:48 GMT)

well done Lanka! Sanga, Mahela & Dilshan definitely deserved a title!

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 1:48 GMT)

what a great death bowling by our heroes..tnx sanga and mahela being a great servants to our cricket and the world cricket...we r the champions..Sanga & Mahela this win dedicated to you...we miss you...

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 1:40 GMT)

Dhoni claims that Malinga was bowling (wide) yorkers from low height. Was it the first time Malinga has done that? Malinga has bowled like that especially during the death overs through out the tournament. How did the finishers in Indian team, including Dhoni and Yuvi prepare for it? Did going into the finals without a loss make the Indian team complacent? Did they prepare for the final as well as they could have? I don't think playing football helped :-;

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 1:36 GMT)

Count the number of comments here .....respect to all you cricket fans (including me). I am Sri Lankan but I am enjoying this friendly atmosphere more than the win. I did not notice any disrespecting comment here ......Sri Lankan fans you are making Mahela and Sanga prouder .....

Posted by Dinkepo on (April 7, 2014, 1:33 GMT)

Another loss and slip out the world cup from hand due to MSD stubborness and YUVI's out play, since the world cup started,most of the world cricket fans criticised about YUVI's form and noticed all the the games he was struggled almost lost of WI match because of his slow run rate, now what can we do with all kind of explainations, BCCI should be step in and control MSD's stubborn things which leads serious lost many time, TV viewers has been watch how MSD cool and chit chat with others during YUVI almost all balls ducking, why captain send a message to exclating run rate.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 1:32 GMT)

It is new year season here. now we have the best gift that anyone can have.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 1:32 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka, you know a champion team when they can come from so many grand final losses and produce a win under such a tense situation.

Its good to see the Indian fans here gracious in defeat that takes a lot of courage.

Posted by CandidIndian on (April 7, 2014, 1:25 GMT)

Congratulations SL fans, disappointing for India but we had our share of happiness and celebration by winning t20 world cup, ODI world cup and champions trophy in last 5 years. Today it is turn of SL who have been extremely consistent in big tournaments. Given the fact that this was their third t20 final in a row there is no doubt that they deserved victory more.About Yuvi, its wrong to blame him for the loss, him getting into team was more of a sentimental decision than a logical one. Anyways good to see Dhoni backing Rahane, Mohit and Mishra, he is a great leader,unfortunately for him apart from Kohli and Ashwin none of our experienced guys were in good form. This was not the case in champions trophy hence we won there and lost here. No excuses though, now looking forward to England tour which is extremely tough challenge for us.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 1:18 GMT)

Great effort by the Sri Lankan players...Specially Sanga...

Posted by cjchanaka on (April 7, 2014, 1:12 GMT)

Perfect farewell for two pure cricket legends,awsome show guys,You did it for us for our nation we are so proud of you guys.dill,kusal,mahela,sanga,lahiru,mathews,thisara,sachi,kule,hera,SLINGA,chandi,seeku,lakmal,chathuranga HATS OFF YOU WELL DONE.poor india,now they can think their cheap IPL.But always respect KHOLI.............-:)

Posted by VAVAVA on (April 7, 2014, 1:12 GMT)

'Raj Singh has played very badly. Too slow and selfish. Let his side. Down. Time for the fellow to be let go. Good and honorable career but time to call a stop to it. If a fellow fails to deliver so obviously on such a big occasion he is not the man for the job. Chop.

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (April 7, 2014, 1:03 GMT)

Sanga...you beauty. I am unashamedly in love with you...be it your batting, your speaking, your attitude...whatever. And guess what, I am probably older than your bigger brother (if you had one). Ah....was I waiting for a fine knock from you!!! You delivered lil bro...but then I am a die hard India fan...so, you broke my heart also at the same time as delighting it beyond words can describe.

No big deal. I asked my mom to NOT pray for your wicket, but for an India win, and she being so wise, asked me, "When he is batting like that, how can any prayer go answered?". I just smiled and started enjoying your artistry on TV. What a knock. Mahela missed out, but when you both were together, it was a beautiful song. But, I did pray for India win, and there went Mahela!! But you defied the odds, and defeated the prayers of all Indians (though they were cheering you on inwardly, as yours-sincerely does every time you play against India). Great job bud!!! Congratulations on putting on a SHOW!

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 1:00 GMT)

Tigers lost but lions finally roared and remained the king of cricket, as you truly deserved it. Congratulations Sri Lanka on your excellent cricket. I would also like to acknowledge in Sangakkara's last match in T20 that he's one of the most polite cricketers I've ever seen. As a great cricket fan, I'd like to see more gentlemen like you in cricket.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 0:55 GMT)

Dhoni's luck of pot has finally run off. Awful captainancy. How could he send Yuvraj knowing that he has hardly scored in the tournament, dropped catches and fielded very poorly.You wonder how he has place in the team! He has already past his best and can't argue that he is match winner.I don't mind he is in poor form, but don't want him to be selfish. Raina could have been better. Dhoni, it is time to retire

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 0:55 GMT)

The moment Yuvi came to the crease, I was furious. Furious at Dhoni, sending him instead of Raina, who can (a) strike big blows (b) give strike to Kohli through even unbelievable singles, or (3) plain and simple "get out". Raina had been doing it consistently in the early days and also after the recall.

Then I thought, Dhoni acts on intuition and most importantly trust. Kohli trusted him, we all trusted him. To bat! We sentimental fools, who hang on to the past. Past glory. Past happiness. Even after enough evidence that the expiry date is over. That's all right; we are all humans. But Yuvi? A team man of the past, turning selfish at a most crucial time?

He tried to regain form! And, when? Hell with Kohli's form! Hell with the team's fate! Did he even think of the match situation? Did he see anything other than his desperation to regain form? Willy-nilly, it amounts to selfishness; intended or not. Sorry, Yuvi. Have to say, goodbye!

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 0:41 GMT)

Congrts Sl... Awesome bowling by Slinga Malinga & Kulasekara

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 0:24 GMT)

Great team play Sri lanka!! Wow what a great depth bowling against batting giants simply superb.... once again you showed we are a very strong bowling unit.... We will miss u sanga and mahela!! Don't worry we will keep roaring :)

Posted by InSINuATE on (April 7, 2014, 0:22 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka!!! You guys totally deserve it. All those who said that Sri Lanka would crumble under pressure; seems like it was the Indian team who could not handle the pressure in the final.

For a team that was supposed to have worlds best batting line up, could barely muster 130 runs. 130 runs was like taking candy from a child. Great job SL and congratulations once again!!! From a Pakistani fan

Posted by chandimasl on (April 7, 2014, 0:21 GMT)

First of all I congratulate the lionson their proud achivement.what a feeling it is to have as fans.

I would like to mention few of the most wonderfull scenes in the final which caught my eye.once the match is ovet sanga and kohli hugged each other as if they are in same team.once sanga reaches the 50 kohli ran towrds him and congratulated.these two incidents showed the bond between these two nations.asa sl fan iI really appreciate kohli's attitude and sportsmanship.and it should mention msd's gentlement approach as well.

It felt like a match between brothers.tough luck india.

Well done lions we love you.

Posted by LoungeChairCritic on (April 7, 2014, 0:15 GMT)

Congrats to Sri Lanka. The two best teams made the final. Most Australians, really admire Jayawardene and Sangakarra. Both are pure class on and off the field. Even though Adam Gilchrist gave me years of enjoyment, I would pick Sangakarra over him as the world best wicket keeper batsmen over the past 20 years. Great players should not be judged solely on statistics, they should be judged on what they do to make their teams win. Gilly won a lot of games over all three formats for a 10 year period, but I think after a about a 15 year career, Sanga has just pipped him. Dhoni is probably a better 20/20 and one day keeper in comparison to Sanga and Gilly, but in my opinion he hasn't done as much in test cricket. De Villiers has the potential to over take them all by the end of his career.

Posted by gularan on (April 7, 2014, 0:12 GMT)

Hearty congrats to team SL for a soul warming performance especially to Sanga who nonchalantly guided the the ship thro' troubled waters.The script could not have been written better for MJ and Sanga to exit the t20 arena in a better way. Both were instrumental in their own way for the SL win.We'll be seeing more of you in the 50 over format and the tests for a couple of years more .Thanks for giving the struggling Sri Lankan on the street something to smile about,and by the way thanks a million to the Maharaj or is it Yuvaraj .I wonder???? Tch Tch Tch

Posted by cricfan_aus on (April 7, 2014, 0:09 GMT)

Congratulations to srilanka and all cricket fans. Was an excellent effort from srilanka both bowling and fielding. I did not mind the result but would have loved it more if there were more runs on the board and get chased. Yuvi was the main reason Ind won ODI worldcup and he is the sole reason for Ind to put such a small score. Does not matter what dhoni or anyone else say but there is no excuse for a player to come in to the crease in 12th over and play out almost 4 overs (20% of the balls) and score 5% of the score. With the experience he had, should have made a choice to hit out or get out, no need for some one else to point it out for him. As much as i love him i hope this will be the end of his T20 career and make room for some one else. Once again congrats to all the srilankan fans you deserved this victory. From an Indian cricket fan.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 0:06 GMT)

Last 4 overs Kholi faced 8 balls but he couldn't bat well. Dhoni faced 7 balls but what he could do? I think Yuvraj should not deserve a criticism of this kind. He was another great player of our days.

Posted by felzzz on (April 7, 2014, 0:03 GMT)

one interesting coincidence..2009 T20 world cup hosts England won the next edition of 2010. 2010 hosts Windies won 2012 edition. 2012 hosts lanka won the 2014 Edition..so next T20 world cup for bangladesh...cheers

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (April 7, 2014, 0:02 GMT)

This should be the end of Yuvraj. He is not the same player he was before he got struck by cancer. Reputation is meaningless in a T20 game. We should get rid of hero worship mentality. Earlier it was Tendulkar, now it's Yuvraj. Dhoni should have sent Raina instead of Yuvi. Raina is street smart - he knows how to rotate strike. If Yusuf Pathan was part of the team, he would have hit a couple of sixes and changed the complexion of this game.

Posted by ground-boy on (April 6, 2014, 23:51 GMT)

Greatest gift for Mahela and Sanga. CUP waited for them. Thank God. Lions framed and caged .... magnificently. India played marvelously throughout the tournament but no team can win too many consecutive matches in this format. Cricket is a great leveler and ICC No 1 ranked Sri Lanka came on top of the world.Congratulations Slinga and the whole gang including team management.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 23:46 GMT)

Indian Fans: Give a break to Yuvraj: Even Dhoni couldn't handle Malinga easily. As for Yuvraj, there are those days when everything goes wrong, and for him, it had to be in a final. Anyway, the Indians seemed unprepared for that yorker barrage in the final overs, although I cannot understand why not when they know Malinga would be bowling the last overs.

Posted by SL-USA-Lions on (April 6, 2014, 23:45 GMT)

@ Everyone:

Congrats to SL and India for making the final and having an all-round superb match...

It wasn't a boring contest at all and it was closely fought...

Congrats to India for competing in the finals with true spirit and to Virat for his excellent performance... He is a GEM...

Congrats to SL for winning a World Cup final after so many heartbreaks after 18 years...

It's truly a great accomplishment to make all those World Cup lost finals since 1996.

In a game one has to WIN and one has to LOOSE...

I'm just glad that rain didn't intervene so the ridiculous DL calculations makes a mockery of a tightly fought game...

And finally a big THANK YOU to Mahela and Kumar for serving SL with Class, Dignity and Integrity for all these years in all the formats and you both truly deserved this send off in the T20I format...

And finally this is for SL: A small nation with so much diversity and kind hearted people recovering from a long lasted Civil War...

MAY THIS BE A NEW BEGINNING.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 23:44 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka from a Pakistani fan.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 23:40 GMT)

Sri Lankans played as one: From selfless Chandimal who gave up prestige and gave up his place, to all those fielders who dove to stop many boundaries in the WI Game. Unity builds spirit, and it showed today. Congratulations, Champs! Well done, and we are proud of you.

Posted by erangaw on (April 6, 2014, 23:39 GMT)

According to the Sammy "There were two gentlemen who gave a lot not only to Sri Lankan cricket but to cricket as a whole. May be the Almighty wants them to win a World Cup and leave on a high. That's why He put his hand in this so that they get another match." that may be wrong because the way SL bowl in the final WI would have humiliated if they played full 20 overs.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 23:30 GMT)

Congrats to Lanka , Lanka was better team.But guys be polite and be a cricket lover. DOnt be so Hated.both the teams who reached in Final deserve lot of respect. finalist are two best teams out of 16 teams. INDIAN FAN. SO just enjoy the game

Posted by shujjatkhan on (April 6, 2014, 23:27 GMT)

I am a Pakistani but Srilanka always be my favorite cricket team, and I never get sad or upset even they win against Pakistan that's why my all well wishes were with Srilanka for this T20 WC, Sangakara is one of my favorite cricketer of this era, and the way he played today was awesome, congratulations to Srilankan team and supporters.

Posted by bhavesh__j on (April 6, 2014, 23:26 GMT)

Great win for Srilanka. From an Indian fan. I am sure it must have been joyous atmosphere in the island nation. As an Indian fan, I am a bit disappointed however Srilanka truly deserved the win and they played like champions. Those criticizing Yuvi are in a way correct because the minimum that you expect in batsman's lean patch is to rotate the strike and give a go to the man in form Kohli. But Yuvi failed to even do so. Another 25-30 run may had helped to build extra pressure and remove the comfort zone from the opponent. However let's not forget that all the Indian batsmen including Dhoni and even to some extent Kohli struggled to the disciplined SL bowling and also the fact that SL had 2.1 overs to spare. On a positive note for India is Virat Kohli which is the run-machine even when it is not his best day. In the end the better team of the day won. Congrats again to all SL fans.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 23:09 GMT)

Well done SL, They are heroes in world cricket....I can't think How IPL Organisers DO T20 Without Sri Lankan Players this is time to stop every thing pls call Magela, Kusal, Sanga,Mathews, Kulasekra & Other young players from SL for IPL..Pls..do this is humble request...!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 23:07 GMT)

SL most unassuming side but most deserving. It's so good to see Sanga and Mahela the two chums go with their head held high. T20 will be poorer without them India too needs to look forward. With the next T20 two years away, what the future holds for Yuvraj and Dhoni. Yuvi should call off and retire immediately so that he does not creat anymore embarresment for himself in the future. Dhoni should hand over the reins to Kohli immediately so that the latter has two years to settle and lad from the front. Dhoni can also quit this format as a precursor to his retir,ement plans. Both these decisions will be good for indian cricket and good for the two cricketers. But will they?

Posted by chakdeindianeverdie on (April 6, 2014, 23:02 GMT)

congrates...lanka.....well played india.......only one bad game...doesnt matter...m very happy about srilankan fans appreciating indian team also...so enjoy lanka this is your party daysssssssssss..........1996 and finally 2014!!! well done...indian fan...

Posted by vish2020 on (April 6, 2014, 23:01 GMT)

congrats to Sri lanka! As an India fan, utterly disappointed. I know for sure the sole reason we lost is Yuvraj. He got there at 11th over and he not only ruined his stats but hurt virats confidence. He was selected only on his name from past. Horrible move and India paid dearly!!

Posted by sachinisnogood on (April 6, 2014, 22:59 GMT)

Poor Srilankans finally win a final ! Now all the cricketing nations must bow before them because this is the greatest cricket team in the history of the game ! Mathews is the greatest all rounder the world has ever seen ! Thisara Perera is the best finisher the world has ever seen. Herath is a better batsman than Kohli. Also Dhoni has never finished a gam - if he had indeed finished a game then it is pure luck !

Posted by satishsasikumar on (April 6, 2014, 22:55 GMT)

I remember in WC 2011 Yuvraj was responsible for a Gambhir run out and the latter was really furious at his sluggish moves. In the post -match presentation, on being asked Yuvraj took it casually. You could notice his body language while taking singles and appears too lazy. This postmatch analysis is to state that one cannot always win matches by harping on past glories and just relying on instincts.

Posted by satishsasikumar on (April 6, 2014, 22:54 GMT)

It is not that World Cup matches are being held often. It is not that most of the batsmen hit cleanly as Virat Kohli or Suresh Raina did..it is not often that teams reach finals undefeated…it is not often that the whole team clicks as a unit…so when the team is defeated in finals largely due to careless attitude of an individual, it is bound to hurt the team, fans and followers. I still fail to understand why Yuvraj couldn't rotate strike, if he felt he has not been hitting the ball cleanly. One does not need 21 balls to understand it. Even if he is out of form, he could have taken singles and given maximum strike to Virat. Atleast Virat could have tried to post 30-40 runs extra. Dhoni should have taken into account Yuvraj's form and should have send Raina up the order for slogging! Sadly a golden opportunity to win a World Cup has been lost by India.

Posted by wpbus13 on (April 6, 2014, 22:52 GMT)

One good knock by Yuvi in the IPL and all will be forgotten, lol! Give credit to the Sri Lankan bowlers...they bowled magnificently! This is a copycat league, expect everyone to try the wide yorkers from now on.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 22:48 GMT)

Well deserved win for SriLanka. Congratulations.

Posted by AnoMaLy on (April 6, 2014, 22:44 GMT)

Congratulations SL!! As an Ind fan i'm obviously extremely disappointed. SL were the better team on the day and India made costly mistakes. Ind were atleast 30 runs short thanks to Yuvi and Dhoni. Yuvraj is playing worse than a tailender and is just not good enough to play at this level unfortunately. Yuv's fans need to stop living in the past. Dhoni should not have come before Raina as he couldn't get bat on ball due to lack of match practice. Raina would have been better equipped to score a boundary or pass the strike to Kohli who was raring to go. Those two overs in the end, Kolhi could have easily scored 20-30 runs. No point playing the blame game but Yuvraj's struggle made a big difference to India's final score. Also Dhoni has to take some blame for continuing to pick Yuvi and for batting ahead of Raina. Every single ball counts in a t20.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

Stats, Stats and more stats. Mahelas form outside Asia etc etc. Did they work for India and their fans? SL won the cup easily.

Posted by USA_Raj on (April 6, 2014, 22:38 GMT)

Congrats to the SL team and SL fans. Bowling at death by Malinga and Kula was outstanding. Wonder why more teams don't bowl yorkers wide of the off-stump more often. This was a fitting finale for Mahela and Sanga.

Can't say enough of the Man of the Tournament, Virat Kohli.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable tournament.

- India Team Fan

Posted by venkat90 on (April 6, 2014, 22:19 GMT)

Although I am from India, I am still happy for Sri Lanka. Sangakkara is a remarkable player and totally deserves this victory in his swansong. Also, the comments from Pakistani fans who support Sri Lanka just to spite India (and vice versa) are pathetic. Support teams for their greatness, not for your silly hatred.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 22:13 GMT)

i am sad that india didn't win but i am happy for SL who had bad record in the finals before this...congratulations to SL you guys totally deserve this trophy...party hard now...greets from an indian fan :-)

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 22:07 GMT)

I am a Bangladeshi and I always give thumbs up to Srilankan team. They are always cool as a cucumber but can be deadly as "lions".

I would advice Bangladeshi incompetent and hopeless male team to learn something from them.

Than again I guess " A tiger can never be a lion !".

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 22:05 GMT)

Youraj has brought many glories for India, but now it was absolutely wrong to send him ahead of Raina, Dhoni, Jadeza and even Ashwin when the run rate was so bad and they had 8 wickets in hand, moreover his present run rate was not convincing to put him in World T20 tournament. Anyway congrats to Sri Lanca.

Posted by pitch_it_up on (April 6, 2014, 22:03 GMT)

(...continued) I wish our legends Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, VVS and Saurabh too had one WC in their kitty! They deserved it too. But today, I am happy for Jayawardene...a genuine leader and grace personified!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 22:00 GMT)

Sanga, you the saviour and my hero! Now I can retire.

Posted by yorkslanka on (April 6, 2014, 21:54 GMT)

so nice to see so may positive comments from Indian fans here..respect has been gained by this for a lot of people..

Posted by Nadeemusman on (April 6, 2014, 21:53 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka for becoming world champions. You are the best. Love and respect from Pakistan

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 21:50 GMT)

Youraj has brought many glories for India, but it was absolutely wrong to send him ahead of Raina, Dhoni, Jadeza or even Ashwin, when the run rate was so bad and moreover we had 8 wickets in hand. Anyway, congrats to Sri Lanka. Bravo!

Posted by Nadeemusman on (April 6, 2014, 21:50 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka for becoming world champions. You were the best team of the tournament and planned brilliantly in advance. Sanga and Mahela we are going to miss you in t20 cricket. Good luck. Love and respect from Pakistan.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 21:42 GMT)

Well Done Ask Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. Wish You Best of Luck In Every Way of Life

Posted by aiksa on (April 6, 2014, 21:38 GMT)

What a performance by SL particularly their bowlers at the death. I gave the cup to India when malinga dropped Kohli at 11. But no, it was Sri Lanka's day. They simply outbowled Yuvi & Dhoni; the two dealiest finishers in cricket and restricted India to 130. And then Sanga made sure he gave himself & Jayawardene the send off gift they so rightly deserved. But Kohli; what a player - a one-man army and he raised his stature even higher by shaking Sanga's hand on his 50. What a great final - what a great game of cricket.

Posted by yorkslanka on (April 6, 2014, 21:37 GMT)

congratulations Sri Lanka on a fantastic win and finally winning a world cup final after so long..we were firmly the underdogs today but you knowwhat, that's where we prefer to be..we have moved through this tournament quietly and efficiently and out bowling line up proved what it can do again. so glad to see mahela and sanga contribute finally in the tournament..better late than never!!Bad luck to the Indian team today but today was our day. Another great knock from Kohli and he rightfully got the man of the tournament award..Always proud to be a Sri Lankan..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 21:37 GMT)

Battle of the nerves finally tilted towards Sri Lanka's way. Congratulations to Sri Lanka for a wonderful win at the T20 final and many thanks to India for giving us a scintillating journey all throughout the series. Perfect present handed to Sanga, Jaywardane and Sri Lanka. Although as a fan of T20 cricket I expected more blistering fireworks of 6's & 4's all over the ground, it seemed a bit skewed, carefully administered defensive ploy from both sides. Nevertheless, it was great to see this aspect of the game. What I enjoyed the most was to see all these different countries & their cultures kind of all amalgamated into a one electrifying pot we call the stadium. The flag, the national anthem, Gayle's Gangnam style dance, Shane Warn and all the other world class commentator's awesome TV commentary, the T20 music, crazy Tiger fans cheering at every single ball and of course the center of main attention, the beautiful game itself, Cricket. It was quite a thrill.

Posted by Sudhir65 on (April 6, 2014, 21:31 GMT)

India did very well to reach final after easily winning all of its 4 league matches. But still there are lots of negative comments here saying Indian team is no good. Well that would mean the other 4 teams and 1 team in SF are much worse than India?

Posted by Ahmedpakistan6 on (April 6, 2014, 21:14 GMT)

Congratulations to our Sri lankan brothers. They played magnificent cricket today. Sangakkara again showed he is a great batsman and cant take the side home under pressure.

The best death bowling I've ever seen in my life. To bowl those great wide yorkers consistently in a high pressure final is amazing and I think Malinga would've been the only bowler to do it.

Indian fans were laughing about how Malinga will be smashed to all parts of the ground by Kohli and Dhoni but Malinga once again proved when he is on fire, no one can hit him.

One mistake in Dhoni's captaincy I think was that he should've come in earlier when Rohit got out to improve the run rate because it was too low at that time. Instead he sent in Yuvraj who wasn't in form and wasn't able to play according to the situation. He should've taken the responsibility like he did in 2011 World Cup final. But credit has o be given to Sri lankan for great death bowling. From a Pakistani fan.

Posted by cricket_slcsupport on (April 6, 2014, 21:12 GMT)

I hope the Indian media stop blaming their team because of the final loss. They are humans too , can't win always, just one bad day at office. Grow up Indian media. I'm a SL fan, we love lankan'so love the Indian and the Pakistan team :-) congrats Lankan team, we are proud of you

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 21:00 GMT)

If Virat Kohli wanted to be on the winning side, he would have attempted some shots in the 3rd - 11th Over window, where Malinga was bowling Sri Lanka's weaker bowlers. Kohli was guilty of not attempting any shots at those bowlers, allowing SL to have close-in fielders to block singles since his focus was a score of 50+ from his bat, even if it meant eliminating all chances of an India win. Kohli's 77 therefore was not in vain, Kohli got what he wanted - a score of 50+ against his name AND a headline stating that India did not win inspite of Kohli's good performance. Fact of the matter - India had plenty of batting left, if Kohli had played for the team rather than himself between the 4th & 10th over, India would have had another 20 runs or so, but for those - Kohli would have to risk his wicket. Kohli chose to bat for his 50...and the hell with India.

Posted by 200ondebut on (April 6, 2014, 20:59 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka - the best side won.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 20:58 GMT)

I am still worried how this specialist commentators explain things. First they got it wrong they all bid on India. Say that is fair for them to be on the safer camp. But after the match they mentioned that, "Now Sri Lanka is the world champions, but the ve lost one match to England, and does that say England are more than them" What a statement !!! Well said...and you missed a bit more...England performed in their peak when they lost to the Netherland. We all can just forgive you. That's all. The Lions gave the best answer to the doubters who thought Windies would have struck them 81 of 37 balls. Well played Sri Lanka.

