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World Twenty20 Final: Kumar Sangakkara signs off from Sri Lankan T20 cricket in style
'Legend wanted to win this for his country and rose to the occasion as a great should'
Last Updated: 09/04/14 9:43am
Sri Lanka’s World Twenty20 triumph is as popular as it was emotional, says Nasser Hussain.Kumar Sangakkara was carried around the ground by his team-mates after hitting 52no in the six-wicket victory over India in the last Twenty20 international of his and Mahela Jayawardene’s career.Two-time runners-up Sri Lanka chased down India’s modest total of 130-4 with 13 balls left to win the trophy for the first time in their history and spark wild celebrations at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, in Dhaka.“It’s quite a popular victory,” Hussain told Sky Sports. “Sri Lanka wore their hearts on their sleeves. You can see the emotion in Sangakkara there at the end when he won man of the match.“India were the form horse of the tournament – they’ve played some brilliant cricket – but in all honesty the form horse in white-ball cricket this year has been Sri Lanka.“I think they’ve lost one white-ball game – and that was, remarkably, to England. They’ve won the Asia Cup and been out here for five weeks and they know the conditions well.“It was a real brilliant team effort from them. They deserve to win because they were the better team.”FlusteredPlayer of the Tournament Virat Kohli contributed 77 off 58 balls in India’s innings but crucially faced only eight balls in the final four overs of the innings as Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara turned the screws – thwarting attempts from both Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni to up the rate.“It was amazing death bowling – it really was,” said former England skipper Hussain. “It was yorkers outside off-stump – there weren’t many variations; they got it right and they stuck to it.“I’ve never seen Dhoni flustered but he couldn’t get those helicopter shots that he plays away. Maybe they should have stuck with playing on the off-side.“But India hit the wall and for Virat Kohli to face just eight deliveries in the last four overs [was a waste] – maybe he was the only one in this tournament that could have hit those deliveries somewhere.“It was brilliant bowling. Yuvraj said that he likes to bat at four because he takes his time to get in. But he couldn’t pick Sachithra Senanayake and he got more and more frustrated – then came the death bowling.“He will cop a lot of stick and probably deservedly so because the innings hit the wall; it was a case of hit out or get out because they had Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni waiting. It’s remarkable for Raina not to bat.”“A lot of India will focus in on India but the tiny island of Sri Lanka just keeps producing these great cricketers.”GreatSangakkara had scored just 19 runs in his previous four innings in the tournament but signed off in style, striking six fours and a single six in his 35-ball innings to claim the Player of the Match award.“That innings really mattered,” said Hussain. “You just felt that it would either be Jayawardene or Sangakkara who stood up and made the difference – one of them wanted to be there at the end.“Kumar put everything behind him. It didn’t matter if he got four noughts, to be honest. He wanted to win this for Sri Lanka – he wanted to be carried around the ground. That’s what great players do – the bigger the occasion, the more they rise to it.“I think he was relieved to see Thisara Perera sent in at six to smack a few and release the pressure because it was getting a little bit tense at 12 or 13 overs.“Sangakkara is such a professional that he’s going home for a week and then he’s coming out to England to play for Durham for two or three Championship games to get ready for the Test series in England. He takes his job very seriously.”Review all of the action from both men's and women's finals in tonight's World T20 Zone in the company of Michael Atherton, Robert Key and Joe Root - at 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Sky Sports 2.