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

Sri Lanka savour long-sought success

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'Hard work, not luck, paid off' - Malinga

"There were two gentlemen who gave a lot not only to Sri Lankan cricket but to cricket as a whole. May be the Almighty wants them to win a World Cup and leave on a high. That's why He put his hand in this so that they get another match."

When Darren Sammy made this prediction at the end of the first semi-final, one felt how strongly the West Indies captain believed in destiny, particularly after a hailstorm hit the Shere Bangla National Stadium to give Sri Lanka a win through D/L, and depriving the defending champions of an assault in the last few overs.

Sri Lanka's captain Lasith Malinga said the win had nothing to do with luck, but a lot of hard work and planning which brought them the victory. Either way, destiny or not, it was down to winning the big moments, and that's where Sri Lanka stepped up.

Sammy's statement also brought to mind the sheer respect that world cricket has for Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. Sammy was right in the end. Perhaps it was all meant to be, as Sri Lanka won a major tournament final, after four failed attempts in the last seven years.

Both had announced their retirement prior to the start of the World T20, drawing a bit of flak for taking away too much attention. The team however, said they wanted to win it for their two ayyas, the word for elder brother in Sinhalese. Sangakkara said that they won it for every Sri Lankan.

"It is wonderful that the side wanted to win it for us," Sangakkara said. "But there are 20 million other people to win for. It's not just about me or Mahela.

"It's about an entire squad, everyone who stands with you and behind you. We get noticed because it's our last game, but at the end of the day everyone has played a part."

Sangakkara paid tribute to everyone who supported Sri Lanka cricket, and the cricket team, through thick and thin. There have been tough moments, particularly the four tournament final defeats over the past seven years.

In 2007, they were steamrolled by Australia but the momentum was with Sri Lanka in 2009 when they lost to Pakistan in the World T20 final. In the 2011 World Cup final, they seemed to have India on the mat but were pushed out of that contest by MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir. At home, in the last World T20 final, Sri Lanka failed to chase a moderate target against West Indies.

"This is the first time I have been a part of a team that has won a World Cup," Sangakkara said. "It's hard to describe exactly what you feel, but you feel humble. You realise how difficult it is to get here, how much support you need, not just from your team-mates, but from your family, your fans, the support staff.

"You can never do anything alone. You may be the best batsman in the world or the best bowler in the world, but you can't do anything without support. At moments like this you have to look back, reflect and be thankful for that support, because without that you wouldn't be here. It's been an amazing journey. It's time to walk away, and to walk away like this is even better."

Before Sangakkara spoke, Malinga said that he backed his experienced players to come good on the big day, as he understands their ability having observed them for the past decade.

"I've played over ten years in this team, I know every single player, their ability, what they can do," Malinga said. "I enjoyed my captaincy in the last three games, I know exactly what particular players have what ability. I used that experience during my captaincy and I was successful.

"Anyone can say anything. Some say winning is luck, some say winning is talent. I really trust that we didn't have luck. We worked hard, we know our ability, we can do that, everyone is talented, that's why we won the match. I don't believe in luck."

Sangakkara, in a way, echoed Malinga's viewpoint when asked if the game of cricket had finally given back to him and Jayawardene after years of serving the game. He said it was about finally taking an opportunity.

"I don't think the game owes us, or any player, anything. Our job is to try and play it as best as we can, and walk away hopefully having made a positive impact.

"The game gives us the opportunities and it's up to us to try and take them. We had four opportunities before this, and today we took it. You need a bit of ability, luck, planning, execution. Right place, right time, right game."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • meerkat55 on April 8, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Humble success for the heavy weight! Yes, they have been the dominant force in the limited overs cricket for the past 19 years since they have won the world cup in 1996 and reaching every final or semis. They have been almost unbeatable in limited overs, cos of their dangerous bowling attack first and their legends Mahela and Sanga. Regardless, they have won this T20 tournament, their success shouldn't be under estimated, five finals in seven years speak out itself. After loosing the previous four, Manliga's captaincy shouldn't be under estimated here in spite of Mahela's influence and his shrewdness. He has been brilliant since he took over the captaincy, even though he was getting the advice form Mahela , he brought himself after Smith was getting after Kula in the semi and made sure that Smith get out before Kula bowl again. In the final aginst India, he made Dohni and Kohli an average by his brilliant depth bowling. Well deserved victory for a humble, but very tactical SL team.

  • priya65 on April 7, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    This was cricket at its best, sri Lanka did many things right.. They knew that they can not get away at death overs with spinners. A whole nation was behind them. These things go a long way here in SL. India has truly come of age, they took it nicely. It is nice that the subcontinent is getting out of that aggressive mentality. No one was swearing. I think some teams can learn a lot from that. Winning ugly has no place. You show how good you are and win. Kohli and them were gracious in defeat. Thank you ! Cricket is a game that humbles many. it brings good vibes. We cherish this win with the thought that no one is invincible. We shed a tears for Kumar and Mahekka with the thought that no one is indispensable. Pride ! Tears and Joy, life is good when enjoyed with everyone !

  • navinrajpal on April 7, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    Excellent Cricket by SL. Very professional performance indeed. Off-day for India. Losing the toss contributed to the result of the match. The pitch was very sluggish during the Indian innings & Rahane pretty much decalred India's intent by pulling his bat out & leaving a smashable 2nd delivery (in first over) from Kula. SL realised this mindset & Malinga came at a much later stage with Mathews & Kulasekara taking the pace off the bowl initially.

