ICC World T20 finals: Five turning points of England vs West Indies

Pavan Suresh / 04 April 2016

West Indies became the champions of ICC World T20 2016 by beating England in a thriller by 3 wickets at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. It was an outstanding match as West Indies hit four sixes in a row to snatch victory from England.

  1. Early wickets putting pressure on England batsmen

West Indies won the toss and elected to field. The England innings got off to a worse start losing inform batsmen Jason Roy in the very first over by Samuel Badree. In the next over Alex Hales played a brilliant shot but it went straight to the fielder. Eoin Morgan and Joe Root played some wonderful strokes before Eoin Morgan was dismissed by Samuel Badree. By the 5th over England were struggling at 23 for 3. Samuel Badree was the pick of bowlers for West Indies as he was given the first over of the match.

Partnership between Joe Root and Jos Buttler

Joe Root and Jos Buttler steadied the England innings after the loss of early three wickets. Both of them ran well between the wickets and also hit the bad balls away for boundaries. Joe Root and Jos Buttler played was looking in good form. Joe Root was timing the ball and Jos Buttler took 15 runs in the 11th over. Joe Root and Jos Buttler put on 61 for the fourth wicket helping England to recover from a poor start. Jos Buttler was dismissed 36 and England were 84 for 4 in 12th over.

Successive wickets in middle overs

England was looking at a total of 170. Joe Root and Ben Stokes were playing some brilliant shots and attacking the West Indies bowlers. In the 14th over Dwayne Bravo picked the wickets of Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali. In the next over the well-settled batsmen, Joe Root who completed his half century was dismissed playing a poor stroke. In 14.2, over’s England from a position of strength lost 3 wickets and struggling at 111 for 7.  The West Indies bowlers took 3 important wickets to post a big total. With the help, David Willey 21, England posted a total of 155 for 9 in 20 over’s.

West Indies lost 3 early wickets

Chasing a total 156, the West Indies too got off to a worse start losing the wickets of Charles and Chris Gayle in the second over. At that moment, West Indies were struggling at 5 for 2. Lendl Simmons the hero of the semifinals against India was dismissed for 0. When Simmons was dismissed West Indies were struggling at 11 for 3. Charles and Chris Gayle got out to part-time bowler Joe Root while Simmons was dismissed by Willey.

Contribution from Samuels and cameo from Braithwaite

Samuels came to the crease at the loss of the first wicket. When wickets were falling at the other Samuels took time and put partnership with Dwayne Bravo for the fourth wicket. Samuels took the charge. He played an excellent knock as wickets were falling at another end. He remained not out on 85. Carlos Braithwaite played a cameo knock for West Indies. In the last over West Indies needed 19 runs and Braithwaite smashed four sixes in four balls. He remained not out on 34 runs in just 10 balls helping West Indies to win the match by 4 wickets and help them to win their second World T20 title.