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

A bizarre and joyous night of cricket

West Indies recovered from the most terrible of starts; Sri Lanka collapsed spectacularly when they had batted so well on this pitch two days ago
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On the night the Caribbean dream survived the worst imaginable beginning, the Sri Lankans relived their most dreaded nightmare. Over 30,000 fans watched in stunned silence as 30-odd West Indians produced the merriest celebratory waltz to cap one of the most bizarre nights of cricket.

West Indies cricket has endured such misery in the last two decades that it is impossible to grudge them their joy and certainly no other bunch of cricketers can express it with such panache and style. They had little support in the stands throughout the evening but a group of Sri Lanka fans stayed back long enough salute them on their victory parade. They were still waving Sri Lankans flags but the beat was all calypso - unmistakably, emphatically.

And at the same time it was impossible not to feel the grief and lament of a cricket-crazy nation that had prepared itself for the grandest of parties. It will be a breeze to the hotel from the cricket ground tonight, but the silence will feel eerie and the air of deflation will be palpable. The dancing on the streets on the day of Sri Lanka's semi-final win had felt premature, but perhaps those out revelling that night took their chance when they had it. Heartbreaks in cricket finals are now a recurring theme for the Sri Lankan fan.

How, though, does one make sense of the night? How could a team that blasted three sixes in the first six overs two days ago, crawl to 14 runs in six overs tonight? And how could a team that scored 32 runs in their first ten overs, its lowest-ever Twenty20 mid-innings tally, go on to win by 36?

Take this too. Two Sri Lankans bowlers gave away 23 runs from eight overs, claiming five wickets between them, and one leaked 54 for none in four. There were 101 dot balls in the match, and yet 62 runs came in three overs. Fifteen batsmen struggled to hit the ball off the square, and one man batted as if the night belonged him, hitting six sixes while the rest managed two between them. It was said after the first semi-final that Mahela Jayawardene's innings was on a different plane; tonight Marlon Samuels batted as if he was from another planet.

The World Twenty20 is a young tournament but four have already been played in five years (it took 12 years to get to the fourth 50-over World Cup). And it can be safely said that Samuels has played the finest innings in a championship final. Only Michael Hussey's 24-ball 60 in the 2010 semi-final bears comparison but, given the history of his team's wretchedness and for what it ultimately achieved, this was an innings of far deeper resonance. First, he dragged his team out of the abyss and then, in course of three stunning overs, lifted it to a place where a fight remained within its grasp.

The irony that the West Indian innings contained was unmistakable. It was their over-reliance on boundary hitting that got them into the hole in the first place. Sri Lanka's new-ball bowlers hit an impeccable length on a pitch that was slow yet bouncy, and, though not as good as the one on which West Indies had belted Australia, by no means, as poor as the one on which Sri Lanka beat Pakistan. The sign that the West Indians were not getting their way came early, when Chris Gayle gave Nuwan Kulasekara the charge and missed. That has not been his way. He clubs them standing, head still, arms swinging. But for 16 balls, nothing came in his zone, and they couldn't, or perhaps couldn't bring themselves to, find singles. The innings ground to a halt, Gayle's ended in a whimper, beaten on his forward defence.

And yet their ability to produce sixes made the difference in the final reckoning. Lasith Malinga has been carted around in the recent past, but on each occasion it has taken some special batsmanship from truly skillful players. Samuels' first six off him, a full-length ball dug out from deep within the crease, was executed magnificently, a combination of anticipation and perfect execution. It changed and set the tenor for the rest of the innings.

It can be argued that Jayawerdene, not for the first time in recent history, erred in trusting Malinga with his full quota when he had other options. Akila Dananjaya conceded less than six runs an over yet ended an over short - as did Kulasekara, who had been so splendid in his opening spell. On another day, Malinga might have repaid his captain's faith but Samuels caned him mercilessly tonight: 39 off 11 balls is some hammering; in a low-scoring game it was decisive.

But despite this sensational revival - 105 came off the last ten overs - it was the Sri Lankans who came out as the favorites after the interval. They had scored a couple of runs more on a far more difficult pitch against a much superior bowling attack a few nights earlier. Even after Tillakaratne Dilshan went in the second over, they remained on course until the 10th over, with Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara building the base.

