World T20 2014 April 6, 2014

A night to remember in Colombo

To have been at the Shere Bangla for the final would have been great, but to see Colombo come together and roar in wild, unbridled, joy was something else
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There were no crowd catches from the thousands at Galle Face green on Sunday night. No wild cheers for a well-struck ball until it was absolutely clear it would cross the rope. As Kumar Sangakkara and Thisara Perera hit the boundaries that lurched Sri Lanka towards an 18-year dream, there was some jubilation, but the masses held something back. They had been burnt too many times. Sri Lanka had played too well in too many tournaments, looked like winners in too many finals, and had still failed to bag the prize.

There was half a second as Thisara advanced to that wide R Ashwin ball when the Indian Ocean breaking on the adjacent beach was heard in perfect silence. Then, on the green and on the street, Colombo's euphoric mayhem broke out.

For many, Sunday was the fifth time they had gathered in front of a big screen with their friends, so when glory finally came, they made it five times the party. Not that Sri Lankans need a special occasion to enjoy themselves. Even a friend leaving on a two-week vacation or a cousin landing a part-time job is enough reason to break out the Mendis Special and the baila.

As fans began to move to the papare grooves the band pealed out after the winning runs were hit, all the vital ingredients of the quintessential Sri Lankan party came together, on a massive scale. The old uncles who had drunk too much too early in the day began to strut their stuff. In their own minds they are Michael Jackson on a low-gravity planet, but onlookers feel as if they are watching a wooden plank in an advanced state of rigor mortis having a standing-up seizure.

Scores of savvy young men, only a little tipsy, gathered around the older ones, laughing, mimicking them, taking the piss. The aunties looked on disapprovingly, while the younger ladies who could be pressured to dance did so with their knees locked, in a state of fixed embarrassment. Just before the presentation began, even the ocean joined in, growing suddenly stronger to cast a mist of sea spray upon the scene.

Before the boogieing, the tension of the chase had been eased by humour - another Sri Lankan hallmark. When Thisara Perera came out to bat at No. 6 and scratched around early in his innings, a wise guy cracked a jibe at Sri Lanka's fluid captaincy situation: "Which idiot sent this idiot out to bat? He hasn't done a thing all tournament." He was soon loudly apologising to "all the idiots". Then, the biggest cheers at the presentation ceremony were reserved for Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Yuvraj Singh.

Soon the party spilled out onto the main road, as thousands more fans who had watched the match at home drove out, wielding flags, hanging out of cars, screaming their lungs out. Colombo residents routinely complain about how much time they spend stuck in traffic on Galle Road, but on Sunday night, bumper to bumper, pounding the horn, was exactly where everyone wanted to be.

The traffic police, poor misguided souls, initially attempted to maintain some sense of decorum, even pulling over the first motorist to infringe the law with the intention of ticketing him. Seeing this, though, a horde of fans surrounded the car and hooted as loudly as they could. The cop could not hear the driver, who was trying to keep a straight face and failing, anyway. Eventually the official gave up, and let the man drive away scot-free.

While the city was going bonkers around them, the policemen wore the only looks of defeat, as double lines were crossed, roundabout rules abandoned and safety standards cast into the sea. There were at least a dozen motorbikes with no fewer than four grown men astride them, at least two of whom waved Sri Lankan flags with enough vigour to power the vehicle via momentum. Pedestrian crossings were beset by large groups of boys, who would ooze on to the street when a car approached and form a dancing road block. Often, the vehicle's driver and passengers would step out themselves and join the revelry for several minutes, clapping, jerking and high-fiving complete strangers. If there was ever a diametric opposite to road rage, this was it.

Lasith Malinga now joins Arjuna Ranatunga as a world-champion captain. As fans on Twitter quickly noted, there are perhaps no two men in Sri Lankan cricket who disagree so passionately. There is no real comparison between the two victories, of course. This one came against the cricket world's financial giants perhaps, but there was no precedent to the 1996 triumph, when an unfancied team with a fraction of the resources the others had, ran amok and changed the game while they were at it.

