Mahela Jayawardene has refuted the claim made by Sri Lanka’s former minister of sport, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, that the 2011 World Cup final was fixed.
Jayawardene scored an unbeaten 103 off 88 balls in the final as Sri Lanka set India 275 to a win, a target they reached with 10 balls to spare. India’s chase got off to a poor start with Virender Sehwag falling to Lasith Malinga off the second delivery of the innings and Sachin Tendulkar departing to the same bowler six overs later. Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli steadied the ship before MS Dhoni blasted a memorable a 91* off 79 balls to seal victory for the hosts.
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) June 18, 2020
Aluthgamage, who is still a member of parliament in Sri Lanka, alleges that the final was fixed but is currently refusing to go public about the individuals involved. Shortly after the news of Aluthgamage’s claim broke, Jayawardene took to Twitter to question its legitimacy, focusing on Aluthgamage’s apparent lack of evidence. Jayawardene also questioned the timing of Aluthgamage’s claim; parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka this August.