But perhaps the nerves did them in. Sangakkara started struggling to score singles and holed out in the deep; Angelo Mathews was bowled trying a lap sweep, Jayawardene fell to a reverse sweep - a shot he had executed expertly the other night - and two other batsmen ran themselves out in desperation. West Indies had appeared frozen and fazed in the first six overs but, luckily for them, they lost only two wickets. Sri Lanka had a meltdown in their worst five overs, losing 6 for 21. From 69 for 7, there was no coming back.

As the rest of the world rejoices in a rare moment of glory for West Indies - they are after all every non-West Indian's second-favourite team - Sri Lanka will spend the night and coming days in bitter reflection. Of all the finals that have slipped away, their grip had looked the firmest on this one. They beat themselves as much as their opponents did. This must hurt.

Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Harmony111 on October 9, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    @Alexk400: Clearly you have not learnt any lessons. You are still exhibiting the typical jealous nature of ppl of your ilk. Dhoni won WC cos he was lucky. Sammy won the WC cos he was lucky. Can you show us where exactly did the luck favour Dhoni or Sammy? Dhoni did not win the toss in the 2011 WC Final so how was he lucky? As for Sammy, he did win the toss but WI scored only 138 runs. You mean to say that SL can't score 138 runs to win a T20 even AT HOME? Then how can SL be called a good T20 team? And oh btw, SL won the SF against Pak by winning the toss and scored almost the same runs batting first. If you call WI were lucky cos they won the toss and scored 138 runs in the Final then by the same token I hope you also call SL were lcuky cos the won the toss and scored 139 runs in the Semi Final. But you would not say that, we all know that. And yes, Dhoni, Sammy and all other WC winners are lucky save SL. SL won the 96 WC chasing in dew - but that was skill and not luck, right?

  • Alexk400 on October 9, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Its Darren Sammy Luck that got them win. Just like dhoni's luck got india world cup. Both are rooster lucky sign in chinese astrology. I was so sure srilanka gona win but found that that luck skill is better than any other skill. Even great ispirational leader like jayawardene lacks behind lucky leader like dhoni , sammy

  • Paulk on October 8, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Congratulations to WI. Marlon Samuels innings was outstanding by any measure. To take on arguably the worlds best T20 bowler and turn the innings around was quite unbelievable. The WIndians have a way of showing their joy that is very unique, especially in this era of uber-professionalism.

  • on October 8, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Win or loos lanka booooooooozzzzzzzzz!!!

  • stormy16 on October 8, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    It'll go down and one of the most amazing moments of T20 cricket and why the game is so attractive to millions. Anything can happen from no where and very quickly and without a warning. Its the ultimate thrill ride and the Windies provided all of it and take nothing away from them. Ok that just the plain truth. No India didnt win the T20 WC, no SL are not bad team (bad teams dont make make WC finals continually!!!), this doesnt mean SL will start tp prepare green tops in Colombo, this loss doesnt mean everyone has to take below the belt shots at a tiny Island nation that has given so much to the game in a very short term and keep reaching the finals.

  • on October 8, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Kudos to WI - Sammy and his friends. All they now needs a couple of fast bowlers who can bowl 140+consistently....

  • christened on October 8, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Am i the only guy in world to hate Malinga ...???? If u ask me a reason.. I would rather dont answer ... coz im HATE HIM TO THE CORE...

  • TrueFactors on October 8, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Only deserving team for this WC. In fact, WI was only team who deserved this trophy because they played clean cricket. Other teams had no cricket spirit - played very mean with dirty tricks to keep their challenging teams out and make their race easy. This WI winning was close to India 2011 wc win, who beat all big teams during winning streak. During this WC, India was weak against pace and their batsmen are out of form since 2011 WC win. Pak was inconsistent and SA was weak in handling pressure. SA lost it due to De'villiers failure. Aus had some success thanks to IPL experience. NZ is a weak team. Eng was the weakest. They don't know how to play in sub-continent. They could win if players were allowed to play in IPL. Stupid ECB. WI success is due to their IPL experience who know how to play here. Few other individual success like - Watson, Warner, Franklin and hussey owe the same to IPL. Afghan looks good team, they need more guidance and opportunities.

  • JBerger on October 8, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Boys are back in town........Congratz

  • pradeep_dealwis on October 8, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    bad pitch. true. but in fairness, it would have been impossible to make a 'good' pitch, with the heat and humidity in Sri Lanka these days. Sri Lanka has no right to complain, it is absurd to say the toss has an impact in T20 cricket, and the pitch suited them more. They played brilliantly in the Semis, where the pitch favoured the amazing PAK attack more, but sadly were totally outplayed this game. However, better, fresher pitches would do the game a whole lot better. Either way, brilliantly played WI!

