Sri Lanka dropped Virat Kohli when he was on 11 but then conceded just 19 off the last four overs to compensate for the 66 Kohli scored more. That and Yuvraj Singh's struggling 11 off 21 balls limited India to a below-par 130 for 4 in the ICC World Twenty20 final on Sunday.
Virat Kohli was in his elements yet again scoring 77, but a loss of momentum and loss of strike in the death overs didn't allow him to push India's score past 150.
Skipper Lasith Malinga made up for dropping Kohli with excellent death bowling that saw Yuvraj struggling to get bat to bowl, which is where Sri Lanka returned in the game while India at one stage looked good to score 160.
The in-form Suresh Raina didn't even get a chance to bat, perhaps India played the Yuvraj card wrongly and Dhoni himself or Raina should have come up. But then what if Yuvraj had fired. That was probably the thought behind keeping him at No. 4.
Shikhar Dhawan and Mohammad Shami remained on the bench, but Ajinkya Rahane couldn't do much and was removed in the second over itself.
However, the in-form Kohli didn't find any difficulty settling in and stitched fifty partnerships with Rohit Sharma (29) and Yuvraj, though the second one was more scratchy due to Yuvraj's flop show.
For Sri Lanka, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara and Mathews took one wicket each, while Kohli (77) was run out off the last ball of the innings.