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WI players emerged true champions overcoming challenges on & off the field. West Indian Board should support them & address their concerns.— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 3, 2016
Sammy: Firstly I want to thank the almighty. We have a pastor in the team in Andre Fletcher, we keep on praying. Really happy for this win, it's something we'll cherish for a long time. We have a few match-winners, nobody give us a chance, every game somebody stepped up - good to see Carlos play like that in his debut World Cup. Shows the T20 depth we have in the Caribbean, hopefully we will continue to improve. People were wondering whether we would play this tournament, we had issues with the board. We were disrespected by our board. To come out and play this sort of cricket in front of passionate fans was amazing. Mark Nicholas called us players with no brain. But all of us came together, these 15 men put adversity aside, play this type of cricket in front of such passionate fans. It was tremendous. The trouble our manager got into to get us into this uniform was just beyond words. This win is for the people in the Caribbean. I want to thank the coaching team, Phil Simmons. We had a new manager in this tournament. Got to give credit to the entire team here. I'm yet to hear anything from my cricket board, it is very disappointing. This is for all the fans in the Caribbean. I don't know when I'm going to be playing for West Indies again, I want to thank my team, thanks my coaching staff. Everyone in the West Indies is a Champion.
Virat Kohli is named the Man of the Match.
Marlon Samuels is named the Man of the Match.
Morgan: West Indies deserved to win. They played better cricket than us. It's probably not where where we lost the game (the death bowling), it was in the batting - on a good batting surface we should have put up a par score of around 180-190. Stokes is good (he was distraught after the loss), it's not his fault, we enjoy our wins and suffer together in losses.
An incredible tournament with an impossible end... Love T20. But feel for Stokes, like the penalty taker who misses in sudden death.— Charles Dagnall (@CharlesDagnall) April 3, 2016
Unbelievable game !brathwaite you beauty congratulations West Indies world champions ! Feel bad for stokes England outstanding throughout— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 3, 2016
Samuels has gone berserk in celebrations. He's taken his shirt off. The DJ has started playing Çhampion song and they have all erupted in a jig.
West Indies win by 4 wickets!
Brathwaite is the new cult hero. What tremendous hitting. Unbelievable. 4 sixes in a row! A half volley on leg stump, Brathwaite flicks it over deep square leg for a six. Then hammers it over long on for another one and then lofts it over long off for another six and then finishes it off in style with another six over deep mid-wicket. Magnificent hitting. The West Indies team goes wild in celebrations.
Stokes will bowl the last over. 19 needed. Brathwaite on strike.
After 19 overs, West Indies 137/6 ( Marlon Samuels 85 , Carlos Brathwaite 10)
Brilliant comeback from Jordan in that over. Samuels smacked him over mid off off the first ball. But those string of yorkers mean that West Indies can garner just four run off the next five balls. 8 runs off the over. 19 needed off the last over.
Jordan back on, can West Indies neutralise his yorkers?
After 18 overs,West Indies 129/6 ( Marlon Samuels 79 , Carlos Brathwaite 8)
It was turning out to be a brilliant over until, Brathwaite got the all-important four. Willey bowled some excellent yorkers. Almost ran out Samuels off his own bowling but then Brathwaite cleverly scooped him over the keeper for a four off the last ball to spoil his over. 11 runs off the over. 27 needed off 12 now.
Willey to bowl his last over.
After 17 overs, West Indies 118/6 ( Marlon Samuels 76 , Carlos Brathwaite 1)
Jordan hits back well in that over. Samuels cracks the second ball straight back for four. Jordan then does what he does best, bowl yorkers. Three runs off the next four balls. Just 7 runs off the over. West Indies desperately need a big over. 38 needed off 18.
Willey's figures - 3-0-10-3
After 16 overs,West Indies 111/6 ( Marlon Samuels 70 , Carlos Brathwaite 0)
Fantastic over from Willey. He got the wickets of Russell and Sammy. England have been good in the field apart from that Billings dropped catch but Hales is back on the field and he makes a fantastic save at the fence to save 2 runs. 7 runs off the over. 45 needed off 24.
