Sri Lanka vs India
"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."
Sri Lanka win by six wickets with 13 deliveries to spare
This match was a slow burning thriller, and Sri Lanka are deserving champions. India had breezed their way into the final, but they couldn't get the better of Sri Lanka's canny tactics at the death of their innings. Sri Lanka did the first thing right by asking India to bat first, taking Kohli and Dhoni's devastating records as chasers out of the equation. They did themselves no favours by dropping Kohli early in his innings, but came back superbly and chipped away at the other end. Yuvraj Singh could barely buy a run in his knock, and Kohli faced just eight deliveries in the last four overs. There were no boundaries at all struck after the 16th over, and the end of India's innings was anti-climactic. Sri Lanka knew the target was gettable, but scoreboard pressure can take a massive total in finals. Fortunately for them, and for the last time, Kumar Sangakkara was on hand to play a guiding role. He burst out of the blocks and barely missed a step as he rushed to an 8th, and final, T20I fifty. It's one he'll never, ever forget. Sri Lanka win the World Twenty20!
Over 17.5 - SL 132/4 (Sangakkara 52, Perera 21)
There it is! Sri Lanka win! Sangakkara swings Sri Lanka to glory, a brace of boundaries via the top and bottom edge taking him to fifty before Perera biffs one down the ground to spark the celebrations.
Over 17 - SL 119/4 (Sangakkara 43, Perera 17)
The balance of this game has shifted decisively in Sri Lanka's favour with this over. Everything goes Sri Lanka's way as Sangakkara drives up and over extra cover for four before Perera comes down the track for another big heave for six. His next slog is top-edged, but Rahane, who is sprinting round from long on, can't hold onto the chance.
Over 16 - SL 104/4 (Sangakkara 37, Perera 9)
Delicately played! One doesn't have to lace every ball with maximum power to succeed in Twenty20 cricket. Sangakkara collects another boundary off Ashwin with a neat little tuck off his legs that has just enough on it to beat the fielder at long leg. Ashwin's only got one more over after this one ... but surely this match won't go the distance?
Over 15 - SL 98/4 (Sangakkara 32, Perera 9)
This is what Perera has been promoted to do! He shimmies his hefty frame down the pitch to Mishra and slams a very long ball over long on for six. That's the biggest hit of the match, a massive 85 metres. Sangakkara follows the brutality of that shot up with a gentle, paddled sweep that brings four more to fine leg. That's ruined Mishra's figures a little, and a peeved off bowler doesn't even manage a smile when he fizzes a googly past Sanga's outside edge to end the over.
Over 14 - SL 84/4 (Sangakkara 26, Perera 2)
The tension is palpable! Despite India's low score, this is going to be a stiff chase. Raina continues with his offspinners, and does another very fine job of keeping the left-handed batsmen quiet. With six runs coming off the over, the required rate is creeping up towards 8. Perera, meanwhile, is lining up a shot a ball - though with no early success.
Over 13 - SL 78/4 (Sangakkara 23, Perera 0)
WICKET! One felt this one coming. Thirimanne hadn't been able to settle, and he departs after feathering a cut off Mishra. Interestingly, Sri Lanka have sent the big-hitting Thisara Perera in ahead of Mathews - no doubt looking to give the innings a boost that will put them ahead of India. But more important than that will be the contribution of Sangakkara. He's got to be the one to anchor this chase. If he falls, the nerves will really set in.
Over 12 - SL 75/3 (Sangakkara 20, Thirimanne 7)
Raina follows up Ashwin's efforts with a tight over. His first delivery spins past Thirimanne's outside edge, and though he's able to get off strike, a Sangakkara single puts him straight back on again. There's more than a hint of fidgety nervousness in Thirimanne's batting as just two runs come from the over.
Over 11 - SL 73/3 (Sangakkara 19, Thirimanne 6)
Probing stuff from Ashwin! He's got a slip in place as he comes back into the attack. Sangakkara deals well with his variations, but it doesn't look like Thirimanne can read the carrom ball. Nevertheless, the batsmen pinch four singles from the over.
