Sri Lanka won its maiden ICC Twenty20 World Cup title
Sri Lanka defeated India in the final match to win the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2014 at Shere Bangla stadium of Mirpur, Dhaka.
Sri Lankan cricket team on 6 April 2014 won the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2014 title after defeating Indian cricket team by six wickets in the final match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur, Dhaka.
In the final, India batting first scored 130 runs. In response Sri Lanka achieved the target of 131 runs by losing only 4 wickets in 17.5 overs. From Indian side, once again, Virat Kohli led the scorecard of Indian team. He made a valiant 77 runs of 58 balls. From the Sri Lankan side, it was Kumar Sangakkara who led his team to victory by making an unbeaten 52 runs of 38 balls.
Earlier in the semi-finals, India defeated South Africa and Sri Lanka defeated West Indies to reach to the final of the T20 Cricket World Cup.
• Man of the match – Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka
• Player of the Tournament – Virat Kohli for hitting 319 runs in the tournament.
• Captain of Sri Lankan cricket team in the final - Lasith Malinga
• Capatin of Indian team - MS Dhoni
This is the maiden T20 cricket trophy won by Sri Lanka and the victory helped, the Lankan team to end its inexplicable losing streak in the final matches of World Cup. On the other hand, this loss means that India did not become the first cricket team to hold all the three major limited over titles, as it had won the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the Champion trophy in 2013.
Sri Lanka last won the first world title in the World Cup (50-over tournament) in 1996. It also lost the final matches of the two world cups (50-over) in 2007 and 2011. In 2009 and 2012 also it remained the runners-up in World Twenty20 events.
Much talked about ball style of the tournament
R Ashwin’s ball that helped him to capture the wicket of South African batsman Hasim Amla in the semi-final was termed as the T20 Ball of the Century by former Australian player Adam Gilchrist. The ball that was appraised by many including Gilchrist was carom ball in which the ball pitched outside the leg-stump and spun sharply to hit the top of the off-stump. This ball was compared to the Shane Warne’s ball of the century bawled to Mike Gatting, an England batsman during the Ashes series in 1993.