Posted by ksquared on (April 6, 2014, 20:57 GMT)

18 years, 4 heartbreaks and WORLD CHAMPIONS once again!!!!!!! Well done team SL. Glad to see Sanga and Mahela leave on such a high they deserve every bit of it. THANK YOU BD this was a fantastic tournament and support given by all BD fans to every team was truly amazing!!!!In the end cricket was the ULTIMATE WINNER.

Posted by YsaKaru on (April 6, 2014, 20:52 GMT)

really good,crickt loving ppl in bangladesh thanks very much for this such a wonderful tournament...... This year world cup amazing,outstanding........ Also thanks for supporting our lankan lions..... Thank you BANGLADESH....

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

Its amazing how much air time Indian players were given even after Sri Lanka winning the game.. From TV coverage to commentary to presentations.. its always about team India.. India.. India. I am glad SL showed the cricketing world that International cricket is not an Indian monopoly today. Well done Sri Lanka!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 20:41 GMT)

Sri Lanka truly deserves the world cup. Fifth final and what a brilliant performance. Especially the bowling, not a single lose delivery to talk about. Sanga, Mahela and maybe Dilshan leaving T20 as Champions.

Posted by da_mastha on (April 6, 2014, 20:39 GMT)

Hindsight is 20-20 . I have been watching cricket for 30 + years and I am very passionate about this game . I absolutely blame yuvraj for this pathetic display , he could not even rotate strike .But Dhoni should assume responsibility for sending him in @ such a crucial juncture after Rohit fell .Knowing he had a scratchy torunament , Raina would have been in a good position to support Kohli . It was painful to watch the batsmen struggle , to me the most surpising thing was Yuvraj not being aware of the damage he is causing to the team. Analyst will talk because they are paid to to say things , but we have seen that the same analyst when he is in the selction commitee does nothing. It such a waste of the fans time and money . Yuvraj you can now go earn millions with IPL but please don't wear India colors.You don't deserve it anymore , let the others have their chance. Bottomline is everything is about the money these days , today Indian cricket has lost a fan.

Posted by Reggaecricket on (April 6, 2014, 20:32 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka for winning a Cricket game, congrats Dhoni for being a true gentleman and giving credit where credit was duet on the day. I am referring o his comments about Sri Lankan bowling and how they executed their plan.

Posted by Herath-UK on (April 6, 2014, 20:31 GMT)

You can't blame Yuraj for not scoring; it was magnificent bowling by Sri Lanka. Sachithra ,Herath & Mathews were revelation in the early & middle overs; you talked of indian spinners controlling india's previous games,here it was Sri Lankan spinners who did the control. It was just about 60/70 runs when India's final overs began. Then it was the superb bowling by Malinga & Kula in the last 4/5 overs. The greatest tribute to their bowling was it was at a great finisher of one day cricket,Dhoni & in form Kohli who could not hit a SINGLE boundary in the final overs. What lovely bowling was it.Sri Lanka is super one day unit with all round display in bowling batting & fielding not just batting.A complete Unit!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 20:29 GMT)

Happy for SL but upset to not see the to greats of the gam in future, Now I fear is SL will become an avg team, they will feel their absence for a LONG LONG time.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 20:26 GMT)

Lions do not have players top of ICC rankings or IPL chart busters. But indeed we are #1 in team rankings.

Posted by Herath-UK on (April 6, 2014, 20:16 GMT)

It is Malinga's trophy! Pundits laughed at his appointment as captain! Martin Crowe said in the match point he had a fit of laughter! However it is THE best appointment. At the toss there had to be a Sri Lankan who could stand shoulder to shoulder with champion Dhoni & it is only Malinga who himself is renowned world over & who has carved a niche in the world of cricket who could do it. (as Mahela & Sanga refused captaincy).That was the first psychological win. And if there is a Sri Lankan player except Mahela & Sanga,who is worthy of lifting that gold cup for Sri Lanka, who is worthy of mentioning as Arjuna in the same vein, he is MALINGA! What an unusual way he was appointed during a campaign.Malinga you beauty!(as Nasser says ).

Posted by bul98 on (April 6, 2014, 20:13 GMT)

The whole world except Indian Fans were rooting for SL, So called Big 3 lost and it just gives the best feeling to all the cricket fans. Once PAK lost the tickets demand went down to 50% and BD had a hard time filling the stadium and selling tickets talks all about PAK cricket how much fan followers and love they get from rest of the world. Congrats SL for putting IND into there place! just love it!

Posted by Alexk400 on (April 6, 2014, 20:12 GMT)

Time to dump dhoni from captaincy. if he can't win in spin friendly condition, there is no chance in hell india going to win in Australia in 50 over world cup. Its futile. Why people fail to see that dhoni is awful captain in overseas especially in pacy pitches. I rather have young player kohli incharge of the team and mould. we going to lose with dhoni , why not lose with kohli atleast he will learn from that experience.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 20:11 GMT)

No need to blame Yuvraj for India's defeat. It's the selectors' and Dhoni's fault for continuing to pick someone out of form based on reputation. India's demon continues to be good pace bowling. How can Sri Lanka, a nation with barely the population of one of India's states produce better pace bowlers than India? India, feed your people more meat if you want to dominate. With your batting, you should dominate every form of the game but you cannot unless you produce a good half dozen fast bowlers (out of a population of over 1 billion). Very disappointing from an Indian fan.

Posted by jjoy14 on (April 6, 2014, 20:07 GMT)

Congrats to Sri Lanka, they were the better team and played well throughout the tournament. I am ain Indian fan and feel embarrassed and shocked at the way Yuvraj played and spoiled a last bill thriller sort of T20 World cup final. Yuvraj has given us lots of terrific games and winners but today he was sort of criminal and extremely selfish knowing well there are many hard hitters to come. I think Yuvraj's time is over and this should be his last game for the India and good bye - embarrassing and shocking end to a great player but everyone has to sign off and its his time. if he is taken to World cup in Australia it will be the greatest tragedy for India since there are many youngsters who will perform and give their best which is better than the best that Yuvraj can offer now and wishing Yuvraj best for his future endeavours.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 20:07 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka! Cricket lovers the world over must be rejoicing at this win, and especially for Kumar and Mahela. No doubting how good Kohli and Ashwin are, but take them out of the Indian side and the rest looked very, very ordinary. The Indian strut has become very annoying of late and hopefully this will take some wind out of their sails. Get ready for a lot more wind to be taken out when the World ODI championships roll around!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 20:06 GMT)

I remember all 4 nights which I couldn't sleep properly. You guys were great today. won the cup handsomely as champs. Sanga & Mahela , it's not the GOD, it's you guys and the team who did all these. Proud of you as a Sri Lankan from the deep of my heart as all other Sri Lankan does.

Bad luck this time for India. they played very good cricket until today. but not Today.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 20:06 GMT)

Best finisher in T20 batting in this side. Cool big hitter Kholi from other side.But only they scored 19 runs in last four overs...Can You Believe That.... It was never happened before and I believe..It will be never happen again....

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 20:05 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka ! We are the number one in world ranking for a long period and this win has confirmed our status. Brilliant captaincy of Malinga. Sanga and Mahela will be missed surely.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (April 6, 2014, 20:04 GMT)

Congrats SL for Historic win ,,because Sanga & Mahela make this last T20 very special..best wishes from Pakistan to all SL nation...what great alwida from Sanga some lucky guys say good bye like same this way said bye bey Great IMRAN KHAN.,,,INDIA also played well just they lose last game that was Final.,,,Kohli is real player but just Depend on him in every match not good.llljust in a close time SL two cup wahoooooooooooo

Posted by DylanSamarawickrama on (April 6, 2014, 20:02 GMT)

I am so happy that our boys did it finally! By the way, was the Sri Lankan president there at the ground today?

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 20:01 GMT)

Congratz to lankans brothers.. last for overs cost india this match they were simply short 20/30 runs. I feel for india as they were the only team who were unbeaten in that tourney, one bad day cost them trophy which i think they deserves. From Pakistan

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:59 GMT)

Today's final take ne to 1991 wirld cup where a Pakistan team played very ordinary cricket but still were playing in the semi final of the world cup n finally won it. They had their luck in rain affected game vs england but they played good cricket in final unlike lankans here who were ordinary in the final as it was india who messed up batting and lost it, here too lankans had their luck vs west indies in semis as it rained there and some questionable batting by samuel n chris gayle ,they did yuvraj there for no reason n lost it. Feels for india it was their game but lucky lankans even after ordinary perfirmance won it. strange final.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

Superb overall performance by Sri Lanka today. Congratulations to their bowlers choking the India batting in the last 4 overs. And then came the classiest pair of batsmen in the world : Marvelous Mahela and Sublime Sanga. Congrats to both of you and a big thank you for all the amazing contributions to Sri Lanka cricket. Through, war and terrorism all Sri Lankans including emigres like myself looked up to the solace Sri Lanka cricket has provided. Your team also is the most loved by people because there are no super sized egos unlike in India. Well done.

Posted by Stieprox on (April 6, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

heart felt congratulations to SL Love from Pakistan!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

Well played Team... i wish you could have seen the streets of Colombo tonight.... For Dhoni and the team will played guys respect....

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:55 GMT)

after loosing 2011 final some indian commented some nice words for sl, it goes something like this 'sorry srilanka india waited so hard for so long, it was our day, tomorrow could be yours,'' she was right god has plans for everyone, even for u south africa, just hang in there :)

Posted by Protears on (April 6, 2014, 19:54 GMT)

Caps off a wonderful year for team India, wunderbar :D. The sad thing about it is that India should win on the basis of having the IPL. Now I am just looking forward to India's tour of Australia, pretty sure the Indian fans are not.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

I think we Sri Lankans all must thank the beautiful people from Pakistan and Bangladesh. My dear Pakistani and Bangladeshi friends! you gave us a really great support throughout all this tournament. Every clap, every whistle you made meant a lot to us Sri Lankans. Pakistan you were a great nation to us not in cricket but in every aspect. May the green flag fly top of the world again in the wonderful game of cricket. Bengal tigers I really believe you guys can see a great Bangladeshi cricket team in world cricket soon. Thanks heaps friends....may the game of cricket and the friendship between us nations live for ever!!!!!

Posted by Stark62 on (April 6, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

Finally, SL have won a final and boy, did they deserve it!!

We should also give a round of applause to the Bangladeshi's because they have come out to support neutral teams and the stadiums generally had a good turn out, epsecially the night games, with most being sold out. Also, I enjoyed the match point segment of this edition of the WC, but I would also like to see "The Huddle" return for the 2015 WC, along with match point.

I have throughly enjoyed all the T20 WC's and just like the end of the 2012 WC, I can't wait for the next T20 WC in 2016.

Once again, congratulations to SL and commiserations to Ind because they were unstoppable and won the group of death comfortably.

Posted by stumpedlloyd on (April 6, 2014, 19:52 GMT)

@campiyutar: If this is the finest of finals you have ever witnessed, you clearly have not watched many finals. A cracker final, it was not. Even for a Sri Lankan fan!

Posted by JustIPL on (April 6, 2014, 19:52 GMT)

13 balls remaing show that india were 30 runs short atleast, to make a game of it. Mishra looked ordinary in d semi and final. mahela/sanga have taken SL cricket to new level. India look more of a team like WI after the greats. Fab3 of SL scored 94 runs which guranteed indian surge.

Posted by Neutral007 on (April 6, 2014, 19:51 GMT)

Well done! SL what a great way to say bye to MJ and KS. You guys deserve this after coming so close so many times. Bad luck for team India. Anyway at the start of the tournament if somebody said India is going to be the runner up in this edition I would I have gladly taken it. Proud of you Team India. Keep going....

Posted by Herath-UK on (April 6, 2014, 19:51 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka! What a wonderful, wonderful win was it. The whole team played the match to perfection.The win is worth in gold as it was against a champion India in a final & against Dhoni in a final.It was a superb nerve wracking final.Sri Lanka finally broke the hoodoo & now stand tall along with other cricketing giants. Sri Lanka Lions are the world champions today!!

Posted by gahapanmachan on (April 6, 2014, 19:50 GMT)

SL always had classy batsmen but how far their bowling, especially seam has improved since winning the world cup 18 years back? To choke Dhoni & Yuvraj on a spin friendly pitch is unreal. Sanga deserve MOM but its the bowlers for me. If Malinga caught Kohli, India would have been Dutched.

IPL is a poorer comp without these champs.

Posted by SajithaD on (April 6, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

just got the news that stoned were thrown at yuvraj singhs house and i'm very disappointed... How many matches and finals has he won for india?... I remember I did almost hate him when he was in good form earlier in his career and have to admit it is not just due to his nature also because of he is a great batsman and scored against us(Sri Lankans) many times... And after discovered he has a cancer and his fight to overcome it, I really respected him... Losing a world cup didn't got anything away from india but this incident is a black mark to their countries image... But anyway, well played india through out whole tournament but today Sri Lanka did overcome you... Good luck for indian team and all the best yuvi...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:47 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I was horribly disappointed watching Yuvi potter around and then SL canter to victory. But the scenes that followed made me forget about all that. Mahela and Sanga have been two class acts and just like the Big 4 for India, provided many a memorable moment for all cricket fans around the world for many years. They deserved this farewell and so congrats from India!!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

@campiyutar, looks like it was your first worldcup final match.. :p there are many facinating final encounters already have played by many teams.. the most thrilling one was i think, Pak vs Ind - 2007.. when India won in last over. It was a real cracker. Anyway, Congrats Sri lankans, finally you guys have managed to lift the trophy in your third try.. Better luck next time India, you were simply outplayed by a bunch of motivated players who really wanted to lift the cup.

But what a character shown by India in whole tournament .. they were simply brilliant in all departments.

Posted by Retour on (April 6, 2014, 19:44 GMT)

Congrats SL! The team was more street smart than India in this particular match. Some superb bowling and planning!

And yeah the real MoM was Yuvraj!

Posted by Mervo on (April 6, 2014, 19:44 GMT)

I am pleased for SL. Even though this is a minnow of an event, they deserved to win. I could never understand the over confidence and arrogance that India seemed to display throughout the event. Especially when they seem to lose everywhere in the world lately. Sl showed more poise and humility and deserved their place.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:43 GMT)

The biggest blunder Dhoni has ever made in his life is by sending Yuvraj at no.4. I definitely think , it is time for the selectors and the cricket fans all over the world to realise that now it is time for Yuvraj to say goodbye to this format of the game. If the greats like Mahela and Sanga can quit, why not Yuvraj ? Everybody must accept the fact that you cannot win matches just by remembering what you did in the past. To win a match as crucial as this one you must be in a better form and frame of mind to unsettle the opponent. Please Yuvraj quit and give way to young new emerging players.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:41 GMT)

Srilanka has been in tremendous form, won the Asia cup comfortably, and continued with their winning form in this tournament. They really have some talented player, they are clearly favorites for the upcoming WC2015 .. Indians I suppose became too overconfident with their winning form, and their adaptability of batting lineup to chase targets, let them to face problem to score big, especially in the last overs.. Well Congrats srilanka :) from Pakistan(your friends)

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:41 GMT)

Has anyone noticed that with this greatest victory, Sri Lanka is again the top of ICC T20 ranking?

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

Great show by Lankans, they played with full spirit and one of the best death bowling i have ever seen. Congratulations!!!! Virat & Ashwin are huge positive for us. Really feel for Yuvi, he simply didn't turn up today and became the pivot of Lankan win. Nevertheless a great tournament and Indians will learn a lot from this - we are really proud of you guys. And thanks to BANGLADESH for being a great host.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

It doesn't matter how many you win and how you have won them... It all boils down to one final game... SL deserved the victory... It is by no means a fluke or lucky one.. They were in command and they brought it home.. Disappointing for India because they were the favourites all along.... If it could only push India to do well in England ;)

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:36 GMT)

I like to congratulate Srilankan cricket team for their first winning World T20. It was excellent journey for them. Sanga and Mahela are the golden horses for them through the tournament. In final, nobody can deny it that Malinga made the difference between two teams in winning side. The team who has Malinga needn't worry for any match. Whatever, I think India lost the match in their batting innings when they did not use last 5 overs due to excellent fielding of Srilankans. Indian fans can criticize Yuvi but I think it was not fault of him, because after Yuvi's wicket, Dhoni did not find gap for boundaries or over boundaries. This winning of world T20 can be written in the history of excellent cricketing performance of Srilankans. And as a Bangladeshi, I would like to say to Srilanka, you guys can think Bangladeshi's fields are your homegrounds.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:36 GMT)

well played srilanka............ enjoyed the match that was a good fight . sanga is best .

Posted by itsqashi on (April 6, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

SL congratulation on such a great performance through out the T20WC.

Posted by cric_fan123 on (April 6, 2014, 19:33 GMT)

Congrats SL on the win. Though some of the comments are really laughable - Dont blame Yuvi, blame selectors/Dhoni - I just wonder where these people were when Ishant Sharma was mercilessly persecuted. By the same logic, it certainly not his fault he gets clobbered, is it? And by the same logic, Yuvraj did not win us 2011 WC, selectors and Dhoni did. Right? And then there are those with "others struggled too" and SL excellent bowling - I agree with overs from Malinga and Kulas - 19th/20th over but Senanayake - really? That guy was taken for 16 runs in 2 overs - Yuvraj improved his ratings to 22 in 4, he even blocked a ball or two in the 18th over!! 18th over! It will be surprising if Yuvi gets to play full season IPL for RCB or even international for sometime.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:33 GMT)

respect for champs. from pak

Posted by lankan_cricket on (April 6, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

Congrats Sanga and SL for an awesome game. Also hard luck India, especially Kohli. He had an average of 106 for the tournament. That's amazing. He could beat most teams singlehandedly. Also loved his sportmanship at the end of the game.

Posted by chennam on (April 6, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

It is just a better bowling from srilanka which is well planned attack.India short of 35 runs I could say.India lost not because of Yuraj or Dhoni or Dhoni decision to send Yuraj a head of Raina; it is because of well planned dearth bowling attack and from starting too. Yokers thrown by Malinga are not new ;WestIndies (sammy & Bravo) played similar balls thrown by pakistan in last 3 overs.

Posted by DinKJindal on (April 6, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

I won't blame Yuvraj for this but perhaps Dhoni for keeping him in the team. Yuvi has a great history but has been out of form except once. Dhoni has a strong tendency of making decisions based upon the past performance and not necessarily current form.

Of course, it's easy to blame when the results are not favorable but still Dhoni's decisions on his team sub-selection (out of 15) and bowling changes have always been controversial. He's been good at winning tosses and has some great players like Kohli in the team that have helped him win many matches.

Posted by IAS2009 on (April 6, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

Congrats SL on a very good win, India deserved to win but fall short in batting. Indian fans are disappointed sure, but the criticism towards Yuvi is not fair, SL bowled very well, a part from Virat who can manage to do better towards end, no one in Batting did very well, even Dhoni has hard time hitting the bowl, so instead to criticizing and making Yuvi escape goat give credit to SL for executing the plan, India plan worked on most games but came short in final, they were on Top in ODI WC this time SL on top. Very good game of cricket. India should be still proud having done so well in this tournament.

Posted by lankan_cricket on (April 6, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

Congrats Sanga and SL for an awesome game. Also hard luck India, especially Kohli. He had an average of 106 for the tournament. That's amazing. He could beat most teams singlehandedly. Also loved his sportmanship at the end of the game.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:29 GMT)

Woooow what a moment fot SL fans. I hv been waiting for this for so many years. i was only in grade 2 when we won the world cup in 96. i ddnt knw much at that time. but when i became a cricket fan there were only heart breaks. but this time they gave us the chance to feel what it feela like winning a final. a great send off to maiya n sanga as well. and well played india too

Posted by theRule19 on (April 6, 2014, 19:29 GMT)

Too slow and disappointing show by Yuvraj and probably the most wrong decision by Dhoni to promote him ahead of Raina. On current form, Yuvi should bat around or where Jadeja bats in the team if he has to be played. He slowed the game so much so that Kohli and others after him found it difficult to score in final stages of the Indian innings. Yuvraj never attempted big shots even when the slow bowlers were on, which was disappointing. SL on the other hand executed their plans very well and restricted the Indians to 130 which was always going to be tough to defend. Credit to SL..they played well and Sanga and Mahela got a deserving farewell.

Posted by rajithwijepura on (April 6, 2014, 19:25 GMT)

This could be the beginning of the new era of SL cricket. 2015 WC we are coming.

Posted by mcsdl on (April 6, 2014, 19:24 GMT)

Indians shouldn't forget Yuvraj won you 2 Worldcups..! It's obvious he couldn't hit the ball today, but he has done so brilliant for Indian ODI and T20 team over the years.... I'm just so proud of the discipline shown by the Sri Lankan bowlers and it was long time coming after being the bridesmaid in 4 Worldcups ince 2007..! Perfect send off for 2 greats of the game (Mahela & Sanga), and it was a complete team performace throughout the tournament by everyone in the team. Angelo Mathews was outstanding, but everyone else contributed to the cause...! This worldcup performance is not as dominant as 96 win, but this win is as important to get that jinx broken in Worldcup finals... Sri Lankan cricket team you always made the whole country proud on & off the pitch. We salute you so much and Thanks so much for bringing us moments of joy, hapiness & something to be proud about of our country... Will be going to see our team playing when they tour England next month...!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:24 GMT)

congrats srilanka..well played..best of luck for india

Posted by pitch_fly on (April 6, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

you didnt just make my day SL cricket team. you made the entire "rest of my life". thanks and i m literally in tears

Posted by ksquared on (April 6, 2014, 19:21 GMT)

I don't know why all IND fans are blaming just Yuvraj apart from Kholi every one else was a miserable at the crease and even Kholi struggled to get away in the last overs. Just be man enough to admit that was one heluva death bowling display by the best death bowling unit in world cricket. Heard Yuvis house was stoned that's just sad and pathetic shows the glaring difference between the fans of the two nations in 2011 the SL team were given a heroes welcome when they came back home even though they had lost!!!!

Posted by cricket_slcsupport on (April 6, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

Congrats Team SL. I'm a relieved man., no tensions , will sleep happy tonight. We'll played India. Wonderful game of cricket.

Posted by Temuzin on (April 6, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

I have been a Yuvraj fan all along. But I think its time for him to go. He looked nervous and unable to bat against both spin and pace. More he plays more he will be ridiculed. Yuvraj its best to retire now. You are a champion batsman who has done a lot. Let us keep that memory.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

Great Finale! Congrats to Sri Lankan Team!! They deserved T20 crown Like Pakistan and India. Last four overs of Indian batting cost them the match or in other words Sri Lanka won the match with excellent death bowling of the tournament. Its not Yuvraj's fault; If captain and management knew that he is not in the best form, they should have sent Raina or Dhoni. Sadly he will get the blame for rest of his life!!!

Posted by Sinhabahu on (April 6, 2014, 19:16 GMT)

I would like to thank the fans from all over the world for supporting SL. Now our haters are nowhere to be seen hehe, they too played their part in motivating our team to victory. Special thanks to the BCB and the people of Bangladesh for being such fantastic hosts and organizing a memorable stay for us, we love you guys!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:16 GMT)

What a beautiful game of cricket! And what a send off to Jaya n Sanga! Loved the game, Virat was amazingly best at what he does, while Sanga reminded everyone why he is one of the best batsman of modern era! Congratulations Srilanka, Love, from Pakistan.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 6, 2014, 19:14 GMT)

SL won the match clearly because of UV batting...he denied the strike for the best batsman of the tournament Virat Kohli by facing almost 2 overs and scored only 4 runs....whereas Kohli played only 8 balls in the last 4 overs and still scored 19 runs....if Raina would have come before UV, our score would have well over 170 and we could have defend it easily....but its good to see sanga and Mahela at winning side with world cup in their hand....they did not end their career without a single worldcup like other legends Ganguly, Laxman, Dravid

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:14 GMT)

srilanka love from pakistan.best team win.cheers

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:13 GMT)

we waited this for 18 years! finally we got something to celebrate! Perfect way to send off two legends from the T20 Game. Hope Sri Lanka will do the same by winning the 2015 WC

Posted by 123cricketing on (April 6, 2014, 19:11 GMT)

woe, wow all the big3 lost, SL hats off to you

Posted by basusri133b on (April 6, 2014, 19:10 GMT)

Sri Lanka are worthy winners. They played smart and fully deserved to win. Very happy that Sangakara & Jeyawardene bid farewell to T20 on a winning note. As noted by fan Challagalla these two stalwarts are Gentlemen Cricketers - a rare commodity these days.

India were unable to respond effectively to the Sri Lankan tactics. Without assigning blame to any one in particular, it was just not India's day today. But our think tank ( is there one?) would do well to closely analyze this game and learn something from it. My heart goes out to Kholi. He played excellent cricket through out this tournament. India lost to a very worthy opponent.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:09 GMT)

It was a victory that SL fans like us waited since 1996 ( and failed attempts in several finals !!!) & perfect fairwell for the two legends of modern cricket era. This is actually an end result of a combine team effort since Asia Cup... I think, Sanath J too should get credit for the smooth selection he had made (even in Asia Cup 2014 ). The key points in the match that sealed the victory for SL was the depth bowling ( Specially the last 4 overs ) and sending of Thisara ahead of Anjee.

