World Twenty20 finals as they happened

Sri Lanka beat India by six wickets to win the World Twenty20, after Australia beat England in the women's final.

6 April 2014 Last updated at 08:01 GMT

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  1. 18:11: 
    Sri Lanka

    That's it from us - the celebrations will last a long time for Sri Lanka after this historic victory. Let's also not forget to congratulate Australia's women, after the Southern Stars proved too strong for England in the women's final earlier today.

    While international cricket takes a break now - the IPL starts in 10 days' time - the county season has only just begun, and there's commentary on all games via the BBC Sport website, with selected games also on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Thanks for your company throughout the tournament, and we'll see you in a month for the Scotland-England ODI on 9 May. Bye for now.

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    OptaJim: Kumar Sangakkara has become the fourth player after Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis to score 25,000 international runs.


    Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga: "I am really lucky to have captained the last games. The boys did really well to get to the semi-final and final and today we had to do something special - the way we bowled in the last four or five bowlers was really good to keep India to 130. Today I can't explain in words.

    "Jayawardene and Sangakkara are two world class players. To have played with them and for the young players looking up to them, we hope they can get all the experience they can before their last few years in Sri Lanka cricket."

  4. 18:03: 

    Sri Lanka receive the trophy, fireworks blast into the Bangladesh night sky and I'm sure they're having a party to end all parties in Sri Lanka.

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    The Sun's John Etheridge: England dominate the final - both umpires, one coach [Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace], one former England coach [India coach Duncan Fletcher] and an ex-captain [Nasser Hussain] doing the presentations

  6. 18:01: 

    Now it's time for Sri Lanka, lead by Lasith Malinga, to climb the podium, collect their medals and the trophy. I'd say, by the look of the excited players, it makes up for losing the 2011 World Cup final to the same opponents - truly, this was revenge of Lasith.


    More from India batsman and player of the tournament Virat Kohli: "After 16 overs I hardly faced any balls and it was sort of annoying but I won't say frustrating because the other people on strike at the other end were trying to hit the ball but it didn't come off - Sri Lanka and Malinga were bowling brilliantly at the end.

    "We had one off day and can be very proud with what we have achieved and the way we played. Especially after the losses we had in the past, to show the character we did we can learn from this and come back stronger next season."

    Captain's view

    India skipper Mahendra Dhoni: "Virat was the only one who looked fluent, I felt we needed another 10-15 runs but they executed their plans and their yorkers well and if you do that, the batsmen will struggle. Malinga has that slingy action so it's not coming from a great height and it's difficult to get under. It was a perfect game for Sri Lanka.

    "Kohli has been brilliant for the last one and a half year, he has taken his opportunity with both hands and made the most of it, he plays authentic cricketing shots and scores runs."

    Virat Kohli and Kumar Sangakkara

    India batsman and player of the tournament Virat Kohli: "Congratulations to Sri Lanka, especially the two guys in their last match. God was smiling on them. Overall we had a good performance at the tournament but we are disappointed we couldn't cross the line after going unbeaten in the whole tournament. One off day shows what can happen in Twenty20. I tried to do my bit but that wasn't enough. The most pleasing thing was that the team reached this final."

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    England batter Tammy Beaumont: Well played Sri Lanka! What a way for two legends to end their careers!

  11. 17:49: 

    With honourable mentions from the adjudication committee to Ravichandran Ashwin and Imran Tahir, the player of the tournament is India batsman Virat Kohli who scored 319 runs at an average of 106.33, with four fifties in six innings.


    Man of the match Kumar Sangakkara: "It's been a long time coming, my fifth final and I can't be happier or prouder as the side carried me all the way through to the final, I didn't do much other than keep wicket, and I was pleased to finally do something for the team. Virat Kohli was about to take the game away from us but the yorkers and the fielding at the end was excellent, while Perera played some magnificent shots. It means everything to me - my family and playing for SL are the two most important things in my life, we wear these colours with a lot of pride."

  13. 17:44: 

    Presentation coming up. A certain SK Warne has somehow worked his way into the presentation party, always good to see a former Hampshire skipper at the top table.

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    Arvind: England hosted World T20 in 2009, won in 2010. WI host 2010, won in 2012. Same with Sri Lanka now. Does that mean Bangladesh will win next?

    Rob: Seeing as England beat Sri Lanka, does that mean England are actually the best Twenty20 nation in the world?

    Peter: The little island of Sri Lanka beats the massive country, populated by 1 billion people, that is India.

  15. 17:43: 

    We'll stay with the presentation as there are still a few gongs to be given out. I wonder if - like England's Anya Shrubsole in the women's final - a losing finalist could be named as player of the tournament, possibly Virat Kohli?

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "India had been flawless throughout the tournament but they mucked it up today. Sri Lanka - almost everyone's second favourite team - bring joy to almost everyone at the end of what has been a great tournament. The players have enjoyed what is a brilliant format."

    Kumar Sangakkara and Thisara Perera
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    England all-rounder Ravi Bopara: Congrats to the Sri Lankan team. Well deserved. Only lost one game throughout the comp - can't remember who against. Well done SL.


    Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene: "We have been waiting such a long time for this - since 1996 - and these boys did it - this is for all the fans in Sri Lanka. There was a lot of emotions in what is our last game at the Twenty20 and we just hadn't been able to get across that hurdle in all that time. We had analysed those matches but now we can just go and enjoy it. It will take a few days to really know these feelings."

    Alison Mitchell, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: Have to say my heart is warmed by that Sri Lanka win, after coming so close to a trophy in recent years.

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    Kishor Chauhan: Well deserved win for Lankans. What a way to go out for Sangakkara and Mahela.

    Felix Keith: Can't begrudge Sri Lanka. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are legends and two of the nicest blokes in cricket.

    Dharmin: Sangakkara and Jayawardene batting supremes retiring in fitting fashion!


    Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan: "Sangakkara is one of three guys who put their heads up and did it for the team today. He showed his experience and character to finish his Twenty20 career with a fantastic innings."

  22. 17:32: 

    Now it's Mahela Jayawardene being carried on his team-mates' shoulders around the outfield. What great servants he and Sangakkara have been for Sri Lankan cricket in the last decade and a half.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "A thumping victory for Sri Lanka. Sangakkara is bowing out in some style, 52 from 35 balls - and we will see him this summer in England. That will be a popular result too I think. India were very much nailed on as favourites but hadn't really been tested so far in this tournament and everyone likes to see the underdogs win."


    Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera: "My captain gave me a chance to go out and win the match - it's my natural game to play that way. Kumar told me 'don't give your wicket away, stay with me'."

  25. 17:30: 

    Sangakkara is being carried around on the shoulders of two of his team-mates as Sri Lanka celebrate their first outright victory in an ICC tournament since the 1996 World Cup.

    Kumar Sangakkara
  26. 17:29: 

    Some good-natured handshakes between the two sides in the middle - it was played in a good spirit, but even the most hard-hearted of Indian fans would probably concede that Sri Lanka were deserved winners.

  27. 17:27: 


    Kumar Sangakkara
  28. 17.5 overs: 
    SL 134-4

    A Sanga single leaves three needed, and Perera wins the game with another big blast over the bowler's head - four or six, it doesn't matter, Sri Lanka have won by six wickets with 13 balls remaining.

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I have never seen Sangakkara celebrate like this. Sri Lanka needed a cool head and he has stepped up."

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  30. 17.2 overs: 
    SANGAKKARA 50- SL 127-4 (target 131)

    Ashwin to bowl his last over as India go for broke, but the force is with Sangakkara as he swipes a four over the keeper's head, then sweeps another four to bring up his fifty from 33 balls. Four to win, and Kohli shakes Sanga's hand as though he knows the game is up.

    Kumar Sangakkara

    BBC's Azzam Ameen in Colombo: "Sri Lanka's famous papare bands are out. Sri Lankans are partying and I can hears sounds of fire crackers from all over Colombo."

  32. 17 overs: 
    SL 119-4 (target 131)

    A leg bye brings the target down further, Sangakkara pushes the last ball to long-off and they need 12 from 18 balls. Aggers on TMS thinks the trophy engraver might be getting ready to carve the "Sri" in "Sri Lanka" by now...

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I was cool when Jayawardene got out - but then when Perera came walking onto the pitch I thought there was a slight bit of panic in the dressing room. Perera set his sights on Mishra in this over and decided to go after him. He survived the dropped catch, hit his second of two magnificent sixes and Sri Lanka are edging closer."

  34. 16.4 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- SL 117-4 (target 131)

    Perera again, a big blast over long-on and that's the 300th six of the tournament. Next ball, whacked down the ground again, the diving fielder shells the catch and they run two.

  35. 16.2 overs: 
    SL 109-4 (target 131)

    Mishra to bowl his last over, and is the script written for this to be Sangakkara's last T20 international hurrah in a winning cause? He spanks another four through extra cover, before drilling a firm single to long-off. 22 from 22.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Sangakkara has suddenly re-found some touch in this innings because he was horrible to start with in this tournament."

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  37. 16 overs: 
    SL 104-4 (target 131)

    Ashwin returns, but suddenly the momentum is with Sri Lanka as a delicate fine sweep brings Sangakkara another four. A single takes him to 37, Ashwin bowls a wide and the target is down to a (manageable?) 27 from 24 balls.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "That could be the over that swings the tie in Sri Lanka's favour - India need something spectacular from here."

