DHAKA: The ‘Big Three’ of the cricketing world failed to impress in the ICC WorldTwenty20 as their ‘lesser’ rivals outplayed them in style at Sher-e-Bangla stadium on Sunday.
While India made it to the final, the two other members of the ‘privileged club’ couldn’t move past the group stage of the tournament, with England losing to minnows Holland and Australia losing all but one of its matches.
On Sunday, a spirited Sri Lanka outmaneuvered India in the final to clinch the WorldTwenty20 title. Kumar Sangakkara knocked an unbeaten 35-ball 52 in his last T20 of his career with six boundaries and a six to turn the tables on MS Dhoni’s men.
The victory gave Lasith Malinga’s side their first world title in 18 years since winning the World Cup (50 overs) crown in 1996.
“It’s been a long time coming, we’ve waited five finals,” said Sangakkara, who was captain in the 2009 WorldTwenty20 and 2011 World Cup.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th, 2014.