Sri Lanka earned a well deserved six wicket win over the favourites India to claim the World Twenty20 title in Mirpur. The win marked the end of dreadful run of four defeats for Sri Lanka in global finals (World Cup Finals of 2007 and 2011, World T20 Finals of 2009 and 2012) and made sure that India did not manage to become the first team to capture all three limited over titles.
India with a near perfect performance all the way to the finals were expected to win finals. However, on the day, their batting performance was disappointing to say the least. Rohit Sharma drove to extra cover and ended the second wicket partnership. Yuvraj Singh was another one of India’s top batsmen that lost their way on the day. One must admit the entire Indian team under performed, but one must also give credit to the Sri Lankan bowlers.
Nuwan Kulasekara, Angelo Mathews and Gangana Herath all got a wicket each. The Sri Lankan bowling stats show the true discipline of their five bowlers, as not one of them gave away more than 29 runs from four overs. At the end of the innings, India’s batsmen were contained and only managed 130-4, and that was even with Kohli’s 77 runs.
Sri Lanka came into to bat and had to hod their nerve, as India took wickets throughout the innings to keep their hopes alive. At one point, Sri Lanka were struggling on 78-4, but Perera took on the Indian bowlers and subdued them with two sixes in consecutive overs. Sangakkara also finished off strongly and made a half century as a fitting score to retire from International Twenty20 cricket.
This finals was truly spectacular, with two teams showing what Twenty20 is all about. It was indeed a fitting end to a very exciting tournament, with both players and spectators alike enjoying every bit of the cricket.