But this was a victory for a new Sri Lanka; for a young breed of men and women in a land more united than it had been for most of their lives. As people of all creeds celebrated together, Tamil victory cries were almost as abundant as Sinhala ones. To have been at the Shere Bangla for the final moments would have been great, but to see Colombo come together and roar to life in wild, unbridled, joy was something else.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on April 7, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Well played by SL. they deserved it and really worked hard for it. By far the best team yesterday. bowled well and batted well. A good farewell to Sanga & Mahela. Sanga played most memorable innings of his life in his last t20 game.

    SL worked hard for this. They have been playing in BD for more than 2 months. And won almost everything. Lost only 1 t20 game but that was due to 1 special innings. Won Asia Cup, won against BD and were good during this tournament. Playing in BD for such long time really helped them a lot. and all players did performed at some stage.

    Have to give credit to selectors, coaches & all players. almost every one chipped in at some point during this WC. SL was regular side to World cups finals in last few years( i think 5/6) but this time they broke that jinx. They played as a team and worked hard to get here.

    Many Congratulations to All Fans.

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    The sense of pride is unbelievable. Congrats to our heroes who after an agonizing wait of 18 years have made all Sri Lankans unite in one voice as the savour the joy of being world champions. Its the perfect send off to two of the greatest players Sri Lanka ever produced and the fact that Sanga was there at the end was really the icing on the cake. It was truly humble of them to dedicate this win to the fans. Your fans are behind you every step of the way. It has not been an easy tournament for SL but in the end hard work and perseverance paid off.

    Commiserations to the Indian fans, India played outstanding cricket right throughout the tournament and Kohli richly deserved the Man of the Series Award. As Malinga said it just takes one good ball to get someone out and SL bowled fabulously to restrict the Indian juggernaut.

    But for now Sri Lanka is gearing up to party. Colombo will celebrate for many days to come.

  • on April 10, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    great article Mr Andrew Fernando.this is exactly what sri Lanka looks like that day. not only in colombo. every single city and village like this.we were at anuradhapura exactly done everything mentioned in this article. what a day. what a night. I will remember this in my whole life.

  • on April 8, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    @rsgarcia.. Well said Man. I will always cheer for Windies except when they are playing with Sri Lanka.

  • on April 8, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    we are 2015 Champs........common SRI LANKA

  • rsgarcia on April 7, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    I am a West Indian, and Sri Lanka is my second favourite team. Since we couldn't win the tournament, I backed Sri Lanka all the way. Your team is humble, hard-working and full of gentlemen. I was sad the hail had the last say--I would have preferred the match end with a firm victory, either way--but in the end, I agree with Sammy. Sri Lanka deserved this after so many years of great cricketers and great heartache, but mostly because they worked hard for it. Congratulations to all the wonderful fans from Sri Lanka! Enjoy your trophy and celebrate your team to the fullest! We'll check back with you in 18 months or so to settle that curtailed match ;-)

  • haq33 on April 7, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    Congrats SL. Mahela and Sanga will continue to wow us all in the other formats, which are more worthy of their skills anyway.

  • AjaySridharan on April 7, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    Sri Lankanks have always been gracious in both victory and defeat. Even as an Indian fan, I'm very happy for the SL team and their people. It is encouraging to see that the celebrations were largely in good humour and fun instead of the shameful chest thumping witnessed in Mumbai when India won the WC in '11

  • ProdigyA on April 7, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    As Sammy said, the gods are smiling on SL. Won the SF with DL method, won an imp toss in the final make sure Indians dont chase (as they can chase down anything), then an awfully out of form Yuvraj playing the worst innings of his life. The gods were indeed smiling on SL and the almighty wanted to see Sanga and Mahela leave with a smile on their face.

  • on April 7, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    now the next step 2015 world cup!!!!.....go sri lanka!!!!!!!