  39. 15 overs: 
    SL 98-4 (target 131)

    Single from Perera, then Sangakkara joins in by knocking a four past fine leg. A single takes him to 32 from 24 balls - 14 from it, was that the "one big over" the ICC encourages us to discuss? 33 needed from 30 for a Sri Lankan victory.

  40. 14.2 overs: 
    SL 92-4 (target 131)

    Sangakkara sweeps and misses at Mishra and it's signalled as a wide. Sanga steers a single to long-on and they decide against a second. But then it's vintage Perera as he gives it the long handle and whacks a six over long-on.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "A Sri Lanka tactic will be to have Sangakkara pick his shots but they will also want Perera- who has had a six ball reconnaissance, which is all you get in Twenty20 terms - to contribute."

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  42. 14 overs: 
    SL 84-4 (target 131)

    India stick with spin - stick with what you're best at, I say - and Raina begins his last over as Sangakkara and Perera manage five singles, while a leg-side wide boosts the score. Raina finishes with 1-24, while the required rate is creeping towards eight - 47 needed from 36 balls.

    Kumar Sangakkara
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "You feel a lot rests with Sangakkara from here - to shepherd them, to talk to his partner and keep them as calm as possible because there is a lot of tension out there. Dhoni has a couple of overs from Ashwin up his sleeve, which could be critical."

  44. 13 overs: 
    SL 78-4 (target 131)

    A change in the batting order - the big-hitting left-hander Thisara Perera is promoted ahead of Angelo Mathews. He can't work the wrist-spinner away - Sangakkara is still there on 23 from 17 balls. Sri Lanka need 53 from 42.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's going to be a desperate battle of nerves. Thirimanne wasn't really at the top of his game there. A brilliant catch by Dhoni though. He couldn't contribute with the bat but maybe he can work some magic from behind the stumps with his keeping and with his bowling changes."

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  46. 12.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Thirimanne c Dhoni b Mishra 7 (SL 78-4)

    Mishra replaces Ashwin as Dhoni shuffles his spinners - and it does the trick as Thirimanne gets a bottom edge to the delighted skipper-keeper Dhoni.

    This game is starting to ebb and flow nicely. Anyone for a super-over?

    Lahiru Thirimanne
  47. 12 overs: 
    SL 75-3 (target 131)

    With two left-handers in, off-spinner Raina continues for his third over. Thirimanne and Sangakkara can only take him for two singles to reduce the target to 56 from 48 balls. Raina has 1-18 from three.

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    Former Middlesex and Durham seamer Simon "The Analyst" Hughes: Sri Lanka have lost just one match in their last 15 T20s and ODIs. Guess who that was against? England!

  49. 11 overs: 
    OUCH!- SL 73-3 (target 131)

    Ashwin has changed ends, can he work his magic again? There's a comedy collision as Jadeja swoops on the ball and takes out Mohit Sharma, running up from the boundary, with a perfect sliding football tackle. The fourth-wicket pair take four singles from Ashwin's over - 58 needed from 54 balls.

  50. 10 overs: 
    SL 69-3 (target 131)

    Lahiru Thirimanne edges his first ball for four past the solitary slip. We're halfway through the chase (in terms of overs) - it's 62 needed from 60 balls.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't know whether Jayawardene was trying to beat that fielder or go over him - but he is furious with himself. It's not very easy to attack the spin if you haven't been in for a while. The game is not dead yet."

  52. 9.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Jayawardene c Ashwin b Raina 24 (SL 65-3)

    Jayawardene finally breaks the shackles, trying to hit out, and is caught at mid-wicket. Strange, considering on the previous ball, he'd waited to play another one of his delicate dabs past the keeper for four.

    Mahela Jayawardene
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sangakkara hasn't hit a skimming six like that for a while - he had been batting like a mortal. A fantastic player for Sri Lanka but he like everyone else can struggle. And the lesson Yuvraj tells us is that in Twenty20 you have to hit out or get out if you're in bad form."

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  54. 9 overs: 
    SL 58-2

    India turn to their fourth different spinner in four overs - it's slow left-armer Ravindra Jadeja, whose first ball is swept for four by Sangakkara. Finally he gets one off the middle of the bat, that's the 298th six of the tournament over mid-wicket. A single takes Sanga to 15 from 10 balls... and once again, Jayawardene is happy to meet the last ball of an over with an immaculate forward defensive. This man knows what he's doing, folks. 73 needed from 66 balls.

    Kumar Sangakkara
  55. 8 overs: 
    SL 47-2 (target 131)

    Interesting move from India - they turn to Suresh Raina's part-time off-spin, but the run of dot balls continues until a long-hop is skewed horribly towards long-on by Sangakkara (who's been in no kind of form in this tournament). It falls short and they run two. A single takes him to four, and Jayawardene plunders a two off the last ball.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "There was a touch of defiance about that block. If you've had a bit of a nightmare over you know that the sixth ball is a real danger ball, so there is some virtue in saying - yes I am frustrated but I'm just going to get rid of that over and defend the final ball. But you can't do that very often in Twenty20."

  57. 7 overs: 
    SL 42-2 (target 131)

    Leg-spinner Amit Mishra to bowl to the left-handed Sangakkara, who knocks his first ball for a single. Jayawardene is kept under wraps for the rest of the over - he even defiantly blocks the last ball. The target is 89 from 78 balls.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was inevitably Kohli who took the catch after a big top edge. I think Dilshan was trying to place his sweep shot finer. For a moment I didn't think he would get there but Kohli judged it exceptionally well. Immediately Dhoni was running towards his fielder - he is usually the most undemonstrative of captains but he just senses a chance now."

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    Virat Kohli
  59. 6 overs: 
    SL 41-2 (target 131)

    Kumar Sangakkara joins his close friend and long-term cricketing ally Mahela Jayawardene at the crease for the last ball of the powerplay, which Jayawardene can't get away. 90 from 84 balls needed for Sri Lanka to win the title.

  60. 5.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Dilshan c Kohli b Ashwin 18 (SL 41-2)

    Dilshan swats Ravichandran Ashwin for four, but then attacks the same boundary and is pouched by Kohli at deep square leg just inside the rope.

    Ravichandran Ashwin
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Well Dhoni is in trouble. He is still cool - just about - but he wasn't when he was batting earlier on, as India fell short of what would have been a decent 150 with a painful innings - from Yuvraj in particular. Dhoni has now gone to his go-to-man Ashwin, but India do not have enough runs in the bank."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The good news for the tournament organisers is that as we've had five overs, we now have a game. Even if it chucks it down with rain, we won't be back tomorrow, it'll go to Duckworth-Lewis."

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  63. 5 overs: 
    SL 37-1 (Dilshan 14*, Jayawardene 17*)

    The runs continue to flow as with skipper-keeper Dhoni standing up to the medium-fast seamer, Jayawardene gets a leading edge over the keeper's head for four. India need something here.

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    Anupam: Why do people keep saying Dhoni is still a great captain. A good captain will have an out of form player way down the list.

    Suresh: Thanks for coming India! Sanga and Jaya will see this through to the end.

  65. 4.3 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- SL 33-1

    Kumar gets a third over, Jayawardene remains world cricket's master of the delicate dab. Dilshan is hit on the pad, there's an appeal but the unruffled second-wicket pair jog through for a leg bye. Jayawardene, now past 1,000 runs in World Twenty20 tournaments, tickles one past the keeper for four and India are in trouble here.

    Mahela Jayawardene
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Dilshan hasn't done a huge amount this tournament and was fortunate with an off-side heave that ended up at fine-leg there. But is this the day he makes a difference? 15 from that over - an early big over to ease the nerves. Sri Lanka have been bridesmaids very often but after that magical innings to contain India, you sense that could soon change."

  67. 4 overs: 
    SL 27-1 (target 131)

    Jayawardene uppercuts Sharma for four over the keeper's head. A single brings Dilshan on strike, he pulls one for four through mid-wicket from outside off stump, and a streaky inside-edged four past the stumps brings him four more. This pair have a combined age of 73, but they're making a good fist of this so far, and aren't afraid to scamper quick singles either. A characteristically delicate Jayawardene single to third man means it's 15 from the over.

    Tillakaratne Dilshan
    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The role of India's two fast bowlers is to get them through the first six overs without too much damage. Then the two spinners will come into play."

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  69. 3 overs: 
    SL 12-1 (target 131)

    Kumar gets a talking-to for running on the pitch - was that a formal warning? Dilshan guides a four off his pads when Kumar strays with his line, he then tries a bloodthirsty pull shot but misses, the ball comes off keeper Dhoni's thigh and flicks the bails. And as they're the modern flashing bails, there's a gasp as the crowd momentarily think he's been bowled. Umpire Gould has a word with Dhoni between overs - presumably of the don't-let-your-bowlers-run-down-the-pitch sort.

    Rohit Sharma
    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "Jayawardene us batting very carefully - I don't think you could stay the same of Perera. He was swinging his bat all over the place."

  71. 2 overs: 
    SL 8-1 (target 131)

    Mahela Jayawardene walks to the middle for his final Twenty20 international innings. But they crossed on the catch so it's Dilshan facing for the first time. He gloves a single to short third man. Jayawardene effortlessly turns his first ball for two to fine leg. Decent first over from Sharma.