Over 10 - SL 69/3 (Sangakkara 17, Thirimanne 4)
WICKET! Mahela is gone! After the exchange of singles, Jayawardene played the latest of late cuts, almost removing the ball from Dhoni's grasping gloves to send it rolling down to the third man boundary. A trademark stroke. But he departs straight afterwards, nailing a sweep straight into the hands of Ashwin, diving forward at midwicket. Thirimanne is off the mark via the outside edge, and Sri Lanka are more than halfway there.
Over 9 - SL 58/2 (Jayawardene 19, Sangakkara 15)
Sangakkara is going out in a blaze of glory! Ravi Jadeja's introduction is greeted with powerfully-struck sweep that skirts along the carpet for four through square leg. After nudging and pushing at a couple, Sanga bends low once more but this time doesn't bother to keep the shot down, lifting the ball handsomely into the stands. There's not a great deal of grip for the spinners in this track.
Over 8 - SL 47/2 (Jayawardene 19, Sangakkara 4)
Just short of long off! Dhoni cycles through his spinners and gives Raina a twirl, and he comes very close to dismissing Sangakkara. The left-hander went back to a ball that wasn't actually all that short, and top-edged his pull to send the ball swirling towards long off ... Mohit sprinted forward, but he couldn't get close to the catch. This is tense stuff.
Over 7 - SL 42/2 (Jayawardene 17, Sangakkara 1)
Spin from both ends, with leggie Amit Mishra coming into the attack. Sangakkara drives to long off to get off the mark straight away, but Mahela opts for a very cautious approach to the new bowler. Just a single off the over.
Over 6 - SL 41/2 (Jayawardene 17, Sangakkara 0)
WICKET! Spin does the trick for India, Ashwin removing Dilshan. Dilshan is the all-conquering limited-overs batsman he was a couple of years ago, and he's been a muted force in this tournament, but he'd started well enough today and India needed this. Dilshan had actually begun this over by pulling a long-hop through square leg for four, but when he looked to further the damage with a slog sweep, Ashwin struck. There was more than a hint of top edge about Dilshan's shot, and Kohli held the chance easily in the deep. Right, for the last time together in T20I's, here are Sanga and Mahela.
Over 5 - SL 37/1 (Jayawardene 17, Dilshan 14)
Dhoni will surely turn to one of his spinners after this over. He keeps Kumar on for a third, but the evergreen, ever-classy Jayawardene rides a rising delivery and opens the face of the bat at the very last moment to run the ball deliberately fine past Dhoni - who was up to the stumps - to third man for four. The next delivery brings yet another boundary, though from a fortuitous top-edge as Jayawardene paddles to leg. This partnership is now worth 32, and has progressed at 8 to the over.
Over 4 - SL 27/1 (Dilshan 14, Jayawardene 8)
The floodgates open! One can't be too harsh on the bowler here, but he's been taken apart by some quality Twenty20 batting, and Sharma's second over disappears for 15 runs. Jayawardene started superbly with a Brendan Taylor-esque ramped cut shot that sends a bouncer straight over Dhoni's head for four. Dilshan then latches onto another short one, pulling hard to deep midwicket and placing the shot well, before some good fortune and a healthy inside edge brings him four more. Sri Lanka are back up with the required rate, just about.
Over 3 - SL 12/1 (Dilshan 5, Jayawardene 2)
Kumar is curving the ball this way and that through the air, and after snaking one away from the right-handed Dilshan he targets his pads with an inswinger ... but the line of the delivery is far too straight, and the batsman glances neatly to the fine leg boundary. A chastened bowler tightens up, and Dhoni comes up to the stumps to asphyxiate the batsman further.
Over 2 - SL 8/1 (Dilshan 1, Jayawardene 2)
WICKET! There was a sense of inevitability about this. Kusal Perera probably should have held on a bit to play himself in, but instead he has an almighty swipe at Mohit Sharma's very first delivery. Bat slices well underneath ball, and Jadeja at mid-off holds a very simple catch. That brings Mahela Jayawardene to the crease for his final innings in a T20I, and he eases off the mark by rolling his wrists over a length delivery to send the ball through square leg.
Over 1 - SL 5/0 (Perera 5, Dilshan 0)
Kusal Perera only knows one way to bat, and it appears he'll give Sri Lanka a roaring start when he swipes the second delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar to the square leg boundary. But it quickly becomes apparent that there may have been more than a hint of fluke in that stroke - as three of the next four burst past the outside edge of his flailing bat. There's definitely shape through the air for Bhuvi, and even appreciable carry off the track. This chase isn't going to be straightforward.
