ICC World Twenty20: Sri Lanka vs India - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
Sri Lankan Innings
Over 17.5 || Score 132/4
In the fifth ball of Ashwin's last over Perera launched a six to finish-off the match in style. Sri Lanka beat India by six wickets in the finals of the ICC World Twenty20 with 13 balls to spare. Sangakkara's unbeaten knock off 52 runs in mere 35 balls helped Lanka to win their maiden final of the coveted tournament. It's a fitting farewell for two maestros of Lankan cricket – Mahila Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara -- playing in their last T20I. Poor cricket from the Indians in the finals as Lanka beat them in each department to win the fifth edition of the World Twenty20.
===================================================Over 17 || Score 119/4
In his last over Mishra leaked 15 runs to turn the match completely in Lanka's favour. Sangakkara and Perera have almost taken the match away from the Indians. Sanga is just seven runs shy of his fifty. Lanka required 12 runs off last 18 balls to seal the match.
Over 16 || Score 104/4
Sangakkara is in a mood to make his last T20I a special one. He collected a boundary off Aswhin in his second ball. Though six runs from the over, Lanka has an upper hand in the match. Meanwhile, SL crossed the mark of 10 runs.
Over 15 || Score 98/4
Mishra proved costly in his third over as he conceded 14 runs from the over. First Perera launched him for a six and then Sanga smashed a four off him. Good over for Lanka. 33 required of the last 30 balls.
Over 14 || Score 84/4
In his last over part timer Suresh Raina gave six runs. He bowled well today as he gave mere 24 runs in his stipulated four overs. Lanka need 47 runs of last 36 balls
Over 13 || Score 78/4
Mishra picked up his first wicket of the match in the form of Thirimanne. The left-hander tried to cut the bowler but only managed a thin edge and Dhoni took a sharp catch behind the wickets. Three runs came from the over.
HDRL Thirimanne c Dhoni b Mishra 7 (11b)
Over 11 || Score 73/3
Ashwin bowled another tight over as he gave mere four runs. Lankas are playing the offie carefully. India need to get the wicket of Sangakkara as soon as possible.
Over 10 || Score 69/3
Jayawardene Out. Jayawardene tried to slog Raina but Ashwin took a good catch inside the circle. Jayawardene out out after playing a cameo of 24 in his last T20I. But still 11 runs came form it.
DPMD Jayawardene c Ashwin b Raina 24 (24b)
Over 9 || Score 58/2
Ravindra Jadeja has been introduced into the attack for the first time but it went for 11 runs as Sangakkara first score a boundary and then launched the bowler for a six. Both the batsmen would love to play a match winning knocks in their last T20I. Meanwhile, Lanka crossed the mark of 50 runs.
Over 8 || Score 47/2
Amit Mishra and Raina gave mere six runs in the last two overs. But India need wickets here as they don't have much score to defend. Jayawardene and Sangakkara are in the middle for Lanka.
Over 6 || Score 41/2
R Ashwin has been introduced into the attack for the first time. Dilshan welcomed him with a boundary of his second ball. But Ashwin came back strongly to give India it's second wicket in the form of Dilshan. The opener got out after scoring 18 off 16 balls.
TM Dilshan c Kohli b Ashwin 18 (16b)
Over 5 || Score 37/1
Jayawardene smashed two back-to-back boundaries off Bhuvi. The medium pacer conceded ten runs form the over. Now the match is slipping away from the the hands of India. They need to take a couple of wickets quickly here to get back into the match.
Over 4 || Score 27/1
Costly over for India as three boundaries came in the first four balls. First boundaries scored by Jayawardene and then the rest two by Dilshan. Fifteen runs came from it.
Over 3 || Score 12/1
Dilshan collected his first boundary off the second ball as he wipped of Bhuvi towards fine leg boundary. And that's the only scoring shot of the over as mere four runs came from the over.
