Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
20 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 130/4 | RR: 6.50

  • MS Dhoni4 (7b)
  • Lasith Malinga4-0-27-0
  • Nuwan Kulasekara4-0-29-1

What a dramatic end to the innings! This is way way below par. Excellent bowling at the death by the Sri Lankan bowlers. They stuck to that plan of bowling yorkers wide outside off and frustrated the batsmen. Yuvraj's innings killed all the momentum that India was picking during the middle overs. Take this - Kohli faced just seven balls in the last four overs. No boundaries in the last four overs as well. Excellent work by Sri Lanka to keep India's best batsman away from strike and frustrate the whole team.. Take Kohli's brilliant half-century out and India don't have anything to show. Superb death bowling by Malinga and Kulasekara there. Good tight bowling from Sena too, who was really the one who derailed Yuvraj.

Jayawardena: "Superb bowling by Sri Lanka, holding this Indian team to 130 after 111/2 is no simple feat. They need to make sure that they bat sensibly and don't choke the chase."

Dev: "How Amazing is it to score 19 runs in the last 4 overs batting first especially with the Best hitters in the world. Credit to SL bowlers and of course, Yuvi :-)"

Venkat: "I would put this as Dhoni's worst gamble in World cup final yet...You have Yuvraj in the worst possible form and Dhoni himself with very little match practice...Dhoni should have promoted Raina ahead at number 4. T20 is about momentum cricket and the finals are the place where you nail down the game. Congrats Lanka for capitalizing on the insipid India batting. I hope you guys now go out and finish the match"

Thili: "You got to admire the bowling changes from malinger though..something I haven't seen from other lankan captans "

19.6
W
Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, OUT, another good yorker, the batsman comes back for the second after pushing it to midwicket, but he was always struggling and direct hit ends his innings

V Kohli run out (Senanayake) 77 (75m 58b 5x4 4x6) SR: 132.75

19.5
1
Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, full and wide.. it's only a single as Dhoni digs it out to cover to give Kohli the last ball

Don: "@Ziad - Even Dhoni can't pull out a miracle coming in with one over to go and face Malinga, just asking too much off him. Might have been completely different if it wasn't for that yuvi innings. SL looking like they're going to walk away with this world cup, hopefully it'll be close match."

19.4
2
Malinga to Dhoni, 2 runs, wonderful yorker, this time the batsman gets some bat on it, but can only push it as far as midwicket.. they come back for two.. so no Kohli in the last over..

Ziadh: "seems like Youvi's wicket did not bring any good to India. Good death bowling!!!"

19.3
0
Malinga to Dhoni, no run, beautiful bowling! Dhoni looks for the helicopter, but this is a good yorker outside off, it slips under the bat again

Kohli watches from the other end..

19.2
2b
Malinga to Dhoni, 2 byes, this one is closer to the off stump and slips under the bat again as Dhoni looks to play the helicopter.. But this beats the keeper too and they come back for a second
19.2
1w
Malinga to Dhoni, 1 wide, this one is fired full and wide, a bit too wide this time
19.1
0
Malinga to Dhoni, no run, they can't get a bat on it.. This is full and wide and it slips under the bat

Malinga comes

END OF OVER:
19 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 123/3 | RR: 6.47

  • MS Dhoni1 (2b)
  • Virat Kohli76 (57b)
  • Nuwan Kulasekara4-0-29-1
  • Lasith Malinga3-0-22-0

Only 12 in the last three

18.6
1lb
Kulasekara to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, this hits the toe off the batsman and this was almost as wide outside off as it can be, shows you how Dhoni was trying to play some kind of a sweep.. They pick up a single to third man.. But this is excellent stuff from Kula
18.5
1
Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, another one wide outside off, very wide.. Kohli manages to take it on the full, but can only slice it to deep point
18.4
0
Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, this is good bowling! He keeps it full and wide outside off, Kohli stretches but can't reach it.. this is inside the marker too
18.3
1
Kulasekara to Dhoni, 1 run, another full and wide outside off, Dhoni punches it down to long on with a cross-batted shot
18.2
1
Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, full and wide outside off.. Kohli was shaping to play a sweep but adjusts late to guide it to third man