End of innings
That was not the finish India wanted. They didn't hit a boundary after the third ball of the final over, and Kohli faced just 8 deliveries in the final four overs. The Sri Lankans couldn't get past Kohli, but they appeared to put their gameplan into effect to weather his charge and get the better of his less talented team-mates. That said, one can't judge a batting effort until both sides have had a go. This isn't an easy pitch to bat on, and it took time for Kohli to get going. If India's bowlers stick to their disciplines, we've still got a good game on.
Over 20 - Ind 130/4 (Dhoni 4)
What a tremendous comeback Sri Lanka have made in this innings. Malinga is virtually unhittable in his final over, firing delivery after delivery down on a perfect yorker length. Dhoni swings over the top of a couple, but finally manages to get some runs and then puts Kohli on strike. But even the in-form batsman can do nothing with the last ball yorker but dig it out to leg, and he's run out from the final delivery after taking on the fielder.
Over 19 - Ind 123/3 (Kohli 76, Dhoni 1)
WICKET! Yuvraj's torturous innings finally comes to an end. I daresay India will be even happier at the dismissal than the Sri Lankans are, such were his struggles at the crease. Kulasekara hurled down a gentle full toss at him, and a more fluid batsman might have crashed this almost anywhere ... but Yuvraj can only tap it tamely to the fielder at long-off. Kulasekara follows the wicket up with a frugal over, and India are staring at a sub-par total despite Kohli's efforts.
Over 18 - Ind 119/2 (Kohli 74, Yuvraj 11)
Fantastic death bowling from Malinga, as you'd expect from a man with oodles of Twenty20 experience. He targets the full, wide yorker for both left- and right-hander, and neither Yuvraj nor Kohli can get underneath the ball or ping the boundary. Indeed, Yuvi is still struggling horribly with his timing, and together the batsmen can only wrangle four singles from the over.
Over 17 - Ind 117/2 (Kohli 72, Yuvraj 9)
Yet again Senanayake puts in a superb effort with the ball, but is it enough to make up for his lapse in the field? His task with the ball is made easier by Yuvraj's scratchiness - this is a very difficult pitch upon which to gain batting rhythm early on in one's innings, and in this over Yuvraj can barely get the ball off the square. Kohli's blazing knock will carry India to a good total here, but they need batsmen firing at both ends.
Over 16 - Ind 111/2 (Kohli 70, Yuvraj 7)
Kohli on the charge! He is throwing the bat at absolutely everything, Kulasekara the bowler to bear the brunt. The carnage starts early, Kohli letting his bottom hand take over as he smears the first ball over wide long-on for six. He follows that up with a searing drive through extra cover, and is then helped by some shoddy fielding by Senanayake at deep midwicket. Kohli went back to a slow offcutter and hoicked the ball in the air ... but Senanayake had come in much too far from his position on the boundary, and the ball flew over his hands, but still bounced inside the rope! That is very poor judgement. Sri Lanka have let Kohli off the hook yet again.
Over 15 - Ind 95/2 (Kohli 55, Yuvraj 6)
A good comeback over from Senanayake, and Sri Lanka will be pleased with his efforts. The batsmen are in accumulation mode, but it still takes great skill to keep the likes of Kohli and Yuvraj to just two singles. The platform has been set though, and I expect that the launch will come sooner rather than later. India will be looking for 160, at least. Kohli's strike rate at the death hovers around 179.
Over 14 - Ind 93/2 (Kohli 54, Yuvraj 5)
Fifty for Kohli! This man is a run machine. He's got to be in line for the Man of the Tournament award. He doesn't try anything too extravagant in this over and neither does Yuvraj, who is yet to settle, but they still manage to add another 10 runs to the total. After a couple of hard-run ones and twos, Kohli angles his bat on a full, wide yorker to send the ball bouncing down to the third man fence. Great placement! I wonder if that dropped catch is still on Malinga's mind?