    Though very tempting, let us not blame Yuvi. Like all of us, he tried his best. SL simply executed their strategies well.

    Overall a win to savour for SL. Glad the cup is retained in the subcontinent! Tough competition amongst the subcontinental teams is good for the game.

  • on April 8, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    @Mervin Sl does not need Sanga and Mahela to chase 130 in a T20 :D

  • scud_1982 on April 8, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    Every team works hard, but luck plays it part too! Sri Lanka was destined to win this t20 and Sammy summed it up perfectly. Mahela and Sanga deserved this one, just as SRT deserved world cup! Congrats Sri Lanka....However, never underplay importance of luck...

  • rk_ks on April 8, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    @imtiazjaleel: Place Malinga at the top of the list because of just three games. Then where will you place Steve Waugh, Cronje, Flemming, Ponting and Dhoni. SL had two great captains in the form of Ranatunga and Jayawardene. Malinga is just three games old. You are so funny. Of course SL won through their hardwork and talent and it was a better than India in the tournament, but if you talk about luck we can also tell SL is lucky because rain helped them in semi final. Luck is something which you will not have control of like rain or target change after D/L calculation, or bad umpring decision.Dropped catch is under a players control and you cannot call it luck.

  • Pathiyal on April 8, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Congrats to the legends and Malinga and Nuwan! although disappointed for India not to win it but i had reasons to feel happy when i happend to see the tired but glowing faces in the SL camp esp. the very sight of the two legends of the game who always brought immense richness to the culture of the game. the way the captain and Nuwan bowled also deserve a special mention... well done, team SL. you deserve it!!!

  • imtiazjaleel on April 8, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Who is saying DHONI has won all finals. If you look at the last two IPL finals he lost both of them and even did not make the finals of the champions league. I believe it is the team who wins the match not the captain alone. If a captain is alone responsible for winning or losing, then we should keep MALINGA on the top of list of captains. SL as a team has played excellently and won the match and Malinga is right they won because of their hard work not luck. India were lucky though, because Kohli was dropped when he was only 11.

  • Anwaruzz on April 8, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    I went to the Stadia to watch two of my favourite players bat. Kohli and Sangakara. Thinking of Law of Probability to catch up with both of them. I expected Kohli to fail and Sangakara to succed on the Final. Thanks God !! both of them gave outstanding performances and I really enjoyed their batting though the gamewas a foregone conlusion after IND could manage 130+ but what happened after the game really warmed my heart, the Indian players showed so much respect to their rival players despite losing. Both are great teams and maybe again the Law of Probability caught up with India !!

  • on April 7, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    @Mervin Timnal. Don't be so angry dude. its not good for your health. Playing with hatred mind won't do any good. As Sanga said, be humble when u succeed. & no matter how talented u r if u don't know how to play as a team its no use- most of the time! winning is a team work, not some thing singular. Though u r not strong enough to accept the defeat, yesterday SL outplayed Ind in all departments. ( may be v were bit bad in fielding - we dropped few catches). by winning yesterday we would not say we r going to be the best cricket team EVER as some Ind fans like u believe. we always try to play good cricket. so if we play good we will succeed. if not we can learn from it &come back strongly. unlike u all, we always love our players in both victory & loss. we never pelt stones on our players houses.

  • meerkat55 on April 8, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Humble success for the heavy weight! Yes, they have been the dominant force in the limited overs cricket for the past 19 years since they have won the world cup in 1996 and reaching every final or semis. They have been almost unbeatable in limited overs, cos of their dangerous bowling attack first and their legends Mahela and Sanga. Regardless, they have won this T20 tournament, their success shouldn't be under estimated, five finals in seven years speak out itself. After loosing the previous four, Manliga's captaincy shouldn't be under estimated here in spite of Mahela's influence and his shrewdness. He has been brilliant since he took over the captaincy, even though he was getting the advice form Mahela , he brought himself after Smith was getting after Kula in the semi and made sure that Smith get out before Kula bowl again. In the final aginst India, he made Dohni and Kohli an average by his brilliant depth bowling. Well deserved victory for a humble, but very tactical SL team.

  • priya65 on April 7, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    This was cricket at its best, sri Lanka did many things right.. They knew that they can not get away at death overs with spinners. A whole nation was behind them. These things go a long way here in SL. India has truly come of age, they took it nicely. It is nice that the subcontinent is getting out of that aggressive mentality. No one was swearing. I think some teams can learn a lot from that. Winning ugly has no place. You show how good you are and win. Kohli and them were gracious in defeat. Thank you ! Cricket is a game that humbles many. it brings good vibes. We cherish this win with the thought that no one is invincible. We shed a tears for Kumar and Mahekka with the thought that no one is indispensable. Pride ! Tears and Joy, life is good when enjoyed with everyone !

  • navinrajpal on April 7, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    Excellent Cricket by SL. Very professional performance indeed. Off-day for India. Losing the toss contributed to the result of the match. The pitch was very sluggish during the Indian innings & Rahane pretty much decalred India's intent by pulling his bat out & leaving a smashable 2nd delivery (in first over) from Kula. SL realised this mindset & Malinga came at a much later stage with Mathews & Kulasekara taking the pace off the bowl initially.

    Though very tempting, let us not blame Yuvi. Like all of us, he tried his best. SL simply executed their strategies well.

    Overall a win to savour for SL. Glad the cup is retained in the subcontinent! Tough competition amongst the subcontinental teams is good for the game.

