Marlon Samuels, assisted by Carlos Brathwaite’s last over heroics, smashed West Indies to a stunning World Twenty20 final win over England. Samuels made an unbeaten 85 from 66 balls, helping West Indies reach the winning target of 156 in the decider which took place on Sunday in Kolkata, India. West Indies became the only team to win the World Twenty20 title two times, having clinched it earlier in 2012.
Brathwaite smashed four successive sixes in the last over bowled by Ben Stokes to beat England by four wickets, triggering incredible scenes of jubilant celebrations at the city’s Eden Park. Brathwaite made an undefeated 34 off 10 balls.
Earlier, England posted a target of 155 at the loss of nine wickets in their 20 overs. Joe Root made a brilliant 54 and Dwayne Bravo and Brathwaite picked up three wickets each for the West Indies.
“Firstly, I want to thank the almighty. We have a pastor in the team – Andre Fletcher, who kept praying. Really happy with this win and this is something that we will cherish for a long time. I was serious hitting from Brathwaite. It said before that we have 15 match winners in the side. Every game somebody took responsibility. To see him play like that in his debut World Cup was amazing. Hopefully, with the right structure and development, we’ll get better in ODIs and Tests as well,” West Indies’ skipper, Darren Sammy said at the post match presentation.
In the semi-final, West Indies had defeated tournament host India, who were considered by many the favorites to win the title. On the other hand, England defeated New Zealand who reached the semi-final after topping their pool in the league stage.