Over 13 - Ind 83/2 (Kohli 46, Yuvraj 3)
Kohli goes on the attack early in Herath's final over! He's timing the ball superbly now, having grown accustomed to the spongy pitch. He leaps out at the first delivery of the over, slicing the ball back over the bowler's head for a flat, hard six. Having done the hard work early on, he and Yuvraj focus on collecting singles for the remainder of the over, 10 runs being added to the score.
Over 12 - Ind 73/2 (Kohli 38, Yuvraj 2)
Senanayake returns to the attack, and unusually goes over the wicket to the right-handed Kohli. With that angle of attack, the offspinner has got to lob the ball up outside off stump, but there isn't a lot of turn and Kohli is quickly into the drive. After chipping a couple of runs over the bowler's head, he comes down the track to lace a drive up and over extra cover, before pinching a single to keep the strike. He looks in ominous touch.
Over 11 - Ind 65/2 (Kohli 31, Yuvraj 1)
WICKET! No mistake in the field this time, but Sharma is the batsman to depart. Herath looped the ball up invitingly on off stump, and Sharma again made room to open up the angle to drive. But he couldn't quite keep the stroke down, and Senanayake tumbled forward at a short cover position to effect the dismissal. Herath buzzes quickly through the rest of the over, having conceded just a single run. The bowlers have dominated the first half of this innings, though they haven't been rewarded with a stack of wickets.
Over 10 - Ind 64/1 (Kohli 31, Sharma 29)
Mathews completes his fourth and final over, on the trot, but this one is the worst of the lot. The medium pacer had grown just a little too predictable in the course of the three previous overs, and Sharma is confident enough to make room outside leg stump and slot a powerful drive through the covers for four. But he's bettered by Kohli, who spots a slower ball well in advance of its arrival and bends down low to nail a slog sweep over wide long on. This partnership is already worth 60, and it's starting to gain momentum now.
Over 9 - Ind 50/1 (Sharma 23, Kohli 23)
Herath trundles through a second over, and though he doesn't manage to create any chances in this one it's another good one. He comes round the wicket to the right-handers, getting some loop and dip on the ball - but no great turn. A modest three runs are the result.
Over 8 - Ind 47/1 (Sharma 23, Kohli 21)
Angelo Mathews completes his third over, and he's still finding these conditions very much to his liking. He doesn't try anything too fancy, just settling into a probing line and length, and subtly varying his pace. There's another moment of alarm for India when Sharma top-edges a flat-batted heave, but the ball falls safely in no-man's land behind the Umpire and they run two. This still looks like the sort of pitch that requires some graft from the batsmen, but Kohli and Sharma both have plenty of gears to go through ...
Over 7 - Ind 41/1 (Sharma 19, Kohli 19)
Kohli has been dropped! How expensive could this error turn out to be? Rangana Herath was wheeled out to bowl some left-arm spin in this over, and Kohli stepped back to pull his first delivery in the air towards mid-on ... where Malinga himself let the chance get past him. The ball was hit hard, but that could have been caught. As if to enforce the costly mistake, Kohli steps out to lift the final ball leisurely over extra cover for six. The shot oozes finesse and class.
Over 6 - Ind 31/1 (Sharma 17, Kohli 11)
Ah, Sri Lanka's captain today - Lasith Malinga - brings himself on, and as he sets his radar with a series of length deliveries, the batsmen concentrate on collecting singles behind square on either side of the wicket. Malinga's final delivery is pitched right up to Sharma, but it's not quite a yorker and it's dismissed from the batsman's presence with a powerful blow down the ground. Sharma just stood at the crease and swiped through the line. Not graceful, but effective!
Over 5 - Ind 23/1 (Kohli 9, Sharma 11)
Spin is used for the first time today, offie Senanayake coming around the wicket to the right-handed batsmen. His second delivery is a quicker one, but slips out as a rank long-hop and Sharma steps back to crack a lofted pull over deep square leg, the ball bouncing just short of the rope. There is, indeed, some turn on offer for the bowler, and he comes back well after the bad ball. Sri Lanka almost have their second wicket when Rohit backed up too far at the non-striker's end and Malinga rocketed a throw from square leg, but the ball zings past the stumps and strikes Senanayake a stinging blow on the arm instead.
