ICC World Twenty20 final: It was a perfect game for Sri Lanka, says Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Sri Lanka executed their plans to perfection to beat India and clinch their first ever World T20 title.

Updated: April 06, 2014 23:33 IST
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Dhaka: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday, admitted that his batsmen couldn't execute the plans well in the last four overs against Sri Lanka in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here Sunday. (Scorecard)

"In the middle overs, our batsmen tried their best to get going, but we couldn't convert the good start," said Dhoni, after India's six-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in the final. (Highlights)

Indians were done in by their inability to rotate strike and some smart death bowling by Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara (1/29) as they surprisingly managed just 19 runs in the last four overs. (Sangakkara, Jayawardene get rousing reception)

"We could have always got those 10-15 runs, but cricket is about those runs. The last four overs they executed their plans very well and for our side that doesn't play scoops well, that worked for them. Malinga, with that slingy action kept bowling it wide. It was a perfect game for them," said Dhoni. (Virat Kohli, India's lone bright spot)

Virat Kohli was the stand out performer again for India with a fine 77 off 58 balls as the 2007 champions struggled to get 130 for four in 20 overs. Kohli was also adjudged Man of the Tournament. (Kumar Sangakkara guides Sri Lanka to maiden World T20 crown)

Dhoni lauded Kohli for his consistent performance and said the Delhi boy has a bright future ahead of him.

"Virat has been brilliant in the last few years. He is someone who makes most of the opportunity. The good thing is that he plays authentic shots and still scores runs. He has got a bright future ahead of them," he said.

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