Brathwaite brilliance seals WT20 title for West Indies
West Indies 161-6 (Samuels 85no, Willey 3-20) beat
England 155-9 (Root 54, Brathwaite 3-23) by four wickets
ICC World T20 2016 final, Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Carlos Brathwaite was the hero with bat and ball as West Indies beat England by four wickets to win the ICC World T20 2016 final at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
He took three wickets in England's innings and then faced with needing 19 to win from the final over, he hammered four sixes in as many deliveries to seal West Indies a second title to add to their victory in 2012.
England were quickly in trouble batting first at 23 for three but Joe Root (54) and Jos Buttler (36) helped them recover to a score of 155 for nine.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss yet again and opted to field first. Both the teams went with an unchanged line-up.
Jason Roy (0) failed to repeat his heroics from the semi-final against New Zealand as he was castled by Samuel Badree (2-16) of the second delivery.
In the next over, Alex Hales (1) scooped a Andre Russell (1-21) delivery to short fine leg as England slipped to eight for two.
With three boundaries in the fourth over by Root (54) and Eoin Morgan (5) combined, England got a move on to 23 for two after four overs.
However, Badree bowled a splendid fifth over which ended up as a maiden wicket after Morgan edged a wrong-un to Chris Gayle at first slip.
The innings finally gathered momentum as Buttler (36) joined Root and added 61 runs for the fourth wicket off just 40 deliveries.
Buttler was severe on the left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn (0-40) smashing him for three sixes off two overs to bring the 50-run stand with Root.
Just when England seemed to have recovered at 83 for three after 11 overs, Buttler holed out to deep mid-wicket to give Brathwaite (3-23) his first wicket in the game.
On the other end, Root looked in sublime touch and reached his fifty off 33 deliveries after scoring six boundaries in it. England went past the 100-run mark in 13 overs.
It is there England lost the plot completely as Ben Stokes (13), Moeen Ali (0) and Root fell in a span of four deliveries to leave England reeling at 115 for seven after 15 overs.
Dwayne Bravo (3-37) had Stokes and Ali in the 14th over, while Root fell in an attempt to scoop Brathwaite only to find the short fine leg fielder.
With a couple of sixes and a boundary, David Willey (21) provided a late flourish to the innings and England ended the 20 overs at 155 for nine.
Willey (3-20) started brilliantly for England just conceding one-run in the first over but the real damage was done by Root (2-9), who bowled the second over and had both Gayle (4) and Johnson Charles (1) caught by Stokes (0-41) down the ground.
The wickets continued to tumble as Willey trapped Lendl Simmons (0) lbw and West Indies were struggling at 13 for three at that stage.
After a couple of quiet overs, Marlon Samuels (85 not out) induced some momentum in the innings by smashing Chris Jordan (0-36) for 16 runs in the sixth over to take West Indies to 37 for three at the end of the powerplay.
The first ball of the seventh over, Samuels was handed a reprieve by Buttler behind the stumps. He started to walk after nicking a Liam Plunkett (0-29) delivery but the replays indicated that the ball had bounced before heading into the gloves of Buttler.
At the halfway mark, West Indies were 54 for three, needing 102 more runs to win the game.
Samuels soon brought the 50-run stand with Bravo (25) off 49 deliveries and the platform was set for West Indies to launch in the second half of the innings.
In an eventful 13th over bowled by Stokes, Bravo was dropped at deep fine-leg by the substitute fielder Sam Billings and a couple of deliveries later, England missed a run-out chance.
Bravo’s luck finally ran out after he was deceived by the leg-spinner Adil Rashid (1-23) and had top edged to backward point but not before he hit a six to bring the equation down to 70 runs from the final six overs.
However, Samuels plundered Plunkett for a couple of sixes and a boundary in the 15th over as West Indies needed 52 more runs to win from the final five overs.
The pendulum once again went England’s way as Willey removed both Russell (1) and Sammy (2) in the 16th over . West Indies needed 45 runs from 24 deliveries.
The pair of Samuels and Brathwaite (34 not out) scored 26 runs in the next three overs leaving West Indies with a daunting task of scoring 19 runs in the final over which was bowled by Stokes.
But to his dismay, Stokes was taken to the cleaners by Brathwaite, who smashed him for four consecutive sixes to take West Indies home in a tense chase.
Samuels was named the man of the match for his unbeaten knock while India's Virat Kohli bagged the man of the tournament award.
The win has capped off a fantastic day for West Indies cricket having won the Women’s World T20 earlier and now they have claimed their second World T20 title as well.
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