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Well played by SL. they deserved it and really worked hard for it. By far the best team yesterday. bowled well and batted well. A good farewell to Sanga & Mahela. Sanga played most memorable innings of his life in his last t20 game.

    SL worked hard for this. They have been playing in BD for more than 2 months. And won almost everything. Lost only 1 t20 game but that was due to 1 special innings. Won Asia Cup, won against BD and were good during this tournament. Playing in BD for such long time really helped them a lot. and all players did performed at some stage.

    Have to give credit to selectors, coaches & all players. almost every one chipped in at some point during this WC. SL was regular side to World cups finals in last few years( i think 5/6) but this time they broke that jinx. They played as a team and worked hard to get here.

    Many Congratulations to All Fans.

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    The sense of pride is unbelievable. Congrats to our heroes who after an agonizing wait of 18 years have made all Sri Lankans unite in one voice as the savour the joy of being world champions. Its the perfect send off to two of the greatest players Sri Lanka ever produced and the fact that Sanga was there at the end was really the icing on the cake. It was truly humble of them to dedicate this win to the fans. Your fans are behind you every step of the way. It has not been an easy tournament for SL but in the end hard work and perseverance paid off.

    Commiserations to the Indian fans, India played outstanding cricket right throughout the tournament and Kohli richly deserved the Man of the Series Award. As Malinga said it just takes one good ball to get someone out and SL bowled fabulously to restrict the Indian juggernaut.

    But for now Sri Lanka is gearing up to party. Colombo will celebrate for many days to come.

  • on April 10, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    great article Mr Andrew Fernando.this is exactly what sri Lanka looks like that day. not only in colombo. every single city and village like this.we were at anuradhapura exactly done everything mentioned in this article. what a day. what a night. I will remember this in my whole life.

  • on April 8, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    @rsgarcia.. Well said Man. I will always cheer for Windies except when they are playing with Sri Lanka.

  • on April 8, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    we are 2015 Champs........common SRI LANKA

  • rsgarcia on April 7, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    I am a West Indian, and Sri Lanka is my second favourite team. Since we couldn't win the tournament, I backed Sri Lanka all the way. Your team is humble, hard-working and full of gentlemen. I was sad the hail had the last say--I would have preferred the match end with a firm victory, either way--but in the end, I agree with Sammy. Sri Lanka deserved this after so many years of great cricketers and great heartache, but mostly because they worked hard for it. Congratulations to all the wonderful fans from Sri Lanka! Enjoy your trophy and celebrate your team to the fullest! We'll check back with you in 18 months or so to settle that curtailed match ;-)

  • haq33 on April 7, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    Congrats SL. Mahela and Sanga will continue to wow us all in the other formats, which are more worthy of their skills anyway.

  • AjaySridharan on April 7, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    Sri Lankanks have always been gracious in both victory and defeat. Even as an Indian fan, I'm very happy for the SL team and their people. It is encouraging to see that the celebrations were largely in good humour and fun instead of the shameful chest thumping witnessed in Mumbai when India won the WC in '11

  • ProdigyA on April 7, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    As Sammy said, the gods are smiling on SL. Won the SF with DL method, won an imp toss in the final make sure Indians dont chase (as they can chase down anything), then an awfully out of form Yuvraj playing the worst innings of his life. The gods were indeed smiling on SL and the almighty wanted to see Sanga and Mahela leave with a smile on their face.

  • on April 7, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    now the next step 2015 world cup!!!!.....go sri lanka!!!!!!!

  • on April 7, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    well played Sri Lanka ,really well deserved . As for India ,this is a really tough pill to swallow .Losing finals is a heartbreak like no other .But ,reaching the final is a big achievement , and I am extremly proud as a fan and made us extremely happy . They surpassed initial expectations by a mile . The day of the finals was just not our day .Many things went against us and blaming a single player is just being fickle .