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "We've seen Perera play that shot very often in this tournament - about a foot and a half outside off stump. Mohit Sharma got a lot of angle on that one and Perera ended up searching for it and sliced it up - he's thrown that one away."

  73. 1.1 overs: 
    WICKET- K Perera c Jadeja b M Sharma 5 (SL 5-1)

    As before, India open with right-arm seam from both ends, with Mohit Sharma taking the second over, Perera skies his first ball over mid-off and the catch is taken.

    Ravindra Jadeja
    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "A fine shot from Perera, who looks to be going after it - and if it comes off Sri Lanka will be over the hill before India can do anything about it."

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  75. 1 over: 
    SL 5-0 (target 131)

    Perera swings Kumar's second ball through deep square leg for four, we know he's not going to hang around poking and prodding - he has licence to swing, but doesn't make contact as Kumar slants a couple across the left-hander's reach. A tapped single to mid-off ensures he keeps the strike.

  76. 16:20: 

    Roshan Mahanama, a World Cup winner with Sri Lanka in 1996 and now an ICC match referee, tells BBC Colombo: "It should be a gettable total. The Sri Lanka bowling attack is very strong and they have delivered when it has mattered most. Now it's up to the Sri Lanka top order to guide this chase."

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    OptaJim: Kohli has hit the most runs in an ICC World Twenty20 tournament, passing Tillakaratne Dilshan's 317 in 2009.

  78. 16:18: 

    So, India or Sri Lanka? Dhoni or the Slinger to be lifting the trophy in an hour and a half's time? We're almost ready for the chase.

    Kusal Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan opening for Sri Lanka, Bhuvneshwar Kumar to open up with some right-arm seam.

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    Dr Holmes: Historically, Sri Lanka have done well in the first innings of the finals they've lost. Just saying...

    Vinny: That's a great effort from Sri Lanka. Now it's heart in mouth time. Someone calm me down.


    The BBC's Azzam Ameen in Colombo: "The Sri Lanka fans are celebrating in Colombo. Giant screens are up all over the city. The locals think they have already won this contest after limiting this powerful India batting line-up to a modest score."

    Sri Lanka fans
  81. 16:12: 

    Some varying fortunes for some England hopefuls on the first day of the County Championship season today.

    Middlesex were skittled by 105 by Sussex, with Eoin Morgan bowled for a golden duck and Sam Robson making 11. Michael Carberry and James Vince both made ducks in a delayed start at Southampton with Hampshire struggling at 37-3 against Worcestershire.

    Better news for Samit Patel, who is closing on a century for Notts against Lancashire (for whom James Anderson has taken three wickets). The forgotten man in the recent history of England's wicketkeepers, Steven Davies, is unbeaten on 60 for Surrey against Glamorgan. Matt Prior is playing as a batsman for Sussex but is yet to bat. And the top bowler today, with 4-34 for Sussex... is it too late for an England recall at 38 for one-Test wonder Jon Lewis?

    Listen to every ball of the county season via the BBC Sport website


    ECB chief executive David Collier on TMS: "It's a fact there are a limited number of coaches around the world at this present time.

    "You've only got to look at the media speculation of who might or might not be on lists to see that there are not too many names on that.

    "But we're very satisfied that the top people are applying and I know Paul is being very, very diligent in going through all of that list."

    Read more on the BBC Sport website

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    Suresh: Sri Lanka's game to lose now!

  84. 16:05: 

    Kohli only faced eight balls in the last four overs there. Terrific work by Sri Lanka to keep him off strike.

    Virat Kohli
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Brilliant from Malinga. When under pressure, every one of those last few balls was inch-perfect. India are going to have to bowl really well to defend this score. A very fine performance from Sri Lanka. Kohli didn't have anywhere near enough strike at the end and is walking off with a rather thunderous look on his face."

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  86. 20 overs: 
    WICKET- Kohli run out 77 (Ind 130-4)

    Malinga slings one down into the blockhole, Dhoni can only dig it to extra cover for one. Kohli to face the last ball, it's a yorker, Kohli pushes it to mid-wicket and the throw from Senanayake, charging in from deep mid-wicket, hits the stumps as they come back for two. Sri Lanka will need 131 to win the World Twenty20.

    Virat Kohli
  87. 19.4 overs: 
    Ind 128-3

    Swing and a miss from Dhoni keeps Kohli off strike again, this is good work by the Slinger. Another good yorker is dug out for two, but again Kohli is stranded at the non-striker's end.

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    Sukhi: I'm sure India fans were cheering more than the Sri Lanka fans for that Yuvraj work! Come on India!

    Simon: I'd genuinely have dropped Yuvraj then. That could cost Sri Lanka an extra 10 runs.

  89. 19.2 overs: 
    Ind 126-3

    Malinga to bowl, a slingy wide yorker is out of Dhoni's reach but not wide enough to be called a wide. The next ball, though, is a wide. Dhoni misses the second legal delivery, so does Sangakkara and they run a couple of byes. Four balls left.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Obviously India will back themselves to defend whatever score they make but they are certainly not where they want to be at this stage."

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni
  91. 19 overs: 
    Ind 123-3

    Captain Mahendra Dhoni is the new batsman, now India can press the accelerator. After a couple of singles, Kulasekara keeps it tight with a perfect wide yorker which Kohli can't get a bat on. A full toss is swatted to deep point for one by Kohli, who looks angry - but with whom? Dhoni tries to steer the last ball into the leg side and picks up a leg bye. Last six balls coming up - India need a big over, or they'll think they've not got enough...

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Yuvraj, you would think, is going to be one lonely man in the dressing room. If he had left the ball alone it was outside those markers but the pressure he is feeling he just has to swing. To see him struggle when you know how fluent he can be with the bat is a shame."

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  93. 18.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Yuvraj c T Perera b Kulasekara 11 (Ind 119-3)

    A lamentable Yuvraj innings ends as he hits a wide delivery from Kulasekara straight down long-off's throat. Never mind a tactical run-out, maybe the instruction was "hit out or get out"?

    Nuwan Kulasekara
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "A substitute fielder has brought out a drink to Kohli, but Yuvraj is ignoring him. If I say the words 'New Zealand, Botham, Boycott' - do you think there will be a tactical run-out?"

  95. 18 overs: 
    Ind (Kohli 74*, Yuvraj 11*)

    Malinga back to bowl overs 18 and 20. A Kohli single brings Yuvraj on strike, but Yuvi is struggling to put bat on ball at the moment, much to India's obvious frustration. A single takes him into double figures from his 18th ball, Kohli is seeing the ball superbly but can only take a single to extra cover. Sri Lanka half-heartedly appeal for a catch behind against Yuvraj, but in this form, surely they want to keep him in?! And a single off the last ball keeps him on strike to Sri Lanka's delight...

    Yuvraj Singh
    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I will not criticise Senanayake for that one - but he did drop Kohli on the boundary and that was the second of two easy catches at this level. I get the feeling Sri Lanka are too eager - moments later Sangakkara is very frantic trying to pick up the loose ball. Sri Lanka needs to keep their heads up because it hasn't been a great performance in the field."

  97. 17 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ind 115-2

    Another chance goes down as Yuvraj punches one back at Senanayake, he gets a hand to it but can't hold on. Difficult, but a chance. But four singles from the over means Senanayake finishes with 0-22 from four.

  98. 16 overs: 
    Ind 111-2

    A single takes Kohli to 70 from 49 balls, the pressure is off Yuvraj who adds a single.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is the first time Sri Lanka have been confronted by the possibility of a really big over - with 10 off the first two balls and Senanayake misjudged what would have been a crucial catch completely. He had come slightly in from the boundary to give himself a chance of saving two. That is a big error. It has to be out."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 4 Long Wave

  100. 15.3 overs: 
    CLOSE!- Ind 109-2

    Kohli slogs one towards cow corner, but Senanayake makes a complete Horlicks of it - had he stayed on the rope it would have been an easy catch, but he comes in and it's over his head for four. Criminal.

    Sachithra Senanayake
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    OptaJim: Kohli has reached 20 in 19 of his last 25 Twenty20 innings, including his last eight knocks. He averages 25.6 batting first in Twenty20 and 82.7 batting second.

  102. 15.2 overs: 
    Ind 105-2

    Sri Lanka keep their last two Malinga overs up their sleeves and turn back to Kulasekara - who is hoisted for six over long-on by Kohli to take India into three figures. A superb cover drive is four from the moment it leaves his bat.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Yuvraj is doing a Chris Gayle - he wants to wait until he can play the big shots but there isn't time to wait. With four dots in that last over and eight wickets in hand, India would rather have him back in the bus shelter and see Dhoni flailing away."

  104. 15 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 95-2

    We noticed India captain Mahendra Dhoni after that four, leaping up in the dug-out as if to indicate "I'm in next". Senanayake is back on, but Yuvraj is rather dawdling - he's unable to get the off-spinner away, and only two singles mean it's a great over for Sri Lanka. Kohli has 55 from 45, Yuvraj has six from 11.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Someone like Kohli is so deft with his wrists he can manipulate the ball so well and he just glided that full length delivery finer than the third man fielder. This isn't exactly a torrent but the runs are coming for India."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 4 Long Wave

  106. 14 overs: 
    KOHLI 50- Ind 93-2

    Slinger time - Lasith Malinga can bowl three of the last seven overs. Kohli takes one hand off the bat as he drills a single to long-off. The left-handed Yuvraj chops a single to third man, Kohli guides a full delivery for two to the cover sweeper, and a single brings up his eighth T20 international fifty from 43 balls. Yuvraj digs out a single, and Malinga is out of luck as Kohli guides a four through third man - although the state of his field rather telegraphed that he'd be bowling outside off stump.