Posted by Anubhav-the-Experience on (April 6, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

Congrats to Sri-Lanka...well played...it was surely well deserved... Bad luck to yuvi...but I heart you man...you brought us so much joy in 2011 that its enough for 4 more years... I hope no one plays the blame game here...I thought India achieved more than we expected of them...but today they lost not due to skill and talent but more due to Sri Lanka keeping their nerves in control more than we did... I am happy for you Sri-Lanka, probably the only final loss which does not hurt that much...

Posted by ICKY on (April 6, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

The team handling better pressure won today. In the end it was cool Sanga and Mahela, who broke the jinx for SL in their last game. Yuvi probably got his late inspiration from Shoaib Malik and Misbah to play dot balls. He had a great career too but ends on bitter note. Lets look to youngsters like Kohli, Ahmad Shazad and other hers for future. Bye to the great oldies of cricket.

Posted by jango_moh on (April 6, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

well played to SL from an indian fan.... the better team won the match, deserved winners!!! enjoy the moment!!!

Posted by JamesSmithee on (April 6, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

Don't blame Yuvi. SL bowling is superb. If Yuvi got 2 lifes like kohli got from Malinga in midwicket and from Senanayake in deep midwicket Yuvi may have scored more than Kohli. Sri Lankan fielding wasn't that good as they dropped 2 kohli catches.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

We won the T20 world cup! This win matters a lot!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

Well played Sri Lanka... AT LAST....No doubt you deserved this so badly...!!! We were waiting this to happen for so long and it came at last....!!!! :D Almost all previous outings maybe except in 2007, you were the best until Finals...BUT IT'S NOT ANY MORE....!!! It's great to see Kohli playing superbly and showed his character to whole world...That was nice to see as well...!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO SRI LANKA

Posted by ultrasnow on (April 6, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka from an Indian fan. Defeat hurts but this defeat is mitigated by the fact that your greats Mahela and Sanga have gone out in a blaze of glory. Happy for them. They've brought respect and pride to the entire sub continent via their achievements on and off the cricket field. Regards .

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

Love you sri lanka that's all I wanted from you guys. Very well played and defeat them, the good thing is india will remember this loss for a long time. Well done. Congratulations.

Posted by onebump on (April 6, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

Smart smart cricket by Sri Lanka. Super effort. Finally thank you! Properly ambushed the Indians !!!! So much heartache finally diluted. The number one ranked team since 2012 won the deserved title.

Commisioratioms India. Kholi you were superb. Please translate the performances to tests as well.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

I was sure that despite all that hype given to indian team and the slogging of Kohli the SL death bowling may be the deciding factor and it proved to be such that. India who had been in the semis literally from the start of tournament but could not go beyond semis at last. India lost the match in their minds after losing the toss itself. Wi would have been an easier opposition but for the rain gods.

Posted by Strider7 on (April 6, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

Thats srilanka for you, a tiny nation... but CHAMPIONS!!!!!! So proud of my team :D :D

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

i never told anyone but i cried when Ricky Ponting left the Game,not bcz he was retiring but bcz he was so out of form when he retired that they drop him.Mahela n Sanga are my fvrt too..a well Deserved send off.so proud of them...pakistani fan

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:54 GMT)

well done Srilanka.Sanga and mahela,we love you...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:54 GMT)

Will miss you Mahela and Sanga...Congrats Srilanka and bad luck India

Posted by JG2704 on (April 6, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

Congratulations SL.

Lovely to see Sanga see the game through on his final T20. Never met the guy but he seems like a true gentleman. Definitely class above ego.

Well played India throughout the tournament but unfortunately the batsmen - for once - couldn't do it on the day.

Re the game itself - I thought Mallinga used his bowlers well esp bowling the often expensive (at death) Matthews through and saving overs for key boplers although that couldn't have happened had pretty much all the bowlers not done a great job. Superb death bowling from Mallinga. From India's point of view the turning point in the inns was Yuvraj's inns and you could see frustration building up in Kohli who was not getting the strike. I will also say how impressed I was with Kohli for being the 1st to shake Sanga's hand after he got to 50. Not always been impressed with him as a person but nice touch from him there.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

well Played Sri Lanka. mahela and sanga awesome. I prefer a player like Virat Kolhi will be born to Sri Lanka very soon.

Posted by Kays789 on (April 6, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

Take out Kohli's innings which shouldn't have lasted more than 15 balls, this indian innings was non-existent. There's only so much that you can achieving through one or two individual performances. Including the practice game early on SL has beaten this overrated indian team three times in a row now. Who ever said india had an edge going into this game clearly had no idea what they were talking about.

Posted by mshyder on (April 6, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

Congratulations SL. Very calm and calculated performance. It was good to see Malinga actually marshaling the field most of the time. Excellent & brave decision by team management to sit Chandimal out. India team selection was as bad as Pakistan's. Yuvraj was the mirror image of Shoaib Malik, both selected on basis of past performances and not on current form and both failed to deliver. It was very selfish of Yuvraj just to hang in there & waste so many balls, he should have thrown his wicket away a lot earlier to give Raina/Dhoni chance to score and post a par total. His selfishness was the major contributing factor in the Indian loss.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

all hail to big 2, Mahela & Sanga.they helped their young team to make good plan and they executed them well on feild.so happy that LEGENDS are gng with a WC Win #welldeserved

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

His Excellency M.S.Dhoni,I am a Srilankan.I am very delighted over the victory of SL team.Your views at the presentation ceremony is really the representative words from the captain of the Great Indian civilization.The future captain, Kohli,in my point of view ,the best batsman in all formats of cricket is not second to none.,As Srilankan I am over the moon of the clinical performance of SL team and the legends Mahela and Sangha are part of history.I was in the SriLankan Foreign Service.

Posted by rrdilip on (April 6, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

We missed this victory moment in 2007-2009-2011 & 2012. Finally we achieved our goal. Yes I am happy today & sad too,Because we are going to miss our one & only classy Sanga and great team player Mahela. You guys are done a wonderful service for T20 cricket and we never ever forgot your match wining innings. This is Diliban from Colombo .plz share

Posted by Saambaru on (April 6, 2014, 18:48 GMT)

Dear Indian Brothers,no point blaming YV it is SL team effort,accept the fact.Thanks to all those who shed their wear & tear to make this tournament such a magnificient event in our hearts engraved for many years to come.Congrats to SL team together with all SLs all around the world.To night i can have good sleep as my pressure fell to normal 80-120 range.cric loving SLn fm M/East

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

Many many congratulations to Lankan Tigers on this great win.They deserved to win this.We Pakistani's celebrated their victory as our own.Long Live Pak Lanka Friendship.

Posted by Artificialintelligent1 on (April 6, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

After so.... many Years, A Sri Lankan cricket Team Won a world cup. It was so hard going through those lost finals but yet they come to an another one, many of us thought, Will it be an another heartbreaking event for Sri Lanka, It was, but this time in a positive way, We won the world cup, have no words to explain it, when all the stats and previews was against Sri Lanka, Lots of guys were commenting, Heart says it's Sri Lanka but mind keep saying it is India but in the end emotions came to the party and what heart was saying happened to be the truth............ whatever It was so pleasant to watch and Congratulations to the Sri Lankan Cricket team, they were facing many hard times with the cricket board but yet they won the the cup, It was a good farewell for Mahela and Kumar, They have Finished It With A Style

Posted by SajidMirza on (April 6, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

Posted by kapsitash on (April 6, 2014, 16:39 GMT) Congrats Srilanka.Iam not sure they desrve to win this or not but damn sure God wanted them to Win.Congrats again from an Indian Fan.

Ohh come on man.. why u indians won't accept losses???? they surely deserved thats why they won. Why u think that they won't deserve to win?? they were playing in final, its means they have something to show, why only india deserve to win? accept this win with big heart please, and now enjoy the IPL ... cheers srilanka...

Posted by wapuser on (April 6, 2014, 18:44 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka !!! We waited so many years for this world cup. Well done Sanga Mahela and the team. It was a fitting farewell !!! (cricinfo pls publish. Today is a memorable night for my country)

Posted by xylofon on (April 6, 2014, 18:43 GMT)

Just wanted to pop in and say congratulations to Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan fans & the entire nation. Well played and a long fought win, very well deserved. Greetings from a pakistani fan. : )

Well played India as well, you can add another silver to your splendid resume. Someone said hopefully one of the asian teams will lift the cup and both silver and gold went to asian teams. : )

Australia and England et al...go back and do your homework, yes test cricket is real cricket but there is nothing wrong with getting those big hitters up and to the front for this format for which all the worlds eyes are set. Or only be good at test and perish from the eyes of the world. Not a pretty sight.

I love cricket, I love T20 cricket.

Hats off to Sri Lanka today! And this cup is a reason for all those legends, Ranatunga, Chaminda....everyone to be proud over. God Bless. Inshallah. Peace out. : )))

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

Guys don't get emotional and blame yuvi. Even a great finisher like couldn't get bat to the ball. And virat kohli, despite having played 50 odd balls he couldnt hit boundaries against those outside off yokers. Sri Lankans have analysed them and exscuted it superbly. That is the weak point of MS and Virat. If they can't how could out of form yuvi. He has won you both the world cups with great performances. plz do not burn his home down.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

Congrats Srilanka, you proved best team today, all BIG 3 teams lost and went home empty handed.

Posted by YsaKaru on (April 6, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

really good,crickt loving ppl in bangladesh thanks very much for this such a wonderful tournament...... This year world cup amazing,outstanding........ Also thanks for supporting our lankan lions..... Thank you BANGLADESH....

Posted by Hanumall on (April 6, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

It was a bad toss to lose. Had India chased the story would have been different.

SL desrved to win. They played well throughout the tournament. Mahela and Sanga deserved a wonderful farewell gift and they got it. Kudos to Chandimal , the SL captain. for his amazingly sporting decision to drop himself from the team for some crucial matches.

Posted by kc69 on (April 6, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

Unlike many of my fellow Indians I wouldn't put the complete blame on yuvraj.It was just the brilliance of Malinga and SL team management in negating Indian batsmen with their awesome line of bowling.It more looked like Sanga and Mahela earned this title for SL.Congrats to all Lankan fans.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

congrats to the sri lankan team.. no words to explain about this victory. it is a sweet revenge for the indians.. anyway well played india.better luck next time. it is a great farewell for sanga & mahela.. thank you very much for both of u what u have done for the sri lankan cricket.. hats off for u sir... we really miss u both in this format and hope you both play for sri lanka in other formats for many more years...thanks again for what u have done..

Posted by miles100 on (April 6, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

This Victory means a lot to the Sri Lankan squad as well as all the Sri lankan fans. India has been no doubt the strongest batting line up in the world and their best batsmen still struggled against the most fabulous bowling unit in the world in the shortest format. Sanga's inning reminded me of the inning of Aravinda De Silva in the 96 world cup final. What a living legend.....He kept all his critics silent After Sanga and Mahela are gone, there will be 5 champion players who will continue to take Sri Lanka cricket forward (Angelo, Dinesh, Kusal, Lahiru, Thisara). I'm sure SL will keep creating more young talents many years to come. In this world cup, the most confident and the hungriest to win the championship won. Well Done SL!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

All Indians who said that the final between SL & Ind will be bore must be bored to death. Always keep in mind you cannot win all the time. Be sporty and learn yo accept defeat too.WELL DONE SRI LANKA we are proud of you.THE NEW ASIA CUP AND T20 WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND WISH YOU A BRIGHT FUTURE.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

thank you sanga and mahela you guys did great job. after 1996 we have same great feeling

Posted by JAHID_OMAR on (April 6, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

Thank you my dear Pakistan n Bangladesh brothers for supporting us all the way..!! you won all our hearts..!! we will support you forever in future..!!

Posted by No.444 on (April 6, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

As good as India were on Friday, Sri Lanka were even better today. Congrats Sri Lanka. A better piece of death bowling you will not see. Malinga and Kulesekara, take a bow. You won that game. The Yuvi haters are probably a bit harsh. Only a sublime Kohli could score anything from that bowling - too good for anyone else.

Posted by anupkeni on (April 6, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

Here is an interesting facts about World T20 (WT20) and Champions League T20 (CLT20). We have now had 5 editions of both tournaments. 2007 WT20- Pakistan unbeaten in the tournament till the final (a tied match against India) and then defeated by India in the final. 2009 WT20- Sri Lanka unbeaten in the tournament till the final and then defeated by Pakistan in the final. 2009 CLT20- Trinidad and Tobago unbeaten in the tournament till the final and then defeated by New South Wales in the final. 2010 WT20- Australia unbeaten in the tournament till the final and then defeated by England in the final. 2013 CLT20- Rajasthan Royals unbeaten in the tournament till the final and then defeated by Mumbai Indians in the final. 2014 WT20- India unbeaten in the tournament till the final and then defeated by Sri Lanka in the final. The only team which went throughout a major T20 tournament unbeaten and then won the final is the Sydney Sixers in the 2012 CLT20.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 6, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

SL won the match clearly because of UV batting...he denied the strike for the best batsman of the tournament Virat Kohli by facing almost 2 overs and scored only 4 runs....whereas Kohli played only 8 balls in the last 4 overs and still scored 19 runs....if Raina would have come before UV, our score would have well over 170 and we could have defend it easily....but its good to see sanga and Mahela at winning side with world cup in their hand....they did not end their career without a single worldcup like other legends Ganguly, Laxman, Dravid

Posted by Manu4 on (April 6, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka.

Kohli was also a bit too slow in the beginning- even if Yuvraj had not screwed up this way and the last 5 overs would have gone for 50 they would have only scored around 160. This was also a below par score given the batting line up. After 10 overs they had only scored around 60 runs leaving too much for the end- Malinga had 3 overs left.

I think the fact that they did not get to bat first in any pressure match hurt India a lot- While chasing they always knew what was required. But batting first requires them to score as much as possible- and in a pressure game it didn't help them.

Posted by caldruid on (April 6, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka. This match was won more due to SL bowling than their batting. India were about 20 runs too short - Taking nothing away from SL, one wonders how long Yuvi will continue to be in the Indian side.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka! Wonder where are the people who claimed our team (especially our bowlers) are mediocre! The last 4 overs of death bowling was absolutely brilliant!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

Congratulations to Lasith Malinga and the Sri Lankans. India's defeat is the best thing for world cricket at the moment. Their defeat was of their own over confident doing. Sri Lanka played with the right aggression in their fielding, bowling and batting.They deserved to win.Congratulations again.

Posted by Happy_hamster on (April 6, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

So the only team beaten by England won at a canter over the best side ever to walk the earth, the beauty of T20 cricket, excellent death bowling by SL, 165 would have been competitive. Interestingly SL are ranked No.1 in the world again so the rankings must be pretty accurate. Looking forward to welcoming these 2 sides to England next summer, it will be a tough test for a young and as yet uncertain team. And lastly it is fitting for Sanga and Mahela to bow out from T20 on a high.

Posted by Sundayman on (April 6, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

Sorry to say, Yuvraj did not use the cricketing brain nor common sense. When there was line of batsman to follow, he shouldnot have stayed. After all the difference was 20 runs. That would have made huge difference. Congratulation Srilanka.

Posted by Badshah1404 on (April 6, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

Well played Srilanka...It was their day throughout..only Kohli has tried to change their course and brought wind to India's direction.but all went in vain..We should not blame Yuvi completely..It was just that It was Srilanka's day...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

Yuvaraj just talked big after scoring 6o runs against Australia, "I was never out of Form"...yeah we know that and you proved that in the Final what is your Form...could not get your Bat to Ball, only thinking of staying in the middle and making it to the Indian ODI team... Go back and learn how to move your Feet , his feet were Tied to the Ground and the crease and he were scared of losing your place in the Team and that is where you could not score.

Posted by THINK_BEYOND on (April 6, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka team for playing so well and winning this WC title. A good farewell gift for Sanga and Mahela.

To me winning a title and losing a title makes a big difference because people seldom remembers the runners up but always remembers who won the title. Was never convinced with Yuvi's selection in this squad and was more surprised seeing Dhoni playing him match after match inspite of his poor form with bat and ball. India has paid the price for it finally (nothing against Yuvi as he has won two WCs for India, however this time his selection surprised me a lot).

Dhoni or Raina should have come at no. 4 in such a crucial match. I think the only Indian star in this tournament is Virat Kohli whose brillant knocks helped India to reach the final without exposing India's weaknesses. The team that managed to crack it is Srilanka and though they could not restrict Virat, they have exposed the other so called greats of this team :).

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

there were people saying 70:30 advantage to india. some were saying sanga and mahela aren't legends. some said SL cannot win global finals. some said SL doesn't have the X - factor. so today they received the answer with the two of the greatest charisma mixing with the fighting blood of all boys. as fans do not criticise players. do not compare in an ugly way. do not hesitate to praise others. respect all. there is no one best. but all are best. this is cricket. best team during the moment will win. thanx mahela and sanga the greatest couple in the cricket. wish you all the best SL for the future. thanx india for a great final and wish you all the best for the future!!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

finally india's luck ran out...india can win only if they bat second..so i used to switched off tv after the toss for indian team matches...n by the way blaming yuvi is not good 170 was the par score on this wkt

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

SL played better cricket. Still it could have been very tight finish if India had scored another 30 runs, It was possible, We cannot blame Yuvi, he is not in form. It was India mistake to send him overlooking Raina particularly at that time to go along with the same pace of kholi. I love kholi. he is an excellent, stylish and complete dedicated batsman. He has long way to go. he will be the match winner for India in the future.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

Its not the fault of Yuvi or any Indian batsmen in that case. Its just that awesome bowling, right to the end... Nice game, nice strategies, nice win... Hats off to SL team for their brilliant win...

Posted by Cric_info_pak on (April 6, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

congratulation to srilanka .... well india played very well through out tournament but in final well wht do u say i think asian team don't play clean game .... 130 for 4 you can under stand 130 or 7 or 8 but ..... any how well play srilanka and by the way lots of people biggest loser in any computation the person lose in final as he come so close and lose no one remember second always remember winner and first ....

Posted by John_Geo on (April 6, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

Sri Lanka did not have the so called power hitters. They never were a recognized force in 20-20 despite the fact they being the ranked 1 team in the world for 20-20. None of the cricket pundits predicted them to be in the semi finals let alone winning the world cup. However, they showed to the world that cricket (regardless of the format) is not all about bashing the ball out of the park each time. In the end, for a unit with a team spirit and self belief no challenge is insurmountable. I am glad they have won tonight. They are a humble bunch of guys with immense talent never trying to brag about it. Of course Darren al-mighty would be glad to be on such a side.

Posted by Jaga2011 on (April 6, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

Many congrats to Sri Lanka. Surely, the better team won. India did look atleast 30 runs short although I thought we had a chance, remembering the CT2013 final where the total was 129/130 and IND won. :-)

Excellent bowling from SL in the second half of the IND innings and SL proved their chasing/bowling/selection strategy for the day right. Very happy for Sanga and Mahela, two of the best cricketers in the world - they surely deserved a world cup after these many finals appearances.

India were not up to the mark today with the batting lineup. Just goes to show that, at this level, all it requires to lose, is for one piece to be off-track. The same Yuvi who won so many critical matches in the 2011 world cup for India - could not do well today! That's cricket, that's life - big ups and big downs. We still remember your contributions at the 2011 world cup! 1 bad day can't destroy a career's worth of contributions.

Posted by Fogu on (April 6, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

Congratulations Srilanka. You greatly deserved it. Thoroughly outplayed IN in this match. I am very happy for Sanga and Mahela. I have admired them for a long time. They have been a great ambassador of cricket. Congrats from BD.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India have already grab the T20 title respectively. we hope Bangladesh to come up in that leval.If it is happens We Can proudly say " Cleen sweep Asia" for this particular segment .

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

T20 necessitates a particular approach to the game. Srilanka won as they stuck to the nature of the game and performed well. On the other hand, though India tried hard, it was not equal to the task this time. Cricket !.lovely cricket!?

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

It took the selectors quite some time for team management to drop Shikar since he was a continous failure for many matches yuvi should have never played this wc for lack of form atleast he should have been dropped when he didnt perform against oz he hit some runs and continued playing to fail again would have been foolish to play a new player in final though yuvi has won us many matches in past he is not his old self anymore Dhoni doesnt bowl him not as agile in field as he was before and not scoring would be idle for him to call it quits or go back re discover his touch else his time is over instead of being dropped ignored would be idle if he gets decent exit would be better if takes the call himself.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

The grandest stage. The grandest victory. The grandest retirements, ever. Gracias, Mahela & Sanga. Tears won't fill the space u will create. Take a bow. Tonight we shall be gods ourselves, & they shall feel our wrath!!! <3 <3

P.S - For the first time in my life, I've witnessed a gentleman within Virat Kohli. U knw, 2 distinct personalities live within skilled aggressors. Watever good in him, showed up thz tym. I wouldn't say hats off. Bt him appreciating our players t'day, was touching...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

Well done our Lions, You have made us Proud !!!

The 2007 World Cup final? Lost. The 2009 World T20 final? Lost. The 2011 World Cup final? Lost. The 2012 World T20 final? Lost. The 2014 World T20 final? Won

Posted by ICKY on (April 6, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Well deserved victory for Sri Lanks. Being a pakistan fan, we are great admirers of Sanga and Mahela. It was an emotional journey for two to finally breaking the jinx and winning it for Sri Lanka. Two of the greatest cricketers and thorough gentlemen will be missed in T20's. Congrats to tiny island for beating a country of over 1 Billion. Congrats to Virat Kohli for such a consistent performance in the tournament as well as in his entire career so far.

Posted by kandykolla on (April 6, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

What a match!!! Well done Sri Lanka and what a send off to Sanga and Mayya- the unborn brothers..!! Great opportunity for the Lankan youngsters who are born after 1996 to witness a World Cup Victory live…!!! Thank you for everyone supporting Sri Lanka and thinking for a lankan victory from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia, England, New Zealand, England, Ireland, West Indies, South Africa, Nepal… and rest of the world!! At last we did it…!!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

As an Indian fan I am so dissapponted. But Sri Lanka deserved to win. Great team effort. And MAHEL_SANGA, the cricketing world will miss you. We Indians bid you farewell :)

India-Sri Lanka best Cricketing nations :)

Posted by scwijaya191 on (April 6, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan thank you for the congrats from all around the world. The most striking image of the game was Sanga and Kohli hugging. Enjoy the game and leave it there once its over. Sorry for the silly and rude comments by some sri lankans.

Posted by Knubbyah on (April 6, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

At long last.

SUCH a wonderfully written article. I had to REGISTER to post this comment just to applaud it. Excellent piece of writing, Sidharth. Keep up the amazing work.

Salute to Sanga & Mahela. What amazing players, and what composure. Yes it has taken a long time coming but the way their team celebrated and the victory lap is totally worth it. Truly Legendary.

Posted by parikshit_Ops on (April 6, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

Heartbreak for Indian fans like me. Had the same one in 2003 when I was young. Whole day my family had mde the arrangements for watching the match and we had lost. It felt real bad that time but can handle it better now. Just wondering how Srilankans handled all these 4. Fellow Desis, Just forget about who played bad today, Selctors will make their decisions. Just want to congragulate Srilankans. You deserve it 100%. Yes, Indian team was good, very good in the tournament. but on the day that mattered you stole the thunder. Sanga has been brilliant against India and your bowlers were pumped up and bowled very well. Dhoni, no problems yaar. You supported your old buddy who had returned from Cancer. You supported a bit too much, it is evident but why to concentrate on mistakes only. And Kohli, I wanna stand and applaud for you, man. You are superman. Well Played, India. Maybe Next Time. Proude to be Indian. For SL Guys,CongratsL, Have a blast Srilankans. Its your time to enjoy

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

Pakistani fan- Sri Lankan's just to let you know we are cheering for you besides Pakistan since the 1996 World cup, and on other occasions like the 2007 WC final against Australia, and 2011 WC final against India, and last T20 WC final against WI and etc. So we have been right with you in this glorious ride of a small country called Sri Lanka which has produced magnificent cricketers throughout the years. Well deserved victory, and hard luck India they played exceptional throughout the tournamnent just not their day. CUP comes back to ASIA:)

Posted by Blade-Runner on (April 6, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

What a grand send off for two of the all time greats of the game. That was just brilliant. Sanga not only won the match but made a statement too, for those who have said that Sanga isn't a good T20 batsman. lol It couldn't have come in a better time. Malinga bowled like his life depended on it,and Dhoni looked clueless out there. lol At the end, India choked and Sri Lanka became victorious. I've been saying this all long n let me say it one more time : LIONS LEAD THE WAY !!!

Posted by shockValue on (April 6, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

Well I guess teams are motivated when they want to give a good send off/farewell to their star players..last WC India did it for sachin This time around it was SLs turn Anyway good game all around. Huge bonus of winning the toss. Cuz the indians chase down anything. Fealt they were out-of place when they were set to post a target

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (April 6, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

Malinga got the hat trick. NZ, WI and IN. What a player he is. I have never seen best death bowling before in BIG matches to TOP class batsmen. That is where the match was won. Do not say it is off day for IN. It is the BEST DEATH BOWLING BY LASITH, KULA and SACHITHRA.

