World T20, Final: India v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Apr 6, 2014
World T20 - Final
Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
Played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur (neutral venue)
6 April 2014 - night match (20-over match)

We are back. The target is only 131. KJP and Dilshan walking in now..Cameras pan straight to Yuvraj.. India to start with Bhuvneshar.. KJP on striker. One Slip in place

0.1

Kumar to MDKJ Perera, no run, length delivery outside off, he rises up with the ball and punches it straight to mid-off

0.2

Kumar to MDKJ Perera, FOUR, swings hard and swings across the line, it flies to the boundary at deep square leg, but this is off the inside edge.. The ball was pitched on off and angling away but that healthy edge takes it to another direction

0.3

Kumar to MDKJ Perera, no run, swing and a miss! KJP sees length and tries to go over the top, but that beats the outside edge

0.4

Kumar to MDKJ Perera, no run, this one comes in from back of length, hits the thigh pad as the batsman looks to nudge it away to the leg side

0.5

Kumar to MDKJ Perera, no run, another swing and a miss! This time, Bhuvi, bowls this a touch wider and KJP immediately goes after it, but it almost kisses the outside edge

0.6

Kumar to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, straighter this time, the batsman dabs it to mid-off and calls for a quick single

Mayank: "Given that SriLanka failed to chase down 137 in the last final can raise some hopes for Indian fans as Indian spinners are far better than the west Indian counterparts."

End of over 1 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 5/0 (126 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 6.63)

    • MDKJ Perera 5 (6b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 0 (0b)
    • B Kumar 1-0-5-0

Mohit Sharma comes in from the other end

Gaurang: "130 can still be defended...what is worrying is the body language of the players. One wicket and they will have their tails up"

1.1

MM Sharma to MDKJ Perera, OUT, this is gone up in the air! KJP tries to swing again, but he is nowhere near the pitch.. This one was outside off and he tries to pull it off the front foot, only to get a thick leading edge to mid-off where Jadeja takes an easy catch

MDKJ Perera c Jadeja b MM Sharma 5 (4m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Big wicket for India as KJP is one of those who take it away from you very quickly. Mahela is the new man

1.2

MM Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, this one comes from back of the length and the batsman manages to drop it to the right of the slip fielder for a single

Mahela on strike..

1.3

MM Sharma to Jayawardene, 2 runs, back of length delivery on off, Mahela easily clips it to the leg side, for a couple to deep square leg

1.4

MM Sharma to Jayawardene, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and defends this solidly to the off side

1.5

MM Sharma to Jayawardene, no run, another length delivery outside off, the batsman cuts it straight to point

Devendra Choudh: "Somebody should have told the actual target SriLanka has to chase in Kushal's ears. He seemed to be in hurry right from the first ball , went after every ball in Bhuvi's over and now paid the price for over-enthusiasm"

1.6

MM Sharma to Jayawardene, no run, comes forward and pushes this beautifully to the off side, but hit straight to cover

End of over 2 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 8/1 (123 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.83)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 2 (4b)
    • TM Dilshan 1 (1b)
    • MM Sharma 1-0-3-1
    • B Kumar 1-0-5-0
2.1

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, big outswinger outside off, Dilshan sees room and swings his bat, but finds the man at point

Ozee: "All the hype has been across India being fav,mahela and sanga retiring but amidst all that everyone forgot dilshan.....no doubt he has been out of touch this tournament....not a bad time to get back in form"

2.2

Kumar to Dilshan, FOUR, this is swinging in but swinging too much, it's on the pads and easily whipped to the fine-leg boundary

2.3

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, tries a short ball at Dilshan and the batsman thinks about going for a pull, but pulls out at the last moment as this was getting big on him

Dhoni comes up..

2.4

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, he bowls it just short of length and Dilshan punches it straight to cover point

Sudipta: "@Devendra, everyone has a role in the team. If Kusal could just hit it out and connected, it would have taken the match away from India pretty quickly. He failed. Now there are quite a few players like mahela and sanga to play percentage cricket."