    Virat Kohli
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Herath has finished and has done a good job. 1-23 in Twenty20 is very good."

  108. 13 overs: 
    Ind 83-2 (Kohli 46*, Yuvraj 3*)

    A single takes Kohli to 45, Yuvraj takes a couple of deliveries to rotate the strike, and Kohli guides Herath's last ball to deep mid-wicket for one. The little left-armer finishes with 1-23 from his four overs.

  109. 12.2 overs: 
    Ind 80-2

    Kohli comes down the track and lifts the first ball of Herath's last over for a six over long-on, before letting a wide one spin behind his legs for a wide.

    Virat Kohli
    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "You sense Kohli really wants to break free but also feels the responsibly of being the main man in this India line-up. Senanayake and Herath are tricky customers and there is no question of just bashing them around, he is having to select his shots very carefully."

  111. 12 overs: 
    Ind 73-2

    Senanayake returns, Kohli lofts one over his head but it's stopped at long-on and they run two. An inside-out lofted drive brings him four over extra cover. A single ensures he keeps the strike - he has 38 from 36 balls. Plenty more to come from him.

  112. 11 overs: 
    Ind 65-2

    Yuvraj Singh in at four - he's had one decent knock this tournament when he hit Australia for 60 from 43 balls. He's off the mark with a single, but Herath keeps Kohli under wraps. He has 1-13 from three overs.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "Sharma looked to attack Herath but he is such a canny bowler. India have been unsuccessful in that regard so far - a low catch taken by Senanayake and one that if they had referred it the third umpire might have been a bit twitchy - but experience tells you he got his fingers well underneath it."

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  114. 10.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Sharma c Senanayake b Herath 29 (Ind 64-2)

    Another failed lbw appeal as Sharma tries to heave Herath through the leg side - but then he hits the next ball straight to extra cover and is caught low down.

    Rangana Herath
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "A wonderful shot from Kohli born slightly of desperation and and a need to crack on a little bit - but he is capable of doing that."

  116. 10 overs: 
    Ind 64-1

    Mathews to finish his spell, Sharma gives himself room to carve a four - only the fourth boundary of the innings - through the covers. Sri Lanka appeal for lbw as Sharma nudges a single down the leg side, but it appeared to hit his gloves. And Kohli reminds us of his raw power as he lifts a six over mid-wicket to dent Mathews's figures. 14 from the over, Mathews takes his cap with 1-25 from four.

    During the interval between innings on TMS, there's another chance to hear Aggers' chat with ECB chief executive David Collier, which took place during the interval of the women's final.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "India are not really going as fast as they would like right now - they look to be depending on that big acceleration later on."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 4 Long Wave

  118. 9 overs: 
    Ind 50-1

    Kohli mistimes a drive to long-off and calls for some fresh gloves, but Herath - one of the most innocuous-looking bowlers in world cricket, which is probably why he's one of the most effective - only concedes two singles and a leg bye from the over. Fifty up for India.

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    Eye Monosi: Kohli dropped... this could start to get costly.

  120. 8 overs: 
    Ind 47-1 (R Sharma 23*, Kohli 21*)

    After a one-over taste of Malinga, Sri Lanka turn back to Mathews for his third over, and Sharma and Kohli find it fairly straightforward to pick up some ones and twos. But Mathews has a none-too-shabby 1-11 from three overs.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm worried for Malinga now after that drop. I think India will go after Herath - who bowled brilliantly against New Zealand - but because of his orthodoxy and reliability. He bowls a length, essentially - India will know what to expect and go after him."

  122. 7 overs: 
    Ind 41-1

    After the Indian pair milk some singles, the reprieved Kohli increases Sri Lanka's pain by lofting a six over wide long-off.

    Some stats on Malinga - he's caught 11 and dropped nine in T20 internationals since 2012. If he were English, he'd have probably been dropped years ago because of his batting and fielding...

    Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "A dreadful miss by Malinga. Kohli mistimed his shot but when you are in such great form things do tend to run in your favour. It was above Malinga's head but in a World Cup final... The man you need... You don't go dropping those."

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  124. 6.1 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ind 32-1

    Sri Lanka switch their spinners and turn to slow left-armer Rangana Herath - his first ball is hit to mid-wicket and dropped by Malinga with two hands above his head! They run one.

    Could be very, very costly...

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    Vinny: This is a really tight and disciplined Sri Lankan attack forcing mistakes from India. Something might have to give.

  126. 6 overs: 
    Ind 31-1 (R Sharma 17*, Kohli 11*)

    There's a vague trend this tournament of star bowlers coming on to bowl the last over of the powerplay - Sunil Narine does it for West Indies, and Lasith Malinga does it for Sri Lanka, ready to sling down his potent brand of unplayable yorkers, although he surprisingly took a lot of tap from Marlon Samuels and others in the final of this tournament in 2012. Sharma and Kohli start with four singles, using Malinga's pace to angle the ball to third man and fine leg, and Sharma then cuts loose by blasting a four over the non-striker's head. He has 17 from 12 balls, Kohli has 11 from 16.

    Rohit Sharma
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Malinga threw it very hard and it hurt Senanayake - it was hard for him to take it and take the bails, he might have done but it really needed a direct hit. This has been a good start by Sri Lanka and normally at this juncture - the sixth over - every team has a system and Sri Lanka will turn to Malinga. We've seen him hit only very occasionally."

  128. 5 overs: 
    CLOSE!- Ind 23-1

    Kohli pushes the ball to short fine leg, Malinga's throw is just wide and Sharma's fortunate that it is, as he has to dive back into his crease at the bowler's end as Senanayake takes a blow on the wrist as he tries to collect. Eight from the over.

    Sachithra Senanayake
  129. 4.3 overs: 
    Ind 23-1

    Off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake into the attack, Sharma goes for a big hit, high over mid-wicket and it bounces just in front of the rope. He then sweeps a three past the diving Lasith Malinga.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "India and Sri Lanka know each other pretty well - there is lots of mutual respect between them and Sri Lanka won enough of those games to know they can win if they play well today."

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  131. 4 overs: 
    Ind 15-1 (R Sharma 4*, Kohli 8*)

    Mathews gets a second over, Sharma and Kohli pick up four easy singles. We've not seen fireworks from either side yet - they must know each other inside out after playing so much one-day cricket against each other - and that's before you get to the IPL. There's only a brief glimmer for Sri Lanka as Sharma nearly chops the last ball onto his stumps but it's taken safely by Sangakkara.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "The final so far has been lacking fireworks, apart from that glorious shot Kohli played - it reminded me of the kind of shot that Viv Richards used to play before digging in for a bit and then getting going again."

  133. 3 overs: 
    Ind 11-1

    Kohli steps forward and clips Kulasekara from outside off stump through mid-wicket for four - shades of Sir Viv, feel the TMS team. A single takes India into double figures, Sharma angles the last ball for a single to third man, while the crowd are absolutely loving it.

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    Andy: I don't think anyone other than Indian fans would begrudge a victory for Jayawardene and Sangakkara in their last match!

  135. 2 overs: 
    Ind 5-1

    Enter Virat Kohli, architect of that epic run chase against South Africa in the semi-final with an unbeaten 72 from 44 balls which only included three dot balls. Mathews gives him nothing to hit, only a single off the last ball dents a potential wicket maiden.

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Picking up the first wicket is fine - but the man walking in now is going to be the difference. If you take batsmen from around the world, Kohli is one who handles Malinga very well. The man who has dismissed him more often is Mathews."

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  137. 1.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Rahane b Mathews 3 (Ind 4-1)

    Medium-pace seamer Angelo Mathews shares the new ball and he bowls Rahane third ball off an edge as he attemps to slog him through the leg side.

    Ajinkya Rahane
    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "No real threat in the pitch - it looks slow and Sangakkara off Kulasekara is picking the ball up under his knee - but Sri Lanka will be hoping that as time goes on the wicket does not crumble."

  139. 1 over: 
    Ind 4-0

    Sharma flicks the first ball of the match for a single to deep square leg. Rahane squeezes a two through the ring of cover fielders, and knocks a single to keep the strike. Even stevens so far.

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    Rochak: If India win this they will be the Spain of the cricket world! Retaining all three one day trophies!

  141. 14:39: 

    Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane to open the innings for India, with seamer Nuwan Kulasekara to bowl the first over. Hold on to your hats, this could be a cracker.

  142. 14:38: 

    Since they won the 1996 World Cup (and shared the 2002 Champions Trophy), Sri Lanka have lost 50-over World Cup finals in 2007 and 2011, and the World Twenty20 finals of 2009 and 2012. Often the bridesmaids - time for them to win one for Jayawardene and Sangakkara?

  143. 14:35: 

    And for the last time in this tournament, it's Sri Lanka's epic national anthem.

