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Who would have predicted that: Samuels and Sammy rescue 2012 World T20 title for Windies

Marlon Samuels hits out for the West Indies
Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene

In our new feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.


West Indies faced Sri Lanka in the final of the T20 World Cup in 2012. With T20 stars of the ilk of Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, the team had a good chance of lifting the title despite Sri Lanka's home advantage. After the big stars failed to get going, Samuels ensured that the Calypso Kings had enough on the board.


Match Summary


West Indies 137/6 (20 Overs) - Marlon Samuels 78 (56), Daren Sammy 26* (15); Ajantha Mendis 4/12 (4), Angelo Mathews 1/11 (4)


Sri Lanka 101 (18.4 Overs) - Mahela Jayawardene 33 (36), Nuwan Kulasekara 26 (13); Sunil Narine 3/9 (3.4), Daren Sammy 2/6 (2)


Result - West Indies won by 36 runs



Having chosen to bat first in the 2012 tournament decider on Sri Lankan soil, the Windies were immediately on the back foot when they were reduced to 2-14 at the end of the PowerPlay, dragging along at a run rate of a mere 2.33 per over. Marlon Samuels had contributed to the sluggish start and was 26 from 37 balls at end of the 12th over as the Windies ambled at a run rate of just 4.


It was then that Samuels exploded, hitting T20 star Lasith Malinga for three sixes in five balls and followed it up with 19 off Malinga's next over. All this, despite wickets falling periodically at the other end. By the time the batsman fell for 78 from 56 balls, hitting six of the eight sixes that were scored in the match, he had done his job.


West Indies posted 137/6 from their 20 overs, which might look like a small total, but given the nerves of the final, it proved to be more than enough.


Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Johnson Charles, 0.5 ov), 2-14 (Chris Gayle, 5.5 ov), 3-73 (Dwayne Bravo, 13.6 ov), 4-87 (Kieron Pollard, 15.2 ov), 5-87 (Andre Russell, 15.3 ov), 6-108 (Marlon Samuels, 17.1 ov)


Despite being well placed at 48-1 in the 10th over, once Sangakkara fell on the third ball of that over, there was no coming back for the home side. Daren Sammy and Sunil Narine shared five wickets between them and aided by two run-outs, the Windies folded up the Lankans for just 101.


Only 238 runs were scored in the final, 78 of which came from Samuels' blade - the next top score was 33.


Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 1.1 ov), 2-48 (Kumar Sangakkara, 9.3 ov), 3-51 (Angelo Mathews, 10.4 ov), 4-60 (Mahela Jayawardene, 12.1 ov), 5-61 (Jeevan Mendis, 12.3 ov), 6-64 (Thisara Perera, 13.1 ov), 7-69 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 14.3 ov), 8-96 (Nuwan Kulasekara, 16.3 ov), 9-100 (Ajantha Mendis, 17.5 ov), 10-101 (Lasith Malinga, 18.4 ov)




Sri Lanka - Mahela Jayawardene (c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga 


West Indies - Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Daren Sammy (c), Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree


Match Details


Match: SL vs WI, Final, ICC World T20 2012 

Date: Sunday, October 07, 2012 

Toss: West Indies won the toss and decided to bat 

Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 

Umpires: Aleem Dar, Simon Taufel 

Third Umpire: Rod Tucker 

Match Referee: Jeff Crowe 


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