2.5

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, now is this is a wicket? No, Dhoni raises his hands immediately.. The crowd made some noise as they saw the bails flash after Dilshan misses his pull, but that ricocheted off Dhoni's body

2.6

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, keeps it tight on off, the batsman pushes it to mid-off

End of over 3 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 12/1 (119 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 7.00)

    • TM Dilshan 5 (7b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 2 (4b)
    • B Kumar 2-0-9-0
    • MM Sharma 1-0-3-1

Mohit continues

3.1

MM Sharma to Jayawardene, FOUR, that is a superb shot! Mahela has played a ramp shot straight over Dhoni's head.. it was a short delivery and he just shows it the way.. Dead straight

3.2

MM Sharma to Jayawardene, 1 run, back of length delivery on off, the batsman guides this down to third man with ease

3.3

MM Sharma to Dilshan, FOUR, marginally short and Dilshan is quick into his position to pull, even though he doesn't get a lot of bat behind it, it is enough to beat the square leg fielder to the boundary

3.4

MM Sharma to Dilshan, FOUR, an inside edge this time but the fine-leg is in the circle! Gives Dilshan another boundary.. The batman was looking to blast this through the off, but Dilshan gets a healthy amount of bat on that

3.5

MM Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, he dabs it to cover off the front foot and calls for a quick single

Daniel Alexande: "Sri Lanka will have the psychological advantage if Dilshan and Mahela can bring the required runs to two figures "

3.6

MM Sharma to Jayawardene, 1 run, good delivery outside off, but Mahela has no problems in calmly steering it to third man for a single

End of over 4 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 27/1 (104 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 6.50)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 8 (7b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 14 (10b 3x4)
    • MM Sharma 2-0-18-1
    • B Kumar 2-0-9-0

Bhuvi continues.. no sign of spin..

4.1

Kumar to Jayawardene, 1 run, short and wide, Mahela picks up another single to third man with a neat steer

Slip in place for Dilshan

4.2

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, bowls it slow and the batsman is beaten in his clip shot, it hits the thigh pad and rolls over to the off side

4.3

Kumar to Jayawardene, FOUR, what a touch this one! Dhoni has come up to the stumps and what does Mahela do? he runs it down through the vacant first slip region for a boundary

4.4

Kumar to Jayawardene, FOUR, a top-edge this time as the batsman looks to guide it to the fine leg area, but it takes over straight over the keeper's head.. dead straight again..

4.5

Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, fuller and wider outside off, Mahela comes forward and pushes it to cover

4.6

Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, play and a miss this time as Mahela chases this wider delivery

End of over 5 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 37/1 (94 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.40, RRR: 6.26)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 17 (12b 3x4)
    • TM Dilshan 14 (11b 3x4)
    • B Kumar 3-0-18-0
    • MM Sharma 2-0-18-1

Ashwin comes in.. Leg slip in place

5.1

Ashwin to Dilshan, no run, pushed through on off, the batsman defends it to cover

Leg slip goes off

5.2

Ashwin to Dilshan, FOUR, slightly shorter and Dilshan takes full toll, slapping it through backward square leg for a boundary

5.3

Ashwin to Dilshan, no run, bowls an offspinner outside off, some turn for him, the batsman pushes it to cover

5.4

Ashwin to Dilshan, no run, pushed through on the off and middle line, Dilshan pushes it back to the bowler

5.5

Ashwin to Dilshan, OUT, caught at deep square leg! Indian fielders come back to life as Kohli takes a well-judged catch at the boundary.. Ashwin's carrom-balls brought him a lot of wickets in the last game.. It's that ball again.. Dilshan goes for a sweep and gets a big top-edge.. looks like it's going over, but Kohli is at the boundary to gobble it up.

TM Dilshan c Kohli b Ashwin 18 (27m 16b 4x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

Sanga is the new man.. but Mahela on strike

5.6

Ashwin to Jayawardene, no run, bowls another carrom-ball, but it's too short and allows Mahela enough time to watch it and defend to off

End of over 6 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 41/2 (90 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.83, RRR: 6.42)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 17 (13b 3x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 0 (0b)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-4-1
    • B Kumar 3-0-18-0

Now Mishra comes in.. One slip in place

6.1

Mishra to Sangakkara, 1 run, floated up outside off, Sanga leans forward and drives it to long off

6.2

Mishra to Jayawardene, no run, gives this one some air, the batsman comes forward and pushes it calmly to point

6.3

Mishra to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on the middle stump line, Mahela gets behind the line and defends

6.4

Mishra to Jayawardene, no run, flatter this time and Mahela again comes forward to defend it to cover

6.5

Mishra to Jayawardene, no run, this is the slider now, the batsman goes back and defends it to point

6.6

Mishra to Jayawardene, no run, excellent start from Mishra! this one is tossed up on off, Mahela is in no hurry, defends this one to ff

Zeeshan Kamal: "Two greats on the ground. What an ideal finish would be that Sanga and Mahela finishes the match and brings the Cup for their country in their last appearance. "

End of over 7 (1 run) Sri Lanka 42/2 (89 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.84)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 17 (18b 3x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 1 (1b)
    • A Mishra 1-0-1-0
    • R Ashwin 1-0-4-1

It's Raina now..

