Sri Lanka v West Indies, Final, World Twenty20, Colombo October 7, 2012

Samuels' best, Malinga's worst

West Indies' outstanding win at the Premadasa Stadium means they're world champions in a format for the first time since 1979

Stats highlights from West Indies' convincing victory in the 2012 World Twenty20 final

  • West Indies have become the second team, after India, to win all three world tournaments conducted by the ICC - the World Cup (1975 and 1979), the Champions Trophy (2004) and the World Twenty20 (2012). They've also reached three other finals of ICC events. India won the World Cup in 2011, the World Twenty20 in 2007, and shared the Champions Trophy with Sri Lanka in 2002.

  • In the Powerplay overs, West Indies scored only 14, which is the lowest for West Indies, and the lowest for any team against Sri Lanka. The previous-lowest for West Indies had been 17, against South Africa in the 2010 World Twenty20, while the previous-lowest by any side against Sri Lanka was also 17, by New Zealand in Lauderhill in 2010. The lowest Powerplay score by any team is 10, by Canada against Zimbabwe in 2008.

  • In the last nine overs, though, West Indies scored 99, which is their fifth-highest in Twenty20 internationals. Their highest is 131, against New Zealand in Lauderhill earlier this year. West Indies also scored 122 - their second-best - in the last nine in the semi-finals of this tournament against Australia, which means two of their best five efforts have come in successive matches.

  • West Indies ended up scoring more runs in their last ten overs (105) than Sri Lanka did in their entire innings.

  • Marlon Samuels' 78 is his highest score in Twenty20 internationals, and also the highest by any batsman in the final of a World Twenty20. The previous-highest was Gautam Gambhir's 75 in the 2007 final.

  • Lasith Malinga went for 54 in his four overs, which is the most runs he has conceded in a Twenty20 international innings; it's also his worst economy rate in an innings in which he has bowled four overs.

  • Malinga was hit for five sixes in the innings, all of them by Samuels. It's the most sixes he has conceded in a Twenty20 innings - his previous-highest was two. In fact, no batsman had hit him for more one six in an innings. In all, Malinga conceded 39 runs from 11 balls to Samuels, which is joint fifth-highest that any batsman has scored against a bowler in a match. The highest is 46 off 18 balls, by Chris Gayle off Brett Lee in the 2009 World Twenty20. The previous-highest against Malinga was 30 in 11, by Michael Hussey in the 2010 World Twenty20.

  • Malinga had a terrible day, but two other spinners put in terrific performances. The figures for Ajantha Mendis (4 for 12 in four overs) and Sunil Narine (3 for 9 in 3.4 overs) are the two best figures in the final of World Twenty20 tournaments. The earlier best was Irfan Pathan's 3 for 16 in the 2007 final. Mendis also finished with 15 wickets in the tournament, the highest by any bowler in a World Twenty20.

  • West Indies beat Sri Lanka in an international game for the first time since April 12, 2008, when they won an ODI in Port-of-Spain by seven wickets. Since then, they lost six matches and drew three against Sri Lanka. This was also West Indies' first win against Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 international.

  • For Sri Lanka, this was their fourth successive defeat in the final of a world tournament, following on their defeats in the 2011 and 2007 50-over World Cups, and the 2009 World Twenty20.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • Rick777 on October 8, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Indians not qualifying at least for the Semi Finals is a damn shame. After all that IPL experience & WC Champions tag, it's a sorry state.

  • warneneverchuck on October 8, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    If SL can't win a trophy in their home then they can't win anywher else

  • dummy4fb on October 8, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    it's confirmed now...Malinga can do only one thing at a time...yesterday he fielded well so bowling had to be bad of course...cheers Windies...

  • India_boy on October 8, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    and also, so much talk about India being Lions at home, India is the only team after Aus to have won four ICC world championship in 4 different continents! '83 ODI WC in England(Europe), World championship in Aus, T-20 WC in SA(Africa) and 2011 ODI WC in Asia !!!!

  • Advanced_Donkeys on October 8, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Congrats calypso boys.You deserve this. Malinga, please Retire....

  • dummy4fb on October 8, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    After getting Gayle out early Sri Laka should have kept them under 120 runs. Giving runs to Sammy was shocking. Herath should ve played. Chandimal should have been in this team

  • dummy4fb on October 8, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    It was a great match. Marlon had an awesome day. Malinga had an awful day!

  • dummy4fb on October 8, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Why on earth Mahela kept using Malinga while Dhananjaya and Kulasekara had each an over left? He also had the option to use Dilshan or Thisara. Sorry Mahela, your poor captaincy cost us the game.

  • desm on October 8, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    bharatratna my friend , stop talking about India for this tournament and you all could not even reach to S/Finals. Try next time my friend

  • ravi_hari on October 8, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Malinga's performances in key contests needs to be probed into. Even in IPL he has let his team down on quite a few occasions especially when it is a do or die situation. In this T20 the way he bowled agains Pak in the semis, the way he dropped a sitter of Hafeez and the way he moved slowly in the filed raises suspicion. Remember the wide he bowled? Again in the final when all the other bowlers were tying the batsmen down, maling gifted runs away. It is not possible to give consistantly poor performances. Malinga is a T20 specialist and if he does not deliver, SL will find it very tough to win. Whenever Malinga took a couple of wkts, SL have won. So it is important that he realises his impact on the game and the team and ensure he does not give it away in key encounters. Good bye Mahela, it was not your day!

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