Sri Lanka finally taste Cup success as India crumble

DHAKA, April 7, 2014 (AFP) – 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. Singh’s inconsistent form, which has already seen the cancer survivor axed from the Test and one-day squad, could finally see the end of the gifted batsman’s international career.

“It was an off-day for Yuvi,” Dhoni admitted. “No one wants to perform badly in a final, but these sort of days come for the best of international athletes, not just cricketers.

“One can say Sri Lanka played a near-perfect T20 game, like we had done in previous matches.”

The five editions of the World Twenty20 have now produced five different winners, with India’s success in 2007 followed by Pakistan (2009), England (2010), the West Indies in 2012, and now Sri Lanka.

The sixth event is scheduled to be held in India in 2016. 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-