MIRPUR: Sri Lankan cricket team won the ICC T20 World Cup by beating India in the final match of the grand event by six wickets.
Thanks to Lasith Malinga, Sangakkara and Thirimanne, Lankan Tigers gave India the first taste of defeat and that too in the final match of the tournament.
Sangakkara dealt the final blow to India with 52 off 35 balls in his last T20 match.
Put into bat India could only score 130 runs thanks to economic bowling by captain Lasith Malinga and Kulasekara.
Virat Kohli smashed 77, but the others simply didn’t get going and India could only put that modest total.
In reply, Sri Lanka got there without too many problems in only 17.5 overs, and they lost only four wickets. Kumar Sangakkara remained unbeaten on 52 as Thisara Perera smashed the winning four down the ground.
However, Kumar Sangakkara wasn’t going to let it go so easily. He calmly steered the ship, by picking his spots and constructing a good partnership with Thisara Perera. In the end, it was only too fitting that Sangakkara took his side home, for he hasn’t had such a good tournament.
But, cometh the hour, cometh the man! The Island Nation would celebrate a world title for the first time since 1996.
India 130 for 4 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 29, Virat Kohli 77; Rangana Herath 1 for 23, Angelo Mathews 1 for 25) lost to Sri Lanka 132 for 4 in 17.5 overs (Mahela Jayawardene 24, Kumar Sangakkara 52*) by 6 wickets.
Man of the Match: Kumar Sangakkara
Player of the series: Virat Kohli (India)