  • on April 7, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Awesome piece mate. We will always remember 6th of April 2014. This will bring us all together more and more. Still would love to get that cup in 2015, because we know that we have what it takes to lift it to heavens....;)

  • on April 7, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Congratulations to team SriLanka...a great end to a great career..for both Mahela and Sanga..

  • on April 7, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    congrats Sri lanka an awesome team sanga your a legend and will be missed respect from pakistan

  • krisshyam7 on April 7, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Well Done Sri Lanka, I wanted Sanga and Mahela to win a World cup as they are one of the best players Lanka has produced. ENJOY the win guy's.

    I really wish all the South ASIAN neighbors leave peacefully and have a fight only when we play cricket.

    Shyam

  • SLMaster on April 7, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    I always thought inclusion of Thisara Perera for the Final, specially against India a good move. He has batted well against India, but, not bowling.

  • on April 7, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    This is very well written indeed. Sri Lankans needed this win before 2025 world cup.

  • PakPacer on April 7, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka on the Asia cup and the World T20 cup. They were definitly the best in both tournaments, from a Pakistan fan.

  • on April 7, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Congratulations to SL. You deserved it all the way. It is the hard and committed work by a bunch of young lads ( ably supported by the experienced veterans) and of course the officials behind them. About Indian team, it must be said that, I for a Sri Lankan, from the time the finalists were decided, believed that it would Indian cup. It was mainly due the fact that both Kholi and MS have been almost always having upper hand in their contests with our bowlers. Kholi was also handling Malinga with much ease. But SL had a plan and tried hard to execute it to perfection. Nobody can take this victory away from SL on account of "should or could have been dones" . A game is as it was played, including decisions taken, thinngs happened and you must also say, the element of luck coming to play once in a while. So, it was not Uvi's or r MS' day and the list icould go on. But both India and SL must be congratulated for their talents and achievements. We are proud Asian neighbours.

  • m812 on April 7, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    congrtas SL well played. From Indian fan. The better team of the day won. No regrets.

  • SLANKA_FAN on April 7, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    Terrific article Andrew!! You delineated the atmosphere in Colombo on Sunday (April 06,2014) night so well that it brought tears to my eyes. A night to remember after 18 years. Champions again in the cricketing arena. Proud to be a SRILANKAN Thank you Andrew and keep up the good work. We always enjoy reading your articles.

  • VK_MSD_IND_Champs on April 7, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    @Dharmasri Seneviratne - Thanks for the info.I would love to taste that "Mendis Special" then :) Congratz again Srilankans.enjoy your victory!!!

  • on April 7, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    Was waiting to see Colombo like this... I was the happiest person on earth for a moment :)

  • venbas on April 7, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    Congrats Srilanka on a well deserved victory...the right sendoff to the champs Mahela and Sanga. But as much as SL fought, I still have the feeling that the real man of the match for SL was Yuvraj Singh (and MSD to a lesser extent). If only Dhoni had displayed common sense approach like Mahela/Malinga...the match would have been entirely different. Srilanka might have still won the match with their form yesterday but it would have been a nail biting match rather than the weird saunter in the park witnessed yesterday....

  • getsetgopk on April 7, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka you deserved it. Lankans are some of the niciest people on earth, can't be more happy for the small island nation, long live SL cricket.

  • on April 7, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    weldon srilanka criket team

  • on April 7, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Spot on Andrew. I am a proud person to been a part of Colombo blast. Lions rule the World.....!!!

  • on April 7, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Yeas VK_MSD_IND_Champ - You are correct Mendis Special is a famous hard liquor in Sri Lanka

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Andrew you couldn't have described our feelings better. NAILED IT MAN !!!

    Mahela & Sanga all we can say is THANK YOU so much for making us PROUD.

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Congratulations To Sri Lanka. We Are On Top The World. As Sanga And Mahela Said This Win Is For the People Of Sri Lanka Who Waited For 18 Long Years.They Are True Legends Of The Game. Thank You Very Much. We Will Always Love And Remember Both Of You. Proud To Be A Sri Lankan.

