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Kumar Sangakkara leads Sri Lanka to victory in WT20 final

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Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara led his country to victory against India in the World Twenty20 final in Mirpur, as his side won by six wickets. 

Sangakkara and fellow Sri Lankan icon, Mahela Jayawardene, were playing in their final game in Twenty20 internationals but it was Sangakkara who played a key role in guiding his team to their first World Twenty20 crown. 

Sri Lanka captain, Lasith Malinga won the toss and put India in to bat and his decision proved correct. India lost an early wicket but then recovered well with Rohit Sharma (29) and Virat Kohli at the crease. 

However, after a 60-run partnership between the two, Sri Lanka pulled it back after Rangana Herath got the wicket of Sharma with a tame dismissal. 

Man of the tournament, Virat Kohli, was the only one who could insert some acceleration in the innings, with the Indian hitting a brilliant 77 off only 58 balls, including four sixers. 

Fellow batsman Yuvraj Singh came under a lot of criticism after wasting 21 deliveries to score only 11 runs, in an innings which didn't include a single boundary. 

The bowling was exceptional from Sri Lanka, conceding only 19 runs in the last four overs. Kulasekara, Mathews, Herath, Malinga and Senanayake all bowled four overs each and all of them conceded less than 30 runs in their overs. 

India managed to take wickets at regular intervals when defending their small total but Sri Lanka were always in reach of the target. Kushal Perera was out early but experienced duo Dilshan and Jayawardene inserted some calm to the innings before the former was caught brilliantly by Kohli on the boundary. 

This brought Sangakkara and Jayawardene together, something that Sri Lanka are so used to seeing. They dreamt of the two guiding them home in their final game in Twenty20 internationals. 

It wasn't to be though, Jayawardene making only 24 in his last knock. With Thirimane coming in and departing quickly, this brought Thisara Perera to the crease. Many were expecting Mathews to come in but it was the big hitter who was sent in a little earlier. 

The experiment worked out brilliantly as Perera but on 56 runs in less than six overs with Sangakkara. Perera hit two huge sixers and Sangakkara reached his fifty in style to help Sri Lanka win their first Twenty20 trophy, despite reaching the finals 

They have been involved in three of the last four Twenty20 finals so this would have come at a perfect time for the Asian country. 

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