Yuvraj Singh, who struggled for his 11 runs off 21 balls in the ICC World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka on Sunday should not be singled out for India’s loss in the final. Definitely Yuvraj looked out of sorts but after he was dismissed on the first ball of the 19th over, India could only manage 15 runs from the remaining 11 balls.
Moreover, Yuvraj can’t be blamed alone for India’s ordinary batting performance, it was also down to some smart death bowling by Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga (1 for 23) and Nuwan Kulasekara as India managed to score just 19 from the last four overs. In the final overs, Sri Lanka executed their plans exceptionally well by bowling in the right areas and Indian batsmen failed completely to execute their shots.
Even Virat Kohli managed onlyseven runs off the eight balls he faced in the death overs and also Dhoni scored just four from the seven balls he faced.
Here is how India played out the last four overs of their innings:
16.1: S Senanayake to Y Singh, Short and wide outside off, Yuvraj cuts it straight to short third man.
16.2: S Senanayake to Y Singh, And now looks to back away and play it inside out through cover, misses the ball completely.
16.3: S Senanayake to Y Singh, Thumps it hard down the ground, a sharp chance for Senanayake who fails to get his hand on the ball, single taken.
16.4: S Senanayake to V Kohli, Chips down and drills it down the ground for a single.
16.5: S Senanayake to Y Singh, Mistimes his sweep for a single, Yuvraj is clearly struggling to get going.
16.6: S Senanayake to V Kohli, Shimmies down and hits it hard down to long on for a single.
17.1: L Malinga to V Kohli, In the block-hole on off, Kohli squeezes it through the off side for a single.
17.2: L Malinga to Y Singh, Another dot! Yuvraj needs to go! Right up in the block-hole outside off, Yuvraj fails to dig it out.
17.3: L Malinga to Y Singh, Finally gets bat to ball and runs it down to third man for a single.
17.4: L Malinga to V Kohli, Charges down and plays a crisp cover drive, the cover fielder does well to keep it to a single.
17.5: L Malinga to Y Singh, In the block-hole outside off, Yuvraj once again fails to get bat to ball. Sri Lankans are going for a caught behind appeal but the umpire says not out.
17.6: L Malinga to Y Singh, Walks down the track and bunts it down to sweeper cover for just a single, Kohli will be off strike again and Sri Lanka won’t mind that at all.
18.1: N Kulasekara to Y Singh, OUT! Not sure India will be disappointed with that wicket! Yuvraj, who was all at sea, mishits this full toss straight into the hands of Thisara Perera at long off who makes no mistake.
18.2: N Kulasekara to V Kohli, Full and wide outside off, Kohli squirts it through the off side for a single.
18.3: N Kulasekara to MS Dhoni, Sits down and thwacks it hard down the ground for one, off the mark too.
18.4: N Kulasekara to V Kohli, Excellent bowling! Full and wide outside off, Kohli looks to go hard at it but fails to get it away.
18.5: N Kulasekara to V Kohli, Charges down and takes it on the full, slices it down to deep point for just a single.
18.6: N Kulasekara to MS Dhoni, Sits down again to sweep it on the leg side, misses the ball and is hit flush on the pads, a leg bye taken. How well have the Lankans come back!
19.1: L Malinga to MS Dhoni, This is superb from Lanka! Malinga dishes out one of his patented yorkers outside off, Dhoni fails to do anything about it.
19.2: L Malinga to MS Dhoni, WIDE! The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. Wide signalled by the umpire.
19.2: L Malinga to MS Dhoni, Full and just a shade outside off, Dhoni shuffles across to whip it through the leg side, the ball goes through and is missed by Sanga as well, they sneak in a couple of byes.
19.3: L Malinga to MS Dhoni, Dhoni misses it again! Full and wide outside off, Dhoni heaves across the line but fails to connect.
19.4: L Malinga to MS Dhoni, In the block-hole on the stumps, Dhoni manages to squeeze this one through mid-wicket for a couple.
19.5: L Malinga to MS Dhoni, Another toe crusher, Dhoni can only manage to dig it out to mid off for one
19.6: L Malinga to V Kohli, OUT! Run Out! Kohli’s gone off the final ball! A yorker again on off, Kohli just squeezes it down to long on and decides to come back for the second, the throw comes in at the keeper’s end from Senanayake and is on the mark, Kohli is short of his crease.