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ESPNcricinfo presents Plays of the day from the World T20 final
Alan Gardner and Mohammad Isam
April 6, 2014
The desperate dash
Last-ball run-outs in the first innings of limited-overs games hardly register, but this one had significance for India. They were just about managing to scrape together singles at that stage, so when Virat Kohli squeezed Lasith Malinga's yorker off the last ball of the India innings, they went for a what-the-hell-let's-chance-it second run. But the direct hit from Sachithra Senanayake at deep square-leg caught Kohli short by a few inches, and ended India's innings on 130 for 4 rather than 131 for 3.
At the start of the 18th over, Virat Kohli swished his bat in anger at the bowler's end as Yuvraj Singh played and missed at yet another delivery. This was the first sign of frustration from Kohli, who had been cut off from the strike for quite some time as Yuvraj kept struggling to connect properly. In all, Kohli, who was on 70 after the 16th over, faced only eight balls in the last four overs.
The help-the-opposition catch
When Yuvraj did finally get out, caught at long-off by Thisara Perera off a full-toss from Nuwan Kulasekara, there was a feeling it would have been better for Sri Lanka had the catch been dropped, since it would have left the struggling batsman in the middle. It would have certainly made Kohli madder. In the end, it was far too late in the innings to help India, as even MS Dhoni could not reverse the tide.
Virat Kohli does not need a second chance but Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga gave him a reprieve 16 balls into his innings, when he was on 11. Rangana Herath was the bowler who had dropped it slightly short, short enough for Kohli to try and pull. It was a regulation catch for this level of cricket, but it burst through Malinga's hands.
Facing Mohit Sharma at the start of the fourth over, Mahela Jayawardene manufactured an audaciously unconventional shot. Mohit dropped short and the delivery was climbing past Jayawardene's eyes when he rolled his wrists round and upwards, flicking the ball delicately at the top of the bounce straight over the head of Dhoni and past the rope behind him.
The late dab
Jayawardene once again showcased his alert mind and nimble hands with a cheeky deflection off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Dhoni came up to the stumps, keeping Jayawardene in his crease - so Jayawardene went right back, turned the bat to face point and gently glided the ball wide of the keeper for four. We may not see the like again.
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