India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final: Sri Lanka stumble as Thirimanne departs
Sri Lanka reached 78 for four after 13 overs in their chase of 131 against India.
Kumar Sangakkara © AFP
Apr 6, 2014
Sri Lanka reached 78 for four after 13 overs in their chase of 131 against India in the ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka. Kumar Sangakkara was batting on 23, but Lahiru Thirimanne was caught for seven off 14 balls off Amit Mishra. Sri Lanka need another 53 runs to win from 42 balls. Thisara Perera has come in the middle as Sri Lanka are looking a little nervous in this modest chase. Sangakkara is the key batsman here at this junction.
Sangakkara swept a straight delivery from Ravindra Jadeja behind square on the leg for a four. He then slog-swept another delivery for a six over deep square-leg. Kusal Perera was the first wicket to fall for five runs in the second over. He top-edged a pull off Mohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja took the catch at mid-off. Dilshan was the second wicket to fall as he pulled one from Ravichandran Ashwin towards deep mid-wicket. Virat Kohli took the catch. He was out for 18.
Earlier, Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga won the toss and elected to bowl. There was one change for Sri Lanka from the team that beat West Indies in the semi-final. Thisara Perera came in for Seekkuge Prasanna. India went in with an unchanged XI that beat South Africa in their semi-final.
India could only manage a modest total of 130 for four in their 20 overs. Virat Kohli starred with a magnificent 77 off 58 deliveries. He struck five fours and four sixes. Rohit Sharma scored 29 runs off 26 deliveries. But apart from that there was not much to boast about in the Indian innings. Yuvraj Singh was in horrible form as he scored 11 off 21 deliveries. Angelo Mathews, Rangana Herath and Nuwan Kulasekara took one wicket each.
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