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Cover Story
COVER STORY
A glittering ending to the Lanka, Sanga, Mahela Tale
For 18 years Sri Lanka had waited for an outright win in a global tournament, having lost four times in the finals. It was not to be denied glory here in Bangladesh, after beating India by six wickets in the final at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. By Shreedutta Chidananda.

Cricket
ON THE BALL W.V. RAMAN COLUMN
Hail the Lankan veterans!
The overall experience in the Sri Lankan ranks played a huge role in them handling tight situations in the tournament. Their finesse was a delight to watch, as there was hardly any hustle and bustle that is synonymous with the T20 format.
WORLD TWENTY20/SEMIFINAL
When everything went right for India!
India had two heroes, Ashwin and Kohli, while South Africa had none of the same stature. By Shreedutta Chidananda.
WORLD TWENTY20 SEMIFINALS
Sri Lanka superior
Sri Lanka’s defence of its runs was excellent. Lasith Malinga and Sachithra Senanayake — bowlers who normally operate at a later stage of the innings — were deployed early with good effect. Shreedutta Chidananda reports.
WORLD TWENTY20/OTHER MATCHES
Kiwis crumble
New Zealand had bowled well and was cock-a-hoop to have restricted Sri Lanka to 119. But what unfolded in the second half was drama beyond the Kiwis’ worst nightmares. By Shreedutta Chidananda.
TOUR DIARY
Babar’s stunner
Zulfiqar Babar’s is an unusual case. He made his international debut last year at 34, notably helping Pakistan to a T20 series win over West Indies, when he finished Man of the Tournament, writes Shreedutta Chidananda in his final Diary from Dhaka.
INTERVIEW
‘We are in a good situation now’
“We pick the best players and train them for two years for the under-19 team. If they perform well, we pick them for the academy team —which is very good. Then, the best players are selected for the ‘A’ side or the National team,” says Akram Khan, the chairman of cricket operations, BCB, in this interview with Arun Venugopal.
DEODHAR TROPHY
Devdhar brings home Deodhar
Dominating the bowlers from the word ‘go’ was opener Kedar Devdhar, who quite untroubled by his partner Parthiv Patel’s early exit, embarked on a determined course, cracking a six and nine boundaries in his 101-ball 94. When Devdhar and Pujara had departed, West stood at 214 for three. Ambati Rayudu and Yusuf Pathan then stepped up the pace to ensure their side set up a sizeable score. By A. Joseph Antony.
INTERVIEW
A ’keeper goes down memory lane
“Honestly, I must say that was the crowning moment in my career (the 1983 World Cup triumph). No one actually gave us a chance to even make it to the knock-out phase. But once we beat the West Indies in a one-dayer in Berbice before the World Cup, we always had the gut feeling that we could beat the best teams on our day,” Syed Kirmani tells V.V. Subrahmanyam.
FOCUS
Hawking facilities, ACA style
The Andhra Cricket Association is providing world class infrastructure to attract foreign teams to train in India. By J. R. Shridharan.

Hockey
INTERVIEW/ASHOK KUMAR
‘Hockey is a sensible game’
“Talent is a must. Most of the teams do not have the talent. According to me, a talented player is one who has the ideas, one who thinks before receiving the ball. But now, the players think only after receiving the ball, thereby wasting much time,” says Ashok Kumar, the former India player and 1975 World Cup gold medal winner, in a chat with K. Keerthivasan.
INTERVIEW/NEIL HAWGOOD
‘It is important to expose India to more women’s hockey’
“It’s not really a matter where the players come from. If certain states or regions are producing them, it’s good. What is important is to have a deeper pool of players, not wider,” says Neil Hawgood, the Chief Coach of the Indian women’s hockey team. By Uthra Ganesan.

Archery
FOCUS
Chasing 10s and 9s
Jyoshna, who made her mark by winning the Mini National compound title in 2012-13, is giving her seniors a run for their money at the national level. By J. R. Shridharan.

Football
Eyeing a World Cup spot
Since his January transfer, Nikica Jelavic has scored in crucial wins against struggling Sunderland and Cardiff, and his partnership with Shane Long looks set to keep Hull in the top flight. By Andrew McDermott.
KICKING AROUND
Could FIFA disappear?
Facts are facts, and the recent warning by a senior administrative figure cannot easily be disregarded. His opinion being that if FIFA are found responsible for corruptly allotting the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, the financial consequence could be so huge that not even such a body could survive. By Brian Glanville.

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