  • on April 8, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    @Mervin Sl does not need Sanga and Mahela to chase 130 in a T20 :D

  • scud_1982 on April 8, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    Every team works hard, but luck plays it part too! Sri Lanka was destined to win this t20 and Sammy summed it up perfectly. Mahela and Sanga deserved this one, just as SRT deserved world cup! Congrats Sri Lanka....However, never underplay importance of luck...

  • rk_ks on April 8, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    @imtiazjaleel: Place Malinga at the top of the list because of just three games. Then where will you place Steve Waugh, Cronje, Flemming, Ponting and Dhoni. SL had two great captains in the form of Ranatunga and Jayawardene. Malinga is just three games old. You are so funny. Of course SL won through their hardwork and talent and it was a better than India in the tournament, but if you talk about luck we can also tell SL is lucky because rain helped them in semi final. Luck is something which you will not have control of like rain or target change after D/L calculation, or bad umpring decision.Dropped catch is under a players control and you cannot call it luck.

  • Pathiyal on April 8, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Congrats to the legends and Malinga and Nuwan! although disappointed for India not to win it but i had reasons to feel happy when i happend to see the tired but glowing faces in the SL camp esp. the very sight of the two legends of the game who always brought immense richness to the culture of the game. the way the captain and Nuwan bowled also deserve a special mention... well done, team SL. you deserve it!!!

  • imtiazjaleel on April 8, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Who is saying DHONI has won all finals. If you look at the last two IPL finals he lost both of them and even did not make the finals of the champions league. I believe it is the team who wins the match not the captain alone. If a captain is alone responsible for winning or losing, then we should keep MALINGA on the top of list of captains. SL as a team has played excellently and won the match and Malinga is right they won because of their hard work not luck. India were lucky though, because Kohli was dropped when he was only 11.

  • Anwaruzz on April 8, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    I went to the Stadia to watch two of my favourite players bat. Kohli and Sangakara. Thinking of Law of Probability to catch up with both of them. I expected Kohli to fail and Sangakara to succed on the Final. Thanks God !! both of them gave outstanding performances and I really enjoyed their batting though the gamewas a foregone conlusion after IND could manage 130+ but what happened after the game really warmed my heart, the Indian players showed so much respect to their rival players despite losing. Both are great teams and maybe again the Law of Probability caught up with India !!

  • on April 7, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    @Mervin Timnal. Don't be so angry dude. its not good for your health. Playing with hatred mind won't do any good. As Sanga said, be humble when u succeed. & no matter how talented u r if u don't know how to play as a team its no use- most of the time! winning is a team work, not some thing singular. Though u r not strong enough to accept the defeat, yesterday SL outplayed Ind in all departments. ( may be v were bit bad in fielding - we dropped few catches). by winning yesterday we would not say we r going to be the best cricket team EVER as some Ind fans like u believe. we always try to play good cricket. so if we play good we will succeed. if not we can learn from it &come back strongly. unlike u all, we always love our players in both victory & loss. we never pelt stones on our players houses.

  • on April 7, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    some says he can't rate SL above IND.don't waste ur time doing so.bcos ICC is doing it and SL is the no. 1 in T20.accept it. similarly IND is the no 1 ODI (50 over game) team. stop hating teams.,SL deserve win and many more to come in future. so much talant in these players. good luck boys.

  • on April 7, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Dear SL fans, unfortunately SL won against India, I accept Indian team of course have some weakness like all teams, but SL cricket begins to collapse without sanga and mahela after here, hope to see India repaying SL in 2015 WC and everywhere they clashes with IND. SL a team without great batsmen. finally good luck SL from India.

  • AjayB on April 7, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Sri Lanka deserved their victory and this was long time coming. I am an Indian fan but Sri Lanka did everything right and they earned the win. If India had to lose, I would rather that Sri Lanka get the win than anyone else. They are really nice bunch of sportsmen and they won fair and square. Great show guys, savor the win.

  • TheKeeper on April 7, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Thank you to both teams for an excellent game of cricket, and also a big thank to the hosts Bangladesh for staging an excellent tournament. It was a great win for Sri Lanka and they fully deserved it. India actually got a thrashing from a much better team. Sri Lanka have been in Bangladesh since the end of January and won the 2 test series 1-0, the t20 series 2-0, and the ODI series 3-0. Then they also won the Asia Cup (also thrashing India, and PAK too in final), and now they win the World t20 cup.

    Sri Lanka is currently unbeatable and definitely the in-form team in the world - in one-day cricket. India's bowling is really weak and even Ashwin is no great bowler, but the batting too is only good because Kholi is in the line up. The rest of the batsman are nothing special. Let's wait for the ODI world cup in 2015, I say that Sri Lanka will win that too.

  • rk_ks on April 7, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    @TrulyIndiancricfan: Well said bro. Same SL team bashed D/L method when they lost 2007 worldcup, but they supported the team when D/L became a favor to them in the semi finals. That's how fans are. Even Indian teams fans are no different than that. All of a sudden we forgot the trashing in NZ and SA and then we started rating Indian team as worlds best because they won all the matches in a T20. We have to accept the fact that SL played well and India handed over the match to SL. We could have scored another 25-30 runs easily which would have made lot of difference.

  • TrueIndianForever on April 7, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    I never ever believed in Sri Lankan cricket from Muralidharan to Malinga. India lost because of their own batting and not the genius of Sri Lankan bowling. Winners don't make 1 out of 5.

