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Sri Lanka clinches 2014 World T20 title

MIRPUR: Sri Lanka has clinched the World T20 title with a 6-wicket win over India on Sunday at Shere Bangla National Stadium, ARY News reported.

Sri Lanka lost their first wicket at 4, but Mahela Jayawardene settled the early nerves with a run-a-ball 24.

Kumar Sangakkara playing his last Twenty20 scored unbeaten 52 off 39 balls hitting six 4s and a 6. 
Thisara Perera played a supporting knock of 23 runs comprising 3 sixes. 

Sangakkara and Perera with a stand of 56 runs brought Sri Lanka home with 13 balls remaining.

Earlier, India after being asked to bat first in the final of 2014 posted 130 runs.

Yuvraj Singh, India's limited-overs talisman for so long, came in at 64 for 2 in the 11th over, scored 11 off 21, denied the unstoppable Virat Kohli the strike, and that spell of play resulted in the lowest target in a World Twenty20 final and the second-lowest score for the loss of only four wickets.

Virat Kohli showed his master class with the bat posting 77 runs that came off in 58 balls while Rohit Sharma played watchfully to score 29 off 26 balls.

Rangana Herath and Angelo Mathews bowled economical spells giving away 23 and 25 run respectively taking 1-wicket each.

The victory brings a perfect farewell for Sangakkara and Jayawardene, the two Sri Lankan veterans.

Sri Lanka were beaten in the 2007 and 2011 World Cup finals and the 2009 and 2012 World T20 finals.

Sangakkara and veteran team-mate Jayawardene were involved in all four of those disappointments, and this was a fitting way for both to bow out of international T20 cricket.

India, on the other hand, remained unsuccessful to hold all three limited-overs trophies, as they are having World Cup and Champions Trophy already.



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