    Sri Lanka
    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It has been an outstanding tournament - the pitches have not crumbled or been unplayable, which we were fearful of. The cricket has been very competitive - even the Netherlands lit it up for us - and overall Bangladesh has done really well. Twenty20 may have been said to be hit and giggle at the start but we have seen it has evolved into something far more technical."

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  145. 14:33: 

    India's national anthem is the first to be sung.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It hasn't exactly been a flawless tournament this one but it has been brimmed full of great games. Provided we get a decent game in today - people will leave Bangladesh saying it has been a good tournament. Often it is said of Twenty20 that once one team gets on top there is no going back - but we've seen games ebb and flow. There has been terrific skill and innovation with the use of spin in the first six - it's been fascinating."

  147. 14:32: 

    Here come the players, both in differing shades of blue.

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    OptaJim: Sri Lanka have won the toss for the 16th time in World Twenty20 games. They've elected to bowl four times, winning twice and losing twice.

  149. 14:30: 

    The stirring Vangelis music means the players are ready to emerge - we'll have lost 40 minutes to rain (as the game was scheduled to start at 14:00 BST) but a whole hour can be lost to the weather before we start having to lose overs.

    India fan
    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka are looking good and confident. Generally when there are hold ups you have to switch on and off but this time around they are little bit more mature and I think they are in the right frame of mind. All the hype is about India but Sri Lanka can win.

    "Because India can play spin better than most they have done well in the past, but they do still sense an opportunity with the variety they have - and Sri Lanka can put India under pressure."

    Listen to live Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 4 Long Wave

  151. 14:23: 
    Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara

    A reminder that this is the final Twenty20 international for two great players - Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.

    Jayawardene has scored 1,469 runs in 54 T20 internationals (only Brendon McCullum has scored more - 2,044 from 68 games), Sangakkara slightly behind on 1,330 in 55.

    If you can get to an English county, Test or ODI ground to watch these two on Sri Lanka's tour in May and June this summer, do so - as it may well be the last time we see them on the field in the UK.

    Captain's view

    India captain Mahendra Dhoni: "We would have decided to bowl first just because we have done well chasing totals this tournament. We are playing with the same squad. Maybe the scorecards suggest we have had it easy but it has been tough on the way to the final. Sometimes the targets of 130 or 135 are trickier than your 180s. Sri Lanka are playing really well and we have to respect the opposition and play good cricket."

  153. 14:16: 
    Team line-ups

    Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga (capt).

    India: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma.

    The on-field umpires are both English - Ian Gould and Richard Kettleborough. The off-field crew are Aussies - Rod Tucker (third umpire), Bruce Oxenford (fourth ump) and David Boon (match referee).

    Captain's view

    Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga: "We will try to bowl a good 20 overs and give our batsmen the chance to chase a score. As long as we play good cricket in today's game then after the result will come."

  155. 14:10: 

    Sri Lanka have won the toss and will field first. They make one change - with all-rounder Thisara Perera returning in place of leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna.

    India skipper Mahendra Dhoni admits he would have fielded first too. They're unchanged.

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    Ijaz: Not much experience on cricket, but I think Sri Lanka will win today as they've become the Bayern Munich of cricket.

  157. 14:09: 

    The captains are emerging. Time for the toss...

  158. 14:03: 

    While the TMS team are picking their team of the tournament, a reminder that the toss is due at 14:10 BST, with the game starting at 14:40.

  159. 14:01: 
    The new season

    The County Championship also starts today, with two games in each division, although rain has prevented a ball being bowled at Southampton. Middlesex's much-vaunted opening pair of Chris Rogers and Sam Robson made only 15 between them, while some chap called James Anderson picked up a couple of early wickets for Lancashire.

    Live scores from the County Championship

    Live county commentaries - listen to every ball on the BBC Sport website

  160. 13:54: 

    If you weren't with us earlier, ECB chief executive David Collier told TMS that England will be interviewing candidates for the vacant head coach's role this month, and hope to make the appointment before the start of the new season.

    Meanwhile, former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek earlier this morning. "I haven't applied for the job so I won't be among those being interviewed," he said.

  161. 13:50: 

    Play will start at 14:40 BST.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match SpecialTeam of the tournament

    On Twitter: Mine? I'll start with Hales, Sharma, Kohli, De Villiers, Maxwell, Sammy, Dhoni (capt), Ashwin, Mishra, Malinga, Tahir. 12th: Steyn #TOTT

  163. 13:46: 

    Better news is that the covers are coming off and some players are practising on the outfield. We're now expecting a toss at 14:10 BST.

  164. 13:45: 
    Team of the tournament

    TMS are on air - and with the toss still delayed by the weather, they will be discussing their nominations for team of the tournament.

    We want to hear your picks - so email with your selections, tweet us via #bbccricket or text 81111.

  165. 13:39: 

    Test Match Special will be taking to the airwaves at 13:45 BST. But due to a clash with other sports (notably Formula 1), it will NOT be on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. You need to retune to BBC Radio 4 Long Wave or listen via the BBC Sport website, BBC Sport app or BBC iPlayer Radio app.

  166. 13:31: 
    Three is the magic number
    Mahendra Dhoni and Lasith Malinga

    India are bidding to become the first side to hold all three major ICC trophies - the World Cup, the Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20 - simultaneously.

    Even when Australia were winning virtually everything going, they've still never won this one.

  167. 13:29: 

    The rain looks to be stopping, but it will take a while to get everything ready before they can toss up.

  168. 13:25: 
    Share and enjoy

    The only time a major ICC trophy has been shared, it was these two teams involved. The 2002 Champions Trophy final in Sri Lanka was washed out - twice - so India and hosts Sri Lanka shared the trophy.

  169. 13:23: 

    It should be noted, there is a reserve day - tomorrow - for the game in case they can't get one in. But we think they'll try to get it done today, even if it's just a five-over thrash.

  170. 13:15: 
    It's raining in Mirpur

    Welcome back - the bad news is that it started raining just after the women's trophy presentation, and it's still raining, so we're expecting the toss (scheduled for 13:30 BST) to be delayed.

    More news as we get it - but cross your fingers. Test Match Special will be on air at 13:45 - when they will be discussing their team of the tournament.

    Ground staff bring on the covers in Bangladesh
  171. 12:30: 

    So, that's it for England's women this winter - they now face a Test and three ODIs against India in August, then three Twenty20 internationals against South Africa in September.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra has switched to commentary on Sussex v Middlesex - we're going to take a break on the live text and we'll be back at 13:15 BST for the build-up to the men's final.

    And get your long-wave radio - or your BBC Sport app - ready for TMS's return on BBC Radio 4 Long Wave at 13:45.

    Captain's view

    Australia captain Meg Lanning: "I am just really happy right now. To win is an amazing feeling and the support from [coach] Cathryn Fitzpatrick has been great. We had our plans, we are attacking in nature and love to play our shots, even chasing such a small total.

    "We have lots of experience even though we are young - this core group of players have had some big moments and hopefully that will help us as we carry on."

    Captain's view

    England captain Charlotte Edwards: "We were completely outplayed by a very good Australia team - they bowled very well, batted very well and backed it up in the field. We were not good enough, we never quite got going and lost wickets in key stages. 105 is never going to be enough in the final but we tried our best.

    "Congratulations to Meg and Australia on winning a third consecutive trophy, which is a fantastic achievement. We will come back with with more motivation than ever but it's bitterly disappointing it didn't quite go our way today."

  174. 12:24: 

    Australia lift the trophy - a couple of them are holding up three figures to signify their third successive World T20 win.

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    Rob Zabrocky: Losing in a final is never anything to be ashamed of. Still number two in the world.

  176. 12:16: 

    England get their runners-up medals. Some brave faces being put on here.


    Player of the tournament Anya Shrubsole: "It's been a really good tournament, I'd like to congratulate Meg and the Australian team as they were the better side, we just came up short today. But I'd give all this back for the trophy the Aussies are about to pick up."

    (NB there were mentions in dispatches from the committee which decided the award for Meg Lanning and Suzie Bates, the two highest run-scorers)


    Player of the match Sarah Coyte who took 3-16: "It's an amazing feeling, I'm so proud of all the girls. To get Sarah Taylor and Charlotte Edwards was amazing as they're two world-class batters."

  179. 12:11: 

    Presentation under way. The umpires get their medals first.

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    Australia cricket journalist Malcolm Conn: Impossible to get sick of stitching up the Poms. Many congrats to Southern Stars for a third successive WWT20 title. Knighthoods all round!

  181. 12:11: 

    The trophy is being prepared for the presentation. We're also waiting to hear from the England camp.

    Also worth noting that Australia's women continue to hold both major ICC trophies (World Cup and World T20). No-one has ever held all three men's trophies (World Cup, Champions Trophy and World T20) simultaneously - India will try to rectify that this afternoon.

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    Jack, Cambridge: England women batted very negatively in their innings, I can't understand why...

    Dan, Alfreton: Aussie women hit the ball much cleaner and deserved their edge in this T20 final.

    Jenni, Newtownards: A gallant effort from the English women, but Australia deserve their crown as world champions. The English ladies have now seen how good the best are, and it's up to them to emulate that level of performance.

  183. 12:06: 

    A quick word on England's Anya Shrubsole - she finishes the tournament with combined figures of 24-3-98-13, and can hold her head up high as the leading wicket-taker. Runner-up was Natalie Sciver, whose two wickets at the end of that innings took her to 10, one ahead of Australia's Sarah Coyte.

