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Highlights of T20 World cup Final

Last Updated: April 08, 2014

Sri Lanka has beaten the defending one day champions India and has become the world T20 champions. It is after 17 years that the team is world champions again. Last time it was in 1996 when there were big names like Aravinda de Silva, Sanath Jayasuriya and Muttiah Muralitharan who played the key role in making the team World Champions. But this time nobody thought that the team will break their streak of losing in the finale as they did in 50-over World Cup in 2007 and 2011 and at the World Twenty20 in 2009 and 2012.

T20 World Cup 2014 Champions Photo

This was a big day for Sri Lanka not only because they became the world T20 but also it was the last T20 for two gentlemen who gave a lot not only to Sri Lankan cricket but to cricket as a whole. May be this was a sign from the God Almighty to give the two great men honor they deserve. I will surely miss Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara and wish to see them again in this format of cricket. Both had announced their retirement prior to the start of the World T20, drawing a bit of flak for taking away too much attention. The team however, said they wanted to win it for their two ayyas, the word for elder brother in Sinhalese. Sangakkara said that they won it for every Sri Lankan.

When Darren Sammy made this prediction at the end of the first semi-final, one felt how strongly the West Indies captain believed in destiny, particularly after a hailstorm hit the Shere Bangla National Stadium to give Sri Lanka a win through D/L, and depriving the defending champions of an assault in the last few overs. Sammy's statement also brought to mind the sheer respect that world cricket has for Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. Sammy was right in the end. Perhaps it was all meant to be, as Sri Lanka won a major tournament final, after four failed attempts in the last seven years.

Malinga with t20 cup after winning the game

Definitely it was a lot of hard work and planning which brought the team victory as Sri Lanka's captain Lasith Malinga said at the end that the win had nothing to do with luck. He further added that Winning the World Twenty20 title will be a perfect farewell gift for the departing Sri Lankan greats Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. Either way, destiny or not, it was down to winning the big moments, and that's where Sri Lanka stepped up.