Kohli on strike.. Dhoni comes in

18.1
W
Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, a full toss is hit straight to long-off! Not sure if Sri Lanka really wanted that wicket at this stage. A relief for the Indian bench though. A man in form could have hit this ball anywhere, but Yuvraj chips it straight to the fielder

Yuvraj Singh c NLTC Perera b Kulasekara 11 (30m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 52.38

Kula comes back

END OF OVER:
18 | 4 Runs | INDIA: 119/2 | RR: 6.61

  • Yuvraj Singh11 (20b)
  • Virat Kohli74 (54b)
  • Lasith Malinga3-0-22-0
  • Sachithra Senanayake4-0-22-0

Malinga: "Malinga saved 2 overs for himself in the final 3. Won't be easy to make too many big hits now. Anything below 150 will be a good chase if Sri Lanka bats well. Great job to keep the powerhouse Indians at bay!"

17.6
1
Malinga to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, comes down the pitch and drives this full delivery off the toe end to deep cover for a single. He keeps the strike
17.5
0
Malinga to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another yorker outside off, again Yuvi fails to get bat on it.. This is embarrassing for the batsman. Some frustration in the dug out as well
17.4
1
Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, takes a step down and drives it beautifully through cover, where Thiri makes an excellent diving save..

Sree: "This is so sad to see from Yuvi. The 17 balls he took to score the 9 runs, Raina and Dhoni could have scored atleast 15 runs more. The 17th and 18th overs are not the time to guide and cut. He should look to attack. Or atleast make sure Kohli faces every ball that he can. "

17.3
1
Malinga to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, he comes down the pitch and manages to get some bat this time, squeezes this to third man

Professor: "It's been disappointing to see Yuvraj's performance in this tournament........He seriously needs to pick up form in domestic events before making it to the national squad. National squad not the place for 'finding' form. One innings against Oz doesn't change this situation. Wonder hoe many runs he's cost India in this final?"

17.2
0
Malinga to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another good yorker outside off, Yuvi looks to guide it to off but gets a bottom edge to the keeper

Terrence: "kohli seems to be in sammy mode while yuvi is doing his best to imitate samuels. "

17.1
1
Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, this is a good yorker now! Just outside off and Kohli can only dig it out to extra cover for a single

END OF OVER:
17 | 4 Runs | INDIA: 115/2 | RR: 6.76

  • Virat Kohli72 (52b)
  • Yuvraj Singh9 (16b)
  • Sachithra Senanayake4-0-22-0
  • Nuwan Kulasekara3-0-26-0
16.6
1
Senanayake to Kohli, 1 run, he comes down the pitch and punches it to midwicket where Dilshan's fumble allows a single
16.5
1
Senanayake to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, here comes the slog sweep, but the bowler slowed it down.. Yuvraj get a bottom edge to the leg side
16.4
1
Senanayake to Kohli, 1 run, he comes down the track and punches this firmly to long on
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Nifty Nuwan

53

Dot balls by Nuwan Kulasekara out of the 89 he has bowled in this World T20, before this match, highest percentage by a bowler (min 10 overs)

Kohli missed

11, 65

Virat Kohli's scores when Lasith Malinga and Sachithra Senanayake let him off

Rohit missed

11

Rohit Sharma's score when Lasith Malinga failed to run him out

Powerplay low

31/1

India's lowest Powerplay score against SL, today

Mishra goes left

1

Lahiru Thirimanne is the first left-hand batsman Amit Mishra has got out this tournament. All his other nine victims have been right-hand batsmen

No boundaries

25

Number of balls Sri Lanka went without a boundary between 10th and 15th over

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

First Round Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
BDESH32141.466
NEPAL32140.933
AFG3122-0.981
HKG3122-1.455
First Round Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
NL32141.109
ZIM32140.957
IRE3214-0.701
UAE3030-1.541
Group 1
TeamMWLPTNRR
SL43162.233
SA43160.075
NZ4224-0.678
ENG4132-0.776
NL4132-0.866
Group 2
TeamMWLPTNRR
INDIA44081.28
WI43161.971
PAK4224-0.384
AUS4132-0.857
BDESH4040-2.072