    As we mentioned, Australia's Meg Lanning was the leading run-scorer with 257 from six innings, comfortably ahead of New Zealand captain Suzie Bates who made 228 from five.


    Australia opener Elyse Villani: "It's been amazing to have some support here from Australia. I was pretty relaxed today, the pitch was a batter's paradise, I felt really confident throughout the tournament and I'm hoping for many more seasons like this."

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "The difference between the two sides was with the bat - England I think have the better fielders and bowlers but Australia played the far more expressive cricket and had no fear - that gives them the advantage in the shorter format."

    Elysse Perry and Jess Cameron celebrate

    Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry: "To do it three times in a row is really fantastic. We are so lucky to have so much flexibility in our line up and it was nice to get settled and hit the ball as I saw it.

    "We had a tough Ashes series -they just got on top of us. They have some world-class players and are incredibly to play against."

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    Shikha Roy: Congrats Australia & hard luck England girls.

  188. 12:00: 

    A comprehensive victory for Australia, then. England, to be honest, were never really in it from the beginning, as their openers struggled to score big during the powerplay, wickets fell regularly, the bowlers didn't have a big total to defend, and Lanning gave them a masterclass in how to bat in this format.


    Australia captain Meg Lanning: "We just wanted to be really positive and go out there and play our shots - that is our instinct and it seemed to work really well. The motivation for us was just to play well. It's amazing, such a great feeling."

  190. 11:57: 

    So, England 2009, Australia 2010, Australia 2012 and now Australia 2012. The Southern Stars sprint onto the field, congratulate their batters, shake hands with the defeated England players and then form a huddle in the middle to sing their team song.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Lanning was on great form and dominated with the bat in a clinical all-round performance from Australia, who absolutely deserve to win today. They have outclassed England."

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  192. 11:55: 


  193. 15.1 overs: 
    Aus 106-4

    One to win from 30 balls as Jess Cameron joins Perry, who pulls Hazell to leg for the single they need to seal victory.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was pretty plumb there - well bowled Sciver to be honest - but keeping the ball on the stumps consistently has been the difference between the two sides' bowling."

  195. 15 overs: 
    WICKET- Blackwell lbw b Sciver 0 (Aus 105-4)

    The experienced Alex Blackwell strides out, a waist-high full toss from Sciver is called as a no-ball for height to level the scores... and Blackwell is trapped lbw by the replacement ball.

    But don't hold your breath for the most remarkable comeback of all time...

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Lanning will be disappointed but she has taken her team to within two runs of victory. She is potentially player of the tournament- she is the lead run soccer by far and represents the future of Australian cricket."

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  197. 14.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Lanning c Knight b Sciver 44 (Aus 104-2)

    There are dark skies overhead, but even if the rain comes, it'll be too late to save England as Australia are ready to run on and celebrate their imminent victory, Four needed, two singles halve the target, but Lanning can't quite get them over the line as a big hit down the ground is pouched at mid-off. She made 44 from 30 balls.

  198. 14 overs: 
    Aus 102-2 (target 106)

    Grundy to bowl, can Australia finish it this over? After a couple of singles, Perry smacks another four past mid-on, and a wide reduces the target to four runs needed from 36 balls.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "There is a difference in the big games when you have the ability to hit over the ropes so consistently. That is only thing England need to work on - the fielding and bowling is on point but that ability to do what Lanning has done and take away the game in a few balls is what they lack."

  200. 13 overs: 
    Aus 95-2 (target 106)
    Ellyse Perry

    England roll the dice for the last time with Shrubsole's last over, but Perry blasts a four past mid-off, Lanning whacks a long-hop through mid-wicket for another boundary, the partnership passes 50 and Australia only need 11 more.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "England will be bitterly disappointed. It's always a shame when you turn up to a final and don't give it your best. They haven't really been in the game. Only Shrubsole can hold her head up high - she was hit for a six and a couple of fours today but you can't blame her by any means. England have not scored enough runs today and are going to fall significantly short.

    "I'm not looking forward to interviewing Charlotte Edwards after this."

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  202. 12 overs: 
    Aus 84-2 (target 106)

    Hazell returns, Perry comes down the track and launches her for six over long-on. A single takes her to 19 from 22 balls. Lanning has 37 from 23, and this game is only going one way.

    Isha Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's no holding back when it comes to Lanning - her hero is Ricky Ponting and is a serious serious cricket player. Captain at the age of 22, so often you can be burdened by that responsibility but she has stepped up for her side. "

  204. 11 overs: 
    Aus 77-2 (target 106)

    Medium-pacer Natalie Sciver replaces Gunn, can she bring the magic England need? Lanning and Perry pick up three singles, Perry guides a three through mid-wicket, and Lanning unleashes a fierce square drive for four. The target is down to 29 from 54 balls - England fans, I wish I could bring you some better news.

  205. 10 overs: 
    Aus 67-2 (target 106)

    Grundy, who only made her international debut in England's first game of the tournament, skips in for her third over of slow left-arm, and starts with five dot balls to Perry with most fielders in the circle - but drags the last one down as Perry clubs a four through mid-wicket. Australia need 39 more for their third successive World T20 title, and have 60 balls to do it.

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    OptaJim: Shrubsole's 13 wickets are the most taken in a Women's World Twenty20 tournament, ahead of Julie Hunter's 11 in 2012. Spearhead.

  207. 9 overs: 
    Aus 63-2 (target 106)

    Gunn to continue, but Aussie skipper Lanning is on cruise control here, picking off the ones and twos before effortlessly lifting her second six over long-on.

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    LJ Davies: Fantastic to see women's cricket catching up with the men's game but losing to Australia is following in their steps too closely!

    Rob: England could lose this in under 10 overs and still have performed better against Australia than the men did this winter.

  209. 8 overs: 
    Aus 53-2 (target 106)

    England switch their spinners around as Danielle Hazell replaces Grundy. Perry doubles her score with a single, Lanning forces a single to long-off. Perry knocks one to deep mid-wicket. A legside wide brings up the fifty for Australia, who are halfway to their target as Lanning punches a three to the deep point boundary.

    Isha Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "England haven't really come to the party but at the same time they are still in the game and if can take all their chances then a good period of play can put some pressure on Australia."

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  211. 7 overs: 
    Aus 46-2 (target 106)

    The big-hitting Ellyse Perry is Australia's number four, Lanning adds a single but Gunn keeps it tight for the rest of the over, though an uncharacteristic misfield from Lydia Greenway concedes another single off the last ball.

    Ellyse Perry
    Isha Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "That is a welcome wicket for England. You have to say Australia were going along at a fair rate of knots. If England can just keep the ball in the right areas now they will be hoping that Australia do some silly things - but you do feel it is their game to lose."

  213. 6.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Villani c Edwards b Gunn 12 (Aus 44-2)

    Jenny Gunn replaces Shrubsole, with keeper Taylor standing up to the stumps. And Gunn removes Villani as Lanning lifts the ball over the bowler's head and the skipper takes a good catch running to her left from mid-on.

    Jenny Gunn
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    Tony, London: Collier: 'A limited number of coaches at the present time but the top ones are applying'. Really? So Giles and Moores fit into that category? That is spin of the most feeble sort.

    Rod: Listening to Collier was a profoundly depressing experience.

  215. 6 overs: 
    Aus 43-1 (target 106)

    So, with five overs gone, we have a match constituted - not that Australia will need Messrs Duckworth and Lewis at this rate. Villani guides a two off her legs and then slaps a four through wide mid-wicket - she has 12 from 16 balls. England were 25-1 at this stage.

    Elyse Villani
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Unlike Jonassen, Lanning was not deceived by the slower ball - she just picked it out and deposited it over long-off for six, She has played some terrific shots and the Aussies are playing with so much freedom."

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  217. 5 overs: 
    Aus 37-1 (target 106)

    Without many runs in the bank, England gamble on using up Shrubsole's third over. After a single from Villani, Lanning does well to open the face and guide a four past backward point, then smacks a six over long-off, striking the ball as cleanly as we've come to expect from her. A full toss is guided through mid-wicket for four - Lanning has 16 from 10 balls and looks in top form.

    Meg Lanning
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    Voice from the stand: My WT20 XI: Hales, Shehzad, Jayawardene, Kohli, De Villiers (wk), Maxwell, Sammy, Steyn, Narine, Malinga, Tahir. Unbeatable.

  219. 4 overs: 
    Aus 21-1 (target 106)

    England turn to the left-arm spin of Rebecca Grundy, Villani and Lanning rotate the strike well with four singles, picking them off in the way England struggled to do so during the powerplay.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "A good piece of bowling - it was a slower ball from Shrubsole, who usually bowls at around 110km/h looking to swing the ball. It was a sort of leg-cutter and it deceived Jonassen and England get a crucial wicket. Jonassen looked like she could have taken the game away form England in no time. But suddenly there is hope and Shrubsole did not hide her exultation."

    Anya Shrubsole
  221. 3 overs: 
    Aus 17-1 (target 106)

    Captain Meg Lanning in at three for Australia, she sees off the over - Shrubsole has 1-3 from two overs, but can only bowl two more.

  222. 2.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Jonassen c Jones b Shrubsole 15 (Aus 17-1)

    Jonassen lifts the ball to mid-on where Amy Jones takes the catch, and Jonassen gets a bit of a send-off from Shrubsole!

