October 8, 2012 10:36 PM EST
Picture Highlight of West Indies Beating Sri Lanka in T20 World Cup Final
It looked like Sri Lanka could chase down 138 target set by the West Indies but it was not meant to happen as the latter bowled out the former for 101 runs from 18.4 overs to lift the T20 World Cup champions title.
The host faltered in the final as they couldn't build good partnership with most of them giving away their wickets meekly. Jayawardene (33), Kulasekara (26) and Sangakkara (22) were the top scorers of the day for Sri Lanka, which was not enough.
Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara made 42 runs from 50 balls after Tillakaratne Dilshan was sent off the field for a duck but the duo failed to carry the innings to a comfortable zone. It was a downhill journey for Sri Lanka after Sangakkara was out for 22 runs. Wickets fell like nine pins except for some resistance from Kulasekara who scored 26 runs.
Sunil Narine spoiled Sri Lanka's hopes by taking three wickets including that of opener Jayawardene from his spell of 3.4 over, giving away just nine runs.
Earlier, West Indies got to a disappointing start with their big hitter Chris Gayle falling after scoring just three runs. He took nine balls for his first run, which is very unlike the man who demoralized Australia a couple of says ago. Ajantha Mendis trapped him in front of the wicket.
The first wicket to go was Gayle's opening partner Johnson Charles, who was sent off the field for a duck by Angelo Mathews.
It looked like the early damage would limit West Indies' total but Marlon Samuels ensured a respectable total with his 56-ball 78 runs knock that consist of three fours and six sixes, before falling to Dananjaya's delivery.
Mendis took four wickets in a quick succession but Darren Sammy took the total score to 137 with a quick fire 26 runs off 15 deliveries.
Sri Lanka's danger man Lasith Malinga gave away 54 from his four overs spell, which was no doubt costly for his team at the end of the day.
The Caribbean team lifted the T20 World Cup, and they deserved it.