  • on April 7, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    This is grate day for every Sri Lankan around the world. We trusted our players with our heart. Win or lost we were with them. We warmly welcome them to our country every time.Thats the thing that Indian fans must learn from us. Thank you for wishes for every one. Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh for your wishes. It is really touching.We wish your cricket teams as well. We are with you all the time. Keep that friendship forever. That is the important thing we should learn. from every sport.

  • TrulyIndiancricfan on April 7, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Agreed SL played better cricket that night.. but that does not make India a weaker team.. When you win you give so much analysis about your death bowling and weak batting of opponents, and you want us to accept that.. we would had accepted if you had given such in depth analysis when you were losing so many finals and semi finals. That means your team lacked something than the team which won. You never accepted when we thrashed you in 2011.. still you boast excuses.. then how do you expect that we Indians would rate SL above us..

  • on April 7, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    Hard work = Cup

    Luck = No Rain

    Cheer to SL

  • on April 7, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Dear Indian Fans, I am so sorry, you have lost. Don't give excuses. Be humble and accept the defeat. India won all their group matches and semi finals because the bowling of the opposition suit Indian pattern. Indians dominated all group matches due to weakness of the opposition. The opposition did not bowl on merit of each player. They bowled pretty poorly and as a result Indians very easily won. Indians had only PLAN A, That is, chase and win or get huge score and protect it with spin. Indians did not have PLAN B. But, SriLankan bowlers exposed Indian weakness. They bowled to a plan exposing weak spot of the Indian batsmen. On this day even if Raina came to middle, he to would face the same fate as Yuvraj. Did you see that Doni too, faced immense difficulty in facing Malinga in last over. Therefore, pl give credit to SL. In addition, during last two outings,(Warm up match and in Asia cup) SriLankans defeated Indians quiet convincingly,

  • kat4ever on April 7, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Congrats to Sri Lanka for great winning. They deserved it in all respect. India played well to reach the finals but better team won at the end.

    Dhoni,Yuvraj played very badly in this game. Anyway It's a shame to hear that some Indian fans pelted the house of Yuvraj Singh after the loss. Even if Yuvraj scored 10 more runs India would still have lost because of superior death bowling by Sri Lanka.Remember Yuvraj contributed superbly to 2011 winning.for sure Indians still needs to grow up to know the true meaning of a sport.

  • SLANKA_FAN on April 7, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! to Malinga and his team. You are quite right Malinger, it is the hard work and ability, plus the determination to do something special, that paved the way to this Victory. All of you deserve to be THE CHAMPIONS. You gave a fitting T20 farewell to the cricketing legends from Sri Lanka - SANGA and MAHELA. Thank you dear sons for entertaining us all these years. We admire your for being so humble by dedicating the victory to the Sri Lankan cricket fans. You are not only great cricketers you are great PERSONALITIES who will live in our hearts forever. Young cricket gems like Dinesh Chandimal has shown that they are following your foot steps. May the Nobel Triple Gem Bless you Always.

  • Naked_Cricket on April 7, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    People who Ignored from IPL Franchises are World champions . Its great thing if Malinga and Thisara also not play IPL .

  • on April 7, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    When Sri Lanka won against Windies, most Indian fans commented that SL was lucky with the rain and Windies could have gotten that score if no hailstorm interruption with Darren Sammy power hitting. Now the last match against Pak, there were two heroes Sammy and Bravo batting first. So in SL vs WI match, Bravo was already in the pavilion, Sammy just came in, Samuels Ramdin Russel in poor form and they are batting second with Malinga in good form having 2 overs left. So how on earth Windies can get 81 runs from 6.1 overs requiring 2 runs per ball or even get close to it?

    SL bowlers gave a perfect answer to that argument ironically against India. When India having Virat Kholi who sees the ball like a football and Great Finisher Dhoni, India got only 19 on last 4 overs less than a run a ball.

    More than the win against India, I like the answer given by SL death bowling against the people who humiliated our win against Windies.

  • reality_check on April 7, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Congrats to Sri Lanka for a win they deserved in all respect. India played well to reach the finals but better team won at the end.

    It's a shame to hear that some Indian fans pelted the house of Yuvraj Singh after the loss. Even if Yuvraj scored 10 more runs India would still have lost because of superior death bowling by Sri Lanka. India still needs to grow up as a country.

  • cric1965 on April 7, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Congrats Sri lanka. Dilshan not in his top form. His age is 37. With increasing age your reflexes will reduce.in most players.Can we trust him for 2015 world cup as a opener. If he wants to play 2015 world cup he should improve his form. Otherwise should be dropped. We should take courageous decision like this time. Captaincy is not a position to safeguard your place in team. There are so many talents in country.

    Also we should try to find players from other parts of the country like north east, Jaffna, ANURADHAPURA, BADULLA . There are enough talents and unique players in those areas. Still players coming from selected areas like Colombo and suburbs, kandy, galle, matara, kurunegala like few areas except Suranga Lakmal who come from Deberawewa

    For that we have to improve our facilities in those areas. No matter even good soft ball players can find and train.

  • on April 7, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    This quote is quite correct. "The game gives us the opportunities and it's up to us to try and take them. We had four opportunities before this, and today we took it. You need a bit of ability, luck, planning, execution. Right place, right time, right game." By a grate and humble gentlemen.