Over 2 || Score 8/1
Mohit is sharing the new ball with Bhuvi. And Mohit strikes for India off his first ball. Perera out. The batsman tried to smashed the ball out the park but couldn't mange to connect it well and gave a simple catch to Jadeja at mid-off. Mahila Jayawardene is the new man in, who is playing in his last Twenty20 International. Three runs came from the over.
MDKJ Perera c Jadeja b MM Sharma 5 (7b)
Over 1 || Score 5/0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has opened the bowling proceedings for India whereas, Kusal Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan are opening the innings for Lanka. In the second ball Perera collected a boundary off Bhuvi towards square leg. Five runs came from the opening over.
Over 20 || Score 130/4
Seven runs came from the last over bowled by Malinga. In the last five overs India only managed to score mere 35 runs. At one point India were 93 for two in 14 overs. But then Lankan bowlers, especially seamers bowled really well in the death overs to stop India under a small total. Sri Lankan bowlers have done their job really well, now it's time for their batsmen to chase the total successfully.
Over 19 || Score 123/3
Struggling Yuvraj finally got out in the first ball of the over bowled by Kulasekara. It might be a blessing in disguise for India. It's a fine bowling display by Sri Lankans. Another good over for Lanka as mere four runs came from it.
Yuvraj Singh c NLTC Perera b Kulasekara 11 (21b)
Over 18 || Score 119/2
Malinga also bowled a superb over. His yorkers are working well for him. Mere four runs came from it. From here on India would eyeing for a total of around 140.
Over 17 || Score 115/2
Yuvi is struggling in the middle. In the first three balls Yuvi only managed to score a single off Senanayake's last over. Four runs came from it. Pressure is now on Kohli to score big shots in the last three overs.
Over 16 || Score 111/2
Kulasekara has been all over the place as Kohli is on a roll. In the first four balls Kohli smashed the bowler for two boundaries and a six. The bowler was clueless to decide where to bowl at him. The medium pacer conceded sixteen runs in the over.
Over 15 || Score 95/2
Senanayake bowled a magnificent overs as he gave mere two runs from the over. Yuvraj is not looking good in the middle.
Over 14 || Score 93/2
In the fourth ball off Malinga's over Kohli took a single to complete his fifty. What a form he has been in! And in the last ball he placed the bowler a bit fine towards third man to collect another boundary. Ten runs came from the over.
Over 13 || Score 83/2
Virat is now scoring boundaries every now and then. In the first ball off Herath's over, Kohli stepped out and launched the bowler for six. Another good over for India as they collected ten from it. Kohli is now looking dangerous.
Over 12 || Score 73/2
Yuvraj Singh is the new man in after the fall of second Indian wicket. Senanayake proved costly in his 2nd over as he gave eight runs. Kohli collected his second boundary from the fourth ball of the over.
Over 11 || Score 65/2
Herath gave Lanka their second breakthrough in the form of Rohit Sharma. Sharma tried an inside out but couldn't manage to clear the short cover fielder and gave a simple catch to Senanayake. He got out after scoring 29 off 26 balls. One run came from the over.
RG Sharma c Senanayake b Herath 29 (26b)
Over 10 || Score 64/1
Three singles came from the first three balls off Mathews. In the fourth Rohit collected a boundary and then Virat launched the bowler for a six over long-on in the last delivery. Good over for India as 14 came from it.
Over 9 || Score 50/1
Virat and Rohit are not getting loose ball to score boundaries every now and den. Herath bowled a good over as he gave mere three runs. Meanwhile, India touched the mark of fifty runs.
Over 8 || Score 47/1
Mathews has been brought back into the attack and he once again bowled at a tight line. He is not giving Rohit and Virat much room to free their arms. Six runs came from the over.
Over 7 || Score 41/1
Rangana Herath has come to bowl his first over. And in the first ball he virtually got the wicket of Kohli. But Maligna dropped his catch at mid-wicket. In the last ball Kohli launched the bowler for a six over long-off. Herath conceded ten runs from the over.
