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
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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

  • 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....

  • 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

  • on October 8, 2012, 12:04 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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....

  • 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

  • on October 8, 2012, 12:04 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • WhiteRaven on October 8, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    India is the only team to win the 60 overs world cup, 50 over world cup and t20 world cup! and test champions.

  • Pathiyal on October 8, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    he is still a key player, the day was just not good for him. it was difficult to believe after seeing the bowling!

  • sarathy_m2 on October 8, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    For the author - WI won the ODI world cup twice and mentioned here, but you forgot 1983 world cup of India?

  • on October 8, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Oh Lasith which planet were you on with your bat yesterday You missed the win of your lifetime Glory to Gayle for gripping a victory for WI oh well keep SMILING SL LIONS if you want the cup next T20 and we STILL LOVE YOU MAHELA coz you bat as THE CHAMP

  • crick_sucks on October 8, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    its time mahila sanga and dilshun call it a day and end their cricketing careers. They are blocking young talent in SL.

  • Romanticstud on October 8, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Malinga ... took 5 wickets the other day ... What a time to have an off-day ... @Karthik Ravi, @Bharatratna... It says ... "West Indies have become the second team, after India" ... which says India was the first ... READ ... Rajesh is a brilliant colomnist ... I enjoy his stats pages ... He would not have done the article without prior research ... Remember INDIA is not the ONLY team in the world ... My team also need to wake up ... The only ICC event they won was the Champions Trophy ... although have been favorites most the time to win World Cups ... Knockout games have been their downfall ... Just one other thing ... Australia paniced ... South Africa Choked ...

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on October 8, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    The ONE game I decided to put Malinga in my Fantasy team... as captain too... Thanks a lot Malinga!

  • mtalhas on October 8, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    @ hiranthe..u forgot to add jaysuria,vaas,atapatu,murli to ur list..i was a big fan of SL in those days when ur team ws full of stars..it was the reason why i supported them so much esp in 96 wc semi final and final..

  • ravi.prakash on October 8, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    It should have been India won the World Cup in 1983 and 2011...

  • yohandf1984 on October 8, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @Bharatratna - India did nt win champions trophy in 2002 . it was shared . so cant be counted .

  • on October 8, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    the great statistician Mr.Rajesh has missed out 1983 world cup. It should have been India won the World Cup in (1983 and 2011), the World Twenty20 in 2007, and shared the Champions Trophy in 2002.

  • Ravimrao on October 8, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Yes true Indian is the first team to win all world cups in fact it was the only team and WI joined them. In addition India also has the got credit if winning Benson hedges world cup conducted only once in Austalia

  • pandude1 on October 8, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    india just shared the champions trophy with sl in 2002...at those days india only could dream abt wining it from sl. So i guess w.indies is better than india at any time.

  • on October 8, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    @Karthik..@bharatratna...He clearly mentions that WI is the second team to do so..AFTER INDIA. So that makes India the first team doesn't it?

  • on October 8, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    What about India winning the World Series Championship in Australia in 1985? Why isn't that considered as a World title? In fact India was and will be the only country to have ever won the World Series Championship Title as it was never held before nor did it happen ever again.

  • AnilKumarK on October 8, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Congratulations WIndies!!! Terrific performances by all bowlers except Malinga(Not his day).... Guys before posting comments, Please check once again. Rajesh Stats didn't mention that WIndies is the first team to win all ICC Events, He has mentioned that "West Indies have become the second team, after India", to win all ICC Events.

  • Khooni-Darinda on October 8, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    The list of Malinga's performances does not include 4 overs 50 runs against India in warm-up matches. Aren't warm up matches included in stats for T20 Internationals?

  • Rukky on October 8, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Mr. Rajesh, India is the only team won all differenct ICC tournaments. 60 Overs World Cup - 1983; 50 Overs World Cup - 2011, 20 Overs World Cup - 2007. No other team has done it. The Champions Trophy 2004 was 50 Over Tournament. So it can't be counted as different ICC tournaments.

