This is Lagaan 2: Twitter reacts to West Indies' conquest of Men's and Women's World T20 - Firstpost
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This is Lagaan 2: Twitter reacts to West Indies' conquest of Men's and Women's World T20


West Indies created history on Sunday when they became the first team to lift the ICC World T20 trophy twice in the history of the marquee tournament.

The victory completed a dream treble — with the West Indians also winning the Women's World T20 in addition to the U-19 World Cup bagged in February this year.

The World T20 final witnessed Carlos Brathwaite hit four consecutive sixes off England all-rounder Ben Stokes in the final over of the match to help his side win the game in the most dramatic style.

The West Indies men's and women's teams pose together at the end of the World T20. Solaris Images

The West Indies men's and women's teams pose together at the end of the World T20. Solaris Images

The match was followed by emotionally-charged speeches from skipper Darren Sammy and Man of the Match, who hit back at their detractors aside from thanking their team-mates, coaching staff and fans back home for the win.

Seemingly looking in tatters at 11 for three inside the third over, the Caribbean team recovered with a 75-run fourth wicket partnership between man of the match Marlon Samuels (85 not out; 66b, 9x4 and 2x6) and Dwayne Bravo (25).

Samuels then teamed up with Brathwaite (34 not out, 10 balls, 1x4, 4x6) to author an unfinished 54-run partnership that saw the team to victory, less than two months after the West Indies boys won the under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, to make 2016 a memorable year in the annals of Caribbean cricket.

Earlier in the day West Indies annexed their first Women's World T20 crown with a convincing eight-wicket victory in the final over defending champions Australia at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.

Set an asking rate of 7.45 by the Aussies, who compiled a challenging 148/5 after electing to bat on a docile track, Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Mathews romped to victory with three balls to spare in a game mostly played in sultry conditions and before a sparse crowd.

Let us take a look at how Twitter reacted to the men and women winning the titles:

The cricket community were both astounded by West Indies' brave chase, and also had words of sympathy for the vanquished side:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brathwaite, the hero of the hour, congratulated the women's side for their victory before celebrating the treble:

 

 

 

Ben Stokes, who was reduced to tears after conceding four sixes off the last over, thanked the opposition after the match:

 

 

After the responses from the cricketing community, let us now take a look at some of the most hilarious tweets which have been doing the rounds on the microblogging website:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The old gang comprising of the likes of Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards, Michael Holding, etc. would be proud after the world-beating efforts of the men, women and the teenagers. Indeed, West Indies is back once again in its glory years.

First Published On : Apr 4, 2016 13:26 IST

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