West Indies steal World T20 title from England's clutches

Carlos Brathwaite scores 34 off 10 balls to win it for his side


Carlos Brathwaite sensationally hit four successive sixes off Ben Stokes in the last over as the West Indies stunned England by four wickets to win the World T20 title at Eden Gardens on Sunday.

The Caribbean side won with just two balls to spare having needed 19 off the last over as they became the first team to lift the trophy twice.

Earlier, England posted 155 for nine against the West Indies.

Joe Root top-scored with 54, while Joss Buttler made 36, after openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales went for 0 and 1 respectively as England set a low run-chase target of 156.

Carlos Brathwaite and Dwayne Bravo grabbed three wickets each.

Post-match presentation:

The man of the match award goes to Marlon Samuels for his unbeaten 85: "This win is for the Caribbean. My heart goes out to the England players who gave us a tough fight in the tournament.”

Eoin Morgan: "My congratulations to the West Indies for winning the tournament. It is never a sure victory in this format, especially when you are going into the final over. We didn't have enough runs on the board to begin with. 180 or 190 would have been a good total. It was not Stokes’ fault in the last over or anyone else’s, but we're all in this together."

Darren Sammy: “I am really happy for this win and it's something we will cherish for a long time. People were wondering whether we would play this tournament or not. We also had issues with our board. We were called players with no brains. However, all of us came together and it was a tremendous experience. I don't know when I'm going to play for West Indies again, but I want to thank my team and coaching staff.”

WI 161-6 (19.4 overs)

SIX!x2 Brathwaite steals the game and the tournament from England's clutches.

SIX! Another one by Brathwaite.

SIX! Brathwaite smashes it out of the ground.

Ben Stokes.

WI 137-6 (19 overs)

An awesome performance by Samuels so far. West Indies said they were not a one-man team, but Samuels' knock counters that statement in a big way.

FOUR! Samuels smashes it towards mid-off boundary.

Chris Jordan.

WI 129-6 (18 overs)

FOUR! Brathwaite gets lucky for a boundary.

David Willey.

WI 118-6 (17 overs)

FOUR! Straight shot by Samuels.

Chris Jordan.

WI 111-6 (16 overs)

Seven from the over.

Carlos Brathwaite is in for Sammy.

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Sammy's OUT. Places it into the hands of the fielder. Seems like rest of the Windies squad wants to get out.

Darren Sammy is the new man in.

OUT! Russell tries to play a big one but gets caught on boundary.

David Willey.

WI 104-4 (15 overs)

SIX! Another one. This one went straight.

SIX! Over the midwicket rope by Samuels this time. Looks like he has got to do it alone for Windies.

FOUR! Samuels finds the boundary between midwicket and long-on.

Andre Russell is the new man in for West Indies.

Liam Plunkett.

WI 86-4 (14 overs)

OUT! Edged by Bravo. He departs and West Indies lose their fourth wicket.

Fifty-up for Samuels.

SIX! 86 metres. Bravo goes over midwicket rope.

Adil Rashid.

WI 76-3 (13 overs)

DROPPED! And FOUR! A golden chance for England to get rid of Bravo.

Ben Stokes.

WI 67-3 (12 overs)

Five from the over.

Adil Rashid.

WI 62-3 (11 overs)

FOUR! Marlon Samuels smashes one towards off-side and moves to 41.

Ben Stokes.

WI 54-3 (10 overs)

Four from the over.

Adil Rashid.

WI 50-3 (9 overs)

A single and it's fifty-up for West Indies. Still a long way to go.

FOUR! Through the leg-side this time by Samuels. It's a one-man show here today.

Liam Plunkett is in for another over.

WI 43-3 (8 overs)

Four from the over.

West Indies are struggling here despite Marlon Samuels' heroics.

Adil Rashid is in for his first over.

WI 39-3 (7 overs)

Just two from the over.

OUT! Marlon Samuels edges and the wicketkeeper takes a simple catch. Third umpire says its a Not Out. The ball touched the ground before keeper got his gloves on it.

Liam Plunkett.

WI 37-3 (6 overs)

FOUR! Through the covers for a four by Samuels.

FOUR! Top-edge and over the wicketkeeper's head for a boundary.

FOUR! Pulled away by Samuels towards midwicket.


WI 21-3 (5 overs)

Three runs from the over.

Liam Plunkett.

WI 18-3 (4 overs)

Five runs from the over.

Chris Jordan.

WI 13-3 (3 overs)

Dwayne Bravo is the new man in.

OUT! Simmons is gone. The 'golden boy' for West Indies departs after getting out leg-before.

David Willey.

WI 10-2 (2 overs)

FOUR! Samuels finds the boundary.

Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons are on for West Indies.

OUT! Gayle gets caught at mid-off by Ben Stokes. This could be the break England were looking for.

FOUR! Gayle edges it towards off-side boundary.

OUT! Johnson Charles gets caught by the fielder at mid-on.

Joe Root.

