World T20 2014 Results: India vs. Sri Lanka Score and Top Performers

Jason PettigroveContributor IApril 6, 2014

Sri Lanka deserved their win in the World Twenty20 final.
Sri Lanka deserved their win in the World Twenty20 final.A.M. Ahad

India took on Sri Lanka in the final of the World Twenty20 at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday.

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.

For Sri Lanka, it was their third final, although they were yet to win any, whilst India had been successful in their only final to date against South Africa, per Ian Chappell of ESPNCricInfo.

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
India Innings
BatsmanDismissalBowlerRunsBalls
RG Sharmac Senanayakeb Herath2926
AM Rahaneb Mathews38
V Kohlirun out (Senanayake)7758
Yuvraj Singhc NLTC Pererab Kulasekara1121
MS Dhoninot out47
Extras(b 2, lb 2, w 2)6
Totalfor 4 wickets130(20.0 overs)
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
KMDN Kulasekara40291
AD Mathews40251
SMSM Senanayake40220
SL Malinga40270
HMRKB Herath40231
Sri Lanka Innings
BatsmanDismissalBowlerRunsBalls
MDKJ Pererac Jadejab MM Sharma57
TM Dilshanc Kohlib Ashwin1816
DPMD Jayawardenec Ashwinb Raina2424
KC Sangakkaranot out5235
HDRL Thirimannec Dhonib Mishra711
NLTC Pereranot out2314
Extras(lb 2, w 3)5
Totalfor 4 wickets134(17.5 overs)
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
B Kumar30180
MM Sharma20181
R Ashwin3.50291
A Mishra40321
SK Raina40241
RA Jadeja10110
ESPNCricInfo

 

 

Lasith Malinga

Sri Lankan captain Malinga was unlucky to drop Virat Kohli early in the Indian's proceedings.
Sri Lankan captain Malinga was unlucky to drop Virat Kohli early in the Indian's proceedings.A.M. Ahad

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.

 

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli was a shining light for India despite finishing on the losing side.
Virat Kohli was a shining light for India despite finishing on the losing side.A.M. Ahad

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

Kumar Sangakkara played an innings worthy of winning a T20 Final.
Kumar Sangakkara played an innings worthy of winning a T20 Final.A.M. Ahad

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.