Two of the best sides in this form of the game proving their worth once again by making it all the way to the final in superb style.
Following a rain delay directly after the Australian women had comprehensively defeated their English counterparts, Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to put pressure immediately upon India by putting them into bat.
|World Twenty20 Final 2014 - Scorecard|
|RG Sharma||c Senanayake||b Herath||29||26|
|AM Rahane||b Mathews||3||8|
|V Kohli||run out (Senanayake)||77||58|
|Yuvraj Singh||c NLTC Perera||b Kulasekara||11||21|
|MS Dhoni||not out||4||7|
|Extras||(b 2, lb 2, w 2)||6|
|Total||for 4 wickets||130||(20.0 overs)|
|Sri Lanka Innings|
|MDKJ Perera||c Jadeja||b MM Sharma||5||7|
|TM Dilshan||c Kohli||b Ashwin||18||16|
|DPMD Jayawardene||c Ashwin||b Raina||24||24|
|KC Sangakkara||not out||52||35|
|HDRL Thirimanne||c Dhoni||b Mishra||7||11|
|NLTC Perera||not out||23||14|
|Extras||(lb 2, w 3)||5|
|Total||for 4 wickets||134||(17.5 overs)|
Apart from dropping Virat Kohli early on in the Indian innings, Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga did little to be reproached for.
His field placings were a major reason why India never really got the batting going in their innings and had to generally settle for a quick single or a two here and there.
Intelligent use of his bowlers too, meant that India’s danger-man, big-hitting Virat Kohli was restricted to facing just seven balls in the final four overs of the innings.
No India boundary in those final four overs, either.
His own bowling was on-point as usual, and his final over in particular had beautiful line and length. Depth bowling at its finest.
Whilst the Sri Lankans were adept at curtailing the run-rate with some solid bowling, India’s total owes much to the slogging of Virat Kohli.
His wonderful innings, which was only ended with a final ball run-out, was peppered with five boundaries and four sixes in his magnificent total of 77.
It took until the seventh over before we saw Kohli start to unleash, but it was well worth the wait, as he went after the Sri Lankans single-handedly.
His confidence at the crease was translating into his batting, with any line and length delivery from the Sri Lankans being repelled with ease.
In the 14th over, Malinga himself tried his best to remove Kohli, but it turned out to be a very expensive one, with Kohli helping the Indians to get 10 from the over.
He followed up with a massive six from the first ball of Nuwan Kulasekara’s over, a boundary on the offside, and another that dropped just short of a six on the onside was followed by a four to the offside and another that dropped just inside the boundary.
It was a brief respite as the Indian’s could only add eight more runs for the next two overs.
Kumar Sangakkara had reached four finals before Sunday's game and lost them all, per Sidharth Monga of ESPNCricInfo.
It was fifth time lucky for the batsman in his last T20 international. An unbeaten 52 from 35 balls saw the Sri Lankans home; what a way to finish your T20 career.
Sangakkara remained ice-cool throughout, as India looked to defend their small total. Alongside another player in his last T20 international, Mahela Jayawardene, the two saw the Sri Lankan total rise steadily.
Even when Jayawardene was taken care of, you never felt that the 131 required was unachievable with Sangakkara at the crease.
His shots were measured and exquisite at times, and he was not to be denied his finest hour.
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