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

'We're going to live this moment forever' - Sammy

ESPNcricinfo staff

The West Indies celebrations after the final wicket were interrupted only by the post-match presentation, during which the captain Darren Sammy singled out his team's determination to fight to the finish as the key factor in helping them win their first world championship since the World Cup of 1979.

"For the last two years we've shown the never-say-die attitude, but we haven't had the results," Sammy said. "This moment we're going to live forever. The team has been through a lot in the last two years, for the last ten years. The mission was to win the T20 World Cup, the belief we left the Caribbean with has pulled us through. Today we were down and out but our never-say-die attitude came out.

"Thank you to everyone who supported us. The tournament is for the fans. The love we felt from the Sri Lankan people is tremendous and we want to thank them for that. This hopefully will be the beginning of things to come. Hopefully this team will go on."

Sammy played an important role in the 36-run win the final, scoring quick runs at the death during West Indies' innings to push the total to a competitive 137. But it was Marlon Samuels who played the decisive knock, reviving his team with a counter-attacking 78 off 56 balls, which not only boosted what was a crawling run-rate, but made possible a score his bowlers could ultimately defend. The feature of Samuels' innings was five sixes off Lasith Malinga.

"Put in a lot of hard work. To Jamaica, to the West Indies. Can't explain how much it means to me," Samuels, who had lost two years to a ban related to links with an Indian bookmaker, said after being named Man of the Match. "They beat us twice, I tell Chris [Gayle] we can't lose thrice. The wicket was a bit slow, today was a different mindset, I decided to attack Malinga, their best bowler and it paid off. We are working together as a unit. Future-wise I think West Indies are going to do well, even in Test cricket. Test cricket is the best cricket."

The game ended in despair for Sri Lanka, the hosts, who dominated the first half of the West Indies innings. Mahela Jayawardene kept his team on track in the first half of the chase, but there was no recovering from a collapse that began with the fall of his partner Kumar Sangakkara in the 10th over. They ended up losing nine for 53.

"I think the first ten overs were fantastic, they knew they had to go for it. A couple of mistakes on the field and three-four bad overs shifted the momentum," Jayawardene, who resigned as T20 captain after the defeat, said. "We're disappointed, a full house. A couple of overs they went after us, against our best bowlers. I backed my No. 1 bowler to deliver but Marlon batted very well.

"They bowled really well, we just needed to keep the pressure on which we didn't. We need to sit down, have a good chat, and move on."

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  • Masood on October 8, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    No words to describe their fun and joy. If they are enjoying in SL like this then what will be happening in WI. Great atmosphere all around. Keep it up.

  • Quamrul on October 8, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Quamrul Islam, Dhaka, Bangladesh: Congrats Calypso Cricketers ! You thoroughly deserved to win T20 WC. Surely you can carry the mantle left by the stars of 70s n 80s n so on, what a legacy you inherit ! Samuels' innings reminded me of Collis King heroics of 86 runs from 66 balls in 1979 WC final when none less than the great Viv Richards had to play second fiddle !! Looking forward to consistent achievements by you guys to refresh n rekindle cricket world by eliminating monopolistic ruling by Aus, India n etc. Enjoy the moment you earned, Sammy & co n we want to see many more Chris Gayle dances n calypso celebrations. Good Luck.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    Congrats to Darren Sammy and the boys , job well done. Special thanks to Coach OTIS GIBSON for getting these guys to play as a team, the talent was always there.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    As the song says"Keep on doing what you doing Sammy".

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    And why not? WI worked hard for this victory and fully deserve it. It was a gradual progression under Gibson and Sammy that finally came down to this. Just savour the moment guys. T20 is likened to the 100M, u enter with a plan, very little time to re-adjust, one small mistake and u r out. And as u well know WIndians r built for both.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    hats off to windies....sri lankans proved that they are chokers in finals...t 20 needs fearless batting....lanka played a test match.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Well deserved. Never say die !

  • sohail on October 7, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Remembering 1979 when West Indies won their last world championship and lost to India in the following 1983 World cup, 33 years has gone by but seems like yesterday. Can't forget those days when batsmen from any given country were simply scared to face West Indian fast bowlers, can't forget Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts, Courtney Walsh, Joel Gardner, Desmond Haynes. Want to see the pride back again for maroon caps. Congratulations to Darren Sammy and the team, congratulations West Indian people from a Bangladeshi fan.

  • Rhonda on October 7, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    We will live this moment forever too, Sammy! It's been a long time coming, this validation! But I've been in your corner from the word go. You deserve this success! Long live the West Indies! Windies Forever! Thank you Sammy and the boys!

  • Harris on October 7, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Great work West Indies, I was supporting you only to see great cricket coming back to West Indies. Now I hope your glory days will come back as this win will inspire youngsters to play cricket.

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