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (April 6, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

The team that played better cricket won on the day. SL bowling was superb especially in the last 4-5 overs. And that's where the match turned against India and in favour of SL.

This was very similar to Pakistan v India match where Pakistan made the same score that India surpassed easily. But this time India was on the receiving end after posting the same total.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

Today's game has really exposed India's over dependence on Virat Kohli. From past 2 years, he is being the One Man show for India. Even Dhoni (and of course Yuvraj) in the end could not send the ball out of park. One can understand the good bowling by Sri Lankans in the end, but at this level as a professional you need to find ways from such situations. As usual Rohit throws his wicket away. Still doubt whether Raina can perform in Aus-NZ for 2015 WC on bouncy pitches. And the important aspect - India dont have strike bowler to get them early wickets at raw pace. Nor there is a who can restrict runs in the end overs. Indian Team need should sort out these issues if they want to defend their title in next year's WC. Rest others are just providing the supoorting role. Its more like India's journey in 90's and over dependence on Sachin. It took Sachin to wait 22 yrs for a WC. Are we going to have same fate for Virat ? Why are we not building a team which is excellent on all fronts?

Posted by latnadu on (April 6, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

if anybody blaming about boring Finals here is the Example for the Finest Finest Finals Anybody Ever Witness. A cracker..

Posted by Tetrapole on (April 6, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Great to see lanka finally winning a big world title after 17 years.

Was cheering for u guys after my own team disappointed.

Love from Pakistan!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

I feel sorry for all the indian fans who drag out the statistic and said that SL will lose this match. This is T20 cricket. The team that plays well in the day wins. And clearly SL were on top of indians (apart from Kohli). Go Lions!!! and oh i forgot. Thank you yuvi :P

Posted by CricinfoSriLanka on (April 6, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Congrats SL…! I have no words to express.. What a way to send off two legends.. Well played India throughout the tournament.. bad luck today.. wish you all the best for the next time..!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

you Made my Day SL..i can sleep now.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

2007-2009-2011-2012 all heart breaks and finally 2014 wow amazing no words to explain how happy sri lankan fans are. Thank u Mahela & Sanga

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

oh we won the world cup again.grate team effort!

Posted by cricaddict11 on (April 6, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

yeah we finally did it....................................... By the way I am a Srilankan.

Posted by Cricsnake on (April 6, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

I've seen many guys bash Yuvi. But I think he did his best. Rehene, Yuvi, Dhoni all struggled a lot due to clever bowling by the Lankans. Rohit is in form & Kohli is unbeatable. Those two had played better & sometimes Raina might do slightly better. Anyway he tried hard to build a partnership with Kohli. I hope he could play better cricket for another couple of years. Best withes to Yuvraj to come back to his natural game.

Posted by ThilankaK on (April 6, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

ALL INDIAN FANS !!! we breaks final hoodoo ! NOW KEEP COUNTING how many finals we will win !!!

Posted by nickcarter80 on (April 6, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

Sri Lankan are very humble and a friendly nation. But they are real fighters. The SL cricket team articulated that today against India. Congratulations to smiling people in the tiny island. Mahela And Sanga, what legends. We will miss you!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

stands up stands up for the champions stand up ........ salute to sl commiseration to india :)

Posted by Stat1977 on (April 6, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

Some fans were waiting to take the revenge of Asia cup..But they paid back the revenge of 2011 WC..

Posted by Nazrul_Masud on (April 6, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

Congrat to SL cricket team.It was a good final to watch.Thanks to Indian cricketers for showing a good gesture even after defeat.That's why it is called the "GENTLEMAN GAME".Well done BCB for successfully organizing such a big tournament.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

Time to wish.. All the best Sri Lanka Cricket Team...

Posted by greekgod91 on (April 6, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

Brilliant performance by the Sri Lankans today, but not a bad effort by the Indians either. It just wn't their day today. The ball wasn't coming on to the bat in the initial overs and Yuvraj's form or the lack of it turned the game in the favour of the Lankans. Some very special bowling by Kulasekara and Malinga was just the added impetus that they needed to gain the upper hand and once india had been restricted to a score of 130 it was highly unlikely that the Lankans would loose. All in all a sligtly disappointing finish from the Indian perspective but the people who played better cricket on the given day won.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

2009 wc hosted by England and they won in 2010....similarly follows with Wi and sl. ..ultra coincidence....well played india next events momentum with you ...icc wc 2015....

Posted by seantells on (April 6, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

awesome! to beat india specially in the finals it was coming, yes just a bit of bad memories haunting but SL were on the right track from the start, they thoroughly desrerve this win. congrates

Posted by csowmi7 on (April 6, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

As an India fan Id like to start off by congratulating Sri Lanka on a truly stellar performance. They thoroughly deserved this victory and their consistency in ICC tournaments have finally been duly rewarded. Indeed it has been a perfect sendoff for mahela and Sanga two of the modern greats who deserve every bit of this glory for all their effort over the years. From an Indian point of view Ive always felt that we tend to back reputation over form and this has dearly cost us this time. The innings of 11 off 21 balls by Yuvraj put India in a horrible position and ultimately cost us the match. You've gotto feel for Kohli who is one of the best batsman in the world at the moment and that look of frustration near the end of the 1st innings reflected what all Indian fans were feeling at that point. Nevertheless the Sri Lankan bowling was simply superb at the death. Hopefully we improve and put in better performances in our upcoming series in England and Australia and finally in the 2015 wc.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

Congrats Srilanka for a wonde what a fitting end to Sanga and Mahela's careersrful win

Posted by Stat1977 on (April 6, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

India is beaten thrice.. by SL..In Asia cup..T20 Warm up and T20 Final..

Posted by bddhika_harindat on (April 6, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka Team!. After watching 5th Sri Lankan World Cup final, it was proved that SL still have class, patience, power and belief to Win a big game. There's no words to explain this great feeling against a soi called Indian Cricket Team who has been under estimate our game for many years especially since 2011 World Cup loss.What a tribute for those legends Kumar, Mahela and not to forget Dilshan those who have been the back born of SL cricket for decades. We can now feel proud and stand against for those critised SL team for many years.

Once again, we love our SL cricket team and wonderful performance by this great lions.!!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

to me india were the under darks all credit to dhoni the way he led his side till final they could have win it again bt its yuvraj shifted the whole game momentum towards sl and creates lots of trouble to his side well Sanga you beauty what a special end of the special players carrier love the way they use to anchor their innings T20 will always miss yu Sanga and Mahela.................

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

You deserved the win SL... Planning is something but putting plan to action is something else...Congrats Malinga...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

a thought about the finals yuvi lost the momentum overs 11-18,true kula and malinga bowled well at death but yuvi could not even play spin of senanayake or herath,raina would have taken them and given a different dynamism to indias innings

Posted by anvesh4444 on (April 6, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

Yuvraj cost India a World Cup

Posted by unclearrack on (April 6, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

I"ve been waiting since 96 for this day and it is sweet. First and foremost, I got tip my hat to Kohli for a masterclass batting performance. In my humble opinion Kohli is a Legend in the making. He wields the blade with such precision and more importantly a gentlemen of the game. To my Lions... Thank you for all the memories of all the finals. You have always fought and provided us with grand entertainment. From the tears of heartache to the tears of Joy. Thank you !!!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

Mirpur is proved to be the luckiest ground for Srilanka.... Well done best ever slog over bowling in any format of cricket by Lanakans. Congratulation from bangladesh & hats off to Sangakara, Jayawardene & Malinga.

Posted by canadaaussie on (April 6, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

So ends the semi cricket. Time for some more tests.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka..... :) and u played well through out the tournement India :) but this time for SL :)

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

Yuvraj cost India a World Cup

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

Incredible that India didn't score more runs. They were clearly unbeatable until this game. It all comes to averages, i guess, more so in T20s where anyone can win on any given day. No one has a 100% success rate.

Posted by nothingnew on (April 6, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

Hey.Every indian's blame yuvi . That is wrong point . He played good crricket . Even he smash or SL would win . Kohli , Dhoni also struck in the last 2 overs . Can u believe . Sl came with their own plan . they stick in the right time . someone blame yuvi destroyed 2 overs .It is okay .But Sri Lanka won with 2 overs left and all indian's best bowler's overs are finished at that time ? then who would bowl .Mohit and Kumar . I hope don't you want to think what would happen if they bowl ? India lost when the toss was lost . that was the crucial factor of this match .

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

Hard work by India through out the T20. should have the stamina to win the final too. Might be helpful to command Srilanka if Yuvi scored 20 more runs in his played balls.

Posted by Cricsnake on (April 6, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

Congrats to both teams India & SL. We waited this for five finals. Hats off to mighty Sanga, Mahela, Thisara & the bowlers. You did it for us; after 18 years, tears of happiness coming to my eyes in a WC final. It means a lot to all of us & as Sri Lankans we are very humbled by this. The way Virat Kohli was batting, he was about to take the game away from us, but the way we bowled was simply amazing, brilliant-effort from ball, bat & the field. It was an all-round performance, led by Lasith. SL had an amazing tournament. India are the toughest side to beat in this WC. Thus we are excited to be in the winning side. India played brilliantly but just an off-day for them. Virat Kohli is superb & hats off to him too. Congrats to his series award. He will surely re-write the record books soon. We made the best farewell to Sanga, Mahela & Dilshan. Thanks for all of you did for decades. Cheers to all !

Posted by razercat on (April 6, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

behalf of all the Srilankans I would like to thank Pakistani, New Zealand, South Africa Bangladeshi and other fans for their valuable support to us, It means a lot to us.

Posted by Rooohan on (April 6, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

Congrats Sanga for the champions knock. Good to see you kept the best for last. Also bowling by Kula and Malinga were inspirational. Not sure why Dilshan isn't retiring from te format. The stats says he should follow Mahela and Sanga's footsteps.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

Its real pain to have watched Indian innings of batting. Virat Kohli is exceptional in the sense that he looks to be the only gem at this point in time in world cricket and the way he understands the game is fabulous. People talk about Sachin or Dravid, but one has to look into the geniousness of Kohli. Congratulations to Srilanks, the little tiny island where cricket brings all of them together and with such a success it is more beautiful from their point of view. Sanga and Jayawardene are two great batsmen that the world cricket is going to miss in shorter form of cricket. But well done Kohli. You look to be far, far ahead of any other batsman in the world currently.

Posted by sumit1982 on (April 6, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

Today yuvi display really disappointing .But still no know except India team to reach T20 final ,before these tournament India has dismissal performance.

Srilanka blower constantly blowing those yoke rs it is not easy to ball those yoke rs consistent basis. Goodbye two legends who have give memorable innings to remember for long time .

Posted by shanepe2003 on (April 6, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

Big Thank for all the Pakistan & BD fans supporting SL! Love frm SL!!!

Posted by wapuser on (April 6, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Although i could just manage to read live scorecard on internet but it was stilla great joy to see Sri Lanka winning. U lions do deserve to be the cricket champions. Bad luck to indians. In my opinion Kohli is far greater player than Tendulkar. Hope he would have a long successful career ahead of him. Congrats to great Lamkan Lions. Respect from an overseas Pakistani

Posted by MiddleStump on (April 6, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Not a good batting display by either side. It is not often a team struggles to 130 runs even with 6 wickets in hand. Raina and Mathews never got to bat in a final and that is disappointing. If I were Sangakarra, I would hand over my Player of the Match trophy to Yuvraj. He made sure that he batted long enough to take India completely out of the match by the 18th over. What a nice farewell gesture to Sanga and Mahela.

Posted by Nuwas on (April 6, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Congratulations Lions...... Feeling so satisfied & proud... Our Team won the well deserved Titles in style...We surely will miss the Specialist Mahela in this format more than the Classy Sanga, but well deserved send off it is to both of these true gentlemen of the Game of Cricket. Malinga is one Lucky Captain, I mean "to win a toss over Dhoni" !!! Streets of Sri Lanka are crowded with celebrating masses. I think Sanga's humble reactions towards Kholi would be the best response ,we SL, could give to all who were out there criticizing & demeaning our Brand of Cricket during the last few years. All in all very well played guys, the "Best T20 Team" in the World. Proud to be Sri Lankan, Jaya Wewa... please publish CricInfo.

Posted by Naked_Cricket on (April 6, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Its END for YUVI as Well .

Posted by Rooohan on (April 6, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Even mighty Dhoni made a mistake at the later part of the innings. He took two runs to keep him at the strike. If he took only one, he would have rotated Kohli to be more productive.

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (April 6, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Congratulations SRI LANKAN brothers for winning the T20 world cup 2014.

Posted by ramz30380 on (April 6, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka, you were the best team on the park today... a well deserved send off to Mahela and Sanga - two legends of the game and a fitting way to say adieu.... sweet revenge it must be for the Lankan Lions! Well played, well done......

Well played India to have reached this stage - one bad day and the cup is out of the hand! But still proud of u boys.... esp Virat and Ashwin - u showed the world wht u are made of..

It is alright coz not always u end up on the happier side at the end of the match! U are still champs! Even today with the exception of Virat and Ashwin no other made on impact for the Indian team.... All the best for the 50-over WC...

As an Indian fan, I felt really bad for our legends like Dravid, Ganguly, Kumble and Laxman for not being part of a World Cup winning squad - I am happy for Sanga and Mahela who got their swaan song in style!

Wishes to all SL fans who stood by ur team thru thick and thin as the Bridesmaids eventually became Brides tonite!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

Finally! It took us 18 years to win another world cup but we finally did it. Victory tastes even sweeter after defeating India. We've Been waiting 2 years for some revenge and finally got it. Great job Lions. Proud to be a Sri lankan-American. I guess we're not bridesmaids anymore. Time to show some respect. #worldchampions #Lankacricket, #kumarsangakara, #mahelajayawardene.

Posted by Sandeepbachhal on (April 6, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

Gud to see mahela & Sanga to lift the ICC trophy. Thy hav been most unluckiest players till now. Bt now their dues are paid off. Suprb players. Srilankans have waited for very long tym. V have not played gud cricket. Our most destructive players did not get balls to play. Bad mgt from dhoni. He shud have come in place of yuvraj.. Bt its game. V lost u won.

Posted by sriyan76 on (April 6, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

Great Win, Thanks for the support and wishes from our bro's from Pakistan,Bangladesh,Nepal and some of the sporty Indian supporters as well! Threres no point blaming UV or any individual,There no guarantee Raina or Dhoni would have done better if they came in earlier.Its just that the team that played the better cricket today won.I still think UV is a great cricketer and just needs to get into form.

Posted by doosra_inventer on (April 6, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka - Well Deserved Victory fot 2 Old Guns - Lot of Love from Pakistan

Posted by slackers11 on (April 6, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

Sri Lanka, You have earned our respect ! lets not make this about Yuvraj's bad performance, the moment certainly belongs to SL who have been played outstanding cricket today - Indian fan.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

if anyone told regarding yv inning not was wrong they don't know about cricket,about SL they played very well but india played well from beginning to the End but YV is the one responsible for india lose the word cup.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

congratulations sl

Posted by event-horizon on (April 6, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

AWESOME display and world class performance from LIONS, outclassed India. Indian batting juggernaut was not that great to handle a world class death bowling unit like the Sri Lanka. Last four overs for just 19 runs could simply be lowest in this tournament batting first for any team. Unbelievable, exceptional spell of death bowling, it cannot be any better when you delivered that against India with their top players(Kohli,Dhoni,Yuvi) in the crease.

I have earlier mentioned to mark my words that SL team with exceptional team qualities are not stoppable after they beat NZ stunningly.

Sri Lanka you are the true champions and world class consistence in both ODI and T20 format Since 2007. No other team can make consistently to show up world class event finals like you do. When that complements with winning the Trophy it simply seals the record.

Folks history in the making from a world class team that allure fans all over the world to support them beside their own ever humble fan base.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka. A very well deserved victory for you. You have been consistently dominating the field for last several months and today proved you are the WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!

Posted by nishantkr_01 on (April 6, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka. The Lions tamed the Tigers!!

A marvelous display of death bowling and tremendous sprit shown by the team and what a way to give a send off by the team for both legends of cricket "Sanga and Mahela".

Talking about India, a complete off day for them which can happen. Bad Omen!!!

Yuvraj poor form continues as he struggles day and night out. Its time to bring back Shewag in the middle order, he has started scoring runs in the domestic circut in the recent onging Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. It will give him the much needed second chance and the right position to play in i.e. middle order. He can be destructive best there and for yuviraj a much needed break to anyalsis what he can do to improve.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

Cngrtz Sri Lanka......A deserved farewell to Mahela & Sanga.!!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

Congratulation to Sri Lanka from Pakistan to winning the World Cup because you sported Pakistan cricket all the time, thanks from a Pakistani supporter :)

Posted by anjanasilva on (April 6, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

It's not Yuvi's fault. Indian's were totally uncomfortable with Sri Lankans superb balling and later with brilliant batting by star players today. It was simply a superb performance by Sri Lankan. Very well executed team plan by Sri Lankan lions. I am a proud lion and hear my roar!!!!

Posted by jalebi_bai on (April 6, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

I once again humbly request people to not blame Yuvraj. Kindly question the captain, coach and selectors how he got selected in the first place. He almost lost the match against West Indies with his slow batting - that should have been an indicator of his poor form, and he should have been rested and given a break. Now, I fear that this performance may have destroyed the poor guy's confidence completely. PATHETIC selection choice by the selectors and team management.

Posted by wapuser on (April 6, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

Congrats well played Sri Lanka You played much better than us Indians and deserved to win after waiting for so long. Yuvi undoubtedly responsible for what's happened or the cricketing gods smiled on the retiring pair.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

Indie just play IPL,,,This platform is not for your guys. But Kohli you are a genius but but i should learn attitude from Sachin tendulkar or MS dhoni,,,And Congratulation Srilanka for Winning this Deserving World T20. Cheers,,,

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

It's time for celebration.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lankan team and the nation. Fantastic cricket - you guys truly deserved to be the champions!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

when yuvi played gud inning against autralia he was gud now he is the culprit,just take this loss as a loss not to blame a single person be a sportsman spirit.

Posted by wpbus13 on (April 6, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka!! Could not have happen to a better team!! Cherish the moment!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

Congrats to SL for their win n its tym to say bye to yuvraj.. He can play T20 anymore.. Just wasted the Beautiful innings of Kohli.. Shameful tht he was nt able to touch bat on ball.. Sorry for Team India wid sad heart...

Posted by wapuser on (April 6, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

The cup finally returns to the island. Well done and high fives all around.

Posted by tests_the_best on (April 6, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Congrats Lanka. Fitting farewell to Sanga and Mahela to end their t20 careers with a finals victory.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

on the way to finale we gave a good beating to whom cost us world cups. we trash west indies we destroyed India. and at Asia cup finale we threw Pakistan as well. what a feeling to won a world cuo. we are thecampions

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Congrats Srilanka ! A perfect way to farewell Mahela and Sanga !! Respect from #Bangladesh :))

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

congrats to SRI LANKA. you've come a long way;final after final,but you finally break that barrier to victory.what a way for JAYWARDENE and SANGAKARA to go out in a BANG!!

Posted by Machu.mac on (April 6, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Being an INDIA I am not sad....I was happy becoz I want SANGA and Mahela.becoz its their last T20matches....CONGRATULATION SRI LANKA....

Posted by kuldeep1109 on (April 6, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

One picture that will stay in mind - Mahela and Sanga smiling having written on the lens "Last T20. Let's make it count" with their signatures. These two champion players have played so very well for Sri Lankan cricket that they truly deserved this moment. Being an Indian, it was sad to see that come at the expense of an Indian loss. But truly deserved win and some kind of payback for World Cup 2011. Congratulations to the Sri Lanka, especially Mahela and Sanga!!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

@Pmaya: I saw this game in a Pune pub where we cheered heartily every time India scored a run, or came close to taking a wicket. However, when the final runs were scored, the whole crowd cheered Sangakarra and SL for putting up a great show, and getting a deserved victory. Congratulations!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

Great tournament came to the most classic ending. Congratulations to the lankan Lions. You made us all proud. I wonder what would the strongest side as per the commentators and predictions scored if Malinga got hold of Kohli's catch. Nevertheless you made us so proud today, disproving all critics and let downers of Sri Lankan talent. Isn't it amazing the talent this tiny little island produce? Congratulations to India. Well played today. But SL were on top. A big thanks to Bangladesh cricket board and ICC for the wonderful tournament. Thanks to all spectators our fellow Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi cricket fans. See you all with a nother cracking world cup 2015 in Australia / NZ. SL fan.

Posted by ravindran2369 on (April 6, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

Srilankans have found a new way of restricting batsmen, wide Yorkers... Not sure whether India can copy these tactics . This is the best ever last 4 overs I have seen by a bowling team.

Posted by PakFan0786 on (April 6, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

Well Done Sri Lankan Lions, a thoroughly deserved win, so Indian fans will blame the toss and Yuvraj but at the end of the day, the Sri Lankan bowling and batting won them this match, hats off to you guys!!!

Posted by Sri_Rules on (April 6, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

OMG what a feeling! What a feeling! Well done guyz, just freakishly awesome tournament. Love you. And Thank for the very refreshing comments from the fellow Indians. It has being very hard to get bad comments from your friends; that's whom the Indians and Sri lankans has been for so long until recently, when something happened after the World cup 2011. But there is no sweeter thing than getting your friends back. So cheers and respect. And Great job again guyz. JAYA SRI......... ( Espn please publish ).

Posted by CricketRockStar on (April 6, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

Great Win Srilanka; I would say the last four overs are the best overs i ever see in T20.

Posted by YogifromNY on (April 6, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

From a disappointed Indain team supporter - congrats, Sri Lanka! You guys deserve this victory. And Ind selectors - if Yuvi still does not get the message, PLEASE sack him. He should never have been played for this final. He not only ate up precious deliveries and sucked the momentum out of the Indian innings, but he also demoralized the team with his lackadaiscial approach. Can't bowl, can't bat, can't field. Er, why was he in the team to begin with? Who cares what he DID in the past? He was a total liability in this tournament. Disgraceful.

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (April 6, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

Never thought I'd witness this day Yuvraj Singh playing with the strike-rate of 50. Is he the same player who hit 6 sixes in 1st World T20? I reckon he'll come back he and I hope he does.

I used to hate Kholi not because he is an Indian but because of his slang language but the way he plays he middles every bowl even when he is blocking it. Just one question, how do you fight with a warrior without weakness?

Credit to Sri Lanka for bowling so great in the death against two most lethal batsmen in the world cricket especially in T20 that was the turning point I reckon after that it was all too easy for a player of Sanga's class :) Cricinfo please publish.

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (April 6, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

Let us not blame Yuvi, who has done good things in the past, and was responsible for victory against Australia... Sri Lanka was the much better team today, and deserved their victory. No shame in losing to a superior team. Now it is well established that SL is the best team in subcontinent, and our team India has a lot of catching up to do before WC 15.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

Dhoni made a Million Dollar mistake in final match as he selected yuvraj and Mohit Sharma in Shami place...but in future Dhoni should not allow yuvraj Singh to play anymore in any format...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

Congrats srilanka finally won world T20. Relaly miss champion sangakara & jayawardene

Posted by amk23 on (April 6, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka !! You played better cricket today !!!

Posted by devagupta on (April 6, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

winning and losing is a part of the game. india won 5/6 games in this tournament. proud to support team india

Posted by somukanna on (April 6, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

Dhoni made a mistake not sending in form raina ahead of yuvraj. India lost the match due to the poor death batting by them.

Any how, well played India for the whole tournamaent except the decisive final.

Congratulations "VIRAT KOHLI" for the consistency batting throughout the tournament.

Congratulations team 'SRILANKA'

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

So the wait is finally over and won the trophy at last. Cant ask for anything more. Seems Bangladesh has been a very favorable location for us. Well India played really well throughout but today was not their day. That is what T20 cricket is all about. Not sure what would have been the impact had Sri Lanka were given 150 to chase. No doubt 130 was too little to defend.

Sanga and Mahela got what they were desperate for as legends. Hope the 2015 world cup will be in our hands too. Indians were less known to fail in a final under Dhoni, but sadly it happened today.

Future is no doubt bright for Sri Lanka as shown by the performance of all players as a whole. No batsman or bowler was among the top scorers or wicket taker in this tournament.

Next 3 weeks should be good relaxation for Sri Lankans as no IPL. Hope England tour will give more success as well. Thanks a lot to all teams for making this T20 world cup memorable and a big thank you to Bangladesh for brilliant organizing.

Posted by liontheway on (April 6, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

Congratulations Lions! Hard works paid off; we admire you always.

Posted by sangaTHEgreat on (April 6, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

great knock by the great sanga. kholi played pretty well to but his team failed him. sanga didnt play well in until the finals but his team carried him and when team needs him he showed his class. india played pretty gud cricket but SL did better. Congratzzz SL and the 2 legens

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (April 6, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

So glad Sri Lanka won. Well done Lankan lions. Further proof that Sanga is a far greater player than Sachin.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I am disappointed that India lost the cup. However, Let's not forget to compliment Bangladesh for a very well hosted tournament. Even though Bangla tigers had an early exit, their support for other teams in most of the matches was exciting to watch. Well done.