7.1

Raina to Sangakkara, no run, fuller on off, the batsman drives it straight to cover

7.2

Raina to Sangakkara, no run, quicker on the middle stump, the batsman pushes it to midwicket

7.3

Raina to Sangakkara, 2 runs, this is a top-edge from nowhere! The batsman tries to pull a not-so-short ball and gets a thick top edge which just falls short of long off.. Mohit makes an attempt but can't reach.. by the time he picks it up, they take a second

7.4

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, he goes on the back foot and clips it fine on the leg side for a single

7.5

Raina to Jayawardene, no run, fuller on the stumps, Mahela punches it straight to midwicket

7.6

Raina to Jayawardene, 2 runs, slightly shorter, the batsman turns it softly to square leg and scampers back for a second

Not much to differentiate between the scores at this stage, but we know what happened later..

End of over 8 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 47/2 (84 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.87, RRR: 7.00)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 19 (20b 3x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 4 (5b)
    • SK Raina 1-0-5-0
    • A Mishra 1-0-1-0

More spin, now it's Jadeja, over the wicket to Sanga

8.1

Jadeja to Sangakkara, FOUR, he tosses it up outside off, but Sanga goes across the line and swats it through backward square leg with a powerful sweep

8.2

Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, fuller outside off, pushed straight to cover

8.3

Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, this one is flatter, the batsman looks for a single to long on but finds midwicket

8.4

Jadeja to Sangakkara, SIX, he likes the ball coming in to him! Sanga goes down on the knee and smashes it powerfully with wonderful sweep, it goes all the way

8.5

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and flighted outside off, the batsman pushes it to deep cover for a single

8.6

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, fires this one on the stump, Mahela comes forward and defends

End of over 9 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 58/2 (73 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.44, RRR: 6.63)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 19 (21b 3x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 15 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-11-0
    • SK Raina 1-0-5-0
9.1

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, fuller on the stumps, Sri Lanka happily turn the strike over with a push to long off

9.2

Raina to Jayawardene, 1 run, he comes down the pitch and punches this to wide long on for another easy single

9.3

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, flatter and slower on off, Sanga goes deep in the crease and punches this to long on calmly

9.4

Raina to Jayawardene, FOUR, this is Mahela style! He waits an extra second and guides the quicker ball with the finest of late cuts to the boundary..

9.5

Raina to Jayawardene, OUT, he is gone! Ashwin takes a good forward-diving catch! Mahela ends his last innings with a cross-batted slog that he is not able to keep down.. The fielder at midwicket takes an excellent catch.. But after that previous shot, this was quite unlike Mahela..

DPMD Jayawardene c Ashwin b Raina 24 (34m 24b 4x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

9.6

Raina to Thirimanne, FOUR, another edge! This is past the slip fielder.. It was a good loopy delivery and Thirimanne goes for a firm push, but that flies past the lone slip fielder, all the way down to the boundary

End of over 10 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 69/3 (62 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.90, RRR: 6.20)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 4 (1b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 17 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • SK Raina 2-0-16-1
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-11-0

Ashwin comes back.. a slip in place

10.1

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, bowls a full toss on the stumps, Sanga eases it to long on for a single

10.2

Ashwin to Thirimanne, no run, floated up on the stumps, the batsman defends it to cover

10.3

Ashwin to Thirimanne, 1 run, fires this one a touch quicker on the pads, the batsman tucks it to square leg for a single

10.4

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, flatter from Ashwin again, Sanga goes back and tucks it behind square on the leg side for a single

10.5

Ashwin to Thirimanne, no run, that was the carrom-ball and I doubt if Thirimanne read it! It was tossed up wide and beats the batsman's drive

10.6

Ashwin to Thirimanne, 1 run, fuller delivery on off, the batsman pushes it softly to point for a single

End of over 11 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 73/3 (58 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.63, RRR: 6.44)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 6 (5b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 19 (14b 1x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-8-1
    • SK Raina 2-0-16-1

Sanath is in the stands..