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Mysterious land with extraodinary people .when it come to the crunch thay fight as one .peolpe who didn't visit Sri Lanka if u hva time go and see.you will be amazed. Bless you Sri Lanka.

  • inefekt on April 7, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka but in the end it's still just another hit & giggle tournament, cricket for those that lack the attention span to enjoy the real format.

  • jackiethepen on April 7, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    I know that Green, I know that sea, I know the Sri Lankans - I went on an England Tour in 2012 and was enchanted. I admire Indian cricket but I was rooting for the Sri Lankans and those great guys Jayawardene and Sangakkara, I am so proud to say I have seen them bat in Test matches. When the final hit took Sri Lanka to victory I leapt up from my seat and punched the air. I was alone in my back room with the TV. But I felt their joy. Just wonderful. So many congratulations to a nation which believes in humility as well as pride.

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    It was a hell of a night for all SL cricket fans to let their love and grattitude towards SL cricket team to make gush over the country after a glorious match which was paid off by nearly two decades of waiting... Proud to be a Sri Lankan... Thanx for the report Andrew..

  • ishrahman21 on April 7, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Congrats to Srilanka. As an enthusiastic cricket follower I have always appreciated the atmosphere created by the masses in the Premadasa seeing from the TV only. Yesterday I was at Mirpur supporting India. But in the stand where I was sitting I could feel Premadasa there. The srilankan supporters playing drums & chanting "go lanka go" was something i have never seen before. This is something I will always cherish. The fact that my team lost & I'm not even as sad as I should be is due to those festive atmosphere & the two stalwarts of the game finally winning a world cup.

  • VK_MSD_IND_Champs on April 7, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela are the 2 GREATS of modern games.YOU DESERVE THIS SRILANKA..!!Many congrats from an Indian fan.Btw,what is this "Mendis Special"? (Once I asked from a friend of mine who knows well about Lanka,and he said it's a famous liquor brand in SL) Is that right? :O

  • erangaw on April 7, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    We miss you Tony Greig and your support.

  • randikaayya on April 7, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Andrew: what an article man!! As soon as the game closed we drove to the Galle Face green to catch the presentation there! The drive was maddening, the celebrations were euphoric, the crowds were all-representative and justifiably jubilant!! No other coutnry has endured the final hurdle as Sri Lankans have, and the islanders did it in truly heroic fashion. And you nailed the fact about the team, none of them carry the super star air about them. Aravinda drives around in his Ferrari and makes a point to return the occassional wave of the arm, Mahela comes to my neighborhood pastry shop on some mornings and the adults keep a respectful distance and let the children approach him who he greets merrily. Such a joy being a Sri Lankan, yesterday was a great example of the national harmony between the diverse Sri Lankan nationals!

  • VinothSam on April 7, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Yes. I was at Galle Face too watching the match. I can't remember how many times and how hard I scremmed when the winning shot was hit. This article was totally true. Colombo didn't sleep last night. Everyone was together celebrating that moment because we love Sri Lanka and were we with the team for all the finals we lost and still with them and gonna win all the titles we lost. Proud to be Sri Lankan.

  • Vikum72 on April 7, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    "There was half a second as Thisara advanced to that wide R Ashwin ball when the Indian Ocean breaking on the adjacent beach was heard in perfect silence"

  • diyagama on April 7, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    I remember what great Murali said to one of the Indians media just before tournament starts. They asked which team would you think win the world cup? Murali's straight answer was "Sri Lanka". What a legend he is.

  • on April 7, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Great support my Sri Lanka

  • Jafar on April 7, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Andrew you said it all nothing is left for us to comment

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Andrew, u nailed it man, one of the best articles written on cricinfo history!

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Thank you so much Andrew for this wonderful article.this is truly amazing you created the image to all Sri Lankans and Non Sri Lankans how we enjoy our victory with a humble mind set.. every one sat together to witness this match and bond to one feeling that is Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Sri Lanka. Truly amazing Thank you Paul Farbrace and supporting staff #FARBY75 . you guys have composed this victory with all ingredients. this was a full packed master craft.

