West Indies 161 for 6 (Samuels 85*, Willey 3-20) beat England 155 for 9 (Root 54, Brathwaite 3-23, Bravo 3-37) by 4 wickets
Write off West Indies cricket at your peril. Less than four months in, 2016 is already a year of great celebration and renewal for cricket in the Caribbean. West Indies won the Under-19 World Cup. West Indies won the Women’s World T20. And now West Indies have won the World T20. Those are the facts. The how is all the more extraordinary. Needing 19 off the last over against England, Carlos Brathwaite clubbed four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes to secure the win with two balls to spare.
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“What happened you ask ? Braithwaite happened…” hoots HarishVaranasi, with some justification.
“Guptill started the tournament with a six off the first ball, Braithwaite finishes in kind. Cricket wins again with this tournament.” You’re conveniently ignoring the qualifying round, Sid, but I’ll let you off since the adrenaline is flowing…
maz Raja: “Actual Afghanistan won the t20 WC. Because windiest only beaten in this tournament by Afghanistan.” Gotta love Afghanistan fans.
Here’s Aditya John Bin: “Other than England, can’t think of any other cricket playing nation which is not feeling overjoyed about the 3 world cup victories for the windies… They bring joy to the sport.”
10.35pm: OMG. What an incredible finish, that will go down through the ages as one of the great finals. West Indies were pushed all the way and in the end had to do it in the most West Indies way possible. They back themselves, no matter the odds, and Carlos Brathwaite has weaved himself vividly into the tapestry with that knockout innings. The WI players are doing the “Champion” dance in the middle, I think Brathwaite is lying on his back in the middle. That was bonkers. And just as with West Indies’ victory in 2012, Marlon Samuels was the rock at the middle of it all.
“What just happened?” Good question, Saurabh.
“Feel sorry for Stokes” Another common sentiment, from Tharun. That was the most runs scored to win off a final over in a T20I, beating Hussey’s pounding of Ajmal in 2010.
Robert: “And I thought Jordan had won it by keeping Samuels off strike…” You and several other, I reckon.