Sri Lanka beat India to win 2014 T20 world cup
2007 ICC World Twenty20 champions India were up against Sri Lanka in the final of 2014 championship. The final was played at Shere Bangla Stadium in Bangladesh on 6 April. Sri Lanka were into 20-20 world cup finals for the third time whereas India were playing final for second time.
Sri Lanka won toss and chose to bowl first. India lost opener Ajinkya Rahane in the early overs of the match and all hopes were on the shoulders of tournament’s top player Virat Kohli. Rohit Sharma and Kohli started to bat sensibly and scoring the runs at decent pace. India crossed the 50 runs mark for the loss of one wicket.
Rangana Herath took the crucial wicket of Rohit Sharma when he was batting on 29. Yuvraj Singh was sent at number 4 with the hopes that he would hit big shots. But unfortunately he failed to fulfill the hopes and just managed to score 11 runs in 21 balls. This caused Indian team and Men in Blue failed to post a challenging score on the board.
It was Virat Kohli’s show in the final as he scored 77 runs in 58 balls. He smashed 5 fours and 4 sixes. India posted 130 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 4 wickets.
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India got early wicket in the defending of this small total as Mohit Sharma dismissed Kusal Perera. After early loss, Sri Lankan batsmen Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene built small partnership. Both players were looking in good touch but first Ravichandran Ashwin took the crucial wicket of Dilshan and then Suresh Raina dismissed Jayawardene.
The match was going towards an interesting end but experienced Kumar Sangakkara batted till the end of match and confirmed Sri Lanka’s victory. With Sangakkara’s unbeaten 52 runs in 35 balls, Sri Lanka defeated India by 6 wickets. Kumar Sangakkara was awarded Man of The Match for match winning inning.