West Indies 161 for 6 (Samuels 85*, Brathwaite 34*, Willey 3-20) beat England 155 for 9 (Root 54, Brathwaite 3-23, Bravo 3-37) by four wickets
KOLKATA, India, Sporting Alert – Heading into the 20th and final over, the West Indies needed 19 runs to win the World Twenty 20 title and Carlos Brathwaite delivered emphatically, as the Regional team reached 161 for 6.
“Good to see Carlos play like that in his debut World Cup. Shows the Twenty20 depth we have in the Caribbean. Hopefully we will continue to improve,” West Indies captain Darren Sammy said.
The Windies, who were the first country to win two One Day International World Cups, are now the first team to win the World Twenty20 twice.
West Indies looked done and dusted heading into that final over, but Brathwaite lashed four consecutive sixes to lead the Caribbean side to the victory target in style with two balls to spare.
The big allrounder finished undefeated on 34, while Man-of-the-Match Marlon Samuels stroke 85 not out off 66 balls with nine fours and two sixes after coming in at No. 3 and seeing West Indies in big-time trouble with three wickets down and only 11 runs on the board.
Dwayne Bravo struck 25 runs from 27 deliveries, which helped the big hitters draw close to the century mark.
David Willey was the leading England wicket taker with three for 20 and Joe Root, who the wickets of openers Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles for four and one, respectively, ended with two for nine.
Earlier, England recovered from three for 23 to score 155 for 9 off their 20 overs.
Root made 54 runs to top score for the England, with Jos Buttler added 36.
Brathwaite took three wickets for 23 and Bravo bagged three for 37 off their respective four overs.
Samuel Badree ended with two wickets for 16 off his four overs.
“We didn’t have enough runs on the board. It was a really good batting surface, maybe 180-90 was par,” said England captain Eoin Morgan.
“We showed an immense amount of character in the tournament, not quite done enough to win it. I truly believe this is only the start of something special.”
The victory for the men’s team saw them joining the women’s team which won their first-ever World Twenty20 title earlier in the day.
The Caribbean U19 side also their tournament earlier this year.