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Some people have us believe that it was a divine intervention. The inconsequential neighbours deserved it not for cricketing reasons but for romantic reasons. Well, when have you last seen such cricketing giants paralysed in the dying overs? So lacking in ideas at the death! The boys from the little inconsequential island won because they out-thought, out-smarted and outplayed the giants of modern cricket!

  • Cricketcomment on April 7, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Andrew.. U have encapsulated the true Srilankan way of celebrating, a small nation of 20m people coming together as a one nation is truly amazing, I am enjoying this with my stay in this beautiful Island. the difference between India N SL is the way SL accept every joy / hurt , i need to comment on something Manjerekar mentioned he said that none of Sri Lankan cricketers are a celebrity he was saying even if MJ walks to a shop no 1 would notice him, true SLns are not mad n so respectful to individuals SL believe that cricketrs too have a personal life they keep their heros in hearts protect them like the way a father protects their son they will still accept them in failiures will not pelt stones at their houses when they fail, fans will still enjoy sing n dance n when they succeed emotions erupt no racism no cast no discrimination fyi this team comprices all races Mahela Anji Dilshan represents three main ethnic groups what a team....

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Winning a world cup is great achievement ,icing on the cake was Sanga's batting, for a certain extend Mahila's too. FORM IS TEMPORARY ,CLASS IS PERMANENT,the greatest cricketer ever ; SriLanka produced both on and off the field, a cricketing gentleman , Sanga , i am proud that i know you personally .Wish you all the beast for the rest of your cricketing career.God bless you and your family. From: P.E. South Africa.

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Indians have to learn moral lessons from this loss 1. Never be overconfident 2. Never underestimate any side If anyone disagrees to my points , I will prove my points

  • dganger on April 7, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Congrats Srilanka and anjoy your party, u guys deserve it. From a Indian fan

  • on April 7, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Congrats Srilankan Team and Fans! Co-miserations to Indian team and their fans. India did well all tournament and had greatest wave of momentum behind them.. but Srilanka again showed temperament, skill and handling pressure is what you need to defeat the best teams. Something our Pak team need to learn.. from both these finalists. Saying India were the favorites is an understatement, but seeing Srilanka win is statement that oozes class of two of the finest players in the game, not to forget the exceptional art of Maaalinggaa..

  • SLT20WCS on April 7, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    15000+ crowd at a rugby venue in Colombo 7. Giant screen put up by a popular radio station. I was there with my family, it was such a wonderful feeling to see what I witnessed back in 96 as a 26 year old downing endless liters what Andrew mentioned (The Mendis Special). It was a Tsunami of Lion flags whenever India lost a wicekt, it was a Tsunami of Lion flags whenever SL scored a boundary or a six, even the singles by KS and TP was cheered to max. That feeling came back to me when I read this article. So so darn proud to be a Sri Lankan.

  • Aspraso on April 7, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    If ever there was a written article that carried pictorial images within -- this was it!! Absolutely lucid article, Mr Andrew Fidel Fernando.

  • girishnks on April 7, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka. Deserved Winners. I was initially disappointed that India won but was extremely happy after I got over my disappointment that two stalwarts of the game who had decided to call time in this format got the absolute perfect farewell. Fabulous work by the Sri Lankans. congratulations all round and savor the sweet joy of victory.

  • RoshJ on April 7, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Thanks Adrew..as always you captured the true essence... the proud moment for all Sri Lankans...I missed the party!!

  • FazH on April 7, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Wonderful article! Brought tears to my eyes! The victory......long coming!! So proud of our team!

  • Sumeet.Gupta on April 7, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Congratulations to Lankan fans and the country. Richly deserved. We were not good on the night it mattered but it was brilliant bowling by Malinga and Kula. And all Indian fans, let us be humble and gracious in defeat equally.

