India v Sri Lanka, World T20, final

Angry Kohli, cheeky Mahela

ESPNcricinfo presents Plays of the day from the World T20 final

Alan Gardner and Mohammad Isam

April 6, 2014

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Nuwan Kulasekara dismissed Yuvraj Singh for 11, India v Sri Lanka, final, World T20, Mirpur, April 6, 2014
Nuwan Kulasekara's elation was only matched by India's relief when he dismissed a struggling Yuvraj Singh © ICC
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Series/Tournaments: World T20
Teams: India | Sri Lanka

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.

The frustration

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.

The drop

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.

The ramp

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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Posted by Pathiyal on (April 8, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

the only issue with virat kohli is that he is very expressive on the field. at the same time, this very attitude of his is assisting him a long way in winning matches. his failing in the death overs has a lot to do with losing the momentum thanks to his new RCB mate :-) regarding Mahela, yes whatever shots he has manufactured in his career have invited attention of the world. he existed so far as a different batsman in the shorter format. the thought that we wont be able to see him again brings tears :-( Mahela, is rightly the best batsman in all 3 formats of the game so far. and a lovely character too!! i personally cherish his style of batting.

Posted by AravindVatsal82 on (April 8, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

kholi=sachin(class)+Dravid(technique)+Gangully(agression)+VVS(strokeplay) keep going the unstoppable "THE NEW RUN MACHINE"the srl bowl @death with some needed scoops behind the wicket,imp stats if we compare wagon wheel of both teams,ind nothing square or behind the wicket,expected when class act like kholi bats for long,@ the moment he has to take a note to score behind the stumps also, nothing much one can do when the slinging action hits the crease 10/10,ashwin OR Raina would have been better bet,yuvi confd going get worst & remembered for sometime but Ind had best chance to make it 2t20wc,but dhoni does give the backing for players of this kind, remb jadeja as batsmen now turned into regular bowler atleast in shorter format,

Posted by Udendra on (April 8, 2014, 7:15 GMT)

"Jayawardene the craftsman"

Posted by JustIPL on (April 8, 2014, 4:15 GMT)

It is being used too much of an excuse that SL plans only comprised of darting off side yorkers. It is a general funda to bowl on one side of the wicket. Not all the balls were so wide rather it was dhoni trying to hit everything to the legside boundary. Kohli timed okay but dhoni couldnot. Dhoni was too much preoccupied by his halicopter shot and was totally oriented for that while malinga spotted him shrewdly.

Posted by Unii on (April 8, 2014, 4:06 GMT)

This is simple. at last 4 overs, Kohli[@ 70,], YUVI[..?], Dhoni[greatest finisher or something like that]..so then Kholi - 7 frm 8 YUVI - 4 frm 9 Dhoni - 4 frm 7 its only about the greatest death bowling ever see. if it's not happen then anyone didnt talk about those things.so don't it take away from this. well done schi, kule and mali...

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

@Adam787: Kohli's anger with Yuvraj was understandable. He had hit Kula for 6,4,2 & then hoped Yuvraj will run the second run of the 4th ball. Instead Yuvraj wanted to take it easy!. That was in 16th over when they had to go at every run & hit every ball. Had the second run been taken Kohli might have hit another 4 & a Six to finish the over 10 more runs ahead. You also need to realize Yuvraj was not hitting the ball for 4's & 6's. He was scoring a single every 3 balls whilst Kohli at the non strikers end was losing his temper with such brainless approach by Yuvraj. It is amazing Kohloi put up with YUVI's defence that long. Finally Yuvi was out in 19th over to a full toss which should have gone for a Six over the mid wicket. Even Patience has limits & I am surprised Kohli did not give a piece of his Mind to Yuvraj right on the field! I am even more surprised at Dhoni for not sending a message to Yuvi to "hit out or get Out", in 15th over, as Most Captains would have done!

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Worldbestteampakistan, don't say that India came in final by luck. I am a pakistani supporter but we should respect all the cricket teams and players. India have shown character as a team. No one was expecting their bowlers to do the job for them but they set up the wins for them in all group matches. In Semi final, it were the batsmen who did that job as always expected. In the Final, SL bowlers did the job for them specially in death overs and thats the bottom line. Hats off and congrats to both teams. As for Pakistan, we always want them to win but sadly they didn't do the job when it matters most (against WI). Better luck next time for my time.

Posted by Nawab67 on (April 7, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

@adam787...Stop talking about Kohli's attitude. He has great attitude and talent. Opponents may not like it and we hope you don't.

Posted by Nawab67 on (April 7, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

@cric.1965.... you clearly lack cricket knowledge....By your logic the batsmen who comes in during the last 2 overs of the T20 match has same goal/responsibility as the guy who opens the innings...!!!