11.1

Raina to Thirimanne, no run, beautifully bowled! the batsman bowls it slow and gets some turn to beat the outside edge

11.2

Raina to Thirimanne, 1 run, he comes forward and pushes it to long off for a single

11.3

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, eased to long off for a single

11.4

Raina to Thirimanne, no run, fuller on the stump, Thirimanne finds the cover fielder with his drive

11.5

Raina to Thirimanne, no run, he stays in the crease and has to wait for this to come to him as Raina slows the pace, defends it to off

11.6

Raina to Thirimanne, no run, slower again, the batsman pushes it to midwicket.. Just two runs of that over

Uwaisul Karnain: "A 30-40 run partnership at about a run-a-ball will seal the game for SL."

End of over 12 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 75/3 (56 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.25, RRR: 7.00)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 7 (10b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 20 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • SK Raina 3-0-18-1
    • R Ashwin 2-0-8-1

Mishra is back

12.1

Mishra to Sangakkara, 2 runs, the batsman takes a step down the pitch and works the flatter delivery to deep square leg for a quick couple

12.2

Mishra to Sangakkara, 1 run, floated outside off, the batsman goes back and punches it to deep cover for a single

Ritish: "Should Dhoni throw the ball at Yuvi ? He may redeem himself !! :-)"

12.3

Mishra to Thirimanne, OUT, another one falls! This is going to get exciting folks.. Thirimanne wasn't showing much footwork in the last over and this time he tries to push a slider only to get a thin outside edge to the keeper. That stayed a touch low too

HDRL Thirimanne c †Dhoni b Mishra 7 (8m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

The continuous fall of wickets is keeping India in the game.. Thisara Perera comes in now.. attacking move this.

12.4

Mishra to NLTC Perera, no run, big googly first up! The batsman comes forward to defend and is beaten

Fahad Ali: "Despite playing so many memorable knocks, I get the feeling this is the most crucial knock of Sanga's career. Finally they look set to break the India-in-final hoodoo. "

12.5

Mishra to NLTC Perera, no run, quicker slider outside off, the batsman tries to hit this too hard, only manages to chop it to cover

12.6

Mishra to NLTC Perera, no run, this is the leg spinner now, Thisara cuts it but can't beat the sole man at point

End of over 13 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 78/4 (53 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.57)

    • NLTC Perera 0 (3b)
    • KC Sangakkara 23 (17b 1x4 1x6)
    • A Mishra 2-0-4-1
    • SK Raina 3-0-18-1
13.1

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up on off, Sanga calmly pushes it to long off

Watch out for Perera now.. He means business

13.2

Raina to NLTC Perera, 1 run, contrary to Sanga's push, Perera punches this firmly to long off

13.3

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 wide, quicker delivery down the leg side, Dhoni gathers it well but it's a wide

13.3

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, flatter outside off, Sanga goes back and pushes it to long off again

13.4

Raina to NLTC Perera, no run, quicker delivery outside off, Perera pushes it straight to extra cover

13.5

Raina to NLTC Perera, 1 run, he dabs it to the front of point fielder and calls for a quick single

13.6

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower and wider outside off, Sanga goes back and cuts it to deep point to keep the strike

End of over 14 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 84/4 (47 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.83)

    • KC Sangakkara 26 (20b 1x4 1x6)
    • NLTC Perera 2 (6b)
    • SK Raina 4-0-24-1
    • A Mishra 2-0-4-1
14.1

Mishra to Sangakkara, 1 wide, this is a poor start from Mishra, he bowls this one down the leg side and Dhoni manages to parry it to short fine leg.. Perera wanted to pick up a bye but is sent back in time

14.1

Mishra to Sangakkara, 1 run, fuller delivery, he drives it to wide long on and they take another single

14.2

Mishra to NLTC Perera, SIX, biggie!! That was what he was sent for.. he gets under this tossed up delivery and hammers it over long-on.. this is a huge hit.. That is in to the crowd

14.3

Mishra to NLTC Perera, 1 run, a googly follows, but this is short enough for him to cut it to deep cover

14.4

Mishra to Sangakkara, FOUR, another bounday! Mishra falling apart here.. he fires this one on the pads and Sanga smartly shows it the way past short fine leg fielder

14.5

Mishra to Sangakkara, no run, beautiful googly! This one beats the outside edge as Sanga comes forward to defend

