The final of the ICC WorldT20 2016 played between West indies and England was a hard fought contest till Carlos Brathwaite hit four consecutive sixes in the final over to take his side West indies win theWorldT20 title for the second time after winning their first title in 2012 in Srilanka.
The win meant so much for the side and its supporters after having disputes with their cricket board meant they were participating in the tournament on their own and making all the strides to play their best cricket.Perhaps 2016 can be termed as a watershed moment for West indies Cricket as the young generation from the islands won the Under 19 World Cup and now have won the double as both the men and women clinched their WorldT20 titles this year.
Darren Sammy and his men will go down into the history as a team that has won WorldT20 tournament on two occasions.The West indies team required 19 runs off the final over of the innings as Ben Stokes was given the task to finish the job.Marlon Samuels was at other non-striker end as Carlos Brathwaite was the man to face the final over.He produced amazing temperament and composure to strike four consecutive sixes off first four balls off the bowling off of England all-rounder Ben Stokes to spark off wild celebrations among his Westindian team-mates and the crowd gathered to witness such a great match.
West indies side had their grip on the match for major part and had different players put their hand up in the games leading up to the finals.Marlon Samuels once again played a great innings under pressure and made an unbeaten 85 runs off 66 balls to see his side triumph at the last hurdle.
When part-time off spinner Joe Root dismissed both the openers Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle, it was looking England’s game but Marlon Samuels had other plans.He played a composed innings under such pressure like he did accomplish a similar feat against Srilankan team that included Lasith Malinga and co. in 2012 to help West indies clinch their first title.
England bowlers executed their roles to a tee and did had their grip on the game till the final over turned the game in favor of West indies.Dwayne Bravo also supported Marlon Samuels and scored 25 runs to keep his team in the game to chase down the target of 156 runs posted by England.
West-indies once again won the toss and put England into bat first on a good looking surface for the final at the Eden Gardens,Kolkata. England had a poor start to their innings as both openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales were dismissed for low scores to give West indies solidify their grip on the match.Jason Roy has been England’s premier player in the tournament could not make a contribution this time around while Alex Hales has been in woeful in the event.
It was all same for England side as their main star batsman Joe Root managed to hold team innings together as he made a crucial 54 runs off 36 runs to help his team to post a score after team was in trouble after losing three wickets for 20 runs inside five overs.Joe Root formed a vital partnership with Jos Butler to build some momentum in the England innings.
The late cameo at the end by David Willey took England to post 156 runs after 20 overs.Samuel Badree was the pick of the bowlers for the West indies after conceding just 16 runs and taking crucial wickets of England Skipper Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy.
It was all befitting that West indies won the tournament as all of their players contributed at vital moments to steer them towards their second title