The final between England and the West Indies at the Eden Gardens was simply a cracking contest. Fortunes fluctuated from one side to another throughout the game and it required some absolute brilliance from Marlon Samuels and Carlos Braithwaite to seal the game off for the West Indies.
Darren Sammy on winning the toss put England into bat, and it proved to be a good toss to win. England were dented early as they lost 3 wickets within the first 5 overs. Joe Root along with able support from Jos Buttler steadied the ship and took England to a good score. Root was fantastic for his knock of 54 as he gave something to the English bowlers to bowl at. However, the lower order collapsed and the English were restricted to 155-9.
West Indies too didn’t have the best of starts as the experiment of introducing Joe Root in the second over worked. Root removed both the openers and put the West Indians in a spot of bother. Marlon Samuels slowly but steadily guided West Indies through along with Dwayne Bravo as the asking rate kept on mounting.
Andre Russell and Darren Sammy were dismissed soon, but Samuels was determined to get the West Indies through. With 19 needed off the last over, Carlos Braithwaite did something absolutely magical. The muscular right-hander slammed four sixes off four deliveries from Ben Stokes’ over and that sparked wild celebrations in the West Indies camp.
Below, are the statistical highlights for the game.
- 2. This was the second World T20 victory for the West Indies, following their 2012 triumph in Sri Lanka.
- 24. Braithwaite hit 24 off the final over to win the game and that is a record for the most number of runs hit in the final over of a T20I to win.
- 85*. The knock from Marlon Samuels was the highest individual score in a World T20 final.
- 2nd. Marlon Samuels became the second player to score two 50+ scores in World T20 finals.
- 249. Joe Root scored 249 runs for England in this World T20, the most by an Englishman in a particular T20 World Cup.