14.6

Mishra to Sangakkara, 1 run, quicker delivery on the stumps, the batsman easily pushes it to long off for a single to make it 14 off the over

Ntokozo: "Very smart thinking here from Sri Lanka! A couple of Perera blows and this could be over in a space of a few balls :) Come on Lankans! #FromABitterSouthAfrican#"

End of over 15 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 98/4 (33 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.53, RRR: 6.60)

    • KC Sangakkara 32 (24b 2x4 1x6)
    • NLTC Perera 9 (8b 1x6)
    • A Mishra 3-0-18-1
    • SK Raina 4-0-24-1

Ashwin comes back

15.1

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up on off, the batsman pushes it back to Ashwin

15.2

Ashwin to Sangakkara, FOUR, only a little leg sidish and Sanga waits and extra second to clip it fine on the leg side.. Beautifully dabbed, the fine leg fielder is not able to cut it off

15.3

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up and full, Sanga pushes it back to Ashwin

15.4

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the pads again, this time Sanga paddles it to the fielder at fine leg

15.5

Ashwin to NLTC Perera, no run, that's the carrom-ball now, the batsman defends it to midwicket

15.6

Ashwin to NLTC Perera, 1 wide, fired down the leg side, this is too far down

15.6

Ashwin to NLTC Perera, no run, he beats the bat with a flighted delivery outside off as Thisara looks to crash it through cover

End of over 16 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 104/4 (27 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.50, RRR: 6.75)

    • NLTC Perera 9 (10b 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 37 (28b 3x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 3-0-14-1
    • A Mishra 3-0-18-1

Mishra continues

16.1

Mishra to Sangakkara, FOUR, tossed up a bit wider outside off and Sanga, this is delightful, he comes down on his knees and drives it over extra cover .. that's a superb shot

16.2

Mishra to Sangakkara, 1 run, fuller on the stumps, the batsman drives it easily down the ground, to long off

16.3

Mishra to NLTC Perera, SIX, another biggie! Thisara is running away.. he sees flight in the ball and he gives it some more.. Whacks this googly over wide long-on ..he is a powerful guy

16.4

Mishra to NLTC Perera, 2 runs, excellent effort by long-on, but he is not able to catch this one.. The batsman went for another big hit and got a big leading edge straight down the ground.. Rahane ran in and got there, dived, but could not hold on.. That's a drop

16.5

Mishra to NLTC Perera, 1 leg bye, fired on the pads and the batsman run for a leg bye

16.6

Mishra to Sangakkara, 1 run, quicker delivery on off, the batsman pushes it to long off for a single

End of over 17 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 119/4 (12 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 4.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 43 (31b 4x4 1x6)
    • NLTC Perera 17 (13b 2x6)
    • A Mishra 4-0-32-1
    • R Ashwin 3-0-14-1

Ashwin to bowl his last

17.1

Ashwin to Sangakkara, FOUR, carrom-ball, another edge.. The batsman tries to slog it but the top edge flies over Dhoni and the first slip fielder

17.2

Ashwin to Sangakkara, FOUR, on the pads, the batsman looks to sweep and gets an under edge to the fine-leg boundary.. Sanga gets to his half-century.. He gets applauded by the India fielders

17.3

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, slower this time, this one spins past the outside edge

17.4

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, he goes back and crunches this to deep cover for a single

17.5

Ashwin to NLTC Perera, SIX, he comes down the pitch and finishes off with a big swipe down the ground

The Sri Lanka team lifts the cup and the party begins....Well, that is all from the commentary team. There is a lot more of analysis to follow, so stay tuned.. The tournament was a treat and congratulations to Bangladesh on the successful organisation. Thanks for your comments and feedback. Until next time, it's ciao ciao.

Lasith Malinga gets a huge roar as he comes in to collect his medal. He says, "I was really lucky to captain in the last three games. Today, we thought it was Sanga and Mahela's farewell match.. the boys thought we needed to do it for them. Last few overs we bowled really well. Me, Kula and Sachithra. Mahela and Sanga are world-class batsmen and it was a good opportunity for us to be able to play with them. They are still playing Tests and ODIs and the younger players need to pick all that they can from the two."