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Fortune favours the brave and that was a series of excellent, very brave shots - the likes of which we hadn't seen at all in the England innings.

    "It's going to be a tricky operation for Edwards and England - she's going to have to keep pressurising the Australia batsmen and force them into making mistakes because the required total is not that high."

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  224. 2 overs: 
    Aus 16-0 (target 106)

    Jonassen cuts a four through the ring of off-side fielders, and drives four more through extra cover. She has 15 from eight balls, and England can't afford too many more overs like that.

    Jess Jonassen
  225. 1.1 overs: 
    Aus 8-0 (target 106)

    Off-spinner Danielle Hazell's first ball is launched over long-on for six by Jonassen - "a big statement of intent", notes Vic Marks on TMS.

  226. 1 over: 
    Aus 2-0 (target 106)

    Villani gets Australia under way with a single to fine leg, the left-handed Jonassen slices a single just over the leaping Lydia Greenway at backward point. Villani is hit on the pad, sets off for a run but is sent back and has to scramble home.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "There is a lot of work for the England women to, as I think Charlotte Edwards said yesterday, restore some pride in English cricket. Australia are the favourites from here but anything can happen in cricket. A lot will depend on Shrubsole."

  228. 11:03: 

    Elyse Villani and Jess Jonassen opening for Australia - Somerset pace bowler Anya Shrubsole taking the new ball.

  229. 11:00: 
    Get involved

    So, can England dethrone the Aussies, or will it be a third successive Women's World T20 title for the Southern Stars?

    Email, text or tweet us with your predictions - while we're also after nominations for which players (from all sides) would be in your team of the tournament.

  230. 10:59: 

    While the international summer starts on 9 May when England visit Scotland for a one-off ODI, before Sri Lanka and India visit, the County Championship season starts today - and you can hear commentary on every ball of every county match via the BBC Sport website.

    James Anderson is about to open the bowling for Lancashire at Trent Bridge, for instance...


    ECB chief executive David Collier on TMS: "There are a limited number of coaches around the world at this present time, but I think we're very satisfied that the top people are applying. We will be interviewing this month and hopefully have an appointment in place before the start of the season."

  232. 10:55: 

    Aggers is now speaking to ECB chief executive David Collier on TMS. Unsurprisingly the Pietersen debacle is on the agenda - though Collier insists they "can't put out any more details at this time" because of confidentiality agreements.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The Aussies look rather pleased with themselves. Shrubsole now has a very important part to play here if England are to win this match."

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    Sarah Coyte
  234. 20 overs: 
    Eng 105-8

    Anya Shrubsole is the new batter, but it's Gunn facing, Australia are happy to concede the single. Shrubsole, whose bowling will be key for England's hopes today, hammers a single to deep mid-wicket. Gunn manages two off the last ball, drilling it back past the bowler, but it's fair to say Australia will be favourites at this stage.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Another good catch - they haven't dropped anything, the Australians, so fair play."

  236. 19.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Hazell c Osborne b Farrell 4 (Eng 101-7)

    Rene Farrell to bowl, Hazell knocks a single to long-on to belatedly bring up England's hundred. Gunn clubs a single to deep mid-wicket, Hazell eyes up the leg-side boundary but is caught low down by Osborne just in from the rope.

  237. 19 overs: 
    Eng 99-7

    Medium-pacer Coyte, with 3-13 from three, to bowl the penultimate over. Hazell can only push the ball back to the bowler as she tries to get Gunn on strike, finally she gets off strike with the fourth ball as a reverse sweep is misfielded at point. two more singles mean Hazell will be facing the last over. Coyte finishes with an impressive 3-16.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "There hasn't seemed to be any sort of intention across the board today. At the top of the order Edwards and Taylor struggled in the power-play and other than Beaumont, who came out with a few strides, no-ones taken any grip on the game."

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  239. 18 overs: 
    Eng 96-7

    Danielle Hazell - who is married to an Australian - is the new batter, after surviving her first to deliveries she dabs a single to extra cover. Gunn shoulders arms to Perry's last ball - perhaps hoping for a wide - but Perry finishes her spell with 2-13 from four overs.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's been the theme of the day really - Australia bowl it straight and it gets England every time - she's come across the ball and got herself into a bit of a pickle. Coyte's done damage today."

  241. 17.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Jones lbw b Perry 12 (Eng 95-7)

    Perry returns for her fourth and final overs, Lanning has marshalled her bowlers pretty well here. Gunn pushes a quick single to extra cover, a direct hit will run her out, but fortune favours the Notts all-rounder. But Jones falls lbw to Perry's next ball as she shuffles across her stumps and tries to force the ball through the leg side.

    Amy Jones and Ellyse Perry
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I hope someone is firing up Anya Shrubsole, getting her to come in off the long run, as England are going to need some early wickets."

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  243. 17 overs: 
    Eng 94-6

    Vice-captain Jenny Gunn is the new batter - Ebony on TMS is surprised to see her batting below Jones and Beaumont - and she's off the mark with a single. Three overs left.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "She had the right intentions to come out with energy, but it's picking the right areas and that ball is just drifting into the leg side. She really needed to come across on the off side and cover her wicket - then if you miss it at least you're covered by your pads."

  245. 16.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Beaumont b Coyte 6 (Eng 93-6)

    Sarah Coyte, who took the wickets of both England openers, returns to the attack, Beaumont knocks the ball to third man and hustles through for a single. Jones steers a single to long-on, but Beaumont is bowled slogging.

    Tamsin Beaumont
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    Rob: I have discovered if I watch cricket in any gender or format we lose. Quitting now for the good of the team.

  247. 16 overs: 
    Eng 91-5

    Kent's Tammy Beaumont is the new batter, sporting a Michael Carberry-style helmet - her first ball is a waist-high full toss, called as a no-ball for height, which Beaumont hooks for four, before chopping a single into the covers.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think she was trying to do to almost too much - it was a straight ball and she tried to go across the line. I think it was bowled out of the back of the hand and so perhaps there was a little bit less pace on the ball."

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  249. 15.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Sciver b Farrell 9 (Eng 85-5)

    The Southern Stars turn back to opening bowler Rene Farrell, Sciver tucks into a couple of full tosses, Jones unleashes a good-looking cover drive for four, a single takes her to 11, but Sciver is bowled trying to hit a slower ball across the line.

    Natalie Sciver
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "There is a lot of pressure on the two young batters at the crease. Looking at five overs to go, even scoring at six an over only takes you to 110. Definitely more are going to be needed, especially as Australia tend to hit more sixes than England. I don't think England have hit one all tournament."

  251. 15 overs: 
    Eng 77-4

    More Osborne off-spin, more singles and twos from Jones and Sciver, but do England have enough in the tank to attack in the last five overs?

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    James: Always enjoy following the England women's team. Remember how friendly they were to us when playing at Blackpool a few years back.

  253. 14 overs: 
    Eng 71-4

    Jonassen to complete her spell as Australia keep their two spinners in tandem. Sciver drills a single to long-off, Jones is off the mark with one, and a wide means Jonassen finishes with 0-16 from four overs.

    Amy Jones Amy Jones
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Its not going to plan at all. England need to be pushing 120 and with two relatively new batters - in terms of this kind of pressure environment - at the wicket, that is going to be tough."

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  255. 13 overs: 
    Eng 68-4

    Amy Jones is the new batter - she made a composed 41 on her ODI debut at last year's World Cup, but hasn't been required to bat in four of her five international appearances in 2014. Sciver is facing for the last ball of the over, she moves to four from five balls.

  256. 12.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Knight c Perry b Osborne 29 (Eng 67-4)

    Lanning continues to give her bowlers one-over spells as Osborne returns at the other end. Knight pushes a two, then lifts a single which reaches mid-off on the bounce. Sciver rotates the strike - but a promising innings from Knight is ended as she slog-sweeps, flat, and is caught at deep mid-wicket.

    Heather Knight
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    Michael: Will there now be a complete ECB review of the whole England set-up after the recent debacle? If not, why? Far worse than 2007.

  258. 12 overs: 
    Eng 63-3

    Slow left-armer Jess Jonassen back for her third over. Knight and Sciver manage five singles from it.

    Meanwhile, the ball-tracker replay shows the Taylor lbw again - the impact was outside off stump, and given that she was playing a shot, she was unlucky to be given out. But there's no DRS in T20...

    Isha Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "That 11th over was absolutely crucial - just two runs conceded and an Australian wicket. England have been held back a bit here and it's important they get back in the game. The girls will be looking for 130-135."

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "It makes me feel old, but I played cricket at school with Nat Sciver's dad. It was in the early 1980s."

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  261. 11 overs: 
    Eng 58-3

    Natalie Sciver is in at five - like the rest of the middle order, she's not had many opportunities in this tournament.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "A good catch down low down by Healy. Greenway is walking off and looking over her shoulder - she doesn't seem that happy with the decision but there is absolutely no doubt it did find an edge and it did carry. Maybe she is just disappointed with herself."

  263. 10.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Greenway c Healy b Perry 2 (Eng 58-3)

    Captain Lanning continues to rotate her bowlers as Perry returns. Greenway adds a single while Knight, wearing a black armband, is hitting the ball well down the ground. A single takes her to 23 - but Greenway departs as she edges one to the keeper.

