Cricket World Rewind: #OnThisDay - Remember the name: Brathwaite stuns England to win 2016 World T20
April 3, 2016 - The images of an inconsolable Ben Stokes on his haunches, Carlos Braithwaite with his hands aloft, Gayle, Sammy and Samuels waving their jerseys. It was sheer madness, exactly four years ago.
England 155/9 (20)
West Indies 161/6 (19.4)
Result - West Indies won by 4 wickets
Player of the Match - Marlon Samuels
Windies women's team also won their first World T20 title against Australia hours before West Indies beat England in the last over of the ICC World T20 which made the victory even sweeter.
Both England and West Indies were coming into the final of the 2016 ICC World T20 high on confidence. While England had thumped New Zealand by 7 wickets in the semis, India had met the same fate against West Indies.With Jason Roy and Alex Hales at the top, the England combination was as good as any. But, there were signs shortly after the final began that it was possibly not England's day as the two openers added a solitary run between them.
Joe Root then played possibly the best knock of his T20 career on the big stage, a half-century at a strike rate of 150. With contributions from Joe Buttler and David Willey, England got to 155-9 from their 20 overs.
Nothing extraordinary. But you never know. Strange things happen in finals.
When Joe Root bowled the second over and dismissed both openers - not least the Universe Boss - interest grew. Bravo was strangled and struggled to get going. At one end, Samuels kept doing his thing, reminding the world of his innings at the 2012 World Cup final. His 85 off 66 with 9 fours and 2 sixes, at a strike rate of 128.79, may not have been the most flashy knock, but without him, the Caribbean side would have collapsed.
Amid all this, the required rate started shooting up. By the time, the last over came, you realised that the England bowlers had actually done very well as they brought the equation down to 19 off the last over despite defending a modest target.
It was England's game. It had to be. But, one man rose to the occasion.
When Carlos Brathwaite came to the crease, he was nothing like the champion he became in the last over. With Chris Jordan bowling the penultimate over, Brathwaite found it hard to time the ball. But, come the last over and he had suddenly transformed into this invincible beast.
First ball. Full and going down leg. Dispatched over deep backward square leg. Has the pressure got to Stokes? But Surely, Brathwaite can't just keep going.
Next ball, Stokes misses his length gain. Here you go over long-on. Just seven off four now.
Third delivery. Full and on the stumps, muscled over long-off. Brathwaite hadn't connected this well, but such is the power of the man that it sailed over the boundary comfortably. Stokes cuts a sorry figure. He is down on his knees; almost in tears.
Just one to win. But the man of the moment doesn't want to do it with a single. He wants a grand finish and gets that. Nailed over the fence once again. Four sixes in a row!
"Remember the name," roars an ecstatic Ian Bishop behind the microphone. It was he who had spotted the talent in the all-rounder and predicted him to be a match-winner in the times to come. He had done it on the biggest stage possible.
West Indies won their second World T20 title.
“I thought, ‘I’ve just lost the World Cup’. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know what to do. It took me so long to get back on my feet. I didn’t want to get back up. It was like the whole world had come down on me. There weren’t any good things going through my mind. It was just complete devastation,” Ben Stokes later said in an interview.
There was agony at one end, elation at the other. But, that's the story world cricket wanted.
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