Double blow for West Indies.
Willey has bowled really well tonight. He bowls this one short and Russell pulls it straight to Stokes at deep mid-wicket.
Sammy then looks to go inside out. He too ends up hitting it straight to the fielder at deep cover. Two wickets in the over for Willey.
This could be a match-turning over. Carlos Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels are at the crease.
Willey back on.
After 15 overs, West Indies 104/4 ( Marlon Samuels 67 , Andre Russell 1)
Samuels has started to turn it around. He heaves one wide of long on for four, then whips one over deep mid-wicket for a six and then plays the shot of the day as he clobber sit straight back over Plunkett head for a flat six. 18 runs of the over.
Plunkett back on.
After 14 overs,West Indies 86/4 ( Marlon Samuels 50 , Russell 0)
Rashid was expensive in that over but he broke the Samuels-Bravo stand. Bravo had earlier hit a six over deep mid-wicket. 10 runs and a wicket off the over.
OUT! Rashid breaks the partnership. DJ Bravo c Root b Rashid 25 (27b 1x4 1x6)
Rashid gets a wicket off the last ball of his spell. It's a touch short on off, Bravo, who had hit a six over mid-wicket a couple of balls earlier, goes for a ppwerful pull but ends up getting a top edge high in the air. Root at backward point settles under it and accepts a simple catch.
Andre Russell is the new batsman.
After 13 overs,West Indies 76/3 ( Marlon Samuels 48 , Dwayne Bravo 17)
It would have been a good over from Stokes but for that drop from Billings off the third ball. 9 runs off the over. The dew is taking effect and this is a chance for West Indies to cash in. 9 runs off the over. 80 needed off 42.
I keep talking of England's new unfettered approach. The Root-Buttler partnership from 23-3 was the difference. Bravo-Samuels conservative— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 3, 2016
Dropped! Did Billings just drop the Cup?
Stokes bowls a short one, Bravo goes for a pull but gets a top edge to deep square leg where substitute fielder Billings misjudges it to start off and then charges forward, but overruns it, he slips, loses his balance and fluffs it. To add insult to injury, it rolls over for four. Hales is off the field, not sure what's the scene. Meanwhile, the dew has started to take effect.
After 12 overs, West Indies 67/3 ( Marlon Samuels 46 , Dwayne Bravo 11)
Bravo getting a bit impatient now. But Rashid gave it good air in that over. He went for a loft but mistimed one along the ground for a single. Just 5 runs off the over.
After 11 overs,West Indies 62/3 ( Marlon Samuels 43 , Dwayne Bravo 9)
Samuels has remained calm somehow. He releases some pressure as he cracks one through point for a four. A wide and three singles make it 8 runs off the over. 94 needed off 54 now. West Indies need to up the ante big time now.
Ben Stokes into the attack now.
Officially Nervous ...— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 3, 2016
After 10 overs,West Indies 54/3 ( Marlon Samuels 37 , Dwayne Bravo 8)
Some good variations from Rashid in that over. A googly, some flat ones and some flighted ones. West Indies dealing in singles. Four of them in that over.
After 9 overs, England 57/3 ( Joe Root 31 , Jos Buttler 20)
Plunkett is bowling really well and ramping up good pace. The short delivery strategy is working well as he is able to hurry up the batsmen. Samuels looked to swing across the line but got an inside edge into the ground. 7 runs off the over.
After 8 overs,West Indies 43/3 ( Marlon Samuels 30 , Dwayne Bravo 5)
Some turn on offer for Rashid in that over. It's keeping a tad low too. Rashid beats Bravo's outside edge with one that turns sharply. Just four runs off the over.
Adil Rashid into the attack now.