  • sandy_bangalore on April 7, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka! For a tiny country with a population as much as my state, its a stupendous that you guys keep reaching World event finals. And really happy that you guys won at last. Mahela and Sanga are champion cricketers and true gentlemen, and they have a lot of fans in India.

  • RajithP on April 7, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    This is a wonderful article! A really emotional and proud moment for all Sri Lankans...cant put into words how beauiful this feeling is!

  • Subodha_Charles on April 7, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    Andrew Fernando, a masterclass as always sir. With this, the victory is complete. Thank you for capturing the essence of SriLankan cricket. You gave me the feeling I had last night again.

  • MelbourneMiracle on April 7, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Though I'm not there in the couple of pics posted here. I was there with my entire family. Andrew hasn't missed anything in this article. I saw how it was like to release a pressure of 18 years. I'm sure the echo is still surrounding Colombo.

  • on April 7, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    And who are you, the proud lord said, that I must bow so low? Only a cat of a different coat, that's all the truth I know. In a coat of gold or a coat of red, a ‪#‎lion‬ still has claws, And mine are long and sharp, my lord, as long and sharp as yours.

  • on April 7, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    Andrew Fernando. You bought tears to my eyes. This is so much emotional moments for Sri Lanka. Waited for seven years, endured heart breaks for four times, yet the Sri Lankan fans stood with Sri Lanka cricket team. Team knows it, oh they do. That was why Mathews and Mahela was quick to dedicate the win to the Fans.

  • Charindra on April 7, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    How well you have captured the essence of a Sri Lankan middle class party. This win was a long time coming, and it feels just amazing. I think Andrew can now join Shehan Karunathilaka and Jehanr as Sri Lanka's greatest raconteurs on the world stage. Ela kiri :)

  • on April 7, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    They made us proud.Cngrats lions...

  • on April 7, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    They made us proud.Cngrats lions...

  • Charindra on April 7, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    How well you have captured the essence of a Sri Lankan middle class party. This win was a long time coming, and it feels just amazing. I think Andrew can now join Shehan Karunathilaka and Jehanr as Sri Lanka's greatest raconteurs on the world stage. Ela kiri :)

  • on April 7, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    Andrew Fernando. You bought tears to my eyes. This is so much emotional moments for Sri Lanka. Waited for seven years, endured heart breaks for four times, yet the Sri Lankan fans stood with Sri Lanka cricket team. Team knows it, oh they do. That was why Mathews and Mahela was quick to dedicate the win to the Fans.

  • on April 7, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    And who are you, the proud lord said, that I must bow so low? Only a cat of a different coat, that's all the truth I know. In a coat of gold or a coat of red, a ‪#‎lion‬ still has claws, And mine are long and sharp, my lord, as long and sharp as yours.

  • MelbourneMiracle on April 7, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Though I'm not there in the couple of pics posted here. I was there with my entire family. Andrew hasn't missed anything in this article. I saw how it was like to release a pressure of 18 years. I'm sure the echo is still surrounding Colombo.

  • Subodha_Charles on April 7, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    Andrew Fernando, a masterclass as always sir. With this, the victory is complete. Thank you for capturing the essence of SriLankan cricket. You gave me the feeling I had last night again.

  • RajithP on April 7, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    This is a wonderful article! A really emotional and proud moment for all Sri Lankans...cant put into words how beauiful this feeling is!

  • sandy_bangalore on April 7, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka! For a tiny country with a population as much as my state, its a stupendous that you guys keep reaching World event finals. And really happy that you guys won at last. Mahela and Sanga are champion cricketers and true gentlemen, and they have a lot of fans in India.

  • Sumeet.Gupta on April 7, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Congratulations to Lankan fans and the country. Richly deserved. We were not good on the night it mattered but it was brilliant bowling by Malinga and Kula. And all Indian fans, let us be humble and gracious in defeat equally.

  • FazH on April 7, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Wonderful article! Brought tears to my eyes! The victory......long coming!! So proud of our team!