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Sri Lanka finally taste Cup success as India crumble DHAKA: Sri Lanka's stunning victory over India in the World Twenty20 final underlines how success in hit-and-run cricket depends not on form, but on how a team performs over those three hours in the field.Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Indians went into Sunday's final in Dhaka as the only unbeaten team in the tournament, having coasted through four league matches and the semi-final against South Africa.But they faltered when it mattered most, their vaunted batting line-up managing just 130-4 in 20 overs against a disciplined Sri Lankan attack after being sent in to bat on a sluggish pitch.Sri Lanka raced past the modest target with 13 balls to spare, with Kumar Sangakkara -- playing his last T20 international, like his long-time team-mate Mahela Jayawardene -- leading the way with a glorious unbeaten 52.The win sparked frenzied celebrations in the Sri Lankan dressing room, as jubilant players lifted Sangakkara and Jayawardene on their ...

Five-star Anderson back in swing LONDON: James Anderson did his best to put a disappointing Ashes tour of Australia behind him by enjoying yet more success at Trent Bridge as he took five wickets on the first day of the 2014 County Championship season.England seamer Anderson, who has taken 49 wickets in seven Tests at Trent Bridge, including sealing a nailbiting victory against Australia during last year's Ashes opener, took five for 54 for Lancashire as they held Nottinghamshire to ...
Sri Lanka beat India to win World Twenty20 title DHAKA: Sri Lanka defeated India by six wickets to lift their maiden World Twenty20 title in Dhaka on Sunday.The Islanders restricted India to 130-4 after electing to field, and then cruised past the modest target with 13 deliveries to to spare.It was Sri Lanka's first victory in five finals over the past seven years, having lost twice in the 50-over World Cup finals in 2007 and 2011, and the World Twenty20 finals in 2009 and ...
Former Pakistan paceman Shoaib to start coaching career KARACHI: Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has set his sights on a coaching career after agreeing to take charge of a top domestic team.Shoaib, 38, who retired in 2011 during the 50-over World Cup, was offered the position of head coach by State bank for the upcoming domestic season in Pakistan."Shoaib has agreed to become head coach of our team and we are very pleased he has shown interest in coaching a domestic team," ...
Sri Lanka to field against India in World T20 final DHAKA: Sri Lanka's stand-in captain Lasith Malinga won the toss in the World Twenty20 final in Dhaka on Sunday and sent India in to bat.The start was delayed by 40 minutes due to rain, but will be played over the full duration of 20-overs-a-side at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.If Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Indians win, they will become the first team to hold all three major limited-overs titles, having won the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and ...
Australia bag hat-trick of women's World T20 titles DHAKA: Two-time defending champions Australia powered to a six-wicket win over old foes England to win their third consecutive title in the women's World Twenty20 in Dhaka on Sunday.Sarah Coyte grabbed 3-16 in her four overs and Ellyse Perry and Rene Farrell claimed two wickets each to restrict England to a modest 105-8 after Australia won the toss and elected to field.Heather Knight's 29 off 24 balls and Sarah Taylor's 18 lifted England to 55-1 ...
India, Sri Lanka set for intriguing World T20 final DHAKA: Sri Lanka face a daunting test of nerves from dominant India in Sunday's all-Asian World Twenty20 final in Dhaka that is rich with incentives for both teams.If Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Indians win, they will become the first team to hold all three major limited-overs titles, having won the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy last year.Sri Lanka will seek an end to an inexplicable losing streak in title matches, after being ...


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