Sri Lanka win the World Twenty20 final

2014-04-07 01:57:52 | Al Muslim News
Sri Lanka win the World Twenty20 final

 

Sri Lanka have won the World Twenty20 world cup final with a memorable half-century of Kumar Sangakkara in Dhaka. Left-hand batsman Kumar Sangakkara who was playing his final Twenty20 match knocked a half century on 35-ball helped the Lankan team to chase of a 131-run target in 17.5 overs at Shere Bangla stadium. Thisara Perera hit Ravichandran Ashwin for a winning boundary to seal the win, finishing with 21 not out. Sangakkara anchored the chase with six boundaries and a six in his unbeaten knock. The victory gave Sri Lanka their first world title in 18 years since winning the World Cup in 1996 and gave the World Twenty20 a fifth champion in as many editions. Tight Sri Lanka bowling had limited India to 130-4 despite Virat Kohli's sublime 77 off 58 balls. Sri Lanka were beaten in the 2007 and 2011 World Cup finals and the 2009 and 2012 World T20 finals. India won the inaugural edition in 2007 followed by Pakistan (2009), England (2010) and the West Indies (2012). In contrast India were denied a chance to become the first team ever to hold three major cricketing titles at one time, after clinching the 2011 World Cup title and the Champions Trophy last year. India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was full of praise for Sri Lanka. With the win Sri Lanka also capped a long two-and-a-half month tour of Bangladesh during which they won all matches in a bilateral series against the home team and five-nation Asia Cup..

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