Posted by Flash007 on (April 6, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

Hearty Congratulations to Sri Lanka! You were the better team on the day and more than deserved to win the World Cup after consistent performances for the past few years. Happy for SL fans, Rejoice & Congratulations from an Indian Fan!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

this is for sanga and mahela..we all know they are our legends..and all our sri lankan players we all love you..you are the beat all ways..finaly you show that how we are dangerous in any format..love you guys..wish you all the best..you are our heroes all ways..sanga mahela finaly you got what you deserve..go sri lanka go....

Posted by Shajadul on (April 6, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

Congrats Srilanka from Bangladesh.....You guys did exceptionally well and I hope my team can follow your foot steps and win WC near future. Salute to Sanga and Mahela....two legends of the modern world cricket...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

Congratulation our SRILANKAN heroes .

Posted by wapuser on (April 6, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

Way to go Sri Lanka, you were brilliant!!

Posted by BadMoodHesh on (April 6, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan, I gotta say that hug from Kohli to Sanga was amazing. Very gracious in defeat. More so than Dhoni. If the fans could just be as gracious....

Posted by jalebi_bai on (April 6, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

India has serious headaches for ODI WC 2015. Lack of proper opening batsmen, absolutely no wicket taking bowlers, and no strong late order finishers. I fear for India, to be honest. And Dhoni looks too tired and burned out. Not taking any resposibility at all. When was the last time he played a match winning knock for India? If he is not there as a late order batsman, does he deserve to be in the team? His captaincy standards have been falling pretty badly. This WC final was courtesy of Virat Kohli, otherwise India would have been knocked out much earlier. And yes, please do not blame Yuvi. Blame is clearly on Dhoni for selecting a completely out of form and unfit player.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

Well played Sri Lanka, hard luck India to loose the only game in the tournament and had to be the final.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

Love you Sri Lanka, many many many congratulations!

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (April 6, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

Congratulations to Lanka, and hats off to Sangha. What a legend!! He performed so well in his final game. What a send off for him.... We Indians are going to miss Sangha and Mahela for sure... I hope we will see them in IPL in future....

Posted by wapuser on (April 6, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

Yuvraj & chris gayle r on the same road.both on the verge of getting sacked from the team.they r picked only based on their past performances. The former is technically better than the latter and has an edge over the other but the latter virtually has very little chance of making a comeback.he luks very tentative with lack of foot.movemnt..wishing all the best.

Posted by Sportsman_Spirit on (April 6, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka. Job well done....Sangakara and Jayawardene. India would have been out under 70 without Kohli's couple dropped catches. I like Kohli as a batsman but he is rude and arrogant lad who will learn his lesson playing away from home ground. Congrats SL again!

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (April 6, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

First of all congratulations to Sri Lanka. They dominated India completely in both the innings, and deserve all the accolades which they get. They actually converted this game into a one-sided one, which is quite remarkable. We should not be too harsh on Yuvi, like others have said, he is not the same player after cancer. He simply doesn't have the strength now to hit the ball out of the park. The fault lies with the captain. Instead of sending Raina (who has been in good form throughout this tournament), he chose to send Yuvi, whose form has been fluctuating. So the buck has to stop with Dhoni, and I hope Dhoni will be graceful enough to accept his mistake. It is now up to the selectors to take a call on Yuvi, and actually they should talk to him, and give him a grand farewell match if he so wishes. Actually, India is not short of T20 batters as we will see during the IPL. But it is up to the players who get selected, to finally perform in the middle.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

good to see Indians wish Lankans. good for the game. But dont go such harsh to Yuvaraj. he has done so much to you. remember the 2011WC. he was awesome. win or loss just a part of the game. Hero become zero. thats the nature of this game. but we should never forget what these guys have done to the sake of cricket in the past.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Congrats to Sri Lanka for a wonderful win. And India and MS Dhoni u've a lot of trophies under ur belt already,what a wonderful skipper your'e. Yuvi had a bad day on the field,nothing wrong with that,he had won more tournaments in the past for his team and Indians should pay tribute to their hero. What a fitting end to Sanga and Mahela's careers,wonderful to watch u both playing for Sri lanka. Congratulations..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Well every1 blaming yuvraj alone even no other indian player except kohli play with confidence or connecting ball perfectly,this pitch was really slow dilshan did't connect the ball perfectly though so just dnt blame to any1 .

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

Great Game SL. We make our ordinary bowlers as superheros, and it was expected of Mishra, to cost India a game for all the over-rating he has been enjoying, but too bad it was the final. If it wasn't for KOHLI, the loss would have been even more Shameful for India, as they were completely out of it throughout the game.

Posted by Trioboy on (April 6, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

Sad to see people are bagging Yuvi. It wasn't his fault. Sri Lankans were just too good with their bowling today. Even MSD couldn't get around it. People already forgot how Yuvi won the 2011 world cup for India? Anyways , awesome win by Lankan Lions. We were waiting long time since 1996. Feeling great to finally have the winning feeling.

Posted by cric_passion on (April 6, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

Congrats to SL Fans. It was a fairy tale end for Sanga and Mahela.. In the end SL were a better team and we need to accept the defeat gracefully.. Somehow it didn't feel too bitter to be at the receiving end. Though thoroughly disappointed with Yuvraj Singh but that should not take away any respect for SL bowling attack. You guys deserved this. Enjoy. Cheers!!!

Posted by Topgun10 on (April 6, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

Being an India fan, I am critical of their failure to bring this one home, even after being heavy favourites in the game. I feel Dhoni is to be blamed mostly for having too much faith in YVI - it shows yet again he does not belong in the T20 team. He also deserves blame for having no counter strategy for negative bowling by SL - keeping the ball far outside off continuously. Team manager also deserves some blame here.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

Please retire Yuvaraj ;-(. Its so pathetic to see you getting match practice in a World Cup Final.

Posted by cricketlover80 on (April 6, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Its not Yuvraj's fault. Kohli was also struggling and got his groove only after few overs. Dhoni, Raina or anyone else coming in early also wouldn't have helped. It was just brilliant bowling by Srilanka all 20 overs. Well done Srilanka. Deserved Winners.

Posted by wapuser on (April 6, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Great lankan and congrats. Its really nice to watch a joyful win over India

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Well its the victory of the game of cricket Sri lanka was the only team which played like a team and they deserved the victory? they played with team spirit ' didnt relay on the individual performances' india done well ' bt they were nt good wnough to win the world cup specially with the weak fast bowling department' None of the other team was a full team like sri '

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Good win by Sri Lanka. I watched the game as a neutral observer and thoroughly enjoyed the excellent cricket and great spirit exhibited by both sides.

Posted by nothingnew on (April 6, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Cricket is team game . Don't think everyday one guy can create win . That was the reason why inda lost today . don't blame to players they did what they exactly what they can . Even virat also lucky bcos malinga couldn't grab the catch . Dhoni and Koli also struck on last fest few balls . It was great great depth bowling by Sril lanka .

Posted by samdxb on (April 6, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Great Win by Srilanka.They really played like champions.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

CONGTRATULATE LANKANS i love LANKA after my country.u deserved to won this bettle,sanga u are realy a great player,weldone dhoni and uv singh

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Congrats SL, well deserved victory. The last 4 overs of Indian batting decided the fate of this match

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

it's all due to yuraj singh who never looked like hitting a boundary. he wasted atleast 2overs.Dhoni did a big mistake by not promoting himself.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

thanks yuvraj for making this thing happen. congratulation Sri lanka from Pakistan. Pakistán love Sri lanka.

Posted by Criktic on (April 6, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

Congrats SL fans on the long deserved World Cup. And dear Indian fans, you should not be disappointed either, you teams performed exceptionally well. Great Tournament. A fan from Pakistan!

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (April 6, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

Congrats to SL they definitely deserve this after keeping India to below par score. @TRAM Pretty much my thoughts. Why didn't Yuvraj try to hit aerial shots? Atleast that would have given chance to others if he was out. He was just trying to keep the ball down and worst he could not even touch the ball.But he was only attempting to keep the ball down. Kholi and us fans could only watch this pain fully but then some credit should go to Malinga and Sl spinners for pulling the game back.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

a team game played as a team.... proud be Sri Lankan..

Posted by rajappppa on (April 6, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

congrats to sl team...they played top class cricket,as for as the indias concern they dont have good fast bowlers

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

Very deserving win for SL. Congrats and enjoy the moment. Not a great exciting final though. Batting below par for India and Yuvi. Great bowling by Malinga. Seems like people across the border have shown their class yet again in totally meaningless game to them in this forum. Hate us or support us, it doesnt matter at all. We do what we do as always and that is to play hard and exciting cricket which unites our nation together. From an INDIAN. Going to miss Sanga and MAhela.

Posted by pmaya on (April 6, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka. Its a great send off to Mahela Jayawardane and Kumar Sangakkara. This is to all the ardent Indian fans who didn't give Sri Lanka as chance....I was in Sri Lanka when India beat Sri Lanka at the World Cup. Terribly disappointing as it was, I commiserated myself simply by saying to myself that I was happy that Sachin Tendulkar to have that feeling of a major cup win. Hope you will find the same sentiment in your heart this time around...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

Wonderful result,fairytale send off for the Sri Lankan legends,fine innings from the Indian prince Kohli and a great tournament overall.Seeing the normally reserved Malinga cheering every run S.L scored was quite incredible and the final celebrations were poignant with the emotional Mahela and Sanga and unreserved joy..brilliant.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

It is bad to see that any sport become entertainment. Thanks to IPL for making cricket as entertainment package rather than sport. Wake up people who want to be a cricketer. It is time to take a career which is loyal to you and world. Cricket is mess...I am begging you all to do something to save real cricket.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

Congratulations and hats off to SRILANKA! Today Srilanka showed the INDIAN Batsmen that even if they drop catches and give chances to Indian well set players..but still Indian batsmen can't hit boundries against them..thats the will! thats the spirit..totally outclassed and stunned INDIAN TEAM...U Deserve to be Champions this time..CHEERS Frm PAKISTAN..we always support U!

Posted by golgoal on (April 6, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

I request everyone to please stop blaming Yuvraj. He has obviously been out of form for a long time now. Please ask Dhoni and selectors ON WHAT BASIS he was selected for this WC? He was not even played through in the Asia Cup. He is averaging 16 in ODIs in the last 12 months. He should have been picked for games following the World Cup and not DURING the WC to allow him to regain form. Very poor selection. Thanks to Virat Kohli for bringing India to the finals. Otherwise the flop Indian batting would have been knocked out in the early stages with teams like Pakistan, Netherlands, etc.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka ..........! You are the best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Brilliant performance by Sri Lankans! And very well played by Virat. I love this man really a lot. He's truly a patriot. Virat inspires me to be strong and hard working.

Love and respect from a Bangladeshi fan.

Posted by cric_loverz on (April 6, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Sri Lankans all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wooo hoooooooo!!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

why did everybody blaming uv only? Did he only has low SR? Did rohit ,rahana and dhoni struck well? except Kohli nobody batted well. rohit and rahana created the pressure . Dhoni had a mistake to not sending raina early. Well played SL.executed their plans brilliantly.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Really happy to see that srilankan win today because there is no better way to farewell their two great Player . Lankan you truly deserve it.. Respect from PAKISTAN

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Well done Srilanka . This was a match which Srilanka won hands down . Brilliant execution at the death was what won them the game . I really feel sorry for Yuvraj as there is going to be a lot of criticism headed towards to him .It is just that it was not India's day and they fought hard till the end .

For me there are lots of positives for India to take . Kohli batted superbly with lots of poise . He is definitely a legend in the making if he keeps his head . This was also a tournament where two Indian spinners hogged the limelight . Ashwin and Mishra bowled excellently . Ashwin showed a lot of character and Mishra for me is a genuine match winner who should play in all the forms .

Posted by India-Wins on (April 6, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Congrats srilanka..such a bad day for india, Nothing went right for them...yuvi really needs moral support right now..we lost to better side in this format..thats the final truth.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (April 6, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

MSD's decision to send Yuvi & promote himself ahead of IN FORM RAINA COST thE game fro India.Poor captaincy for the first time. Love the way SANGA talked today.Every one likes him.Dpnt blame Yuvi for this, he was always out of form.Blame the captain & coach who sent him ahead of inform players.I can see MSD retiring soon from T20's too. Mahela Sanga thing was too much fOR this match, they arent leaving cricket just T20, Ind let Kallis score big before retirement & today Sanga for MOM,If anyone wants to retire plz make sure that it is vs Ind as they will give them a Greattttttttttttt send off. I think Yuvi will follow Gambhir & Sehwag soon, so will MSD after WC.Good bye.

Posted by DiamondSoul on (April 6, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

Many heartious congratz to Sri lanka. This is something they deserved for many years. and huge respect to the runners up as well. they remained gentleman even after loosing. there si a huge change in the character of Kholi as well .Hope this is jst the right begining for sri lanka cricket

Posted by satchatti on (April 6, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

Congratulations Team Sri Lanka and to all sri lankan fans,enjoy the moment. and as far as our team we still love you.it was some good death bowling and poor batting by yuvraj. Dhoni still tried to make the game out of 130 to defend Virat undoubtedly won millions of heart across the world.

From an Indian fan. :)

Posted by YsaKaru on (April 6, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

wow what feeling!!!!!!!!! We win the world cup finaly........ Amazing feeling.....wow..... Wonderful death bowling by our lions.... Great send off to Sanga and Mahela..... WE MISS BOTH SANGA AND MAHELA.... WE LOVE OUR LANKAN LIONS VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by uboatlover on (April 6, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

sanga is a class. a great match and a great performance congrats sri lanka

Posted by Harry.Cricfan on (April 6, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

Its okay guys Yuvi was not the only one to stammer. Dhoni got into the last over but could still give us fireworks which he always does. Its not about Yuvi, its about seam which India always fails to play. Remember NZ series?? Now the question is will India continue to show the same attitude against seam?? Buckle up guys its time for the next world cup. Get some 150kmph bowlers on the side!! Else its gonna be difficult in Aus and NZ.

Posted by a.gehan on (April 6, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka !!!

The better death bowling, fielding & batting won the T20 world cup 2014.

Mahela & Sanga, we respect to you.

Posted by JazzSinger on (April 6, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

Am so glad Sri Lanka won..and India LOST. Congrats Lankans you just CRUSHED India.....

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

Congrats Lankan's what a grt bowling and brilliant knock from jaywardanay glad for you on 2 grt players fair well From a Pak fan

Posted by pvangeepuram on (April 6, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

Even though I am a big Indian fan, after fourth wicket fell, I started to dread seeing disappointed faces of Sanga and Mahela at the end of the match. It was a weird feeling. And, I had no bad taste when match ended and was actually able to connect with emotions of Srilankan team. Well deserved victory and gem of an innings from Sanga. Virat seems to be set to be one of the greats. He has been a revelation.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

Congratulations to Srilankan arround the globe we celebrated Srilanka win in Pakistan

Posted by IndieFan on (April 6, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka. You totally deserve it. That was a great performance. After such a bowling performance you truly deserve it.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka. An amazing win and the best send off for Mahela and Sanga. Class beyond par. The strategy used to win this game shows that when the Lions play for keeps they're unbeatable. It was beautiful to watch. Well done team your team spirit is an example for all!!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

Congratulations from Pakistan to Sri Lankan team. Sanga and Malinga you rocked.

Posted by St.John on (April 6, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

Extremely wonderful bowling by the Sri Lanka's bowlers set up this great win. A target of 180 odd would have proved too difficult for SL's often fragile batting.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

Yuvi, you had your days. Retire gracefully.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

yuvraj along with his career took the cup away from india

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

yuvi i hv no words how much u disappointed us and i never saw before someone play that pathetic...do u still think u should play anymore??

Posted by dravidsthebest on (April 6, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

Yuvraj was the difference bwn 2 teams. India would have won had they played with 10 players instead.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

Wrong move of selection of MM Sharma in the place of Shami

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan, words cannot describe the happiness in my heart. After many heartbreaks at many finals we deserved this world cup.. Well done Lions! tonight we roar! I also request all Sri Lankan fans to celebrate this win without attacking and insulting our indian fans... Its time we celebrate this victory for Asia.

Posted by JG2704 on (April 6, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

Hopefully the SL/Indian fans can mirror the sportsmanship between the players on the field. Would be nice to see certain Indian fans show grace in defeat and likewise SL fans do similar in victory

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

its not indian team ability to won the match.....match result (winning) is only and only depend on luck.....

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

This is a disgrace to Indian fans & India. Who ever made the decision to bat Yuvraj at #4 should be penalised. The batting order of the Indian side is the main reason for the dubious debacle here. They could get somewhere around four runs ave in the last five overs or so! Something definitely fishy here. And bye bye Dhoni too!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Yuvi disappointed all of us... At least dhoni should realize now the importance of coming up the order and bat. Golden chance missed.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Weldone winning the T20 World Cup series SRI LANKA!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Yuvraj should have offered to sit out like chandimal inspite of being the skipper sat out.Every cricketer knows his self confidence status and form level and that is why he should have offered to sit out. Dhoni was very stubborn in persisting with Yuvraj inspite of his horrible form which cost the nation the cup. No place for sentiments and past records as T20 is the format for cricketers in good form and knick. Yuraj pls. retire as your career is over.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (April 6, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka... Still it's like a dream... As Mahela said, it'll take one or two days to realize it... It's like a dream came true... No matter what, we love you Sri Lanka... It was a great win, and it was like meant to be... India played well, except the last few overs which costed them the game... Sri Lanka trusted themselves, and that's superb... Most importantly, we should appreciate Chaminda Vaas's great contribution which depicted the death bowling quality... He helped us when we really wanted... And Paul Farbrace, you are the right coach, he really loves our country like our own people... Thank you... Mahela, Sanga, you gave a lot of things which we cannot explain in words, a lot... From the depth of our hearts, thank you so much, and we are so fortunate to have such great people... Maali... thank you for trusting yourself... Chandi, Maali, you guys are brilliant!!!

Posted by danyal27 on (April 6, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Congrats Srilanka, you guys truly deserved it, love from pakistan :')

Posted by snbirdi on (April 6, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

Well played SL! As much as I wanted India to win, it heartens me to see my two favorite SL players get a fitting farewell. Yuvi, thanks for winning us WC2011 but it's your time to hang up the boots now. Go out with elegance instead of being thrown out with contempt of a nation behind you. You're done big guy.

Posted by JG2704 on (April 6, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

Congratulations SL.

Lovely to see Sanga see the game through on his final T20. Never met the guy but he seems like a true gentleman. Definitely class above ego.

Well played India throughout the tournament but unfortunately the batsmen - for once - couldn't do it on the day.

Re the game itself - I thought Mallinga used his bowlers well esp bowling the often expensive (at death) Matthews through and saving overs for key boplers although that couldn't have happened had pretty much all the bowlers not done a great job. Superb death bowling from Mallinga. From India's point of view the turning point in the inns was Yuvraj's inns and you could see frustration building up in Kohli who was not getting the strike. I will also say how impressed I was with Kohli for being the 1st to shake Sanga's hand after he got to 50. Not always been impressed with him as a person but nice touch from him there.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

wow thanks sri lanka atleast u didnt choke this time....really played well...from very happy pakistan fan..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

Sri Lanka, u beauty... Many many congratulations from Pakistan... Better luck next time India, u were awesome...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

well done SL. they truely deserved this. by far the best team today. bowled superb and exceptionally well in last 4 overd. a perfect send off for 2 great players. both mahela and sanga played well. sanaga with a match winning 50 in last innings and final was superb. been to finals of 5 worldcups in last few years or so but finally they broke this jinx.

have to give credit to every one. selection , coaches and players. superb team effort.

they played and planned it well. in BD for more than 2 months. won almost everything and were playing good cricket on these pitches. won asia cup and lost just 1 game during all these weeks. best side no doubt.

many congratulations to all fans.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

SL Won the Tournament!!! Congrats to SL! and please give the Man of the Match award to Yuvraj Singh.

Posted by golgoal on (April 6, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

First of all WELL DONE TO SRI LANKANS FROM AN INDIAN FAN. Totally outclassed India today in all departments. And as other Indian fans have pointed out, this has shown India the weak points. No solid openers, no late order finishers, and no strike bowlers. God help India in World Cup 2015. I don't think Kohli alone can do things. And someone please explain to me how MS Dhoni can go through T20 WORLD CUP having played only 20 odd deliveries in total? I won't blame Yuvraj Singh - that was Dhoni and selectors' mistake to pick someone with obviously poor form and limited talent.

Posted by wapuser on (April 6, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

Sri Lankan fans, please be humble in victory. That is our way. This is a wonderful win for so many reasons. Most of all the two greats made it count at the end as they resolved at the start of the tournament. Well done Mahela and Sanga! You guys deserve this. Well played, the entire team. That was a lesson on how to bowl at the death and who would have thought Malinga would make such a fine captain! Spare a though for Chandimal too. His selfless act was a conerstone in this victory.

Posted by GlobalCricketFan99 on (April 6, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka and a well deserved win for great bunch of guys.

Posted by Rmmalik786 on (April 6, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

Great job team Sri Lanka. You deserved to win and you sent off Mahela in style. It is nice to see different countries winning the T20 every time.

Posted by Big_Poppa_94 on (April 6, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

@nooni007: Overrated? Hush boy. Had Yuvi not wasted 20 balls, India would've posted a score of around 165 which they would've defended.

Posted by Monif on (April 6, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Great Sangakara...... He is now scored 25000 runs in International Cricket, Just behind Kallis,Ponting and Tendulkar. He certainly cross ponting and become 2nd person. Also, Jayawardene is not behind to score 25000 runs. 2 SL batsmen out of 5. But yet to see if sanga score 30000 or not, wish him to score that much. Best of luck guys and Thanks a lot to entertain us. Being Champion and being so humble. Miss you both in T20. No one score runs with these touch as Jayawadene. Most elegant Player ever, hitting in slips like that. Thanks man to show 2 in this match too.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

This match was decided by Yuvraj's innings. I hope the Indian media isn't too harsh on the guy, he isn't the same guy after cancer and never will be. He won India many finals but today Sri Lanka were the one's who truly deserved it. Fate has been unfair to them on the final day of the ICC events and this was indeed their time to win. Congratulations from Pakistan.

Posted by wapuser on (April 6, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Awesome Sri Lanka!!! I haven't words to

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

Congrats to Srilanka from a Pakistani fan. India failed in pressure game and that is the truth of the day.

Posted by Rohit... on (April 6, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

Kumar Sangakara... What a Champion... I am SURPRISED there is no disappointment in the Loss... Hope to see you in IPL.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

Oh wt a inning from sanga & maiya done it well too sl took revange successfuly over ind 1st asia cup now t20 wc wts next?

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

credit goes to lanka, at the end of the they are the winners, but yuvraj is the biggest culprit to India's loss. congratulations to the winners

Posted by yvivekcb on (April 6, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

It was a Win the Toss, Win the match today, so nothing special about SL win. Anyways we were very bored of beating them in every finals, so will let it go one.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (April 6, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

Magnificent win Sri Lanka. The bowlers especially did a wonderful job. Goodbye Mahela and Sangakarra…thanks for the memories.Very decent of the Indian team to applaud Sangakarra at the end. Holiday tomorrow for Sri Lankans?

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

Good stuff Sri Lanka, great send off for the 2 greats.

Posted by HiyerNHiyer on (April 6, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka, You played better cricket today.. Disappointed with India's performance.. Happens once in a while..

India still Rocks... Best of Luck to the Indian Team!!!

Posted by ketaann on (April 6, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

congratulation to sri lanka...!! They are the deserving winner. What a good farewell for sanga,mahela. Overall they performed excellantly and outplayed india(expect VIRAT) in every department. India lost half battle at the toss and remaning at the mid break.Talking about indian team there is no high end of this disappointing season. Somebody has to pay for this loss , yuvraj is the obvious choice.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

come on yuvi one us 2 world cup dont forget that I know he didn't play well But after all its a game

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Congratulations SL. Completely outplayed India. Brilliant bowling during the death overs. Excellent farewell to Mahela and Sanga!

Posted by erangaw on (April 6, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

We carry Sanga,Dilshan & Mahela through out the tournament but India couldn't carry for one match. Sorry For that.

Posted by mirandola on (April 6, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Very tight bowling from Sri Lanka, judicious batting without the need for heroics - and, I have to say, two very poor decisions from Dhoni (Yuvi - desperately out of sorts - and not promoting a hitter like Raina above himself) - won this one.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Dhoni believed too much in Yuvi. Yuvi was scared in whole tournament of his place in side.. Now he should be in IPL only.. Also SL bowling was a class act.. congrats SL

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

well done SL and the 4 match winners Malinga, Kulasekara, Sanga and Yuvraj Singh

Posted by Big_Poppa_94 on (April 6, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

Great death bowling by Kulasekera and Malinga, but you have to admit that India kinda threw it away with Yuvi wasting deliveries. It's absolutely criminal to have a strike rate of under 100. A score of between 150 to 160 would've been competitive and India would've had a better chance of defending it.

Sanga and Mahela, however, deserve this trophy. Congrats on those two SL legends!

Never mind Team India. The next tournament is in India, so may we have our revenge then!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

ckngrats srilanka...u deserved it...sanga a true legend...from pakistan

Posted by Ind_Cric_Fan79 on (April 6, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

Congrats for SANGA, MAHELLA, SRILANKAN team and SL fans.