After 7 overs, West Indies 39/3 ( Marlon Samuels 28 , Dwayne Bravo 3)
Excellent over from Plunkett. Just two runs off it. His figures read - 2-0-4-0.
Big moment in the match. Plunkett bowled a slower bouncer, Samuels looked to cut but the ball died down on him, he got an outside edge and this time the ball died on Buttler too. He pouched it low and they all started celebrating. The umpire refered it upstairs and replays showed that he had grassed it. Samuels survives a heart in mouth moment.
The last over went for 16 but still a good powerplay for England. - 37/3.
Preview: This may not be the final sports buffs would have expected, but both the West Indies and England know they are on the doorstep of history to become the first team to win the World Twenty20 twice as they lock horns in the summit clash here on Sunday.
Very few would have given these two sides a chance when the tourney began, considering the subcontinental conditions. And also, neither of them were in champion form.
England were still recovering from their debacle in the 50-over World Cup last year while West Indies players had problems aplenty with their country's cricket board, that led to some stars opting out.
The last time these two sides met was in the first match of Group 1 on March 16. Chasing a tough total of 182, Chris Gayle made it look ridiculously easy. The burly Jamaican remained unbeaten on 100 and took West Indies home with six wickets and 11 balls to spare.
However, England bounced back in some style by winning against South Africa in the next contest. With the help of Joe Root and other power hitters they chased down a target of 229.
The 'Three Lions' had a bit of a scare against minnows Afghanistan, but nevertheless they scraped past the finishing pole and then quite easily skipped past the Sri Lankan threat.
In the semis, it was opener Jason Roy who played an outstanding knock (44-ball, 78) chasing 153 to oust New Zealand from the competition.
On their way to the final, West Indies beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets and then went past South Africa by three wickets. But then they fell against Afghanistan.
However, the team showed great character to rally back from the disappointment and produced an all-round team effort against India in the semi-finals at the Wankhede on Thursday.
The Eden Gardens, however, will be a different strip altogether. The wickets here are known to have purchase for the bowlers and at this time of the year it turns too.
West Indies have come armed with all-rounders and spinners who are perfect for such conditions. And in the finals they are likely to go with the same outfit as they did against India.
However, if there is grass on the surface, pacer Jerome Taylor might get a look in.
The batting has been explosive to say the least. Lendl Simmons, who came into the side against India, has struck form and with players like Andrew Russell and Johnson Charles, the 2012 champions are a powerful batting unit.
Fighting fire with fire, England have their very own batting arsenal. Top order willowers Jason Roy and Alex Hales have been great, followed by consistency from the likes of Joe Root and Jos Buttler. It is also the time for their captain Eoin Morgan to come good.
"We've just got to do our business like we want to do -- a style of cricket that is positive. Plan to do that on Sunday as well. We know how strong West Indies are as a side. We have to play well to beat them, make sure we look at our own game,” Root told reporters here ahead of the clash.
England have a young and inexperienced bowling line-up which will be put to the test here but then again they have been crafty about the trade and have yielded favourable results.
Head to head statistics show England have lost nine of their 13 T20 encounters against the West Indies. The Eden Gardens is also the stage where England had lost to Australia in the final of the 50-over World Cup in 1987 after their skipper Mike Gatting needlessly went for a famous reverse sweep that finished in the hands of the wicket-keeper.
Similarly, West Indies perished to Pakistan by five wickets from a favourable posiition in the invitational Nehru Cup final two years later.
Both sides, would be hoping to avoid any more reverse at the iconic venue.
Cricket lovers have to wait till Sunday night to see whether Morgan's men create history in front of a packed stadium, or whether the West Indies cricketers end up dancing to their calypso.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Andre Russell, Darren Sammy (captain), Carlos Brathwaite, Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Evin Lewis, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Jerome Taylor.
England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Sam Billings, Liam Dawson, Reece Topley and James Vince.
Published Date: Apr 03, 2016 23:40 PM | Updated Date: Apr 03, 2016 23:41 PM