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

Yuvraj's 21-ball struggle, and SL's death bowling

Stats highlights from Sri Lanka's World T20 triumph at Mirpur

  • Sri Lanka's six-wicket win was their first triumph in the final of a world event in five attempts since the 1996 World Cup. Since then, Sri Lanka had ended up on the losing side in the finals of the 2007 ODI World Cup, 2009 World T20, 2011 ODI World Cup and the 2012 World T20, before winning this World T20.

  • Sri Lanka have been the most consistent team in the World T20s, having made it to four semi-finals and three finals. They are also the most consistent T20I team since the last World T20, having lost only four of the 18 T20Is they have played since then. Their win-loss ratio of 3.25 is the best in this period.

  • Kumar Sangakkara won the Man-of-the-Match award for his 35-ball 52 - his third such award in T20Is. This was Sangakkara's eighth fifty in T20Is and his third against India. Sangakkara has scored 235 runs against India at an average of 78.33. His strike-rate of 172.8 against India is significantly better than his overall T20I strike rate of 119.6. Sangakkara finished his T20I career as the fifth-highest run-scorer in the format, having made 1382 runs at 31.40.

  • Mahela Jayawardene became the first batsman to score 1000 runs in the World T20. Mahela finished with 1016 runs at an average of 39.07 and a strike rate of 134.7, including one hundred and six fifties. He is also the second-highest run-scorer in T20Is, with 1493 runs at an average of 31.76 and a strike rate of 133.2, including one hundred and nine fifties.

  • The six-wicket defeat ended what was India's longest winning streak in T20Is - of seven matches -, only one short of the eight consecutive wins achieved by England and Ireland, which is the longest by any team.

  • India's batsmen could hit only 12 boundaries (eight fours and four sixes) - with Virat Kohli hitting nine of them - in their innings, which equaled the lowest they have hit in the first innings of a T20I from 20 overs. The other such instance came against Pakistan in Bangalore in 2012, when they hit nine fours and three sixes from 20 overs.

  • Kohli's 58-ball 77 in this match was his eighth fifty in T20Is and his second-highest score. This was Kohli's third fifty batting first, in 14 innings. He averages 29.28 when batting first, as opposed to his average of 82.66 while chasing.

  • Kohli scored 319 runs in this World T20 at an average of 106.33 - the highest any batsman has scored in a World T20, and only the third time a batsman has scored 300-plus in the tournament. Tillakaratne Dilshan had scored 317 runs at 52.83 in the 2009 World T20, which was the previous highest aggregate made by any batsman in a World T20. Kohli is also only the second batsman to hit four fifty-plus scores in a World T20. Matthew Hayden - who hit four fifties in the 2007 World Cup - was the other batsman.

  • India's batsmen struggled to score quickly against Sri Lanka's bowlers and ended up making only 130 in spite of losing just four wickets. This is the lowest score made by any team for the loss of just four wickets from 20 overs in T20Is. The previous lowest was Pakistan's 126 against England in 2010.

  • India's total was also the lowest by a team batting first in a World T20 final. The previous lowest was 137 by West Indies against the same opposition in the last World T20.

  • Sri Lanka bowlers gave away just 19 runs from the last four overs - the second lowest conceded by a team against India in the last four overs of a T20I. The lowest any team has conceded in the last four overs against India is 18 runs - by Pakistan in Bangalore in 2012.

  • Yuvraj Singh's 21-ball struggle at the crease was the third-slowest T20I innings of 20 balls or more by an India batsman. The two slowest innings by an India batsman have both been played by MS Dhoni, with his 27-ball 9 against Australia at the MCG in 2008 being the slowest. Yuvraj, however, has also played one of the top three fastest innings of 20 balls or more by an India batsman.

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at

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  • Manoj on April 10, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    It is hard to understand why people blame Yuvi alone for our defeat. In my opinion Kohli and Dhoni too should be blamed. Because, these 3 failed to score in a rapid face in the last 4 overs of the innings. Before Yuvi comes to bat, the score read as 64/1 from 10.3 overs which is not a good score at the first half of the match especially in a final in any standard. We could have scored something like 60 from last 4 overs to make the overall score to go past 170 when we were having 8 wickets intact. Look at the scoring rates in last 4 overs (16-20). Yuvi 4 runs from 9 balls. Kohli 7 runs from 8 balls. Dhoni 6 runs from 7 balls. Why should we blame only Yuvi. We managed to score about 50 runs from last 4 overs against strong SA and Aus bowling attacks. Why we couldn't do that again Lankans with Kohli, Dhoni and Yuvi at the crease. The fact is very clear it is not Yuvi alone, but our all top order batsmen and the death bowling strength of Lankans to be blamed.

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    I really don't understand why Yuvraj only is blamed for everything, what have others done except Kohli. Rohit 29 of 26 in T20 World Cup, Rahane Failed again, Dhoni played around 7-8 balls for just 4 runs. Then why only Yuvraj Singh to blame for everything. What about our bowlers, they didn't even pick up wickets in regular interval. This is a overall bad game for India. So, they must sit or think about future rather than blaming only one man for everything...the same for fans too...Players and BCCI must understand that World Cup finals are not coming in quick time,,it takes around 6-7 years & 3 T20 World Cups to make it to the final again after 2007.....

  • Android on April 7, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    As per dhoni statement its correct for yuvraj

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    If the batsmen do their work, bowlers do theirs and fielders also theirs, then why there should be a captain ? This was applicable to the first part of the tournament. In anybody's thinking, it is the captain who is responsible to assess the situation and make alterations. It is anybody's guess that Yuvraj is not confident person and is struggling with bat. India, when the second wicket fell, was in a situation which could have turned into winnable one. Strategy should have been to send Suresh adn DHoni before Yuvraj. Hence, it is not yuvraj, but DHONI who has to be solely responsible for this loss.

  • Hemanga on April 7, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Sri Lanka actually played in 6 world title finals since 1996. Everyone forgets 2002 champions trophy final which played twice between India & Sri Lanka in Colombo and both occasions it was a wash out and both teams declared as joint champions

  • Vinoth on April 7, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    Don't forget that not only Yuvi struggled but Dhoni as well. He had a chance to get another 15 plus but he found it hard as well. Anyway Sri Lankans made it in style. What a way to end the T20 career for Maya and Sanga. Good on you mates. Proud to be Sri lankan.

  • Jagat on April 6, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    India's score must be 2nd lowest made by any team for the loss of just four wickets if Pakistan made only 126

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    Sri Lanka you beauty !!!!!

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