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Sri Lanka should be given a special trophy for their consistency in the past seven years No country has done that

  • Venetius on April 7, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    There is a saying that if a team has won, don't change it. West Indies did not change a winning combination. They expected an orgy of runs in the end overs which they were used to, until they met Sri Lanka. We will never know the outcome if rain did not interrupt the game. But, it would have been a tough task for the Windies because Sri Lanka had practised well to curb runs in the death overs. The rain gods had nothing to with it. Hard work and proper execution was the key. India also did not change the team; they retained the winning combination. India might have had an off day but Sri Lanka's end overs were superb. No team can take for granted that the opposing team will allow them to play as they had done previously. Sri Lanka changed the team to the extent of dropping their captain. Tissara Perera did not play against the Windies but was brought back to play against India. These subtle changes probably did have an effect. So, my point is that no team can rest on their laurels just because they have had a winning combination so far. It is time for all teams to forget this nonsense about not changing a winning team. Instead teams should choose a team according to the expectations of their specific opponents. Well done Sri Lanka and well done India. They both played well in this T20 world cup. Virat Kohli was simply superb and no one should blame Yuvraj; blame the selectors if you must. I am a Sri Lanka supporter.

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    "I don't think the game owes us, or any player, anything. Our job is to try and play it as best as we can, and walk away hopefully having made a positive impact."

    Wonderful thought, this statement alone shows what a wonderful person Sanga is. Quite similar to Dravid in his respect for the game and it's fans. None can beat Sanga and Dravid in their humility and attitude towards the game.

  • dhanuhskaS on April 7, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Ultimately, the Game of Cricket Won… Thank you SL for reaching the Pinnacle, Hopping over Nettings unstoppably in the preliminary stages & Grabbing the Title in the Final! Thank you Weather God for being kind this time… Thank you English Umpires for protecting the game they invented… Thank you BD people for supporting SL…. Thank you MS Dhoni for accepting the defeat gracefully! The astonishing display of bowling of Malinga / Kulasekara Combo in the DEATH OVERS against the Cream of Indian Batting proved yet again, how capable they are; restrict any Batsmen in the world. They Stamped their Class in the business of BOWLING at the DEATH, yet again in the Final. In the rain curtailed semi-final Vs. WI, the probability of Sammy scoring 81 runs from 37 balls against this Combo & Sachitra at their Best is your Guess…?

  • Ednann on April 7, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Now this is called all-rounder cricket and such a great passion showing by KHOLI when he congrats to Sangakara of his memorable cricket, you show the world that you are not just world finest player but also a good human(maybe this type of thing is not shown when played against Pakistan) but i really like it. Excellent cricket by SL.

    CONGRATULATIONS to all SL team and SL fans for becoming world T20 champion.

    (A true Pakistani Cricket Lover)

  • Pritt32 on April 7, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Well done to Sri Lanka on a tremendous win. They were the better team on the final than India. Sri Lanka bowled and fielded well to restrict India to a very manageable total. India were not at their best. The batmen could not score quickly when needed. The bowlers did not have enough runs to bowl a superb Sri Lanka batting line up.

  • ThePacifist10 on April 7, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Well... I did predict this sort of scenario before the final in one of my comments. Congrats SL :) You've toiled hard and dealt with some moronic fans on forums, but bask in the glory you've earned. Enjoy it! Hats off to Sanga!! And what can I say about VK.... truly the best batsman in the world now. He's not even in his late 20s! He's far from his purple patch yet, which is scary! Unfortunate what happened. However, the REAL ODI World Cup starts next year in Aus. May the best team win!! :D You SL guys really are the T20 kings though

  • on April 7, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Of course Darren Sammy did not talk about destiny he spoke about God and said that they are side which prays and this time God had decided that the great cricketers deserved to retire in an aura of glory. Teamwork and planning has made Sri Lanka proud but in victory let us be compassionate and not be too critical of Yuraj he too is a great player who had made a tremendous contribution to indian cricket. Yuraj succumbed to good bowling and iI cramped his style. We cannot forget the 6 sixes in one over in the first World T20

  • Navish_Panday on April 7, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    The best team won. Well done to Sri Lanka. Balanced team which always play the game in the right spirit. Well deserved. Happy for Sanga and Jaya especially since they lost 4 previous finals.

  • on April 7, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Guys, pls stop faulting Yuvi. A great hitter. Let not forget the brave decision took by the Sri Lankan team management. Chief selector, Sanath Jayasooriya, the official captain for the tournament Dinesh Chandimal & the supporting staff along with the players who supported Lasith Malinga for the success. Chandimal you became a legend in Sri Lankan cricket to my recon. The hardest, the greatest & the bravest decision ever made by an international cricket captain to step down from the captaincy & hand over the place to a player in form. We salute you Chandi. You'll be a great captain. Concentrate on your form. wish you all the best.

  • LankaPuthra on April 7, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    This is what I commented after the SL-NL match (the comment is still there)

    Posted by LankaPuthra on (March 24, 2014, 20:28 GMT)

    This tournament will be won by the team that has the best bowling attack in terms of variety and balance. Of course they must have a reasonable batting line up too, but all out blasting is not the key. From the matches so far, SL seems to have the best bowling side. Some of those bowlers are also good batsmen. BTW, today's match was more like SL vs Rest Of the World, going by the many countries of origin of the "Dutch" players.

