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Apr 7, 2014

Captain Dhoni defends struggling Yuvraj

MIRPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni sprang to team mate Yuvraj Singh’s defence after the left-hander’s struggle with the bat in the World Twenty20 final loss to Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Struggling to hit or rotate strike, Yuvraj looked a shadow of the player who was the architect of India’s 20-over World Cup victory in 2007 and the 50 overs World Cup in 2011.

Apr 6, 2014

Cricket-India captain Dhoni defends struggling Yuvraj

MIRPUR, Bangladesh, April 6 (Reuters) – India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni sprang to team mate Yuvraj Singh’s defence after the left-hander’s struggle with the bat in the World Twenty20 final loss to Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Struggling to hit or rotate strike, Yuvraj looked a shadow of the player who was the architect of India’s 20-over World Cup victory in 2007 and the 50 overs World Cup in 2011.

Apr 6, 2014

Cricket-India captain Dhoni defends struggling Yuvraj

MIRPUR, Bangladesh, April 6 (Reuters) – India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni sprang to team mate Yuvraj Singh’s defence after the left-hander’s struggle with the bat in the World Twenty20 final loss to Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Struggling to hit or rotate strike, Yuvraj looked a shadow of the player who was the architect of India’s 20-over World Cup victory in 2007 and the 50 overs World Cup in 2011.

Apr 6, 2014

‘Accidental’ skipper Malinga relishes World T20 success

MIRPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Lasith Malinga found himself thrust into the Sri Lankan captaincy midway through the World Twenty20 and emerged with the trophy in his arms on Sunday after three heady weeks in Bangladesh.

Having twice gone down in the final, Sri Lanka entered the tournament under the leadership of 24-year-old Dinesh Chandimal who was slapped with a one-match suspension after the team’s second slow over-rate offence in 12 months.

Apr 6, 2014

Cricket-”Accidental” skipper Malinga relishes World T20 success

MIRPUR, Bangladesh, April 6 (Reuters) – Lasith Malinga found himself thrust into the Sri Lankan captaincy midway through the World Twenty20 and emerged with the trophy in his arms on Sunday after three heady weeks in Bangladesh.

Having twice gone down in the final, Sri Lanka entered the tournament under the leadership of 24-year-old Dinesh Chandimal who was slapped with a one-match suspension after the team’s second slow over-rate offence in 12 months.

Apr 6, 2014

Cricket-Departing Sangakkara powers Sri Lanka to maiden T20 title

MIRPUR, Bangladesh, April 6 (Reuters) – Kumar Sangakkara shone in his 20-over International swansong to help Sri Lanka break their jinx and lift a maiden World Twenty20 title with a comfortable six-wicket victory over former champions India on Sunday.

The departing duo of Sangakkara (52 not out) and Mahela Jayawardene (24) contributed the top two scores for Sri Lanka who chased down a 131-run victory target with 13 balls to spare.

Apr 6, 2014

Sri Lanka beat India to win maiden World T20 title

MIRPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Sri Lanka lifted their maiden World Twenty20 title following their six-wicket victory against former champions India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.

Kumar Sangakkara hit an important 52 not out in his last Twenty20 international outing to help Sri Lanka chase down the 131-run victory target with 13 balls to spare and deny India, the reigning 50-over World Cup and Champions Trophy winners, a record limited over treble.

Apr 6, 2014

Cricket-Sri Lanka beat India to win maiden World T20 title

MIRPUR, Bangladesh, April 6 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka lifted their maiden World Twenty20 title following their six-wicket victory against former champions India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.

Kumar Sangakkara hit an important 52 not out in his last Twenty20 international outing to help Sri Lanka chase down the 131-run victory target with 13 balls to spare and deny India, the reigning 50-over World Cup and Champions Trophy winners, a record limited over treble.

Apr 5, 2014

Malinga wants World T20 farewell gift for departing greats

MIRPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Winning the World Twenty20 title will be a perfect farewell gift for the departing Sri Lankan greats Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, stand-in skipper Lasith Malinga said on Saturday.

Sunday’s final against India will be the last Twenty20 international for both former captains who have played a combined 265 tests and 781 ODIs, totalling 46,000-plus international runs.

Apr 5, 2014

Cricket-Malinga wants World T20 farewell gift for departing greats

MIRPUR, Bangladesh, April 5 (Reuters) – Winning the World Twenty20 title will be a perfect farewell gift for the departing Sri Lankan greats Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, stand-in skipper Lasith Malinga said on Saturday.

Sunday’s final against India will be the last Twenty20 international for both former captains who have played a combined 265 tests and 781 ODIs, totalling 46,000-plus international runs.