  • on October 8, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    Malinga is known as best bowler in last overs ...he has proved that several times but Samuels outplayed him... malinga would have tried some other options rather than trying to bowl only yokers... Well played Samuels....

  • MASHLIGA on October 8, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    333 is a significant number on Chris Gayle..It does not indicate his highest test score but it was his prediction that West Indies will win its 3(rd) world Cup in any format after 33(years)....Cheers Windies!!!! You destined and deserve it with twice as many match winners than any other team played in this World Cup.

  • braindead_rocker on October 8, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    It goes on to show the class of Samuels today. He was in a league apart from the rest of the batsmen in both teams. Just amazing! Malinga's bad luck...On his day he would have run through the batsmen...but today Samuels hit him all over the place.

  • Marcio on October 8, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    Astounding captaincy by Mahela! He had spinners conceding 2-4 runs an over on a spinners track (which SL had prepared just for that purpose), and the game was as good as won. Then he just keeps bowling a fastbowler who is going for 15 an over! Just the most absurd act of self-destruction I have ever seen on a cricket field.

  • on October 7, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Sri Lanka don't have players now in the calibre of Aravinda De Silva, Arjuna and Gurusinghe who could keep the cool in a final. No sign of anyone emerging for the future.... Sorry state!!!! Good Luck Windies... Thank Malinga for the favour!!!

  • on October 7, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    Not a good day for Malinga , but hats off to all sirlankan and W.Indies players for their terrofic efforts during the tournament.

  • on October 7, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    what about stuart broad going for 36 off 6??!

  • bharatratna on October 7, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Nopes Rajesh, India was the first team to win all 3 ICC tournaments - WC (83), Champions Trophy (2002) and T20 WWC (2007).

  • on October 7, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    A small correction about the first stat:India is the first team to win all the ICC events.India won the Worldcup in 1983,vchampions trophy in 2002, Twenty20 in 2007

  • on October 7, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Malinga can't do anything against Caribbean power houses...

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  • on October 7, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Malinga can't do anything against Caribbean power houses...

  • on October 7, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    A small correction about the first stat:India is the first team to win all the ICC events.India won the Worldcup in 1983,vchampions trophy in 2002, Twenty20 in 2007

  • bharatratna on October 7, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Nopes Rajesh, India was the first team to win all 3 ICC tournaments - WC (83), Champions Trophy (2002) and T20 WWC (2007).

  • on October 7, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    what about stuart broad going for 36 off 6??!

  • on October 7, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    Not a good day for Malinga , but hats off to all sirlankan and W.Indies players for their terrofic efforts during the tournament.

  • on October 7, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Sri Lanka don't have players now in the calibre of Aravinda De Silva, Arjuna and Gurusinghe who could keep the cool in a final. No sign of anyone emerging for the future.... Sorry state!!!! Good Luck Windies... Thank Malinga for the favour!!!

  • Marcio on October 8, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    Astounding captaincy by Mahela! He had spinners conceding 2-4 runs an over on a spinners track (which SL had prepared just for that purpose), and the game was as good as won. Then he just keeps bowling a fastbowler who is going for 15 an over! Just the most absurd act of self-destruction I have ever seen on a cricket field.

  • braindead_rocker on October 8, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    It goes on to show the class of Samuels today. He was in a league apart from the rest of the batsmen in both teams. Just amazing! Malinga's bad luck...On his day he would have run through the batsmen...but today Samuels hit him all over the place.

  • MASHLIGA on October 8, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    333 is a significant number on Chris Gayle..It does not indicate his highest test score but it was his prediction that West Indies will win its 3(rd) world Cup in any format after 33(years)....Cheers Windies!!!! You destined and deserve it with twice as many match winners than any other team played in this World Cup.

  • on October 8, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    Malinga is known as best bowler in last overs ...he has proved that several times but Samuels outplayed him... malinga would have tried some other options rather than trying to bowl only yokers... Well played Samuels....