  • on April 7, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    The best team of the tournament won. This is how it should be! Sri Lanka RULES the cricketing world. Well done SL! All other teams can now aspire to be like you. The best bowling and the best batting. You certainly taught India a cricketing lesson! Now all someone must teach them is to give credit where it's due.

  • ms2000 on April 7, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka . Well played India. The true sportmenship was exhibited to the world by the great Virat Kholi. This is the spirit of Cricket. Not only Sri Lanka won this tile but all Asia won this. Lets try to keep all Titles in Asia. As someone said, yes we all got to help BD to get over this and become another strong Asian Team. Sanga and Mahela will not be forgotton for a long time in T20's. Virat you go to play the role of Sanga rom now on. We love yo India from Sri Lanka

  • Imad_K on April 7, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    I posted a comment before the WC started saying that India would probably be the favourites to win this tournament where the experts were debating why India hasn't done well in T20's with all their nonsensical reasons. The reason being - these conditions suit India - it's mainly when India play in conditions such as Eng/Aus etc on quick bouncy tracks and with players who truly struggle against the short ball do they get thrashed. Congrats to both India and SL. There was only one main reason why India lost that match - Yuvraj Singh. Not sure why India picked YS - I'm sure they had many other batsmen they could have selected - must surely be some level of politics in that selection. You could see how badly he was struggling in some of the previous games. Also, the position India were in, in the match they could have sent so many other batsmen to the crease - but that's always a difficult call for the captain especially when a senior player is padded up. India got it wrong big time.

  • LionsLK on April 7, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    It's nice to hear such comments about Sri Lankan Team. As true Sri Lankans we are very proud to hold the title of Champions World T20 2014. This is the result of courage, strength, hard work; emotions and strategically approaches of are players. This is the result of prayers, tolerance and courage of Sri Lanka Fans. We were tolerating our tears, pains and disappointments over 18 years, but we never blamed our LIONS even though they lost matches, we never smash there houses instead doing that we love them so much, we make them more courage, we were always with them and we cheered up them. So today we are very much happy and proud as a nation. Wish you all the best Sanga and maiya. They are my favourite players always. This is for Cricket fans all over the world. Respect them as all of us are human beings.

  • LankaPuthra on April 7, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    It is time for Dilshan to bow out of this format too. It is a good to retire on a high and Dilshan should take this opportunity before he is dropped due to lack of form and has to leave. Arjuna Rantunga should have retired after the 1996 cup win, but he hung around until he had to leave; an opportunity missed. Dilshan should learn from Ranatunga's mistake.

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    well done SL. they truely deserved this. by far the best team in final.

    both mahela and sanga played well. sanaga with a match winning 50 in last innings and final was superb.

    been to finals of 5 world cups in last few years or so but finally they broke this jinx.

    have to give credit to every one. selection , coaches and players. superb team effort.

    they played and planned it well. in BD for more than 2 months. won almost everything and were playing good cricket on these pitches. won asia cup and lost just 1 game during all these weeks. best side no doubt.

    many congratulations to all fans.

  • ThilankaK on April 7, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Breaking News ; Thirimanne will takes Sanga's place & Priyanjan will takes Mahela's place ! New T20 team ; 1) Kusal 2) Dilshan 3) Priyanjan 4) Thirimanne ( VC ) 5) Chandimal ( WK ) 6) Mathews 7) Perera 8) Kulasekara 9) Senanayaka 10) Herath 11) Malinga ( C )

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Great win by SL, set up by the bowlers chiefly. And though Yuvi struggled blaming him alone is unfair cos even the mighty Dhoni himself struggled against the sublime death bowling. Kholi is pure class and Malinga nearly dropped the cup. Kholi needs to keep his emotions in check though and his reaction against yuvi's batting was disappointing. He too may have a poor run of form in the future. All in all great sportsmanship shown by the Indian team and as Sri Lankans we salute them. Kudos to Bangladesh for excellent organizing skills. It was a wonderful team effort by Sri Lanka and deserved winners on that day.

  • momer79 on April 7, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Brilliant cricket by SL, professional in all areas and specially Malinga and Kulasekra executed very well. I have read many people commenting on winning toss but after analysing this game from different angles and listening expert views, I would say this was not an easy pitch to bat second, because women's final was played on this same pitch and plus a bit of rain. Full credit to SL bowlers bowling amazing accurate Yorkers in last few overs. Bear in mind it is not easy to continuously bowl Yorker on the same area with the same length. SL stick to their plan and everyone contributed, sending pherera was good move which eased the pressure from sanga. I would say that was the first game when indian team was outside of their comfort zone and they got panic, they were not tested properly in the previous games and always preferred to chased the score. People might blame to Yuvi but I think even Dohni wasn't able to hit the boundaries when he came to the crease.

  • on April 7, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    This trophy truly belongs to the Lankans..

  • ravindias on April 7, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Indian team needs to have 1) Rohit Sharma 2) Dhawan 3) Koli 4) Jadeja 5) Mishra 6) Ashwin They needs to evaluate other 5 and find good young players. Rahani and pace bowlers are not world class. Dhoni, Raina and Yuv are not good anymore, They needs to be replaced. Srilankan team needs to replace dilshan , Sakuge , Senanayake and also find the replacement for Sanga and Mahela. PEOPLE ONLY TALK ABOUT YVI STRUGLED. BUT DHONI STRUGLED AS MUCH TOO. EVEN WITH HIS FORM KOLI STRUGLED IN THE LAST FEW OVERS TOO

  • JamesSmithee on April 7, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    yes. you can't bowl like that in last four overs only luck. Amazing accuracy.