SL is way better team than IND today. YUVI need to spend some time in domestic matches and gather confidence. Sad to see his batting and awe.

Fitting farewell to two great players.

India need to learn lot of stuffs to become a consistent and powerful team. You cannot rely always on Kohli to do magics for you.

With love, Indian fan.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

congrats SL fans...what a death bowling performance by their team!!

Posted by NethajiS on (April 6, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

Congrats SL Team!!! Team came this tournament after so much havoc with their board. They keep aside their issues and play consistently all the tournaments and matches tremendously. Really, great send off gift to Jaya and Sanga. Best team will win finally. Well Done Boys!!! As I am an Indian fan, bit of worry when they loss. We have been playing really well this tournament. We supposed to deserve it but unfortunately, we didn't make it. This is not our day, Will move forward and focus ICC World CUP 2015. Best wishes both teams.

Posted by Jatin_Bhatt on (April 6, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

An Indian fan here - Congratulations Sri Lanka! Excellent bowling, fielding, and batting.You totally outclassed us today and deserved to win. Mahela, Sangakkara - You guys have been awesome, always been a fan. Team India - Excellent performance overall, just lost to a better team today, proud of you guys.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

Despite his ego Virat is the worlds best batman. if he wants be legends like Sanga n Mahela he should act like them, im sure when virat leave cricket people would die for him specially indians. only if he behaves like true gentlemen who are hving their fairwell now.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

i knew this, 130 was too low a score. thanks uv for costing us the match. perhaps you can repeat this awesome feat in coming wc 2014 as well. heartfelt wishes from all indian supporters. way to go uv. thnx a ton. also thnx msd for your master stroke of sending the superly talented in form uv ahead of you and raina. great time to experiment on a wc final when pride and expectation of a billion of fans are at stake. perhaps you can bring in zak uv ishamt viru and some more non performers for defending wc 2014. speechless at this. i understand that favouritsm is more imp them performance or expectations. it only hurts the fans. but you are richer as you are being duly paid and endorsed..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

Srilanka excellent performance sanga and mahela all the very best. Wishes from a pakistan supporter..

Posted by TSJ07 on (April 6, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

Well done SL for giving your greats a perfect send-off!! As an Indian I am heart broken but thats a part of game you follow.See you in future in some final again!!

Posted by marubini on (April 6, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

I'm proud of srilanka gud play guys,ur supporter from south africa

Posted by mzm149 on (April 6, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka. Finally bad bowling got exposed.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

~~ Many Congratulations To Sri Lanka ..... What a Win ... You Guys Really Deserve it the most after loosing 4 World Cup Final ( 2007 , 2009 , 2011 , 2012 ) Kumar Sangakkara Made it the best farewell for Mahela Jayawardene and Him self.. Well Played Lankans... Great Death Bowling from the Captain Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara ... and dont forget the contribution from Yuvraj Singh as Well Hard Luck Indian Cricket Team... After playing such a great Tournament that wasn't Expected .!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

funny how all love to see india lose :)) as an indian that jus shows me how powerful our team is. so thanx to all the haters as we wudnt be hated if we weren't the best!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka on winning the T-20 world cup. India never deserved to win after the insipid batting performance. Perhaps it was the wish of Cricketing Gods that Mahela and Sanga should never sign off without a world cup to their kitty. We will miss you guys in this format.

Posted by hussain277 on (April 6, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

Many many congratulations for Srilanka...they deserve it...Well done Sanga...Indians also fight good lose the mactch but shows strenght in defending such low score..Kohli did really well...What so ever we love u dhoni +guys for such great display of cricket from Pakistan

Posted by LFTLions on (April 6, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

Lions come good and the Indians in a bad mood..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

i knew this, 130 was too low a score. thanks uv for costing us the match. perhaps you can repeat this awesome feat in coming wc 2014 as well. heartfelt wishes from all indian supporters. way to go uv. thnx a ton. also thnx msd for your master stroke of sending the superly talented in form uv ahead of you and raina. great time to experiment on a wc final when pride and expectation of a billion of fans are at stake. perhaps you can bring in zak uv ishamt viru and some more non performers for defending wc 2014. speechless at this. i understand that favouritsm is more imp them performance or expectations. it only hurts the fans. but you are richer as you are being duly paid and endorsed..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

yuvraj we lost da wt20 cause of ur innings 11(21) cause of ur innings we lost the momentum that create by kohli in 16 th over he hit 16 runs but yuvraj u ruins the w t 20

Posted by coolitbaby on (April 6, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

I want to first want to extend my greeting to SL. Well played boys, you deserved every bit of it. As an Indian, more than this defeat, I see HUGE problems for India going into ODI WC 2015. There's no clarity on the roles each bowler or batsman is to perform. Who is supposed to give fast starts?? Who are the strike bowelrs for India?? At the moment, there's just nobody. And who are the slog over hitters?? Why Dhoni played such a limited role in a big tournament like World Cup? It has been a long time since he played a meaningful knock for India. Is he there just as a wicket keeper and mentor?? New faces need to be brought in. Karthik, Pujara, OJha and Tiwari need to be considered seriously. And please give voluntary retirment scheme to Yuvraj. He is just looking like a Pakistani player now - performing in 1 out of 6-7 matches and everybody jumping up and down and wanting him to be included based on past performances.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

from Indian fan : good bowling performance by Lankans. India lost this game because of yuvi death batting.and also dhoni had a blind belief on yuvi, which made him down.if dhoni came in the place of yuvi, then the result will be different.yuvi pls retire for the sake of nation.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Stats say...BCCI should never think out Rahane & Mohit again for T20I. Yuvi should also be considered for retirement now. Mishra has his own limitation for Left Handed batsmen.

Posted by Lankeshwara on (April 6, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Well done SRILANKANS! At last we did it!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

wow.. its a great feeling.. wow.. Thanks everyone who prayed for SL.. Pakistan Bangaladesh n Nepal fans thanks alot for ur support as wel..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Higher u fly hoarder u fall,congrats lankans

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Go you good thing go, well played Sri Lanka, commiserations India. Great send off to Sanga and Mahela

Posted by steve48 on (April 6, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

The beauty and cruelty of cricket! Really glad for sangakkara, along with Dravid cricket's class acts, but got to feel for Yuvraj. Yes, he should have rotated strike, maybe no, he wasn't in form to play, or bat above Raina and Dhoni, but a guy who can hit the ball like he can struggles to adjust to poor form, painful to watch. Lastly, who said bowlers can't be captain? Very good from Malinga.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

well played sri lanka......just not the day for india today....dismayed by that.....another awesome performance by Virat......but things just didn't fell into place for india today.......

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

congratulation Sri Lanka, we love you so much.

Posted by _IndiaRocks on (April 6, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

Congrats SL for winning #wt20. Tough luck India. Respect for Sanga & Mahela ending their T20 career on a high note.

I see some SL fans overwhelmed and bragging like they are top of the 7th Sky but when you fall from their it hurts even more, so I hope you don't fly too high. Because now you won't be having Dilshan, Mahela, Sanga in the team and if you remove all that experienced played your team suddenly looks very weak. Time will tell how it goes. You have some good days and some bad days and that's beauty of the cricket.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

KOhli! for god's sake dont include YUva in RCB in IPL

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

thats a bit ott 'most respected team in world cric' not quiet mate! India were clearly the best team of the tournament but couldnt pull off the last match. find it so funny hows paks love sl. only as so many mus live there. if they didnt there wud be no interest from paks. love u India u are still by far the best team jus unlucky today. jai hind! !!

Posted by Rahul17_1983 on (April 6, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Death bowling was the difference

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka on a great victory and a fitting farewell to two LEGENDS of the game!!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

congratulations...........Srilanka..........from.......Pakistan

Posted by JOHNCSPACE on (April 6, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Again, SL class vs Ind arrogance was it. Some good clinical match day application but and whole lot of luck too. It is good to see SL win from a neutral point of view. India now go lick your wounds. Your as good as your last game

Posted by luckyias on (April 6, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

this s the happiest day in my life. I waited so long for this day. So proud to be a Srilankan. 1996 we won and we waited for this moment 18 years. So now this is it. I seliute sanga mahela you tried this since 2007. We thought 2007. But ausses got it. in 2009 we thought as this ours. But it took by pak. And 2011 we got again into the final but indian got in trashing us. then we hope 2012 final But indies got it digging our hearts. But we always with our team win or loss. So this is it........

Posted by awt786 on (April 6, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

CONGRATULATIONS TO SRI LANKA.... i am really happy for you guyz .. as if my team has won congrats brother .. u guyz deserved that from a pakistani

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

It was always going to be hard to defend 130, maybe 150 would have been more challenging. Overall, I still think Dhoni tried all his options very well but the target was always in grasp of Sri Lanka with Sanga still on the crease. Well played Srilankan Team Completely deserved to win and a great way of Mahela and Sanga to sign off from T20's, going on a high note. ?

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Credit to Srilankan bowling at death overs and not a bad performance from india as well. It was not their day. The team which plays better wins

Posted by OsuraPali on (April 6, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Congratzzz Sri Lions zzzzzz.........

Posted by jb633 on (April 6, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

@Shalitha, utter rubbish, Asian sides are only good on Asian soil. Please tell me how many series Asian sides have won in Australia or SA. Come WC 2015 in Australia no Asian side will get close to winning and the hosts will destroy everyone. Remember to view things in context. India were recently annihilated against by NZ in home conditions and SL are nilled pretty much as soon as the ball starts swinging. Yes non Asian sides struggle in Asia but the same applies vice versa.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

well done SL. they truely deserved this. by far the best team today. bowled superb and exceptionally well in last 4 years. a perfect send off for 2 great players. both mahela and sanga played well. sanaga with a match winning 50 in last innings and final was superb. been to finals of 5worldcups in last few years or so but finally they broke this jinx.

have to give credit to every one. selection , coaches and players. superb team effort.

they played and planned it well. in BD for more than 2 months. won almost everything and were playing good cricket on these pitches. won asia cup and lost just 1 game during all these weeks. best side no doubt.

many congratulations to all fans.

Posted by Praniya_SL on (April 6, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

shut up a bit.... Sanga have taken SL to win in a world cup final.. only Aravinda & now Sanga have done it... Now everyone in my office can shut their mouth & praise Sanga....( Those who said sanga is only a good player not a match winner ) Whooooooooooooo....................... Beating India in a world cup final is the most the exciting, outgracious, conquering, outstanding, destructive FEELING I EVER HAD.... EVER HAD.... CONGRATULATIONS FOR SRI LANKA CRICKET TEAM...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

congrats sri lanka. played good cricket with planning. seems yuvrag international cricket career over after this match performance. best team won in the end.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

Indian think that only one or two player every time can do.but luckily it was don e for then past.but cricket is a team game.wow Lions...Great......

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

Yuvraj was a great player, he is still a great player and he will be a great player forever.... what happened if he didn't did well today, he is the reason for winning 1ST T20 world cup and 2013 ODI world cup....

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

Well deserved win for Sri Lanka to brake the jinx.. It's all about team effort... And such a good bye for Mahela and Sanga... Good bye to you two legends. and hats off to all your effort. Defeating Dhoni's captaincy is never easy.. Kholi played extremely well , Yet undone by Sanga in the end.. Congrats Sri Lanka..

Posted by ranjit9729 on (April 6, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

This is the end of Yuvraj's international career. He lost the game for India by keeping Virat off the strike.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

love u love u mmmmuah congratulation team Sri Lanka. well played my favt and legendry Sanga love u man. lots of congrates from Pakistan to Sri Lankans..

Posted by Switch-hit on (April 6, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

While I agree that yuvi is a great batsman, why on earth would selectors give him a chance to regain his form in a world cup. If at all the Indian board wanted Yuvi back, they should have given him chances in all the prior matches to regain form. Remember, he was dropped after the initial few matches in Bangladesh in the series before.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

@ManishKumar you said it bro, you said it

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Unlucky india, Yuvraj and then Mishra really lost the momentum of India, Kholi played very well, Dhoni kept a fight on the field but very low score to defend on this pitch. Congratulations to SL, Although india have a lot of good to take out of this whole tournament.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Congratulations to the SL fans. The better team won.

Posted by BIG3_Down on (April 6, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Screen Name says it all about the result, But brilliant by malinga and co with Sanga and co.

Posted by CrickFans007 on (April 6, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

So my statement was right in semifinal and before final , please check, India is worst team when it comes to defend, They cant defend any total,They always depend on toss, I wrote earlier "Everyone please read my comment I wrote twice in semifinal and before final "In semifinal I wrote, the day india loss the toss they will lose th game, Today we will see that, They cant defend any total," From Pak fan

Posted by Master_Mihil on (April 6, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

You have Kohli, We have Sanga, You have Dhoni, we got Mathews, you got Ashwin, we got Herath, We have Malinga and nobody has him... Welldone boys!! Destiny prevailed!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

well done SL. they truely deserved this. by far the best team today. bowled superb and exceptionally well in last 4 years. a perfect send off for 2 great players. both mahela and sanga played well. sanaga with a match winning 50 in last innings and final was superb. been to finals of 6 worldcups in last decade or so but finally they broke this jinx.

have to give credit to every one. selection , coaches and players. superb team effort.

they played and planned it well. in BD for more than 2 months. won almost everything and were playing good cricket on these pitches. won asia cup and lost just 1 game during all these weeks. best side no doubt.

many congratulations to all fans.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

We are Lions! commentators this is for you - tell Dhoni how to play Cricket like sanga and mahela!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

We are Lions! commentators this is for you - tell Dhoni how to play Cricket like sanga and mahela!

Posted by Balumekka on (April 6, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

Wooooooow! That great feeling after 1996! Congrats SL!!!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

love u love u mmmmuah congratulation team Sri Lanka. well played my favt and legendry Sanga love u man. lots of congrates from Pakistan to Sri Lankans..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

man of the match should be given to yuvraj singh.. on behalf of sri lanka..!!

Posted by alvinfunny on (April 6, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

Today is bad day for india if they score 160+ its chance to win, any way congratulation for srilanka...:)

Posted by bouncer709 on (April 6, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

Congratulation Srilanka, and what a day for Srilanka. Weldone.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Awesome. Thank you very much for the NEW YEAR Gift you have given us. Thank you Thank you Thank you very much SANGA and MAHELA !!! U Rocked SL Cricket.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Heart goes out to India for the sheer consistency and class shown by them but in t20 one game they did not want to lose was the final, wow 1st final lost by MS!! Maybe India were too over confident assuming they will win bcz its SL a team they have beaten in previous encounters, this game may change the tide SL way again, 9 all in finals now for these 2 top sides!! India will look back at Yuvi inninings and reckon that's where its lost but I request fans from all over the world to take it easy because he is a great player. Yuvi may announce retirement after this!!

Posted by chishtyirfan on (April 6, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Congratulation Sri Lanka for winning World Champion T20 !!! Really positive approach by SL

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Congrats boys! You guys proved the spirit of good cricket! Well done!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

I have to say it is much deserved win for Srilanka. I am an indian and sad since India lost. But Srilanka waited long for this. I am really for two Srilankan legends Sanga and Jaywardhene. Congrats Srilanka for being world T20 champions. One request to Indian fans do not blame Yuvi. He has done wonders in past. He may have to go till he get back his magical touch. India has achieved more than what was expected from them with this one dimensional bowling line up. India need to start bowling second more so that they can get used to defending. Once again congrats to all srilankan fans.

Posted by cheguramana on (April 6, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Congrats to Sri Lanka ! They were the better team today, they deserved to win !!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

being an indian i can surely say that was a truly deserving victory for Sri Lanka. best farewell for mahela sanga d best duo ever. hats off!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

BCCI must have to work out to produce real fast bowlers. This match was mainly dominated by Srilankan Bowlers.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

The perennial bridesmaids have won it for two of the islands greatest cricketing ambassadors. Chandimal's was the ultimate sacrifice, stepping down from the captaincy . Tight bowling and good fielding throttled Indias batting.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

so all predictions in cricinfo made wrong. the polls said 60% India. cuz Indian population is was too much than Sri Lankan population.

Dhoni made so many mistakes. In The other hand Sr Llanka spotted the weak points of Indian line up and hit them hard.

What a fair well to sanga n mahela. proud to be a Sri Lankan.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

How long India will depend on Yuvraj Singh? We have to realize that his time is over.

Posted by thegr8indian on (April 6, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Congrates SriLanka. You deserve win today after I see the depth bowling. Yuvraj really spoiled momentum and there after no able to hit even Dhoni. Great farewell for Sanga and Mahela. I am happy even if India lot because of these two greats :-). Bye bye Sanga, Mahela and Yuvi

Posted by sriyan76 on (April 6, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

today Sri Lanka proved that they can also win batting second.Exellant death bowling by Malinga and Kulasekera.Kholi dropped but couldntreally getgoing due to the brilliant bowling.Congrats guys!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

I think Kohli and Sanga give right thing at the moment. They hug each other. so why we Indian and Srilankan fans are blaming and criticize each other. We have to stop this. We have to give honer each other. we are relations. Sorry for India. well done both teams.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Congrats Srilanka..Well fight in the middle by India... can't blame bowlers ....130 wasn't enough. When Perera hits sixers and fours easily why can't Yuvi ?? don't blame the pitch please.

Posted by sirohi_96 on (April 6, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Kohli has tried hard, but it was Yuvraj, who lose the match for India. He does not belong to the International level anymore. I was a big fan of yuvi, But his days are gone. Other teams knows his strong zone. Thats why he could not hit even a single four/six from 21 balls. We can not take away the effort of Sri Lanka in death overs. Well Played Sri Lanks.

Posted by ajaykumar0099 on (April 6, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Two big mistakes of India because of which they lost :

1. Decision of Dhoni to play Rahane instead of Dhawan, because of which India had a cold start. Dhawan is known to give hot starts to the innings setting the rhythm as he did against Pakistan where he broke the ice by hitting 5 fours instilling confidence. Dahawan any day better than Rahane on the big day.

In dhawan's presenc , pressure would be off rohith too.

2. Ofcourse - Yuvraj playing from 11th over to 19th over. Playing 21 balls which is almost 20% of India innings and slowing down the whole game, wasting Dhoni and Raina sitting on the bench.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

How can you explain. Your big hitters Dhoni , Raina, Jadega kept sitting on the bench and Yuvi never gave them a chance to get into the match. I have maintained through the tournament that Yuvi has been in poor form and should not have played in the team.

It is poor captaincy from Dhoni 1. For sticking with Yuvi and 2. For not changing the batting order in today's game after a very slow start.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Congrats Srilankan Lions from Pakistan.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Well deserved win for Sri Lanka to brake the jinx.. It's all about team effort... And such a good bye for Mahela and Sanga... Good bye to you two legends. and hats off to all your effort. Defeating Dhoni's captaincy is never easy.. Kholi played extremely well , Yet undone by Sanga in the end.. Congrats Sri Lanka..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Love and respect for Sanga and Mahela! love you srilanka! .... whole pakistan dancing :D Love from pakistan!!

Posted by AH_USA on (April 6, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Congratulations to SL for winning the T20 WC. Well played both IND and SL. SL bowled really well in the death overs. Not to finger point but MSD's decision to play Yuvraj backfired big time. Being a seasoned captain, MSD failed to read that Yuvraj's performance against AUS was not good enough to keep him in the lineup. SL's bowling was much better than AUS because of its variations. It was good to see Kohli shaking hands with Sanga. It was a good game overall. Cheers from a PAK fan.

Posted by Blackholesun on (April 6, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka for winning your maiden T20 International World Cup ! You deserved to win today since you outclassed India in every department of the game.

Being an Indian I am a bit disappointed, but that's the way it happens in this game. Cricket is a great leveler.

Many Congrats to Sangakara and Jayawardene as well. You have been a great ambassador of the game for your country. I am sure many players all over the world has learned from you guys.

What a fitting finale for the two great ambassador of the Game. Leaving the sport you had love throughout your career, on a high is a wonderful feeling.

It's a moment of celebration, so go ahead and enjoy. Cheers !!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

we won,.but we never under estimated india. well played india.we are brothers.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

we won,.but we never under estimated india. well played india.we are brothers.

Posted by subrops on (April 6, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

Very Well Played Sri Lanka. Rightfully deserved they played to their strength and the bowling at the depth was right what was required. A well planned and executed bowling attack in the last few overs which was the reason they won it so easily. Not to take away anything from Sanga's magnificient inning but this win was set up by the bowling.

Posted by a-khan74 on (April 6, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

WOW you guys played like roar tigers,As all we know and witness that India lost the game in last five over of their batting.""""CONGRATULATION"" to all srilankan nation for the great great victory behalf of all pakistanis....peace.

Posted by LFTLions on (April 6, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

well well well...the tables have turned.. SANGA u beauty.. India if you talk the talk you should walk the walk.. India, you are just an over rated one man team..If not for Kohli you are nothing.. What a send off for SANGA and MAHELA.. LOVE YOU LIONS FOREVER!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka .. besides PAK team.. SL & SA teams are just like my own teams.. Sanga & Mahela a beautiful end for you guys.. A FAN from Pakistan

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

Todays loss of India i would personally blame on captain Dhoni....when he knows that Yuvraj has been batting weak throughout the tournament except for one match then Yuvraj should not have been sent at the position he came very bad decision......a promising player should have been sent who could have added value at that required juncture .....5 crucial overs have been wasted or else team India was the winning team today to lift the trophy......pathetic cricket........very dissappointing

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

I m Pakistani fan but today I am very happy because today the cricket is the winner not the money. many congratulations to Srilankan team and nation. we support you today.

Posted by TRAM on (April 6, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

I dont blame Yuvraj not being in form. But why did he *block* when he was supposed to be *trying* big shots. If a batsman needs 3 overs to get the timing right, he should play Test cricket, not T20. But ultimately it was Dhoni's fault - he should have not sent Yuvraj in (on hindsight) OR at least sent word to Yuvraj to hit out or get out at some 16 overs stage. Lesson learnt by India: If the pitch is good (which is realized after few balls in the opening over) you MUST go for 8 rpo up front. India failed to do that. Instead of 80/3 runs at the end of 10 overs they were at 64/1 runs. What is the point of Raina and Dhoni sitting in? SL bowling in this match is the best against India. They had clear plans and executed them perfect.

Posted by nlambda on (April 6, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

Dhoni has his favorites - Jadeja, Raina, Ashwin, Yuvi and of course the great Ishant Sharma - and he gives them batting and bowling opportunities ahead of other players and you cannot do anything about it. Today it backfired spectacularly.

Posted by vick2025 on (April 6, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

The 130 runs was just too short for SL....on top of that...Yuvraj wasted like 20 balls...if it wasn't for him this could match could have been in Indias favor...but all in all...good batting and bowling from SL...a very well deserved Win...and even a greater send off message to your retiring players. Well fought India..better luck next time!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

Well done SL congrats. You deserve it for planning better. Thisara was used wisely. This is what India should have done when Rahane got out. Misra and Aswin bowled beautifully but were unlucky. There were some 10 edges to boundaries. India needed 160 or close to it. India exceeded expectations and in a way this defeat is good. Hopefully they change a few things and add flexibility. Hope India uses all it's money and power for building better things. India did not have someone like malinga exactly when pererra came in. But India did okay. They would have won had they been a bit more clever while batting.

Posted by Ishack99 on (April 6, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

Disappointed but no complaints. Thank you Dhoni for 5 wins.

Posted by kapsitash on (April 6, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

Congrats Srilanka.Iam not sure they desrve to win this or not but damn sure God wanted them to Win.Congrats again from an Indian Fan.

Posted by nooni007 on (April 6, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

Team India is just over rated team, when they got match team to play with they fell like bells above wicket, and the result is obvious same

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

well done SL. they truely deserved this. by far the best team today. bowled superb and exceptionally well in last 4 years. a perfect send off for 2 great players. both mahela and sanga played well. sanaga with a match winning 50 in last innings and final was superb. been to finals of 6 worldcups in last decade or so but finally they broke this jinx.

have to give credit to every one. selection , coaches and players. superb team effort.

they played and planned it well. in BD for more than 2 months. won almost everything and were playing good cricket on these pitches. won asia cup and lost just 1 game during all these weeks. best side no doubt.

many congratulations to all fans.

Posted by joshwbd on (April 6, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

congo to our SL brothers..a fitting farewell to two of the games greatest..love from India

Posted by wapuser on (April 6, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

@indiabadri dont forget Yuvi's past achievements. Its wasn't his day. Stop bashing one player. It was indian team who lost not yuvi.

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (April 6, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

Congrats SL & all the team's fans! A deserved win. Knew we were going to lose today after seeing UV's amazingly pathetic batting display - he was batting with no urgency whatsoever like it was an ODI instead! Well done Virat - he would probably reached a century if he had faced all UV's balls instead!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

Congrats SL!! India should learn how to face negative bowling..We failed to capitalize Kohli's effort..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

Sri Lanka proved they are the most consistent cricketing nation in the world.. 7 world cup finals. Weldone Sanga , Mahela , Malinga and team.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

SL played very well and not lucky third time, they were lucky to lift champion trophy after scoring 120 + and in the final of 2011 sehwag went early but india was lucky in previous two tournaments but not this time , yuvi is the main cause of india loss and we all know that they don't have a bowling attack to defend suck total they played very good against SA but every day is not sunday , SL has a better bowlers at the end even Dhoni was not able to play big shots and they missed so many balls i mean they didn't went for ones or two just smashing your bat every time doesn't work, LOVE AND RESPECT FOR SL TEAM THEY REALLY PLAYED LIKE LIONS TODAY.

cricinfo please publish.....