"In the middle overs, our batsmen tried our best to get going, but we couldn't convert the good start," says MS Dhoni. "We could have always got those 10-15 runs, but cricket is about those runs. The last four overs they executed their plans very well and for our side that doesn't play scoops well, that worked for them. Malinga with that slingy action kept bowling it wide. It was a perfect game for them. Virat has been brilliant in the last few years. He is someone who makes most of the opportunity. The good thing is that he plays authentic shots and still scores runs. He is got a bright future ahead of them."

Kumar Sangakkara is the Man of the Match... What a way to finish his T20 career. He says, "it's been a long time coming.. Waited five finals. Pretty happy I was able to do something for our team. It means a lot to all of us. We are very humbled by this. The way Kohli was batting, he was about to take the game away from us, but the way we bowled was brilliant. It was an all-round performance, led by Lasith, Angelo had an amazing tournament. india are a tough side, but we are happy to be in the winning side. My family and playing for Sri Lanka are the two most important things that happened to me in my life. Everyone's got to go and my time is now."

Player of the tournament goes to Virat Kohli. "Congratulations to the SL team, especially Mahela and Sanga," he says. "Darren was right, the god was really smiling on them. But they deserved this, they played really well. Last T20 WC, i tried to do my bit, but this time around i tried to make the most of the good form. The most pleasing thing was that we made it to the finals. Some people talk about that i can't score in the first innings.. (smiles) but Malinga bowled very well in the last few overs. It was one of the off days. SL bowled in brilliant areas. Our boys can be proud of the way we played this tournament."



Wonderful win for Sri Lanka. Yesterday Malinga said they had the winning feeling in the camp and they have gone out to convert it into a title. How important a role did he play himself - those last few overs in the first innings were as good a death bowling you would ever see in a T20. Unheard of accuracy. That's where the match was won. Sanga then made it doubly sweet by scoring an unbeaten 52..

Dilshan says, "Last five world cups we lost them, but today is a great feeling to come back and win it. Today one of the three guys put their head up to do something for the team. Fantastic win for Sri Lanka. Good farewell for two happy guys."

Marvan Atapattu says, "What a way to finish the game! Sanga saved his best of the last innings. I think the first session is where we won the game."

It's now Sanath Jayasuriya's turn. He says, "The bowling was superb and then both Mahela and Sanga batted very well. Restricting them to 130 was the key. Even though we lost a few wickets early on, Mahela and Sanga are big game players"

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

Angelo Mathews says, "Sri Lanka this is for you. I am glad the whole team did it for Sanga and Mahela."

Rangana Herath says, "This is the best send off for Sanga and Mahela. After 18 years, this is a different high."



Thisara roars! The Sri Lankans charge down the pitch and grab Sanga.. This is as comprehensive a win as you get.. Malinga comes in and jumps over the lot.. Mahela hugs Dilshan, Dilshan hugs Sanga.. Kohli hugs Sanga.. Sri Lanka have broken the jinx in style and what a time to do it! The last game for both Sanga and Mahela and they will go back champions. India didn't have the total to challenge Sri Lanka, who just strolled to the target despite the loss of four wickets..Malinga keeps his 100% record as a captain intact.

Sanga gets carried around the ground on the shoulders of his team-mates. Now Mahela also gets a ride on the shoulders..The celebration keeps going on..

Jai: "Mahela hugs Dilshan, Dilshan hugs Sanga.. Kohli hugs Sanga.....Wow...How often do you see that? If you ask any Indian fan, the team you would have backed after India in this tournament, it would have been SL...Clearly lots of respect for Sanga and Mahela among Indian fans....We will miss you in T20 ...Congrats SL..."

Garvin: "All the apparent "confusion" with the Sri Lankan captaincy had no visible impact on the final results. Shows the stuff the team is made of! Congrats to SL on a superb victory!!! (from a WI fan)"

Uwaisul Karnain: "Sanga's eyes today represent the whole Sri Lankan Nation. Never seen him being so emotional and expressive, it shows what it means to the legend! "

Rajive Silva: "This is just to break the jinx! The actual world cup is next year Sri Lanka! "

alex: "Funny to think that the only team England beat were the champions - Sri Lanka"

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WATCHESPN: Final: India v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Apr 6, 2014
WATCHESPN: Final: India v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Apr 6, 2014
   

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Martin Crowe and Daryll Cullinan analyse the World T20 2014 final, between India and Sri Lanka | April 6, 2014

Martin Crowe and Daryll Cullinan analyse the World T20 2014 final, between India and Sri Lanka | April 6, 2014


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