Over 6 || Score 31/1
Skipper Lasith Malinga has come to bowl the sixth over of the innings. Four single came from the first four balls but in the last ball Kohli played a superb on drive to collect a boundary off his last ball.
Over 5 || Score 23/1
Spin has been introduced into the attack in the fifth over. Sachithra Senanayake is being given the ball. Rohit Sharma welcomed him with a four off his second ball and then ran three of his next. Good over for India as eight runs came from it.
Over 4 || Score 15/1
Mathews bowled an economical over as he didn't offer much room to both batsmen in the middle. Mere four runs came from the over.
Over 3 || Score 11/1
Kohli is the new man in after the fall of first Indian wicket. The in-form batsman dispatched the first ball of Kulasekara for a boundary towards the mid-wicket. But the bowler came back strongly and gave mere six runs from the over.
Over 2 || Score 5/1
Angelo Mathews is sharing the new ball with Kulasekara. Rahane Out. Mathews gave Lanka their first breakthrough. Rahane tried to smack the bowler towards on side but only managed to got the inside edge and the ball crashed into his stumps. One run came from the over.
AM Rahane b Mathews 3 (8b)
Over 1 || Score 4/0
Rohit pushed the first ball towards on side for a single top open the account. In the fourth ball Rahane too placed the ball on the on side and picked up two runs. Single in the last as four runs came from the over.
Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are in the middle to open the Indian innings, whereas Kulasekara will start the bowling proceedings for Lanka.
One change for Sri Lanka. Thisara Perera comes in for Seekkuge Prasanna. On the other hand, India are playing with the same X1.
Dhoni and Malinga are in the center for the toss. Malinga flips the coin. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Toss is about to take place in a few minutes.
Now the fans would certainly like to watch a good contest between bat and ball, to be more precise between Malinga and Kohli.
Now the toss can take place at any moment. So you can expect a thriller tonight. Players are warming up in the middle before the match. Ground staff has done a fabulous work.
Good news for cricket lovers as the covers from the ground are being taken off.
Covers are still on. But strong wind has started blowing which might take the clouds away.
One thing is sure that match won't start on time. The groundsmen are working hard and are taking all precautionary measures but still it's not in their hands to stop the rain.
Bad news for cricket fans. It's raining in Mirpur. The entire ground is being covered. Rain is not heavy, but certainly steady. Rain playing a spoilsport in the finals.
Let's have a look at the probables.
India: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma.
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath
India and Sri Lanka are all set to lock horns in the finals of the ICC World Twenty20 which is to kick-start in some in a few minutes at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur. Both teams have played brilliantly throughout the fifth edition of the coveted tournament and in the finals it would be the battle of nerves.
India team is still unbeaten in the tournament and would like to maintain its winning streak. On the other hand, Sri Lanka would love to give a fitting farewell to two of their senior pros, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, who will be playing in their last T20 International, as they have announced retirement from the shortest format of the game.
If we look at the strengths of both the teams then they are heavily dependent on their spinners. Both the teams have three front line tweakers in their side. If India have R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra in their side then Islanders too have Ajantha Mendis, Sachithra Senanayake and Rangana Herath in their squad. However, in overall comparison Sri Lankan bowling looks more complete as they also have world class seamers in Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara.
When it comes to batting department, though, Lanka have depth, but India certainly have more fire-power in their batting, especially when it comes to the shortest format of the game. On top of it, Indian opener Rohit Sharma has played a few good knocks, whereas, new run-machine of Indian team Virat Kohli is at the top of his form. And his match-winning innings in the last match against South Africa must have filled him with more confidence. Along with that, India also have proven match-winners in Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin and Ravinder Jadeja. But the real contest in the match would be between Kohli and Malinga.
If Sri Lanka would like to improve their records in the finals of the ICC events then India would love to hold all three ICC trophies at the same time, as they have already 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy in their bag.
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