Live Score World T20 Final: Sri Lanka restrict India to 130/4

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Sunday, April 06, 2014
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Fantastic death bowling by Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara saw Sri Lanka restrict India to 130 in their 20 overs in the ICC World T20 2014 final at the Sher-e Bangla National stadium in Mirpur.

Losing the toss and put in to bat first, India lost Ajinkya Rahane in the second over. Rahane tried to slog away a back of the length delivery, but the ball didn't come up to the bat, leaving his stumps rattled. Angelo Mathews was the man who trapped him.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma (29) then came together. They took some time to settle themselves in. In the fifth over, they showed signs of shifting gears. The Sachithra Senanayake over went for eight runs. They did not rely only on the big shots and rotated the strike nicely.

Kohli had a reprieve in the seventh over when Malinga dropped him on 11. As thanked him for it by hitting a massive six on the last ball of the over from Rangana Herath.

Rohit fell in the eleventh over to Rangana Herath. He made room and looked to drive through cover but he neither tried to go over nor keep it down, playing it straight into the hands of short cover.

Kohli continued with Yuvraj Singh (11) for company. He took only 58 balls to get to his 77. This was his eighth T20 half-century for India.

Though the two got a partnership of 55 runs, Yuvraj Singh might have really hurt India's cause. He took 21 balls to get to his 11, putting a lot of unnecessary pressure on Kohli.

Yuvraj finally fell, trying to hit out and getting caught in the deep.

Captain MS Dhoni (4) next came in but was completely ineffective against the accuracy of the Lankan bowlers. The last two overs yeilded only 11 runs.

India captain MS Dhoni lost the toss and was invited to bat first by his Sri Lanka counterpart Lasith Malinga. Rain delayed the start of the match but it will now proceed without any reduction in overs.

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