Posted by cric1965 on (April 7, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

Kohli also failed in death overs. In last 8 balls he face he could score only 7 runs. Is that enough for a caliber of champion batsman who already face 50 balls by the time. Dhoni scored 4 runs in his 7 balls. Yuvi, Dhoni, Kohli all three are responsible for low score. Can any one escape.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

Worldbestteam.......... You really are bitter aren't you, 20/20 is knockabout fun and Sri Lanka and India were the best 2 teams because they reached the final end of!!! Kohli was the best batsman in the competition and is one of the top 5 batsmen in the world.Yuvraj's best days are long behind him and as for Pakistan well not a lot yo talk about is there!!!!

Posted by Nampally on (April 7, 2014, 13:34 GMT)

@cric.1965: You questioned if there is a big difference between Kohli scoring 8 runs in the first 12 balls & Yuvi scoring 7 runs in first 12 balls? Yes, there is a "huge difference" in timing & responsibility! Kohli came in with score 4 for 1 in 1.3 overs. He had to first make sure he pulled India out of "Fire"+ lay the foundation for a big score - which he consistently does & did it this time too! Yuvi came in @ 64 for 2 in 10.3 overs. His "Main" job was to raise the run rate to 10/over- nothing else. instead he wasted 21 balls for 11 runs. It did not matter whether he got out swinging his bat because Raina - @#5- can score @ S/R of >200, as he did vs. SA. How tragic is it that Yuvraj failed in his responsibility whilst Kohli played a superb knock under extremely frustrating circumstances of Yuvraj "assisting the opposition" by his poor S/R. That is the Difference- A Winner Vs. A Loser!

Posted by AdithiIPL on (April 7, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

Mr. Cric1965, You had forgotten about the fact that Kohli came in 2nd over of the innings whereas Yuvraj the 12th.

Posted by ramli on (April 7, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

VK has reason to get furious ... YS displayed lack of common sense and a lot of ego not to hand strike to VK ... YS is great on his day ... but this was not that and sadly he refused to believe it ... it requires big heart to let young guns do their best ... hmm ...

Posted by Rubic on (April 7, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

A BIG congratulations to SL and a great fight from India…Disengaging Kohli from the action was the key to success for SL…we witness one legend gone (Sanga) and other (Kohli) shine…Thanks CRICKET..we love you…)

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

Well Played by both India and Sri Lanka ....

This was a true Exhibition of hard fought cricket by Gents sans the swearing and the staring.........

Great Death bowling by Sri Lanka who executed their plans well on the Field and a calm head by Sanga to steer the ship home

It must be remembered that SL also won the practice game against India in a tight finish and that must have given them plenty of confidence going into the final considering they won the 50 over game in the ASIA cup too

so in the recent past it is 3 - 0 to Sri Lanka

Posted by Worldbestteampakistan on (April 7, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

WellDone Srilanka to play like a true champion and beating a ordinary team like india , who comes in this final with fluke and luck and depending on a single frustrated and unbehaved person like kohli who have no respect for his seniors like yuvraj Singh , yuvraj is a better player than kohli , he already proved it in World Cup 2011 in the presence of kohli when he single handedly win world cup for india , so kohli calm down dude , one thing must say world t20 final is nothing without specialist of Pakistan tea na true champion of this format , Lala already bring tears in indian supporters twice but srilanka you deserved and congrats

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

Well Played both India and Sri Lanka.... Cricket is team game and it showed in Sri Lanka's win yesterday with many contributions along the way

No top ranked batter or Bowler but a collective team effort against the New king of Batting and 10 others...........

Let us not forget that Sri Lanka won the practice game against India too !!!!

Asian Nations hold all the major Limited overs trophy's now :)

Was refreshing to watch cricket played by gents sans the swearing and staring too

Posted by kasyapm on (April 7, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

Hearty congrats to SL..you played brilliantly and deserved to win. Fitting send-off to Mahela and Sanga - from an Indian fan.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2014, 9:27 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 Samdanh on (April 7, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

Sammy complained about Faulkner and boasted about action on pitch etc, after winning the martch against Aus. Ashwin boasted positives when India kept winning. Both teams were snuffed out in crucial matches. So should we think, as Sammy said, that talk is cheap?. Cricinfo, request to publish

Posted by cric1965 on (April 7, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

Kholi first 12 balls -scored 8 runs. Yuvi first 12 balls - scored 7 runs. is there big difference between them in start of the innings.

Kholi first 21 balls -scored 20 runs Yuvi total 21 balls - scored 11 runs

Posted by HANI60 on (April 7, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka; was working but following on espncricinfo, thank god, and times could no bear to look a the scores as SL were chasing and early wickets fell. But the two legends had other ideas and saw SL through. Many congratulations To SL team and the whole country.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 7, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

What a masterclass from Sanga.Would rate this v high among the game/cup winning masterpieces in world cup finals played by some of the greatest of this gen. I have seen.Fact its worthy of 3rd best after timeless knocks of Gilly and Ponting for mighty Aus.