WI 1-0 (1 over)

Just a single from the over.

Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles open batting for West Indies.

David Willey to begin bowling attack for England.

ENG 155-9 (20 overs)

FOUR! Smashed towards leg-side by Jordan.

Russell to bowl the last over of the innings.

ENG 145-9 (19 overs)

Adil Rashid is the last man in.

OUT! Liam Plunkett edges it into Badree's hands.

Dwayne Bravo.

ENG 138-8 (18 overs)

Liam Plunkett walks in to replace Willey.

Caught at midwicket! Willey departs for 21.

FOUR! Smashed down the ground by Willey.


ENG 131-7 (17 overs)

SIX! Straighter one by Willey.

SIX! Smashed out of the ground by Willey.

Dwayne Bravo.

ENG 117-7 (16 overs)

Just two from the over.

Andre Russell.

ENG 115-7 (15 overs)

David Willey and Chris Jordan are batting for England at the moment.

OUT! A poor shot by Root and an easy catch by the fielder on leg-gully.


ENG 110-6 (14 overs)

Caught! Nicked down the leg-side. Moeen Ali departs for duck.

Moeen Ali is the new batsman for England.

OUT! Top-edged by Stokes and an easy catch by the fielder.

Sammy stops Stokes' shot on the boundary. Denies England a boundary.

FOUR! Root isn't stopping with those boundariesCut through the off-side this time.


ENG 103-4 (13 overs)

A double to end the over.

FOUR! Pulled away by Ben Stokes. 100-up for England.

A single and fifty-up for Joe Root.

FOUR! A cut stroke by Root for a boundary.

Top edge by Root. Well fielded by West Indies. No boundary for England.

Darren Sammy.

ENG 89-4 (12 overs)

Six from the over.

Ben Stokes is the new man in.

CAUGHT! Buttler departs just when England needed him the most.

Carlos Brathwaite.

ENG 83-3 (11 overs)

SIX! Another one by Buttler, this time through off-side.

SIX! Buttler goes straight and out of the ground.


ENG 67-3 (10 overs)

FOUR! Pulled by Root.

Both Root and Buttler are running hard at the moment to put up a decent total for England.

Andre Russell.

ENG 57-3 (9 overs)

SIX! Buttler smashes it towards off-side. Fifty-up for England.

Root has moved into 30s and is looking to salvage England's innings.


ENG 47-3 (8 overs)

Six runs off the over.

Carlos Brathwaite.

ENG 41-3 (7 overs)

FOUR! Root smashes it towards midwicket.

Samuel Badree.

ENG 33-3 (6 overs)

FOUR! A cut stroke by Buttler.

Dwayne Bravo.

ENG 23-3 (5 overs)

A wicket maiden over.

Jos Buttler is the new batsman in.

OUT! The skipper edges it to Chris Gayle on slip. Morgan walks back to the dugout.

Badree is back in action.

ENG 23-2 (4 overs)

FOUR! Root goes towards long on. This has been an expensive over for West Indies.

FOUR! This time it's Morgan who finds the cover boundary.

FOUR! Root with another cover drive for England's second boundary.

Sulieman Benn.

ENG 9-2 (3 overs)

Just one from the over.

Eoin Morgan is the new man in.

Samuel Badree.

ENG 8-2 (2 overs)

Caught! That's a simple catch by the leg gully fielder. Alex Hales just dashed England's hopes with that poor shot.

Flicked towards leg side by Root for a single.

Andre Russell to join in on the bowling attack.

ENG 7-1 (1 over)

A single to end the over.

FOUR! Root plays one towards the cover boundary.

Joe Root replaces Roy.

BOWLED! Roy clearly misses that one. That's a bad start for England.

Jason Roy and Alex Hales to open batting for England.

Samuel Badree to open the bowling attack.

Toss: Sammy wins toss, West Indies elect to field.

Sammy: Not many gave us a chance but we knew what we could do. No changes for us today. I would like to congratulate the women's team for their win here today.

Morgan: Today we just have to take one more step. We would have done the same, would've bowled first. Looks a really good surface, big covering of grass. Normally it's quite bare and takes a bit of turn. We also have made no changes in our team, and we hope to have a good encounter here today.

Marlon Samuels is named Man of the Match for his unbeaten 85: "I know about finals, when I come to finals, I turn up for the team. All respect to the England players, we want to move from strength to strength - this is for the Caribbean. If we get a good start, then I can step on it, we lose wickets early so it's different. I didn't say much other than swing and swing hard. This is for Shane Warne." Bit of a parting pop from Marlon... Spicy.


Pakistan | 5 years ago | Reply This was more like snatching. Certainly not stealing.
MJ | 5 years ago | Reply West Indies are famous for their exuberant celebrations but that is not an excuse for them not shaking the hands of the English players after the game was over. Maybe it was an honest mistake but professional teams, their coaches, managers and captains are paid to make sure that these simple gestures of sportsmanship are observed.
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