Supreme Sri Lanka win WT20 title

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Sri Lanka played a superb cricket match in all areas on Sunday, winning the World Twenty20 final against India in Dhaka by six wickets to send two veterans off into the T20 sunset on a high.

Sri Lanka played a superb cricket match in all areas on Sunday, winning the World Twenty20 final against India in Dhaka by six wickets to send two veterans off into the T20 sunset on a high.

Sri Lanka restricted India to 130 for four, with even Virat Kohli somewhat restricted, but made light work of the chase as Kumar Sangakkara played his final T20I knock and scored a half century. They won with 13 balls to spare.

Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bowl first, opting to restrict Kohli's chasing heroics, and they did so for the most part. Kohli was by far the best India batsman, making his fourth half ton of the tournament, equal to the record.

He made 77 of the 130 runs, but had to watch at the death as his team-mates used up valuable deliveries. The most notable knock was from Yuvraj Singh, who made an agonising 11 runs off 21 balls, visibly frustrating his colleagues.

Sri Lanka's death bowling was once again brilliant, with Lasith Malinga keeping the ball at the batsmen's toes, or at least full and wide. There was none of that short, slow stuff, and the yorkers restricted India to a low score.

The chase got off to a poor start when Kusal Perera was out for five, and then Tillakaratne Dilshan was removed for 18. Mahela Jayawardene, also playing his final T20, was able to make 24 before being bagged by Suresh Raina.

But it was Sangakkara who stayed the course, recording his fifty off 33 balls, and watching as Thisara Perera played a vital cameo and then hitting the winning runs. This was Sri Lanka's first WT20 title.

Sangakkara leaves the T20 stage with an average of 30.22, while Mahela ends with an average of 31.93.

India: R Sharma, Y Singh, S Raina, V Kohli, A Rahane, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, A Mishra, B Kumar, M Sharma

Sri Lanka: K Perera, T Dilshan, M Jayawardene, K Sangakkara, A Mathews, L Thirimanne, T Perera, N Kulasekara, S Senanayake, R Herath, S Malinga

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