Posted by shammi628 on (April 7, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

I'm really proud to be a SRI LANKAN. We played consistent cricket throughout last 10 years or so. All were looked us on our failures in big occasions. No one apart from the country did not talk about skills of our heroes. We were waiting to lift our 2nd world cup trophy sine few years back. The day came and our boys defeated INDIA completely by without any challenge. We never hope such sort of lesser challenge from indians... This was a right time to win over the india. Now we are the WORLD CHAMPIONS.................................. Come on SRI LANKA>>>>>>>

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

best team won. India looks like a good team in paper but couldn't be compaired with Sri lanka. On batting India only relies on Koli, luckily he has been performing consistantly. If he loose his form lots of teams are going to beat them consistantly.Bowling is bellow par. Ashwin is a world class bowler, but there is no quality pace attack. Sri Lanka is well ballance from top to bottom in batting and bowling. If Bangaladesh improve there bowling they can play with anyone( I think Ned, and Ireland have narrowed the gap between them and Test playing nations, they need to be given a chance, atleast with few games per year.)

Posted by adam787 on (April 7, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

Kohli is a great batsman but his attitude does not help the indian side, his open anger at yuvvy during his batting probably made things worse.

Posted by cric1965 on (April 7, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

Defeat is due to last 4 overs scored only 19 runs. Do not blame yuvi only. Kholi and Dhoni also responsible for low score. Kholi last 8 balls scored only 7 runs. He should have scored more. Yuvi last 9 balls 5 runs Dhoni last 7 balls 4 runs 1 wide and 2byes All three batsman failed in last 4 overs. If they score 40 runs in last 4 overs as usual, the score would be 151. Then see the difference in batting second and falling wickets and mounting pressure in final. Results would be different

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

Honestly this match did not have much left in it once India were in to 19th over of the match with 119/2. Every one knew India is not going to make it. People may have wished for miracles but miracles don't happen if a player does not even *try*. I cant recall Yuvraj trying a big heave in his innings spanning from over 10.4 till 18.1. Kholi produced 6,4,4,1 at the start of the 16th over. Yuvraj was there for 4 overs at that time. Its not like he just entered. I cant believe Yuvraj did not know the situation. Even the running between the wickets he did not encourage 2nd runs with Kholi. If yuvraj was physically weak to play cricket he should have opted out or the management should have rested him. Even a weak person would TRY. Its a cricket mystery of the year to me.

Posted by VinothSam on (April 7, 2014, 3:02 GMT)

Glad to see Kohli shaked hand with Sanga when he hit his fifty. it reminds me when we played at Lahure in 1996, Ian healy did the same to our Arjuna when he realized that Aussies gonna lost the game.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 23:49 GMT)

Congrats to the SL team. It was a fantastic victory where all the players contributed 100%. Mahela the greatest batsman, greatest captain and greatest strategist. Wish you and Sanga happy retirement and look forward to seeing you both and the rest of the Sri Lankan team when we play England in 2 more months. The 2015 50 over world cup is in Australia and NZ where we will be able to support you all to a maximum. Do not bend over to the pressure of "age" as both of you have lot to offer for Sri Lanka and you are both still at your peak. Niranjan Samarasekera Melbourne

Posted by zidane617 on (April 6, 2014, 18:44 GMT)

Just like India did it for Sachin in 2011, Sri Lanka did it for Sanga and Mahela who never won a World Cup tho they have been in four finals. Its their farewell match and the tournament and this is the ultimate send off to one of crickets greatest duo's in T20's but we are still lucky to then in Test and ODI's but it would only a matter of time they hang the boots for that as well!!....and for all the Yuvraj bashers he maybe a bit out of form but you cant discredit the tremendous depth bowling by Lankan bowlers even Dhoni couldn't connect properly!!...Sri Lanka thoroughly deserve this victory!!..

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

Kohli has every right to be frustrated... It is not that you have to be in form every single time for a match.. Even when Kohli started off the last two matches, he was not, one might say.. he capitalised on situations.. one has to do that.. Yuvi being in the game for such a long time, should have taken his game out of his mind and start to play... It is difficult when the opposition keeps on bowling at your weak point, in a crunch game.. A single on the leg side... A touch to the third man.. is what was required of him till the 18th over.. And that he could nt do it...Yuvi has a long way to go... And i pity Royal challengers for picking him.. Again, Kohli has to have frustrations with him in Royal challengers, bangalore...

Posted by rajappppa on (April 6, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

virat kohli is the only batsman in india played really well today...none of the other player are not coming to the party,indias population 1.3 billion but not producing top quality four fast bowlers.if consider sri lank produsing class bowlers such a small country producing such type of bowlers y can't india..BCCI needs to look for good and young bowlers

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

It was the worst performance of the Indian team specially yuvraj&dhoni.It was a loss whichwill hurts viewers for a long time.yuvraj should have retire from cricket if he wants his reputation alive.He must have to enjoy his family life and keep distance from cricket.I was a gr8 fan of yuvi but now I am not because of his worthless inning.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

I thought india played spirit of the game and showd exactly that.... virat kohli with man of the series also wins hearts of many more. he is single handedly taking batting to a serious level where performing in 7 out of 9 matches is under performance.... a serious batsman with serious talent to go with everest temprament. congrates to s.lanka and better luck to India. respect from Pakistan

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