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Class personalities these Mahela and Sanga, you will surely be missed by the cricket world, legends is probably the best word to describe them. Just the way he talks make you feel that they really deserved it. Well done SL, regards from a Pakistani supporter

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    credit must goes to the master behind this articular bowling specially in the end overs.. no one had a clue who that person sitting quite in the dug out .. its chaminda vaas ... he was specialist in terms of last overs. after he joimed the team as bowling mentor things have been changed. apart from that sanga and mahela being senior they done it again for the country and for their fans.. amazing to see a team which is most consistant in the global tournments. its good to see sanga and kohli hugging each other that shows the quality of both the cricketers. argubly the best player at the moment is kohli along side sanga .. that suggest they compete each other in terms of stats.

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Great work, you were deserved to win, Accept my congratulaion from Afghanistan.

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    the true champions of the game bowed out like champions, im very happy for Sanga and Mahela, what a way to sing of t20 careers. congratulations to SL and thanks to Ssnga and Mahela for entertaining us in this format. from a Pakistani fan. from Kashmir.

  • Lord.emsworth on April 7, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Many have written in congratulating Sri Lanka's great win, including me, but I would like to praise the unsung heroes, Bangladesh, for organising this superb T20 WC in such a wonderful way. The pitches were great for T20 and so were the crowds. Bangladesh even ran the ladies T20 WC simultaneously which further proved their organisation genius.

  • Sheikasif on April 7, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Sublime performance by SL and equally sublime sportsmanship by the Indians. Sad to see two greats retiring from T20. Overall, a final worth watching for the gusty efforts by the underdogs(SL) and the true sportsmanship displayed by the public enemy number 1 (India). Salute you both.

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    VERY happy to see Sri Lanka win the final game! Congratulations Lions!!! - South Africa

  • on April 7, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Well Done Sri Lanka!!! Thank you Sanga and mahela.... From a true Pakistani Fan!!

  • on April 7, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Game owes you sanga...it really does. And whole of Sri Lanka owes you. Proud of you two

  • Nazrul_Masud on April 7, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Congratulation to SL team.Good luck Mahela and Sanga. Please continue in other format of the game.We love to enjoy your game. Nazrul from BD

  • Hamid403 on April 7, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    As pakistani, i would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to SL TEAM, you r my favorite team and nation,. love you

  • on April 7, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Thank You Team Sri Lanka! What a day it was, A day which took me through an emotional roller coaster But then, Team Sri Lanka Coasted to a crushing Win And prompted a strange feeling of Redemption, Revenge and Relish Defeating our Past Destroyers the West Indies and India It started off with the greatest exhibition of T20 Death Bowling Malinga the Stinger and Kulesekara Girded the gritty And made the greats Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kholi Look pedestrian and Phoney Sanga was the backbone, the brain and all that matters He showed his class, where his temperament was indeed gold instead of brass Thisara provided the impetus, Sanga and Thisara were to the pressure; impervious And that Scintillating Straight Drive from Thisara with the LIONS ROAR was indeed imperious Shattering the hopes of the Squadron of Mighty Mahendra Team India is now Distraught, Defeated, Dejected, Demented, Destroyed, Disintegrated, Despondent, Downcast, Demoralised, Distressed, and any other "D" word you care

  • Lion_Wallaby on April 7, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    SL,Ind & Pak have now won both 50 over and T20 World cups. Any other coutry outside Asia has done that! Asia with less facilities with less financial and technology still produces world class players!!! Now it's the time for Bangladesh to shine. I think all 3 Asian countries should help them. May be get some SL coaches to help them or India can let them play in the domestic tournaments. If not we will always see Bangladesh getting hammered day in day out!!

  • SuchaSL on April 7, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    Dear Mahela and Kumar, great to see you both are in a world cup winning team as you both deserve it. Now we have become champions of ODIs and World T20. I am sure young guy will start following shorter format more since yesterday. Please promote Test Cricket as both of you like Test Cricket most.

  • Jagger on April 7, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    That pitch was disgraceful. Even for the pace bowlers both 'keepers were standing up to the stumps and taking it below the knee-roll. Is there some vendetta against pace bowling in the subcontinent or something? What's up with that???!!!

  • ajithabey on April 7, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    Mighty India one of the so called big three humbled by the islanders showing their prowess in this format of the game. Superb bowling at the death overs gave SL the impetus to plan their innings and stalwarts Mahela and Sanga paved the way for this victory. They will be sadly missed by the team although it is always good to depart on a high note. It is also an eye opener for IPL franchises who ignored the champion Sri Lankan players in the draft. Hopefully,Malinga & Thisara Perera too pull out from the IPL to show solidarity to the rest of the Srilankan players.All in all it was a great tournament and congrats to all the teams and the Bangladesh cricket board for their organization.

  • nothingnew on April 7, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    Both you guys (mahela and Sangakkara ) are true legennds . As a cricket fans I would miss you both in next match . It would be really hard . Still both you are fit to play T20 cricket . I am really worrying missing you guys. Good luck for you

  • ms2000 on April 7, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    Lasith Malngs proved himself beyond doubt that is ral leader. Led from teh front, did his best and nothing more could be expected from him. Lasith should continue to Captain the T20 for Sri Lanka in the years to come. Congratulations SRI LANKA team.