    There's still not much of a crowd in - a shame, as it's a working day in Bangladesh, but disappointing for the women after they played their group games in front of packed crowds in Sylhet.

    Lydia Greenway
    Isha Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "I did think that shot was one for Sarah Taylor, one that she can play, but because they hadn't got going early on she was looking for it too much and if it doesn't come off that is what can happen."

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  265. 10 overs: 
    Eng 56-2

    The left-handed Lydia Greenway is the new batter - usually a master of sweeping and reverse-sweeping. She's off the mark with a single past the bowler.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The two big guns have gone for England. Might Sarah Taylor been better off going for a drive straight down the ground there?"

  267. 9.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Taylor lbw b Coyte 18 (Eng 55-2)

    Coyte, sporting a couple of large tattoos on her left arm, returns to the attack but just when England look like they are moving along a bit quicker with four singles, Taylor attempts a reverse sweep and is trapped lbw for 18 from 25 balls.

    Sarah Coyte
    Isha Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "The last couple of overs England have been building momentum nicely. It's really good, brave and positive cricket they are playing and with just one wicket down they will feel they are in a good position."

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  269. 9 overs: 
    Eng 51-1

    Perry is replaced by fellow right-arm seamer Julie Hunter, not much more than medium pace. Taylor adds a single, Knight aims an unorthodox ramp shot and gets a streaky four off the edge - is the wheel turning for England? Knight punches a quick single to extra cover, she's overtaken Taylor who moves to 16 from 22 balls, but a well-run two off the last takes the improving Knight to 20 from 13, and England past 50.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "After the excellent fielding so far this morning England will take that and one feels that should give them some momentum. "

  271. 8 overs: 
    Eng 42-1 (Taylor 14*, Knight 13*)

    Wicket-taker Coyte is off after one over and the experienced off-spinner Erin Osborne is into the attack. Taylor and Knight pick up some ones and twos, mainly to long-off and long-on, then Knight lofts one over the bowler's head, Jonassen gets both hands to it but can only push it onto the boundary. It's not Jonassen's day as from the very next ball, she fumbles a similar shot onto the rope.

    Meanwhile, during the interval between innings today, Aggers will be speaking to ECB chief executive David Collier. Fair to say there's a lot going on at the moment...

    Team of the tournament debate

    I Dykes: Surely the team of the tournament is the team that wins? Isn't the nature of sport that the best team wins? (Should be India).

    Start with India if you like - but do they really have the 11 best players in the whole tournament? SA's Imran Tahir is the leading wicket-taker - would he not replace one of the India spinners, for instance?

  273. 7 overs: 
    Eng 29-1

    Perry bowls another wide, there's a half-hearted appeal for a catch behind, then Knight doubles her score by pushing a single through the covers. Taylor adds a two to move into double figures, and drills a single to long-on.

    Meanwhile, in the England dug-out, Charlotte Edwards looks deep in concentration.


    Mark, Seaton, Cumbria: England need to open their arms and slog some, otherwise no decent total will be posted.

  275. 6 overs: 
    Eng 24-1

    Heather Knight, normally Edwards's opening partner in Tests and ODIs, is in at three. She's off the mark with a single.

    So, the field can go back now... but with England only in second gear, will it?

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a fine catch - you could sense the frustration building and maybe they could have changed tack by dinking and running. Edwards went for another big shot - not her usual elegant self- and it took some catching and Cameron showed great composure to take it at around ankle height. Advantage Australia."

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    Charlotte Edwards
  277. 5.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Edwards c Cameron b Coyte 13 (Eng 23-1)

    Medium-pacer Sarah Coyte into the attack for the final powerplay over, Edwards chops a four through backward point - but then perishes as she lifts the ball to mid-on where Jess Cameron takes a good low catch.

  278. 5 overs: 
    Eng 19-0

    Australia turn to their quickest bowler, Ellyse Perry - who starts with a legside wide. The Southern Stars remain sharp in the field, Edwards shovels a single to mid-wicket, Taylor rotates the strike. Another drive through mid-wicket is stopped by the tumbling Erin Osborne but Edwards manages another single. Both batters are on nine.

    Charlotte Edwards
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Not much pace on the ball but she just found enough for it go almost right behind the wicketkeeper for four.

    "The rate is not great, progress is quite slow - the Australian fielding is sharp, and we almost had a run out. England are paddling their way out of this doldrum. It's a slow start but both boundaries have come from paddled shots."

  280. 4 overs: 
    Eng 15-0

    Edwards moves to seven with a single, Taylor looks to be trying to force the pace, although she manages to connect with another paddle-swept boundary, very fine, past the keeper.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sometimes the direct hits can surprise you - Charlotte Edwards felt she was in and she was OK. Only by a foot - but a foot is enough."

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    Edwards survives. England breathe a sigh of relief.


    A quick single from Taylor, a direct hit at the striker's end and it goes upstairs...

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    Michael Cunnington: It would be a shame to forget England after that outstanding display in the tournament so how about worst fielding side?

  285. 3 overs: 
    Eng 9-0

    Edwards pushes right-arm seamer Farrell for one, Taylor drills one to mid-off, sets off for a quick single and has to avoid the bowler as Lanning's throw is fired in.... a direct hit may have left her struggling. But England find their first boundary when Edwards paddles a full toss for four through fine leg.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a tense start, they do need to get a move on but when you've got your two best players at the top you can give them a little bit of licence. You just sense they need to penetrate the field once and get that perfect shot away - then the relaxation might come but it's not there at the moment."

  287. 2 overs: 
    Eng 3-0

    Left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen, a thick white stripe of sun cream across her nose and cheeks, will share the new ball - Taylor tucks her first ball for a single, Edwards connects well with a full toss but hits it straight to deep mid-wicket for one. A sedate start.

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    Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist: ‏No prouder moment than punching out your anthem prior to representing your country. Go get em girls.

  289. 1 over: 
    Eng 1-0

    Taylor, a big grin on her face as usual, sees off the first couple of deliveries from Farrell and gets England going with a firm drive to mid-on. But that's the only single off the first over as Edwards swishes and misses at the last ball.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I like the fact that England don't muck around and send their best players out early - you want them to play for the longest they can. It also adds a bit more spice- although of course the balance of the tie changes if they get out early - it's a bold move.

    "I think in a final when there is extra tension having runs on the board is no bad thing - as long as there are enough."

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  291. 09:29: 

    After back-to-back Ashes successes, can England make it a third successive triumph over the Southern Stars this winter? Here we go...

    Rene Farrell is taking the new ball for Australia - with England's two star batters Sarah Taylor and Charlotte Edwards opening the innings.

    Alison Mitchell, BBC Test Match Special

    "One thing that Charlotte Edwards did say is just how hard England have worked on their fielding over the winter and how that is paying dividends.

    "At the Ashes they were not at their best in the field - but they look really sharp now."

  293. 09:26: 

    "Advance Australia Fair" is belted out by the Southern Stars, who also have a few fans dotted around the stands - notably Aussie fast bowler Mitchell Starc, watching his girlfriend Alyssa Healy who's Australia's wicketkeeper today - following in the august footsteps of her uncle Ian, who you may remember behind the timbers from the 1980s and 90s.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "The good news is that the England team looked relaxed before the warm-up and were enjoying the moment without getting too stressed out - which can happen to you in big games like this.

    "As for the wicket it doesn't look like there is going to be any turn at all. It should be a batting paradise and we are likely to see some high scores today."

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  295. 09:24: 

    "God Save The Queen" is the first anthem played, sung lustily by England players and supporters alike.

  296. 09:23: 
    Team of the tournament

    We want you to get involved as usual - but in particular today, we want your nominations for team of the tournament (in both men's and women's events).

    You can email (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line), text 81111 (if you're in the UK) or tweet us via #bbccricket if you're out in the Twittersphere.

  297. 09:20: 
    Tournament history

    Australia and England are the only names on this trophy, which will be presented for the fourth time today.

    England won on home soil in 2009 (beating New Zealand), while the Aussies triumphed in 2010 (against NZ) and 2012 (against England).

  298. 09:15: 

    Stand by your radios - Test Match Special are up and running.

    They're on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra for the women's final - and later switching to BBC Radio 4 Long Wave for the men's final. You can also listen to both via the BBC Sport website and app, and the BBC iPlayer Radio app.

  299. 09:14: 
    Team line-ups

    Here are the full teams:

    Australia: Elyse Villani, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning (capt), Ellyse Perry, Alex Blackwell, Jess Cameron, Alyssa Healy (wk), Erin Osborne, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Julie Hunter.

    England: Sarah Taylor (wk), Charlotte Edwards (capt), Heather Knight, Lydia Greenway, Natalie Sciver, Amy Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Jennt Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Anya Shrubsole, Rebecca Grundy.

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Live Scores - India v Sri Lanka


  • Sri Lanka beat India by 6 wickets
  • India: 130-4 (20.0 overs)
  • Sri Lanka: 134-4 (17.5 overs)
  • Venue: Mirpur

Sri Lanka Innings

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K Perera c Jadeja b M Sharma 5
Dilshan c Kohli b Ashwin 18
M Jayawardene c Ashwin b Raina 24
Sangakkara not out 52
Thirimanne c Dhoni b A Mishra 7
T Perera not out 23
Extras 3w 2lb 5
Total for 4 134

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