India v Sri Lanka, World T20, final

Sri Lanka executed yorkers really well - Dhoni

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April 6, 2014

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Virat Kohli plays a one-handed drive, India v Sri Lanka, final, World T20, Mirpur, April 6, 2014
Virat Kohli looked in superb touch but he was starved of the strike towards the end of the innings © ICC
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After a slow start, India had recovered to 93 for 2 in 14 overs, and with an in-form Virat Kohli looking good, they were set for a final flourish. That flourish never arrived as Yuvraj Singh struggled to a painful 21-ball 11, starving Kohli of the strike. It resulted in only 19 runs coming off the final four overs.

"I think in the middle overs," MS Dhoni said when asked when the game slipped away. "Our batsmen tried their best to get going but it was one of those days when we couldn't convert our starts. Virat was the only one out there who looked fluent.

India ended on 130, a total Dhoni felt was a touch light. "I think we could have got another 10-15 runs. T20 cricket is always about that extra 15 runs."

He also felt that the showers just before the start of the game made the ball stop early on when coming off the pitch, which hampered run-scoring.

While asking for more from his batsmen, Dhoni also praised Sri Lanka's pinpoint bowling at the death. "The last four overs is a place where we really want to score as many as you can and that was an area where we couldn't capitalise. At the same time you have to give credit to the Sri Lankan bowlers. I think they executed their plans brilliantly. They were looking for wide yorkers and all the balls were perfect wide yorkers. I think they only bowled one wide or something. Other than that they were right on the mark, which made it further more difficult for our batsmen to score freely."

India have been one of the better teams when it comes to dealing with the unorthodox threat of Lasith Malinga, but Dhoni said Malinga troubled his batsmen in the final. "Malinga has that slingy action, not coming from a great height, [it] becomes very difficult to get underneath the ball. It was a perfect game for the Sri Lankan team, they bowled yorkers to both right-handers and left-handers."

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Posted by ABHICA on (April 10, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

as if UV's innings was not sufficient,rest is completed by MSD coming after him.tht was the point SL bowlers started to bowl offside yorkers as same was much eaiser to them when both Right handed batsment were at middle,had Raina come after UV,left-right comb wud make it much difficult to bowl offside yorkers & Ind wud hve scored invaluable runs...!!!!

Posted by BigINDFan on (April 9, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

It is called momentum - against Eng SL had no clue yorkers or not. When Nohit Sharma and helpless Rahane open followed by killer UV and My mind is on CSK troubles MSD this is what will happen. The reason why Ind were in the finals was becoz of Kohli and to be fair Nohit was Rohit riding on good Ind bowling. Ind went with their worst T20 team based on form - Yuvi, MSD are past their prime even in IPL. Mahela and Sanga knew their time is up and gave one last burst before retiring. Malinga may not last that long in this format unless he maintains fitness. So why not go with a young team who have nothing to lose but full of energy. Instead Ind goes with the same set of losers and blame yorkers and fielding restrictions etc. I am very happy for SL that they finally won after all these attempts but even they know Ind flopped and were clueless this time.

Kohli is a momentum players and UV and MSD killed it, the same guys who were 2011 WC heroes - time to hang their boots and make way

Posted by   on (April 9, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

dhoni says sri lanka executed yorkers very well but being a senior cricketer he doesn't know how to play yorkers even a first class s cricketer in India can hit boundaries with the yorker than what is the use of coaching and spending crores of rupees in training this shows dhoni has no care for the passionate indian fans who toil hard in the sun and leaving their work and watching cricket just they can be happy when india lift the cup they may feel satisfaction inside their mind that they can compare the win with themselves that is passion a true Indian fan live eat and die cricket dhoni has disappointed all of them he should be removed as captain and it is the right time for virat to lead and raina his deputy even if they loose matches don't worry they are the beacons of light for India in the future bcci please make a change.

Posted by asitha.asi8 on (April 9, 2014, 6:33 GMT)

Why people blame Yuvi ? No one can hit runs against Sri Lankan balling. Everyone saw what happen to Gayle(3 runs of 13 balls) and Samuels (18 runs of 29 balls). They are the most dangerous batsman in world cricket..In last four over top scorer kohli played 8 balls and scored 6 run, captain hitter played 6 balls and scored 4 runs, yuvi played 8 balls and scored 6 runs...Then tell me who is the resposible for the low total? We cant blame a single player for opponent great bowling...well done srilankan bowlers. NZ batsman all out for 60. Simply SL balling was too good. that's why India ot beaten. Nice work SL.

Posted by asitha.asi8 on (April 9, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

Why people blame Yuvi ? No one can hit runs against Sri Lankan balling. Everyone saw what happen to Gayle(3 runs 13 balls) and Samuels (18 runs 29 balls). They are the most dangerous batsman in world cricket. Even Kohli scored 7 runs of 8 balls. NZ batsman all out for 60. Simply SL balling was too good. that's why India got beaten. Nice work SL.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2014, 5:16 GMT)

MS Dhoni once said it's easy for them to face Malinga since he's familiar for them from IPL.Now,he's saying that it's difficult to get underneath the ball since Malinga has a slinging action.And,even if they were those FINAL FOUR OVERS that caused trouble for Indian batsmen and,not of course the middle overs,anything wet might be a cause when they were defeated but,might not be if they have won....???? So,Dhoni again shows his reasons & fears to loose.Anyway,there was an important point to notice.Indian batting line up was weaker from the 2011 world cup one and,Sri Lankan batting line up was stronger than in 2011 WC.For India spin department had been improved to some extent and,for Sri Lanka,good differences were their newly found,in form all-rounder & legend following opener.

Posted by wapuser on (April 9, 2014, 4:47 GMT)

Unlike WI of the 80s and Aus of the 90s and early 2000 no cricket team is dominating in all forms of cricket at the moment. SA is by far the best side in Test cricket for the last 6 or 7 years and they are the most consistent of all. India were never really a threat in Test Cricket but had their best years of ODI cricket in the last 2 or 3 years but now fading under the best ODI side atm Aus and the best Asian side SL. And SL is probably the most balanced and best side in T20 in the world followed by i believe WI. India atm is strong because of Kohli which makes them really unbalanced. SA is not the best side in limited overs but what i ve seen in this World T20 is that if managed right they could be a force cos they proved they can win tight situations by crawling to the semis only denied by Kohli which can be excused.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (April 8, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

Malinga's Yorkers where send to boundaries in IPL by many players including MSD. Reality is that momentum changed as soon as Yuvi started to struggle.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

Why people blame Yuvi ? No one can hit runs against Sri Lankan balling. Everyone saw what happen to Gayle and Samuels. They are the most dangerous batsman in world cricket. Even Kohli scored 7 runs of 8 balls. NZ batsman all out for 60. Simply SL balling was too good. that's why India got beaten. Nice work SL.

Posted by Ramansilva on (April 8, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

I think India under estimated Sri Lanka's bowling ability. But the fact was that Kumar and Sharma were no match for Malinga and Kulasekera. They were not even considered as good for death bowling. Where as Malinga and Kulasekera had proven track record. But who would have thought India would stuggle to score even 20 runs in the last 4 overs.

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