  • LMalla on April 7, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    Catches win matches, they say, When the skipper himself dropped Kohli, the star hitter, things didn't turn out to be all that promising to the Sri Lankans. However, Malinga was able to rotate his bowlers including himself around to get back on top of the game thanks to some excellent fielding by his team mates. Fighting spirit of Indians were never to be undermined for they almost got back into the game with some excellent spin bowling and catches to send Dilshan and Mahela, who was looking dangerous, to the pavilion. The catch Jadeja dropped off Sanga will be the one they will remember for months as much as Indian fans will do, for which they won't forgive them. The series and the day belonged to Sri Lanka and no one can blame Yuvaraj or Dhoni for not winning the cup as they used to do in many occasions. A fitting send off to Mahela and Sanga, two of the greatest players Sri Lanka has ever produced .

  • on April 7, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    Congratulations Sri lanka! You are a balanced team, full of humble and laborious people around, and you really deserved that more than any other team. We have been having Sri lankan coaches like Roy and Pubudu. We are ascending some steps in cricket under the coach-man-ship of Pubudu. We really respect and love the Sri lankan team. LOVE FROM NEPAL

  • KingPower on April 7, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    I have to disagree with Darren Sammy's analysis as to why Sri Lanka won the T20 Final. With due respect to the Windies, as well as to Pakistan, Bangladesh and India, everyone sought "Divine Inspiration" from without.......Sri Lanka looked for the divine, "within". At the moment of reckoning, a Nation of Very Simple, but Humble, Sportsmen, lifted the Game of Cricket to the Stratosphere.....bringing the Principles of Loving Kindness to a traditionally fractious, communal minded Sport......On April 14th

  • KingOwl on April 6, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    No words to describe. The perfect finish. There couldn't be a more perfect send off to two of SL's modern greats. It is a great feeling after 5 losing world cup finals. But, this win is sweeter just because of that.

  • on April 6, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    Like Arvinda D Silva, Sangakarra did not contribute in the early matches but like a true champion scored when it mattered the most. Well done Sri Lankan lions

  • on April 6, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Brilliant Sri-Lanka! a wonderful send off to Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Dilshan...

  • on April 6, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    Hail Sanga & Mahela. Hail the Lions.

  • on April 6, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    Hail Sanga & Mahela. Hail the Lions.

  • on April 6, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Brilliant Sri-Lanka! a wonderful send off to Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Dilshan...

  • on April 6, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    Like Arvinda D Silva, Sangakarra did not contribute in the early matches but like a true champion scored when it mattered the most. Well done Sri Lankan lions

  • KingOwl on April 6, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    No words to describe. The perfect finish. There couldn't be a more perfect send off to two of SL's modern greats. It is a great feeling after 5 losing world cup finals. But, this win is sweeter just because of that.

  • KingPower on April 7, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    I have to disagree with Darren Sammy's analysis as to why Sri Lanka won the T20 Final. With due respect to the Windies, as well as to Pakistan, Bangladesh and India, everyone sought "Divine Inspiration" from without.......Sri Lanka looked for the divine, "within". At the moment of reckoning, a Nation of Very Simple, but Humble, Sportsmen, lifted the Game of Cricket to the Stratosphere.....bringing the Principles of Loving Kindness to a traditionally fractious, communal minded Sport......On April 14th

  • on April 7, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    Congratulations Sri lanka! You are a balanced team, full of humble and laborious people around, and you really deserved that more than any other team. We have been having Sri lankan coaches like Roy and Pubudu. We are ascending some steps in cricket under the coach-man-ship of Pubudu. We really respect and love the Sri lankan team. LOVE FROM NEPAL

  • LMalla on April 7, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    Catches win matches, they say, When the skipper himself dropped Kohli, the star hitter, things didn't turn out to be all that promising to the Sri Lankans. However, Malinga was able to rotate his bowlers including himself around to get back on top of the game thanks to some excellent fielding by his team mates. Fighting spirit of Indians were never to be undermined for they almost got back into the game with some excellent spin bowling and catches to send Dilshan and Mahela, who was looking dangerous, to the pavilion. The catch Jadeja dropped off Sanga will be the one they will remember for months as much as Indian fans will do, for which they won't forgive them. The series and the day belonged to Sri Lanka and no one can blame Yuvaraj or Dhoni for not winning the cup as they used to do in many occasions. A fitting send off to Mahela and Sanga, two of the greatest players Sri Lanka has ever produced .

  • ms2000 on April 7, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    Lasith Malngs proved himself beyond doubt that is ral leader. Led from teh front, did his best and nothing more could be expected from him. Lasith should continue to Captain the T20 for Sri Lanka in the years to come. Congratulations SRI LANKA team.

  • nothingnew on April 7, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    Both you guys (mahela and Sangakkara ) are true legennds . As a cricket fans I would miss you both in next match . It would be really hard . Still both you are fit to play T20 cricket . I am really worrying missing you guys. Good luck for you

  • ajithabey on April 7, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    Mighty India one of the so called big three humbled by the islanders showing their prowess in this format of the game. Superb bowling at the death overs gave SL the impetus to plan their innings and stalwarts Mahela and Sanga paved the way for this victory. They will be sadly missed by the team although it is always good to depart on a high note. It is also an eye opener for IPL franchises who ignored the champion Sri Lankan players in the draft. Hopefully,Malinga & Thisara Perera too pull out from the IPL to show solidarity to the rest of the Srilankan players.All in all it was a great tournament and congrats to all the teams and the Bangladesh cricket board for their organization.