– Duke Jeyaraj’s poem on the West Indies-Sri Lanka T20 World Cup Final
West Indies were limping at 32-2 after 10 overs, and 48-2 after 12 – the wily young Lankan spinners – Mendis and Dhananjaya – would not let them break free!
With their eyes of faith, the Sri Lanka fans watching this game on their home ground, their country holding the T20 World Cup, could definitely see!
That’s when Marlon Samuel’s played an innings that has been aptly called the ‘281 of T20’ and went on a sensational, murderous six-hitting spree!
By smashing 26 off 15 balls Captain Darren Sammy said, “The responsibility of ensuring that the West Indies finish the innings well after Samuels got out would be squarely on me!”
Sri Lanka were going about the chase okay, when they were 47-1 at the end of the 9th over with both their legends Jayawardene and Sanga still in the middle,
That’s when some super bowling by Badree, Narain and Samuels, exposed the Sri Lankan middle order that proved ever so brittle,
When fighting-back Kulasekara started to smash Ravi Rampaul, ice cool senior pro Chris Gayle who just scored 3 off 16 balls earlier in the day, was there to calm him in a speech given in a huddle,
In their entire innings Sri Lanka collapsed to score less runs than the runs West Indies did in their last 10 overs (105) and their fans were ready to eject on them, in disgust, their spittle!
While West Indies danced to celebrate after having won a World Cup after 33 long years, for Sri Lanka in four straight World Finals, it was the case of regret and tears,
And in the presentation ceremony, Captain Sammy talked about Jesus Christ who died on the Cross as the one, who amidst all the criticism he had faced, who calms all his fears!
The thrill and satisfaction that one get when watching a good T20 game fades away quickly when life’s problems pricks as briers!
That’s why you need to come in repentance and faith to the Jesus that Captain Sammy talked about – to experience even amidst long life calamities, lasting cheers!