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

Well played SL. They thoroughly deserved to win. India were excellent throughout but I think in the final they paid the price for carrying an out-of-form Yuvraj through the tournament. Dhoni also had hardly had a hit in the entire series and he was completely out of sorts with the bat. Probably should have promoted Raina instead of Yuvraj. Also, I'm not really sure why Mohit was picked in the first place, Shami is the real wicket-taker with the ball. I wonder how angry Virat Kohli is going to be today haha.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

congrars SL...deserving winners.Sanga mahela i bow down to you legends.You guys deserve such a farewell going as Lions.Apart from that I love my team India they played beautifully whole tournament today SL was the better team. Only thing i feel sad about is Kohli.But that sadness become less when i saw Sanga and Kohli hugging each other after the match.Goosebump came up with those scenes.Love you SL and India :)

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Loads of congratulations to Sri Lanka and her champions Sanga and Jayawardene. This version of the game will be poorer after today when these legends call it a day. You deserve it. From your big Pakistani fan.

Posted by ispaewbi on (April 6, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Congrats the Most Respected Team in the World: SL

And good to see solid sportsmanship by Kohli when India lost. Even when Afridi hit those 2 sixes in the last over, he was a good sport.

Posted by WTEH on (April 6, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Best victory ever. Hope every Indian will remember this win a long long time. Especially, for all the Indian fans who were so happy when SL selected to the finals. Sweet victory for SL, not only winning the trophy, but also knock the Indian team from the tournament, once again. Farewell, Sanga and Mahela, Respect.... Unlike Indians and Yuvi, we love you guys, we love you no matter what.

Posted by Preeteshd on (April 6, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Well played Lanka!!!

India have to think about the way they bat while batting first.

However, the due credit must go to SL bowlers for excellent bowling in last 4 overs. Congrats :)

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Congrats to sri lanka from an indian....i hope now u feel relax,even god was with u from toss onwards ! Yuvi time to say bye to you,yusuf pathan is way better than you ,you have broken faith of dhoni and also us.again congrats sri lanka.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

WOW am sooo happy for SL and the 2 legends they deserved it, I think it was destined for them, the last 5 overs of bowling from SL against the best batting line up is where the game was won. God bless them!!

Posted by mzm149 on (April 6, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

Its always a delight to see India lose. Congrats Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

100% blame on Yuvraj. Kohli was set for 165-170 total and everything was in place except YUVI and even Dhoni should get blamed for persisting with him as uvi never looked like an international player this entire tournament...one match he scored was just few balls from an avg spinner....otherwise throughout he showed only struggle and playing for his place not his nation..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

wooow ...no words

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

congratulations...........Srilanka............from all Pakistan............Sangakara love u..............

Posted by bigbang07 on (April 6, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

Sri Lanka crushes India in an ICC tournament. Congrats Lions!!!

Posted by kickassPakistan on (April 6, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

Oh Yeahhh, Srilanka are true world cricket power house and best Asian limited over cricket team. Wonderful guys

Posted by Temuzin on (April 6, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

Malinga is a good captain for Lanka. He won where other captains were failing. Good Job. Feel for Kohli the fighter. Tough luck guys. Lanka played very well today.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

Not many realize Yuvraj played the same innings as he played in the semi final except luckily for India he got out early letting Raina score 25 odd of 9 helping India to win.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

congratulations sri lanka

Posted by hunterofdawn on (April 6, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka - brilliant bowling effort at death. After that the game was yours to lose. Congratulations and enjoy the celebrations! Indian team, we are proud of your efforts! Thanks both the teams for the entertainment!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka. India completely outplayed.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

Better performed by Lankans and congratulations to Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan for their great careers. I hope all Indian pay enough respect to those heroes and take it sportingly. As an Indian I take this gracefully and congratulate Lankans wholeheartedly.

Posted by wapuser on (April 6, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka, couldn't be more happy. With love from Pakistan

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

hearty congrayd from Indian fan! well played, excellent bowling in death overs...kudos to malinga and kulsekra...battle was already eon there

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

congrates sirilanka if not pakistan you always pakistan's favorite big3 is now sink whole pakistan congrates you.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

mahela and sanga we love you:D

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

well done srilankan yoy played like a champion you deserve it. congratulations.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

congrats Sri Lanka, great playing. ...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

well done srilankan yoy played like a champion you deserve it. congratulations.

Posted by criclanka on (April 6, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

SL won...what a relief....no choking this time....congrats to the whole team...

Posted by nooni007 on (April 6, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

wow what a wonderful played by Srilanka, i have declared yesterday that lanka will certainly defeat india, but there fans over rate their poor batsmans, india has not got chance in this series to play against his equivalent site, S.A was and india fortunately won that match, but here sri lanks were well inform, they taught them with bat and ball, now they know, dont under estimate the power of sri lanka, hahahhahahhahahha

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

what a feeling :D

Posted by nothingnew on (April 6, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

haha. what happened to indian's fan . we won the world cup . You people think you team the best . you see outside of the India you can't win . okay . sl is always consistence not like you team . where ever SL played they are coming to finals . that's how we are the best . India best at only india .

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

well done SL. they truely deserved this. by far the best team today. bowled superb and exceptionally well in last 4 years. a perfect send off for 2 great players. both mahela and sanga played well. sanaga with a match winning 50 in last innings and final was superb. been to finals of 6 worldcups in last decade or so but finally they broke this jinx.

have to give credit to every one. selection , coaches and players. superb team effort.

they played and planned it well. in BD for more than 2 months. won almost everything and were playing good cricket on these pitches. won asia cup and lost just 1 game during all these weeks. best side no doubt.

many congratulations to all fans.

Posted by DC75 on (April 6, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

This is what happens when you carry passengers in the team. India lost momemtum and the match when Yuvi ate up the balls in critical juncture without rotating the strike to in form Kohli. Sorry to say this but this is bad judgement on the part of Dhoni to continue with Yuvi when he is out of form that he cannot get bat to ball that too of a spinner - ridiculous. Better luck next time with our best 11 and no paasengers on the team.

Posted by sachinisnogood on (April 6, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

India might have lost - but it doesn't change the fact that SriLanka is a 2nd string team that belongs in the associate nations group.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Woohooo lions thrashed Indians lol

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Sri Lanka Won having Dhoni in the Squad! Huh we won! Needless-to-say we are Classy mates always so we WON! Love you Sanga, Mahela, Kusal, Thisara, Malinga and all! Yes! Cool.

Posted by kuks2007 on (April 6, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Now Yuvraj should stop playing cricket..... Bcause of him we lost match..... We lost 3 overs because of him & so less 40 runs that cost us the match.....

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Awesome bowling and batting by lanka.. Have to appreciate them.. Feeling gutted that one decision costed us the match..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Very Well Played Sri Lanka-and believe you me or not, you had 12 players playing for your team today...Apart from some fantastic bowling and lovely batting, SL must also thank Yuvraj Singh for his fantastic effort in leading them to a win...Yuvraj deserves to be the Man of the Match today!!!

Frustrations aside-Great win by Sri Lanka today-All the best and have great celebrations tonight!!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Amzing performance by sri lanka. Malinga and senanayake have been brilliant. Congratz guys. sanga and mahela deserve it. a disgruntled indian fan. One request, can we keep the fighting away?

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

i love yoooouuu sangaaaa #legend #hero #everything

Posted by PakistanZindabaadAlways on (April 6, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Awesome game by Sri Lanka, many many congrats from Pakistan.. As always SL is my favorite team after Pakistan..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Did you hear the Lions ROAARRRR !!! Lions in action in the so called best hunting grounds.....in the world.....Sri Lanka proved they are number 1 in T20.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

well played SL! as an indian I am sad but sooo proud of how India ruled this tournament jus couldnt take the last match and if anyone was gona stop us it could've only been SL. hats off

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Hahahah sanga you beauty.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

Yes at last, we are the champions. Nice to see Virat Kholi shakes hands with Sanga. Sri Lankan team gave the answer to some indians who commented against Lankans performances in this website. Please stop bashing Sri Lanka and congratulate other than giving lame excuses.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

congrats Sriilanka!Not only they played well,they have Samuel and Yuvaraj also played for them in semi and finals.Yuvi excellently deprived Kohli from facing and Dhoni deserved for his blind faith to a cricketer who is over the hill .Will you ask Gavaskeer or Bradman to bat now.Like that yuvaraj shoulb be a former cricketer

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

deserved win for srilanka!!!weldone lions!!!true champions !! (y)

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

congrats lankan u played well deserve dis victory enjoy guys from india

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

congrats sanga and sri lankan team. Nothing to blame Indian bowlers. although Indian, really happy for sangakkara making his team win. Good effort by kohli and Indian bowlers.

Posted by just_chill_chill on (April 6, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

First off CONGRATULATIONS to SL, they way you bowled, you deserved this one. Coming to India. As one commentator mentioned, India has become a one man army. There are serious problems with batting as well as bowling. Just look at India's batting line-up and tell me how many batsmen you see there who can score more than 40 runs? Except Kohli, ZERO. Rohit will get his 20 and get out, Rahane is untested. Jadeja is batting too low, and Dhoni is out of touch completely. Raina does not get enough chances, and Yuvraj is surviving based on favours given to him by Dhoni and selectors. The situation is much worse with the ODI and test match sides.

Posted by Silverbails on (April 6, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

Well done, Sri Lanka. Well played, and a fitting final for Sanga. Yet another inept display from the Indians. As usual, they flatter to deceive in another big final. Another appalling loss…sending in Yuvraj Singh at No.3 really cost them the match. He's a pathetic T20 player; much better in the longer 50 - over format. Should be retired immediately from this format of the game. India have no Malinga, and Ashwin certainly is no Malinga. India probably 30 runs short of a decent total on this pitch, thanks to the useless Yuvi's batting display!! Well done, again, Sri Lanka; thoroughly deserved the World T20 trophy on this occasion...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

congrats SL. A country of humble people and champions. Although not a fan of T20 cricket you are deserving. Well played India hopefully you will get better in the longer format and away from the subcontinent as well and start showing the same passion for test cricket as you do for t20.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

No offence cricket world but winners of an Asia Cup should win the World Cup. Because Asians are the best in Cricket. Well done Sri Lanka and farewell those brilliant players Mahela and Sanga.

Posted by gibbs.175 on (April 6, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

WAH. Congratulation to S.Lanka...best win after 1996 World Cup .....Indian deserve to loose here.....Because after SA 'match ....they were out of hyper .....out of sense ...

Posted by MightySriLankan on (April 6, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

We won we won.. What a feeling. Take that India, this is the payback for 2011 final. Sri Lanka T20 World Champions.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

yes!!so happy right now to beat india..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

Well played lanka!!! Best team won...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

Congrats to Lanka..sad that India lost..but somewhere in my mind I wanted SL to win this time..for Sanga and Mahela

Posted by sriyan76 on (April 6, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

Ladies and Gentlemen, and thats how its done.Thanks for watching.For those who say Sri Lanka can only win batting second, where art though?

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

congrats Sri Lanka for big win from pakistan

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

Congratulations Srilanka

Posted by goldenpower on (April 6, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

yuraj seeks get a chance for upcoming ENG Test Series?

Posted by Temuzin on (April 6, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

Well Played Sri Lanka. Maliga and Yuvraj were the difference between these two team.

Posted by kickassPakistan on (April 6, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

Really happy on Srilanka's great performance. They are truly a world and Asian power house. Yipeeeee

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

SL won (like)as a champion !

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

Congratulation Sri Lanka for the achievement of the ICC T20 world cup from Nepal.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

Congratulations to Team Srilanka after heartbreaks in Finals the team has something to show for their efforts !

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

Well Done SL, Sanga you beauty!! My heart was rooting for SL win but mind for India, am so glad my heart won. After 5 finals this world class team deserves it!! all the pundits and sky team commentators wrote SL off but this sends a slap on their faces. Virat you gentleman for congratulating Sanga. Great game by 2 top teams but SL were brilliant today and they have got over the India jinx in the finals!! from pak and above all cricket fan!!

Posted by indiabadri on (April 6, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

One Bad decision by Dhoni by sending out of form Yuvraj when Kohli is going strong at the other end. Raina or Dhoni himself would have been a good choice to rotate the strike so that india could have posted atleast 160 and won it comfortably...

Posted by squareleg on (April 6, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka.... The mighty Indians fell at the last hurdle. They didnt score enough and were too cautious not to lose wickets early on and then couldnt accelerate in the end. They did not score enough given the number of wickets they lost. They will feel bitterly disapointed because they lost this game, they were on course for a score of 160 plus.

Posted by tao585 on (April 6, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka. Well played

Posted by anoop3301 on (April 6, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

Congrats SL for a well deserved victory. From Indian perspective, when such a huge blunder is made, we just don't deserve to win it.

Posted by Sinhabahu on (April 6, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

OMG WE WON! I can barely believe this! It's been so long! WELL PLAYED, BOYS! Thank you thank you thank you!!!! :D

Posted by just_chill_chill on (April 6, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

@ARUNAMAN Brilliant logic there mate. Now let's use the same logic of using past performances as metric and bring back Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Bishen Bedi back into the Indian team. Happy? Yuvraj Singh has played 11ODIs in the last 1yr (9 of them in India) and is averaging 16.85. In last 6 T20 matches he is averaging about 17. How did he get selected in the first place? Players like Dinesh Karthik are brought on once in a while pushed into pressure cooker situations 2-3 times and then dropped never to be heard from again. I think Dinesh Karthik, Manjo Tiwari etc. should consider playing for Punjab and Maharashtra if they want to get into the Indian team.

Posted by TRAM on (April 6, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

17.5 Overs. Victory for Yuvraj !!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

uuuhuuuu...........we r the no 1 again

Posted by MrCricket0099 on (April 6, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

Well Done Shri Lanka; Indians are way too arrogant and I've seen comments from Indians saying "Sl wins were purely luck". & comments predicting the chances of India winning. Lets see if MSD bids farewell to Sanga/Mahela. He didnt say a word about Murali on '11/WC. Congrats again, so glad I stayed up till 4.30am to watch this- nz fan.

Posted by Big_Poppa_94 on (April 6, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

Yuvraj ruined the game. Why did they not put in Raina who has scored runs quicker?

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

Indian seniors like Dhoni ( poor captaincy & politics) , Yuvraj (fully unfit toplay)should think same like Sanga, Jaya & retire immediately after this world T20. Juniors are way too committed.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

For those who thought only India can play cricket... Dude SL can play cricket too... too bad for India this time... Better luck next time...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

players like rahane, yuvraj and mohit sharma should be dropped immediately.

Posted by Ravinducool82 on (April 6, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

great sl..u r the world champions now..thank u so much for Pak and BAN supporters..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

Congratulations sri lanka,you bowled better and deserve it-from an indian fan

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

@fretenfevr what do you mean by supports not only in cricket? If it is not cricket, then cricinfo is not the forum. Seems India's neighbours can't digest India being itself? One thing is certain...some people are good at spreading hatred. Maybe they have heard wrong things.

Posted by TrulyIndiancricfan on (April 6, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

We accept our defeat... The better team won... i know the hidden India bashers will be out shortly

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

i am so happy right now! whataday!!!!!

Posted by Temuzin on (April 6, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

Today, India is off color. They really badly needed 20 more runs . Unless a miracle happens, SL will win. Well played Malinga. His overs made all the difference.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

Shortly I want to say that India batting was not good today, Dhoni's decisions were not good today. One thing about Youraj to mention is that he still should be respected as he has won many matches for Indai. in today's match, India played not good in power-play and in the last overs. So now the match is obviously going away from India with which I am not happy. I am sad tonight.

Posted by jeri-ind on (April 6, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

An Indian fan here..credit to srilankan depth bowling..they were excellent with those wide yorkers, only a lucky batsman can get edge boundaries on those balls...didnt happen today..it was uvi who spoiled the momentum that was ongoing..India was expecting something around 160 !! once again virat played a crucial innings. with all pain in heart, sanga & mahela, enjoy your farewell.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

Well played Lanka - you deserve win.

Disappointed that Dhoni shed the baggage called Yuvi - Raina could have made it a better contest.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

Sri Lanka surely will win. keep calm indians

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

india makes the final match so boringggggggg.

Posted by VinodGupte on (April 6, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

a lot of indians are blaming yuvraj singh. no doubt, this was a very poor T20 innings. but remember, IND had scored only 60 odd after 10 overs. and only 30 odd in the powerplay. some of the blame must go to rohit sharma and kohli for not taking enough chances in the first 10 overs. they could have tried to take on some of the part-timers and lesser bowlers early on. with IND batting running as deep as ashwin, what was the point in saving the wickets?

Posted by criccritic1 on (April 6, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

why do you even have a spot in Indian cricket for Yuvraj?

Posted by Sinhabahu on (April 6, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Fellow Lankans, let's not jump the gun and celebrate too early. Our batsmen are still clearly feeling the pressure of a finals chase. Let's hope we can pull through!

Posted by IceGung on (April 6, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

look like Sri Lanka win. Its time Yuvraj out! Its his last ever play for India!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

I was saying again and again yuvraj does not deserve a place in Indian team may be in IPL also.

Posted by Sinhabahu on (April 6, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

Singles and the odd boundary will take us home, but still these guys get out slogging. Unbelievable.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

At least 4 or 5 boundaries of edges. Could have gone to hand. If only Ind had another 20 runs. Saga hitting out in exactly same situation as Yuvraj. Maybe SL is due.

Posted by jokerbala on (April 6, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

Great farewell for mahela and sanga to T20. congrats lanka. India did not want to overacheive went for 150 but ended up with 130. Great death bowling by SL. India Missed an all out hitter -someone with the license to kill - like Sehwag / Maxwell and paid the price.

Posted by bigwonder on (April 6, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Indians will again bow down to allow a send-off for couple of retiring SriLankan players, just like they gave Murlitharan his perfect send -off. Indians are way too generous to their southern neighbor.

Posted by mdarifurrahmandany on (April 6, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Yvraj is difference this world cup.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

plz dont give more over to mohit sharma jii ...just go with raina to fulfil his quota.

Posted by fretnfever on (April 6, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

being Pakistani i would love to see Srilanka wins as the entire Pakistan supports Srilanka not only in cricket..they truly deserve this one..it will be wonderful to see jayawerdne and sanga to make a contribution in their final match..good luck lions :)

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

why dhoni every time play with mohit and his quota fulfil by raina...missing fast bowling missing shami...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

Is Yuvaraaj our Nation? why this player get undue chances in the team when we got so many good youngsters sitting in the dressing room? Indian team should not get selected based on once up on a time glory of the players.

Posted by StarGater on (April 6, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

Once upon a time India was home of the great spinners. Sri Lanka has the world's best spinners today and they don't get their credit.

Indian spinners after Anil Kumble are not of high quality and are just overrated. We have to admit by the sheer records of reaching the ICCI events finals, SL is the best ASIAN team.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

Today I think Mr. Dhoni captaincy was not better. His first mistake was not to advise the players to play strong shots in power-play, his second mistake was sending Youraj on No 3 (this was the biggest mistake). And now they have given only a target of 131 which is easily achievable. India is my favorite team and I will be happy if they win, but it looks very difficult.

Posted by vinny12345 on (April 6, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

there are three imp things that i observe 1. kohli is not at his best in this match his slow paced innings at the start which costed an wicket and also caused slow run rate when the 2tier bowlers are bowling indias run rate is 6 . 2.dhoni made a big blunder by sending yuvraj who is out of form when we need runs badly 3 .excellent death bowling by srilanka i think these reasons why we made just 130 when wickets are in hand

Posted by alcapoon on (April 6, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

Everybody is blaming Yuvi what about giving credit to Sri Lankan bowlers. Srilank just need to play the usual negative bowling by Ashwin sensibly. Mahela and Sangakara are they key as it is their last outing in the T20 kit and they should make it memorable.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

Grt kholi got 7 balls in last 4 overs.. What was yuvi doing?? He may cost thm da game. Dilshan just got out.. U never know. It's Sri Lanka's game to lose from here..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

common lions go for it. Where is Indians

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

The GREAT finisher.....:) what happened????.....Consign Yuvraj to a grazing field, just as they do for has been racehorses.....Farooqui Ali, Recognise great death bowling...not inept batting by a has been.....

Posted by Karthik78 on (April 6, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

It is a great example for self destructing game by India!!! Lead by great Yuvraj.

Posted by SridharKalyan on (April 6, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

Sri Lankan Bowlers bowled their best; Yuvaraj tried to 'play himself in' in the best manner possible; MSD came in and tried to blast the SL bowlers out of the ground while digging himself into a hole. No problems with all this - except that Virat Kohli was left to watch this from the other end. Good to India win all the matches and they probably will end up goofing the most important of them all, later this evening. Well Done - Sandeep Patil and team; give Yuvaraj another chance....doesnt matter that the Ambati Rayudus/Manoj Tiwaris/countless others are left stranded as spectators.....

Posted by StarGater on (April 6, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

Yuvraj...Forget 4s and 6s, he can't even take singles and rotate strike.

I hope this will be the end of Yuvraj's career.

Not to mention India's power play, so slow scoring. Super over confident of the last five overs, as if they can score 100 of the last 5 overs.

Posted by GreatIndianOZ on (April 6, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

I do not agree of great death bowling,,, They were all yorkers and it has been proven more than once that it can be scored with boundaries. It was pathetic performance by death batting especially Yuvi. Yuvraj made it so hard for the whole team. You expect than miracles from bowler and captain cool. its senseless. Just look at how many balls Kohli faced in last 5 overs!!!!

Posted by Ravinducool82 on (April 6, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

Why everyone is hitting Yuvi..even Dhoni and Kohli could not scores in last overs..that was the amazing bowling attack by SL bowlers..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

Yuvraaj man of the match for Sri Lanka.

Posted by Waqs77 on (April 6, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

Still indian fans don't want to give Anyyyy credit to sri lankan bowling. they are still blaming their own "2 days before came back IN FORM YUVI". This shows how lack of cricketing sense prevails over there. Guys to bowl again n again n again n again at the same legnth and same line it requires some serious talent which sri lankan bowlers shown today even in form kohli was clueless in last five death overs. even kohli could manage to score singles only.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 6, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

SL won by 6 wickets....MoM is Yuvi and Man of the series is Virat Kohli

Posted by Crick_Chater on (April 6, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

Congrats! Team Lanka. Well played Mahela and Kumar. World of Cricket will truly miss you.. All the best.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

An example of luck. Dilshan cuts one to boundary but Rahane is bowled off a similar shot and ball. For those who do not believe in luck.

Posted by Praniya_SL on (April 6, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

Sensible cricket from mahela & dili... keep going guys...

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 6, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

Its 9 at the clock now.Bye.I'm off to sleep.Meanwhile Mahela and co. make short work of Ind's small 130 and coast their way to the cup. Going to wake up to news of new wc champs. And eagerly awaited highlights pack too!-:)

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

19 in last 4 overs was really superb bowling. excellent by malinga, kula, sena.

131 can still be a fighting total. indias bowling has been good in this tournament. pressure of final is also there. malinga dropped kohli but came back with his bowling.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:32 GMT)

lost it the moment indian management persisted with an out of form Yuvraj

Posted by Sinhabahu on (April 6, 2014, 15:31 GMT)

Lol the Indian fans are blaming Yuvraj while the Lankan fans are blaming Malinga for dropping Kohli. Time will tell which is more costly.

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (April 6, 2014, 15:31 GMT)

I posted a comment at the beginning of this world cup that selecting Yuvraj and Dhawan is going to cost India dearly. Yuvraj has been hopelssly out of form for a while now but people have been clamoring for his selection since he did well in 2011 world cup and 2007 T20 cup. Do you guys realize that was 3 and 7yrs ago?? In this tournament, he has been pathetic all round - very poor batting, horrible fielding... He almost lost us the match against WI remember. And he has dropped CHRIS GAYLE and Hafeez among others. India has huge batting problems, in addition to the perennial bowling problem. At the moment, India is just a one man army. It is going to take a miracle to win this match. All credit to Sri Lanka though for bowling ticht line, and making Yuvraj and others look like novices.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

Great Sri Lankan Death Bowling lets see if their batting can absorb the Big Match Chase .

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

why dhoni sent yuvi head of raina...? i cant understand logic becas against srilankan slow bowling attack yuvi cant play spin wel we seen in this tournament, yuvi bettter batsmen against pacers, why raina not came earlier then yuvi becas raina can play spin better then yuvi, why dhoni not took responcibility ? why dhoni runing away frm his responcibilities? we can fight it bt its looking impossible now srilanka has more chances then india..god can save us..

Posted by Waqs77 on (April 6, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

Who says best batsmen can hit any bowler.......really witnessed one of the most controlled fast bowling by Sri Lanka today. cheers for them !!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

this is not awesome death bowling but awesome death batting by yuvi

Posted by KK_SL on (April 6, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

Here we go. One down already. :O Not another heart break plezzzz ....

