India v Sri Lanka, World T20, final April 6, 2014

'Been a long time coming' - Sangakkara

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene were overwhelmed to be able to sign off their T20 careers with a long-awaited trophy after overcoming India in the World T20 final.

Sangakkara played the decisive hand in the final with an unbeaten 52 off 35 balls, his first significant contribution of the tournament after four previous innings had brought just 19 runs, and he was delighted to have been able to repay his team-mates while also ending Sri Lanka's time as bridesmaids in major events since 1996.

"It's been a long time coming, I can't be happier or prouder," Sangakkara said. "I think the side carried me so I was pretty happy I could give something back to them. It means a lot to all of us; to me, to our families, to everyone back home."

Jayawardene, who made 24 before finding midwicket which appeared to give India an opening, admitted there had been added emotions around this match

"We finally managed to break the jinx," he said. "Thanks so much to family and friends but this one is for Sri Lanka fans who have been waiting since 1996. It wasn't a normal match. There were a lot of emotions as this was the last T20. It hasn't sunk in yet and it will take a couple of days to get the feeling."

Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka's captain for the final three matches of the tournament following Dinesh Chandimal's suspension and then his omission, said the team were desperate to give Sangakkara and Jayawardene a victorious send-off from the format.

"I was really lucky to captain in the last three games. Today, we thought it was Sanga and Mahela's farewell match, the boys thought we needed to do it for them. Last few overs we bowled really well. Mahela and Sanga are world-class batsmen and it was a good opportunity for us to be able to play with them. They are still playing Tests and ODIs and the younger players need to pick all that they can from the two."

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  • ExpectUs on April 8, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    I expected a hug from Sangakara when Jayawardene got out and getting out of field.

  • android_user on April 8, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    @ Mahendranath : Correction. SL the better side with both bowling n batting and aggressive fielding won the Tournament.

  • android_user on April 7, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    well played SL.yes they been waiting for it for many tournaments. been in finals 5-6 times in last few years but this time did it. couldnt be more perfect than this for mahela and sanga. by far the best team yeterday and playing good cricket for last 2 months or so. congratulations.

  • prasain on April 7, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    sign of the great cricketer who always signs in greatr occasions

  • dummy4fb on April 6, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Thank You to the whole Sri Lanka Cricket team. a great team performance.

    to sanga: Thank You for THE Crucial Innings, which was due!! pls keep going in other formats too.

    to mahela: The Best tauch player in T20. Thank You for all the memorable World T20 Innings.

    All the Best for the future.

    P.S: A crack at the 2015 WC is possible, with a few fire power in Bowling.

  • dummy4fb on April 6, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    Brilliant performance. Congratulations to Marvelous Mahela and Sublime Sanga. You showed that form is temporary but class is permanent!

  • mahendernath on April 6, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Sanga & Jaya have been heroes for many cric fans around the world and it was the emotionally filled desperate Sri-Lanka that crushed India. But against all odds team India emerged as one of the best bowling team of the Tournament. Malinga very lucky to captain the farewell game of MJ & KS Wish u lots of luck 4 ur future !! Enjy Lankans !!!

  • dummy4fb on April 6, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    #worldcup2011 In the quarterfinal against Australia,Yuvraj was the pivot holding the middle order to chase a challenging 260. He hit an unbeaten 57. Dhoni relied on Yuvi to bowl his full quota of 10 overs against Australia and Pakistan.He broke the crucial stand of Kumar Sangakkara (48) and Mahela Jayawardene (103 not out) which was threatening to bat India out of the game. ICC World cup 2011 Man of the tournament:- yuvraj singh #worldcup2014 Yuvi had a rough day in the final,everyone started blaming him but always remember he came through a tough tym in his life,fighting for his life. this happens wateva it is "U R A TRUE INDIAN AND A GREAT CRICKETER"

  • St.John on April 6, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Yes it wasn't a 'normal' match Mahela. Darren Sammy said after losing their storm-hit match that the Almighty wanted SL to win...I guess he was right. . I'm not taking anything away from the Sri Lankans but I am convinced the Almighty did indeed help.