Over 4 - Ind 15/1 (Kohli 8, Sharma 4)
Mathews continues, his medium-paced offerings proving very useful in the soggy conditions. With Sangakkara up to the stumps, he generally aims just outside the off peg, with singles coming between point and third man. I wonder if this tacky surface will take spin?
Over 3 - Ind 11/1 (Kohli 6, Sharma 2)
Kohli is immediately into his stride with a minimalist clip to leg that sends the ball racing to the deep midwicket off the middle of the bat. But Kulasekara is not without his own skills, and after swinging the first two deliveries in he gets the third to hold its line outside off, beating the edge of Kohli's bat. Kula is also backed up by his fielders in the over, Herath diving to stop a certain boundary at short fine leg. This has been a muted start from India.
Over 2 - Ind 5/1 (Sharma 1, Kohli 1)
WICKET! It only takes a couple of deliveries for Sangakkara to come up to the stumps for Mathews, who is shaping the ball gently through the air and off the track. The move keeps Rahane pinned to his crease, and he attempts to manufacture a pull shot to a ball that wasn't quite short enough - or, at least, didn't get up as high as he'd thought - and the bottom edge shatters his stumps. After having a good look at his first two deliveries, Kohli is off the mark with a gentle nudge to leg from the third. He's in early today, and if he bats long India should reach a hefty total despite the conditions.
Over 1 - Ind 4/0 (Rahane 3, Sharma 1)
Nuwan Kulasekara opens the bowling for Sri Lanka, snaking the ball in through the air to the right handed Rohit Sharma. He's got a wide slip in place, but the fielder isn't needed and it soon becomes apparent that this pitch is going to play slow and low. Rahane seems eager to get his feet moving and use the crease, walking out at Kulasekara before going deep in his crease and shuffling to off to work the ball through square leg. Watchful stuff from both sides.
The Sri Lankans have made just one change, swapping leggie Seekkuge Prasanna for big-hitting allrounder Thisara Perera. Here's their XI: 1. MDKJ Perera, 2. TM Dilshan, 3. DPMD Jayawardene, 4. KC Sangakkara (wk), 5. AD Mathews, 6. HDRL Thirimanne, 7. NLTC Perera, 8. KMDN Kulasekara, 9. SMSM Senanayake, 10. HMRKB Herath, 11. SL Malinga (c).
India's playing XI is unchanged, and remains as follows: 1. RG Sharma, 2. Yuvraj Singh, 3. SK Raina, 4. V Kohli, 5. AM Rahane, 6. MS Dhoni (c/wk), 7. R Ashwin, 8. RA Jadeja, 9. A Mishra, 10. B Kumar, 11. MM Sharma.
Sri Lanka have won the toss, and they will bowl first. Their decision would always be a tricky one with rain about, but we've not actually lost any overs to the rain yet. It's just possible that they're also looking to stop Virat Kohli from batting second. As he's shown numerous times, there are few better chasers in World cricket. In fact, there might only be one: Indian captain MS Dhoni.
Toss coming up ... kind of
We've just heard that the toss is coming up in 25 minutes, with play half an hour after that. There are four super-soppers working the outfield as well, so hopefully we won't have any further delays.
Some good news! The covers are coming off, though the toss has been delayed. The wind has also picked up. Perhaps it will blow the rainclouds away?
It's a bit rainy right now, with the covers on, and it's just a few minutes from the scheduled toss. If the game is rained off, there is a reserve day tomorrow. Hopefully that won't be needed though.
Hello and welcome to our commentary of the World T20 final, where India and Sri Lanka, pre-tournament favourites both, will compete. Here's hoping the rain, which has already made an appearance in Dhaka, stays away.
- 6th Apr 2014
- Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Shere Bangla National Stadium
- I J Gould, R A Kettleborough
- TV Umpire
- R J Tucker
- Match Referee
- D C Boon
- Reserve Umpire
- B N J Oxenford
sri lanka BATTING CARD
|M.D.K.J. Perera||c Jadeja b Sharma||5|
|T.M. Dilshan||c Kohli b Ashwin||18|
|D.P.M.D Jayawardene||c Ashwin b Raina||24|
|K.C. Sangakkara||Not out||52|
|H.D.R.L. Thirimanne||c Dhoni b Mishra||7|
|N.L.T.C. Perera||Not out||23|
|Total||17.5 Overs||134 - 4|