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:23 GMT)

Shame on you Yuvraj Sigh. Enough of him.

Posted by Bloodwrath on (April 6, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

I think Yuvi also will b made to retire today from T20 cricket

Posted by alcapoon on (April 6, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

Everybody is blaming Yuvi. What about giving credit to SL bowlers. Awesome control displayed by them. Even if raina and dhoni fired India wouldn't have scored more than 145. Sri Lanka should win it with 7 wickets and 2 overs to spare. Just need to play four negative line overs by Ashwin sensibly.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

Now you Indians know how I feel about Miller and ABD coming in at 5 and 6 only for Saffas ..... Big hitters come in first... POINT!!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

Indian fans given up already?

Posted by HDG1978 on (April 6, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

India may still win though I don't think there is much of a chance now. But I feel this is the last time we see Yuvraj Singh in India colours. Thanks Yuvi for the memories but you have killed India's World T20 final chances completely. Now time to see MSD's MIDAS touch.

Posted by Fanof2020 on (April 6, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

Yuvaraj is going to cost India the game. Dhoni has to take some responsibility for this. He should have moved Raina up in the order. Yuvaraj should have got out earlier in the best interest of the team.

Posted by ProdigyA on (April 6, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

Yuvi Yuvi Yuvi what have u done...I thought Il never say this but please retire now.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

Feeling sad as an Indian fan..It was Yuvi that gave us 2007 and 2011 glory..but today his lack of form wasted deliveries and India lost momentum..Dhoni did not get time to settle..Brilliant death bowling by Malinga

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (April 6, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

IND must be feeling very frustrated, there was probably another 25 runs on offer if not for Yuvraj. However please give Malinga and the Sri Lankan bowlers some credit, finally after the abysmal performance of Yuvraj, Dhoni came in and "Mr Finisher" came in and was swinging wildly at Malinga and thus losing "the battle of the Captains" title, with not many runs to show for it.

Posted by Ravinducool82 on (April 6, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

Go lions go...no hurry..130 is not big total for team like SL..but need to play sensibly..Indian bowlers will try their max...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

Yuvi have costed the match and the world cup. Worst performance at this stage of world cup.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

Yuvi should thrown out from the team11.Dhoni made a mistake by sending the out of form yuvi instead of in form batsmen

Posted by Noboundary on (April 6, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

Yuvraj is unfit and shoudl have retired. He looks so out of touch and has cost us this game! He cannnot bat, bowl or field! Once again, Indian selectors rely on past glories and symathy factor to select a national 11! he as paid the highest amount in the IPL biddings! Sorry for those teams!

Posted by ARUNAMAN on (April 6, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

I am noticing commentators too as they are making fun of yuvraj. this happened to saurav ganguly as well. these foreigners are always clever as they play their part to destroy a legend's career. Yuvraj was man of the tournament in both world cup wins and was top wicket-taker too but now dhoni let rohit and raina bowl instead of him. send him in situation where difficult to Bat and give bowl to raina and rohit when he know batsmen are in pressure and they will not score.All I can say is a Cricketer is struck in politicians. You are the Best Yuvraj, these people cant play like you but can just talk. You are real Indian Hero.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

Big mistake...T20 is based on current form...its not about what the batsman has done 4 or 6 yrs back. If this was not a knockout i would have hoped India lose this match, so they realize their mistake but Yuvraj had given many clues before as well that would lead him to be dropped. Unfortunately it fell on deaf years. However being a true India fan i will keep my frustration aside and root for India to win.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

Seem the match is already lot...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

India's problems exposed. 1 toss lost and they haven't been setting targets 2 openers not really doing enough. It was a case of trying out Binny. 3 Yuvraj was still struggling. A case to play Binny. 4 inflexibility even in T20. They have not been looking at IPL players. Where is irfan or Yusuf? They should have sent in someone to pinch hit after Rahane fell. Why did they allow SL bOwlers to settle? The moment kulasekera had no swing in over# 1 they should have gone bang bang. Rahane was a bit unlucky. Rohit was trying to get runout and as usual threw it away at the wrong time. Yuvraj could have been held back and the inform Raina or even Jadeja come in. Even when Yuvraj fell Raina should have come in. 145 for 7 would have been better than this score.

It was on the cards. Easy win for SL. Congrats on good planning.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

congrats srilanka fr Bowling so good and thanks dhoni for letting out of form yuvraj in the middle of final.. i am an Indian fan but hope we lose big time this final , so that they ll realise this is the biggest mistake they did to Experiment yuvraj ... we r gone from this final..so dissapointing

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

Don't go out of u r hope.There is still chance for INDIA .by MAGICAL BOWLING.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 6, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

Hardcore Indian fans plz switch of tv....we are not going to win....advance congratulations to SL....i will be very happy if UV retires from cricket after this match...he is done and dusted....

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

Come on guys give credit to SL bowlers they were exceptional even against in form Kholi and biggest hitter Dhoni, prob bad move to send Yuvi up the order but then again MS had faith in him to come good, unfortunately he killed the momentum but chill guys game is still not over. Its final and India do have runs on board but half way stage SL look better prospect!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

India got the best batting line up, but in front of the best balling line up it is of no use.........but this isT20...... anything can happen. Wish SL gud luk to give the TWO memorable farewell.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

yo indians , dont blame yuvaraj , i cant remember you did that when he play with aus , its all your team .he is there because your team want him there. admit it as a descent nation. maybe indian team will be able to ball well and win the game , but as a nation you have to understand why mostly everyone need to see india loosing except indians. Just dont be overconfident , you also are just human being not super human

Posted by vallavarayar on (April 6, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

The Indians thought they were the big cheese. Now they are up against it.

Posted by mzm149 on (April 6, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

Can Dhoni do another favor to Sri Lanka? Give some bowling to Yuvraj.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

lankas thanks to the great uv. today awesome moment when uv got out.wow

Posted by Dkotta on (April 6, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

Yuvi is a expired product by 2 years, malys is a biggest fool in the world to buy him by paying huge sum, except one performance (fluke as no pressure match) is performance is zero, dropped many catches. Hope this would be his last match in Indian color

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

Yuvraj played just like Shoaib Malik. He should only play test matches now. Seriously out of form.

Posted by Dixter on (April 6, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

How Amazing is it to score 19 runs in the last 4 overs batting first especially with the best hitters in the world. Credit to SL bowlers and of course, Yuvraj !! Congrats SL

Posted by Blade-Runner on (April 6, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

19 runs in last 4 overs. lol Now that's what i call death bowling..beat that.

Posted by luckyias on (April 6, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

Where is that INDIAN great team. this is only a one man show. Even he couldn't score to SL GREAT death bawling. What a fantastic attack by GREAT lions. My respect to mali, kule, sena, anji & herath. You are great. I want to say don't blame your poor yuvi he did what he can. This happen only because SL great death bawling. GO LIONS..........GO

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

Fact of the match - Kohli's slowpoke 50 forced India out of the match. In his hunt for a personal landmark, Kohli blocked out Sri Lanka's 2nd string bowlers, allowing Malinga to bowl them out for next to nothing, preserving his own overs for the end stage. If Kohli had selflessly attempted some shots against those bowlers in the 1st 10, maybe some shots would have come off & forced Malinga to bowl some more of his own overs at that point. Since Kohli selfishly refused to attempt anything beyond 110% safe shots till he got to 40 / 50, Malinga was able to hold back his own overs till the end. Also Kohli's selfishness resulted in Sharma taking an unreasonable risk in team India's cause & losing his wicket. Kohli backers will now ask for Yuvi / Sharma's heads. The head to be chopped if India lose this match should be Kohli's not on class / talent grounds, but on grounds of selfishly putting himself above the team !

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

i had told 2 matches ago yuvi is not ready and I got slagged off by yuvi fans. I have respect for him but he should not have been brought back for such an important tournament. in India there Seniors are given too many chances based on the previous performance and not current form. we saw the same with sehwag when he was given hundreds of chances.

Posted by Chatsworth on (April 6, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

Odds heavily against India to win

Posted by redant247 on (April 6, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

Pathetic innings from Yuvraj!!! He made sure India lost all the momentum. Last match for him...Tons of good batsman waiting for their turn in the team.

Posted by nothingnew on (April 6, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

Even few missed catches from SL fielders .They did great job so far. This is the cruisual 20 overs .They have to play calm and nice . not taking pressure . I can't believe what happened to virat kohli , Mahendra singh dhoni and Yuvraj .All big hitters lose their timing . can't believe .If SL grabbed the virat's catch . India would be less than 100 runs . good luck for sl for next 20 overs . we expect big innings from kusal . good luck

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

Dhoni over did the Yuvi bit, inspite he didn't fire in 4 out of 5 matches.. can't belive raina didn't bat..min 20 runs short..Sure Yuvraj has played his last match...

Posted by wapuser on (April 6, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

Yuvi please retire gracefully.

Posted by Nampally on (April 6, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

India's hopes of WC win may have come to an end with a totally selfish innings of Yuvraj singh. He totally destroyed the momentum with 11 runs in 21 balls when India needed runs at a fast rate. Why on earth Dhoni keeps sending Yuvraj at #4 is very questionable. I had mentioned several times on Cricinfo comments that Yuvraj is not a #4 Batsman. In this tournament he played just one innings of 60 runs vs. OZ which looked good. He has been given such a long leash by Dhoni at the expense of the Team India. No individual is greater than the Team. This innings of Yuvraj has been absolute disasterous. If he could not hit the ball there is Raina & Dhoni below him. India has won so far with Team work. Yuvraj's innings did not represent Team interests!India has an uphill task of defending 130 runs.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

sad to see Yuvraj struggling so much,even in death overs with so many wickets left he's not even trying to go for big hits.Is world the stage to find form?He struggled all through the tournaments,even against Aus his innings was not convincing.His selection will do a wonder of good for indian cricket in near future where players will selected based on their form and not on past reputation.

Posted by MightySriLankan on (April 6, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

Just amazing. Wonderful. That death bowling from Malinga, Kule & Senanayake. Only 19 runs in last 4 overs. Absolutely magic. Superb work boys. Let's hold the nerve & bat sensibly, only 131 to get. Less than 7 runs per over.

Posted by YogifromNY on (April 6, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

If India lose, they can thank Yuvraj the great. And Dhoni, who is normally an astute captain but missed a trick today by not sending the in-form Raina in ahead of the totally clueless Yuvraj.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

I see lots of tension with the indian fans, they have already given the cup up, it seems. Showing fake coolness before the match?

Posted by Nandu_Athadu on (April 6, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

Congrats Srilanka..for winning the T20 WC 2014..looking at your bowling you are worth of it..

Posted by Moeen Hasan on (April 6, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

yeh , its srilanka world cup . yuvraj singh performance lay down the indian team .

Posted by loks07 on (April 6, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

At half way stage of this match, I must say just wow! What a great display of tight bowling from Sri Lankans. It was so sad to see Yuvraj struggling like this. Like all Indians I am a big fan of his hitting abilities. I am sure Yuvi himself must be deeply hurting from inside that after winning two world cups for India, if he becomes responsible for India's loss. Now just hoping for some inspirational performance from Indians to at least make them earn this victory from here. All the best to Jaya and Sanga.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

yuvi has buried india . yuvi is doing to india what samuel did for west indies. why he was sent before raina or dhoni whole world cup ireally dont know.

Posted by kc69 on (April 6, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

Many Indian fans are blaming Yuvraj but few acknoledge the strategy put by SL bowlers to bowl wide yorkers with precision, I cannot predict who will win or lose from here at halfway but seriously an awesome effort by SL bowlers that deserves an applaud, from an Indian fan.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

by now lankans holds the X-factor

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

absolutely one of the best displays of awesome death bowling and that in a world cup final. Wow Srilanka. u can chase down 130 can't u?? feel sorry for yuvi but then dhoni struggled as well. this match is for srilanka to lose now

Posted by wapuser on (April 6, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

All comes to indian bowling today ... In 2011 world cup batsmen did their job now this is the time for bowlers ... Lets do this .. Go INDIA Go ...

Posted by ghouri_17thmcees on (April 6, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

Hi Indian fans dont worry about the total, I think 130 is going to be a tough chase for Lankans, they may feel the pressure of big final, I still think it will be a thriller. I wonder how u guys are blaming Yuvraj, he is a match winner, he came at a difficult situation when india lost early 2 wickets so he did ok

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

Throw yuvi out of the team

Posted by wapuser on (April 6, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

Sri lanka bowlers too much for indian batsmen to handle, great death bowling by malinga and kulasekra , they did the right thing by not giving the ball to thisara so that he can concentrate to hit out of the park.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

Malinga rocks. Excellent depth bowling.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

well played UV.....haha :D but for Sri-Lanka

Posted by TRAM on (April 6, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

India pay for keeping the *star* Yuvraj.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

Srinlanka this cup is yours you guys won forsure love from Pakisan

Posted by Blackholesun on (April 6, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

India is not winning this. 130 is extremely difficult to defend. Due to Yuvi, Kohli's innings is shadowed by dark clouds of loss.

Being and Indian I am disappointed with the score India has managed. Yuvi what were you thinking ?

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

SL win is great tribute to Sanga and Mahela

Posted by Sinhabahu on (April 6, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

Absolutely brilliant death bowling by the boys! India's body language, especially Kohli's, says it all. Now it's up to the batsmen not to choke. For Mahela and Sanga!

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (April 6, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

SL Bowlers were superb even the BEst finisher dhoni couldn't get them away. SL's got this one

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

I luv yuvraj.

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (April 6, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

Think UV has cost India this match......he was embarrassing, he was batting like it was a Test match!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

horror show by yuvraj... at least he should have got out to allow raina and dhoni some time... raina was in good nick and could have added at least another 15-20 runs which will surely nail India this time... don't know how much of pressure will show on the lankans but the cup is theirs to lose now

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

cos of uv v gonna lose dis much frustration

Posted by Dixter on (April 6, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

Title should be like this "Yuvraj restricted INDIA to 130" . why he is still on the team ? "It's been disappointing to see Yuvraj's performance in this tournament.. He seriously needs to pick up form in domestic events before making it to the national squad. National squad not the place for 'finding' form.. Poor decision from MSD !!

Posted by SachinRao on (April 6, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

Yuvraj and Dhoni killed the momentum. Yuvraj should retire or get ready for a hard and long domestic grind to make a comeback. Sandeep Patil & team - time to send him back to the wilderness along with Sehwag and Gambhir. I want to see the response of all the Yuvraj lovers who were expecting the moon from him.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

Hats off to Lanka for keeping India from getting a good score. Excellent bowling. Go Lankans

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

Yuvi have costed the match and the world cup. Worst performance at this stage of world cup.

Posted by cric4ind on (April 6, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

Congratulations in Advance Sri Lanka, a run a ball should do it for them - from an Indian Fan. Indian selectors axe Yuvraj please. He has been an asset but his time is over.

Posted by CrickFans007 on (April 6, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

Everyone please read my comment I wrote twice in semifinal and before final "In semifinal I wrote, the day india loss the toss they will lose the game, Today we will see that, They cant defend any total,"

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

last 4 overs for just 19 runs. that is exceptional bowling by SL. 131 is not a big target but india's bowling has been good in this tournament and.wicket is a bit slow. so might be fighting total.

dropping the worlds best batsman is criminal but malinga did well in bowling.

Posted by siddhartha57 on (April 6, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

Yuvraj just killed the momentum of the match........ Thats the end of the match..... India have restricted other teams for 130 or below and now its their turn.... I think Yuvi can go on the stand and present the world cup to SL. Hope this is the last match for Yuvraj in Indian colors. You might be great in the past but now you are just a burden on the team.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 6, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

Really a pathetic batting display from India....very good death bowling form SL...Dhoni and UV cost the match for India....its very easy chase for SL....im not remembering when India defended less than 130 runs in a T20 match....90% chance of SL win....go SL go....

Posted by kahvas on (April 6, 2014, 15:04 GMT)

Congratualtions Sri Lanka. You guys really bowlerd well. Especially UV, have been a die hard fan of his, but unfortunately looks like he will only play IPL for sometime now. Great death bowling by Malinga.

Posted by Kirchoffs_law on (April 6, 2014, 15:04 GMT)

Thanks Yuvi.. u just wrapped and handed over WC to srilanka. Well anyways fitting reward fro MJ and KS.

Posted by wapuser on (April 6, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

This tells why the SL team is on top of T20 table.. SL bowing is extra ordinary. I can't praise Kula enough for the penultimate over.. This is a true champion team

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

Emotions shouldnt compromise for national interest. Damn it man why the hell is uv even playing.. emotions shouldnt hamper national interest.. cm'on its a world cup and a final. Not a street match nor a friendly. Lotsa emotion and national pride at stake. I'm dead sure dat uv's ultra struggle will cost is the match and cup..disappointing.. wish he would retire for country sake..

Posted by bobbo2 on (April 6, 2014, 15:02 GMT)

What is going on here. Koli in the form of his life and getting no strike. Why is it they pro cricketers can't or won't hit singles to get the form player on strike. Singh May have cost them game

Posted by Blackholesun on (April 6, 2014, 15:02 GMT)

Yuvaraj messed the things up, what the hell he was doing? Indian bowlers now will have to bowl out of their skins if they wish to win this match. Anything below 150 is going to be very difficult to defend.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:02 GMT)

Yuvi have costed the match and the world cup. Worst performance at this stage of world cup.

Posted by VinodGupte on (April 6, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

yuvraj singh reminds me of jadeja in the t20 from 2009. may cost us the game.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

yuvraj Singh has managed to do everything wrong.he has managed to prove his uselessness to everybody even an out of form sehwag would've done better

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 6, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

Yuvaraj spoiled the chances of India....if you cant hit the ball plz out and give chance to others...Raina and Dhoni are waiting in the dugout....really pathetic innings....im annoyed by this innings....10 runs of 20 balls....plz retire...your time is over...even Bhuvi can play better than you....really im disappointed a lot....

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

Believe me or not KHOLI is the finest batsman even i seen after Lara and Muhammad Yousaf and DHONI is the best capt in world cricket. I am from Pakistan but with that m a cricket lover too so appropriate good players

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 14:58 GMT)

yuvraj the big culprit, why is there in team? not batting nor bowling. ruining here in center

binny could have been handy here

Posted by rk_ks on (April 6, 2014, 14:57 GMT)

If India loses this match, Yuvraj is the only one who is responsible. Dhoni or Raina could have scored at least 10-15 runs more which makes a lot of difference. Very good bowling by SL. There is no way India could SL with a total of 130.

Posted by StarGater on (April 6, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

BCCI please for God sake remove Yuvraj from Indian cricket. India is going to lose this final bcoz of Yuvraj's pathetic batting.

His good days are over. All the best and advanced Congratulations to Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

Till yuvraj is on the crease, Srilanka can win. Further, he is going to be trouble for the men in blue

Posted by GreatIndianOZ on (April 6, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

Yuvraj will cost india this match. Srilanka made huge mistake getting him out.....

Posted by anoop3301 on (April 6, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

India would have better chance to win the match with 10 players. The 11th player has proved to be an opportunity cost for them. Sad day for Yuvi but he has to go.

Posted by Riz000 on (April 6, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

Hhahaha to all Indian Fans I'm Loving this India 119-3 in 18 overs back to their reality lol. Come on Sri Lanka you guys will do it this time roar like a tiger.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

Yuvaraj is a spent force,Dhoni

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

Yuca raj is a spent force,Dhoni

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 6, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

Yuvaraj spoiled the chances of India....if you cant hit the ball plz out and give chance to others...Raina and Dhoni are waiting in the dugout....really pathetic innings....im annoyed by this innings....10 runs of 20 balls....plz retire...your time is over...even Bhuvi can play better than you....really im disappointed a lot....

Posted by wapuser on (April 6, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

If SL pulls it off today, MoM should go to Yuvi. He is the best contributor for SL win

Posted by arnie66 on (April 6, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

Yuvraj is PATHETIC and Dhoni should lose the world cup for sending him in front of Raina ! Yuvraj is the new Ishant Sharma !

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

Yuvraj need to go now... He's done. In the 17th over 11/20, and out.

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (April 6, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

when i complaining about yuvraj deliberately not performing, my comment didnot publish. Look today, he doesnot even swing his arms.

Posted by FiizRhym on (April 6, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

Also as a team man why didnt yuvraj retired hurt himself so that dhoni could have come can some body explains

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 6, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

Should be lucky Kohli keeps Ind on for a modest score.Be walk in park for SL bats-good pitch,no turn,coming on nicely.Go ,SL! Regards,from Ind!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

Not a bad day for Yuvraj to retire

Posted by WTEH on (April 6, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

We love Yuvi. Sri Lankan fans....

Posted by StarGater on (April 6, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

Man.. Yuvraj is so pathetic against an average spinner. He has used up so many balls and had slowed down the scoring rate.

Even after so many years you can't play spinners well.

Posted by Lanka1003 on (April 6, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

Indian batsmen are struggling against quality SL bowling.. which will make SL batsmen job easy. Already SL crossed 75% of winning distance.. SL rocks... Go on SL...the whole world is backing you.

Posted by Nandu_Athadu on (April 6, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

Yuvi is the Man-of-the-Match for Srilanka....

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

The way Yuvraj is playing, SL wont mind keeping him there!!!

Posted by FiizRhym on (April 6, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

though I am fan of dhoni captaincy he came ahead of yuvraj in World cup 2011 however I don't understand why he has send yuvraj either he or riana should had come he has missed so many balls and has put an added pressure on kohli if india loose this match it would be dhoni's own fault why plz some body explain me

Posted by rk_ks on (April 6, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

I have a feeling that India is going to loose. Wasting up too many balls and not playing to their potential. SL playing really good. 150 max by India. From an India fan.

Posted by TRAM on (April 6, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

If India looses this match it will be because Yuvraj needed "time to settle in". If they win it, it would be in spite of it.

Posted by trail_blazer_cric on (April 6, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

what was dhoni thinking.....should have sent raina before totally miserable yuvraj....

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

Common Lankans , at least take a single catch of Kohli .. :D :D

Posted by wapuser on (April 6, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

Yuvraj please for god sake ... Go hard or go home

Posted by trail_blazer_cric on (April 6, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

yuvraj is going to be the doom of india today.....what a waste

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (April 6, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

why yuvraj? Raina could have better!

Posted by Riz000 on (April 6, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

Being a Pak fan I wish Sri lanka all the best come on Sri Lanka beat these flat track Bullies who have never ever produced a single bowler likes of Shoiab akhtar Wasim or Waqar can some body check India's away record losing 8 tests in a row to Eng Aus and Even New Zealand this is why i call indian batsman's flat track IPL bullies.

Posted by VinodGupte on (April 6, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

IND is making a mistake of not scoring freely at the beginning of the game. leaving too much to do for dhoni far too late is not a good idea. IND needs 180 to win this one.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

sl need a wkt or two soon before it's too late ...can't let them to be settled and lounche...

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

Not even 20% match over, and SL fans have declared themselves victorious :P To Ind fans: wait for Dhoni Dhamaka.. doesnt matter who has a better head-start, but who finishes first :D

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

CrickFans007 on (April 6, 2014, 13:56 GMT) : We will see very soon and i will be the first one to remind you what you said before the match ..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 14:05 GMT)

no shami....dont rely so much on spinners...go india

Posted by spsnath on (April 6, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

ohh my dr indians. wait until you loose. dont blame that poor MSD so early

Posted by Ammo666 on (April 6, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

SL is better than IND especially in bowling & fielding but IND's batting has been better than SL in is this series so if SL can do well in all three parts then IND can't stop SL from winning this! but anyway I guess IND will end up LOSING then reaching this final might stay as condolence to the IND'n team & funny fans!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 13:59 GMT)

are Indian play test match?

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 13:58 GMT)

indian going too slow ... hope they will make up for this slow start very soon anythng below 170 will not be enough

Posted by CrickFans007 on (April 6, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

In semifinal I wrote, the day india loss the toss they will lose the game, Today we will see that, They cant defend any total,

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

common lions. Easy win near you

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

Wow common lions.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

class of rehane (which i never saw) perished with an ordinary shot on ordinary ball....... Dhawan woundnt have done anythng worse

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

gut feeling saying rahane and mohit going to harm team india...missing dhawan and shami..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

I dont know why dhoni given chance to rahane in final, He is not at all a stroke making batsman. God knows when dhoni will understand it.

Posted by ghouri_17thmcees on (April 6, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

Red hot favorite Indians up against fighting Lankan Lions...........expecting a craker

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

my dear malinga there is a difference between winning feel n actually winning it....

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

Sl should bat 1st anyway we can still easilly win this match

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

Looks like even stevens once SL won the tosss

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 13:36 GMT)

Go India Go, Best of luck to team MSD.

Posted by SL_roar on (April 6, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

Sri Lankan Lions... hope this is going to be UR day UR CUP!! looking forward for a good match and of course to see Mother Lanka bringing the t20 cup home!!!

All the best to the Indian team too.. Respect to Dhoni's words during the toss " never underestimate the opposition"

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

Get ready 2 rumble. India bats 1st. Beware Virat storm coming.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 13:31 GMT)

Good luck Srilanka...u deserve the CUP. Bangladesh supports you:)

Posted by kamriyas on (April 6, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

India to win easily. Mohit playing? A Sharma is needed to bowl the last over under pressure and make India win ;)

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