  • Harmony111 on October 9, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    @Alexk400: Clearly you have not learnt any lessons. You are still exhibiting the typical jealous nature of ppl of your ilk. Dhoni won WC cos he was lucky. Sammy won the WC cos he was lucky. Can you show us where exactly did the luck favour Dhoni or Sammy? Dhoni did not win the toss in the 2011 WC Final so how was he lucky? As for Sammy, he did win the toss but WI scored only 138 runs. You mean to say that SL can't score 138 runs to win a T20 even AT HOME? Then how can SL be called a good T20 team? And oh btw, SL won the SF against Pak by winning the toss and scored almost the same runs batting first. If you call WI were lucky cos they won the toss and scored 138 runs in the Final then by the same token I hope you also call SL were lcuky cos the won the toss and scored 139 runs in the Semi Final. But you would not say that, we all know that. And yes, Dhoni, Sammy and all other WC winners are lucky save SL. SL won the 96 WC chasing in dew - but that was skill and not luck, right?

  • Alexk400 on October 9, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Its Darren Sammy Luck that got them win. Just like dhoni's luck got india world cup. Both are rooster lucky sign in chinese astrology. I was so sure srilanka gona win but found that that luck skill is better than any other skill. Even great ispirational leader like jayawardene lacks behind lucky leader like dhoni , sammy

  • Paulk on October 8, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Congratulations to WI. Marlon Samuels innings was outstanding by any measure. To take on arguably the worlds best T20 bowler and turn the innings around was quite unbelievable. The WIndians have a way of showing their joy that is very unique, especially in this era of uber-professionalism.

  • on October 8, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Win or loos lanka booooooooozzzzzzzzz!!!

  • stormy16 on October 8, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    It'll go down and one of the most amazing moments of T20 cricket and why the game is so attractive to millions. Anything can happen from no where and very quickly and without a warning. Its the ultimate thrill ride and the Windies provided all of it and take nothing away from them. Ok that just the plain truth. No India didnt win the T20 WC, no SL are not bad team (bad teams dont make make WC finals continually!!!), this doesnt mean SL will start tp prepare green tops in Colombo, this loss doesnt mean everyone has to take below the belt shots at a tiny Island nation that has given so much to the game in a very short term and keep reaching the finals.

  • on October 8, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Kudos to WI - Sammy and his friends. All they now needs a couple of fast bowlers who can bowl 140+consistently....

  • christened on October 8, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Am i the only guy in world to hate Malinga ...???? If u ask me a reason.. I would rather dont answer ... coz im HATE HIM TO THE CORE...

  • TrueFactors on October 8, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Only deserving team for this WC. In fact, WI was only team who deserved this trophy because they played clean cricket. Other teams had no cricket spirit - played very mean with dirty tricks to keep their challenging teams out and make their race easy. This WI winning was close to India 2011 wc win, who beat all big teams during winning streak. During this WC, India was weak against pace and their batsmen are out of form since 2011 WC win. Pak was inconsistent and SA was weak in handling pressure. SA lost it due to De'villiers failure. Aus had some success thanks to IPL experience. NZ is a weak team. Eng was the weakest. They don't know how to play in sub-continent. They could win if players were allowed to play in IPL. Stupid ECB. WI success is due to their IPL experience who know how to play here. Few other individual success like - Watson, Warner, Franklin and hussey owe the same to IPL. Afghan looks good team, they need more guidance and opportunities.

  • JBerger on October 8, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Boys are back in town........Congratz

  • pradeep_dealwis on October 8, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    bad pitch. true. but in fairness, it would have been impossible to make a 'good' pitch, with the heat and humidity in Sri Lanka these days. Sri Lanka has no right to complain, it is absurd to say the toss has an impact in T20 cricket, and the pitch suited them more. They played brilliantly in the Semis, where the pitch favoured the amazing PAK attack more, but sadly were totally outplayed this game. However, better, fresher pitches would do the game a whole lot better. Either way, brilliantly played WI!

  • venkatesh018 on October 8, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    I hope everybody in West Indies doesn't go overboard with this triumph. As Marlon Samuels mentioned afterwards Tests are the real thing and Windies have a long way to go in succeeding in Test cricket. No doubt this is an important victory, but only the first step on a long road.

  • Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on October 8, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Agony & Ecstasy ! Samuels "extraordinary innings" stunned Sri Lanka, propelling W.I. to victory. In 1st half of their inning, West Indies batting, looked as if they were "TRYING TO SAVE A TEST MATCH". After 12 overs, they had managed just 48/2, (embarrassment for the POWER HITTERS ). In one magical moment, when Samuels lifted a 144 km in-swinging toe crusher from Malinga, match turned on its head. Make no mistake, Mahela did NOT ERR trusting Lasith - that was a perfect delivery unplayable for any batsman ( I dare say ). The resulting SIX proved the "CATALYST" and triggered a flurry of runs in no time - West Indian spirits soared and Mahela lost the battle. On a low/variable/turning pitch, 137 was a winning total - 60 overs of bowling had spoiled the pitch ! Taking nothing away from W.I.; winning toss/bat first is massive (unfair) advantage on these kind of pitches ! With spin of coin, a team's (nation's) chance is gone in the air ! Thanks CRICINFO. editors for all the write ups !!

  • challagalla on October 8, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Good tournament overall. Some matches were boring and too one sided but the Pakistan Sri Lanka semi final was very good. We did not have those close nail biting matches other than those 2 New Zealand matches which went into the super over. I am not sure if the super over is needed to decide matches in the group stages, sharing points seems better as it all finally boils down to net run rate. Malinga was ordinary in the final but thats the nature of T20 games, where one good or bad over can change the game. Remember the last over Malinga bowled against Pakistan which was sensational. Malinga is still a match winner and he was made to look ordinary by some very good batting by Samuels.

  • KarachiKid on October 8, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Sad to see Sri Lanka lose the final yet again. I love this Sri Lankan outfit lead by such massive characterls like Mahela and Kumar. But you have to also feel happy for this Windies team lead by affable Darren Sammy. One team had to lose.

  • Noball_Specialist on October 8, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    It wasn't bizarre at all. It was a high pressure game and the total was high enough and low enough to be chasable but be difficult to reach too. What triumphed was a desire to win coupled with talent and control to achieve it. There's not much to it. Sparked by an extraordinary, no the greatest T20 innings to date by Samuels WI grouped together and defeated Sri Lanka. SL haunted by previous defeats have got into a habit of losing in grand finals and must surely have earned a choker tag by now. West Indies deserved it and the cricketing world has been desperate for a winning West Indies team for a long time.

  • on October 8, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    @ hystericalnaive

    i also do remember you had a very successful tour of ENGLAND. talk about consistency, my foot

  • sarathy_m2 on October 8, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Congrats WI team. Good writing - this article.

  • sanghvir on October 8, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    " On the night the Caribbean dream survived the worst imaginable beginning, the Sri Lankans relived their most dreaded nightmare". Brilliant opening Sambit.

  • on October 8, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Great to See West Indies win, Sril Lanka got taste of their own medicine. Making the big games boring with one sided wicket pitches. Now you can go home and learn to make fair pitches to keep the spirit of game alive....

  • on October 8, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    It is genuinely heartening to see the West Indians win and their sheer delight. As a childhood fan of Viv Richards, Marshall, Ambrose, Holding, Richardson I wish West Indian cricket the best of luck and would like to see them achieve their former glory again. For the Sri Lankans: Well done to reach the finals! You guy were definitely one of the best teams in the tournament.. just wasnt your day.

    Great tournament all round.

    From a Pakistani supporter

  • masoodali150 on October 8, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    None other than his Classic Shots to Malinga. Weldon Job done.

  • on October 8, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Beautifully written, but no mention of the fella who took 4 for 12 off four overs; the spinner who had been dropped from the final of the 2011 World Cup despite being in form and a big-game player; and who now holds international records for wrecking impressive batting line-ups.

  • spas on October 8, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Although SL did not handle pressure in he finals 'as usual' it was a really good tournament for world cricket. hope this win would take windies cricket to great heights. Really enjoyed some good cricket for past few Weeks. All the best Sammy & Co. An SL cricket fan.

  • late_reverse_swing on October 8, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    I will probaby get shot down very quickly for saying this, but, 'Bad karma' also played its part and caught up with Mahela/SL, he had no business sending Sanga as the 'official' captain and being the captain himself.

  • Muyeen on October 8, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    I am indian n was supporting west indies last night.. n know wat im gonna support them even if they play against India. they are joy to watch...hope they get some quick bowlers back..

  • RanjithShettyJordan on October 8, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Congrats to my 2nd all time favorite team. Good times are back and i wanted the WI team to win this worldcup. They are the people in the cricket, who brings the new celebrations to the cricket field and it will be used in every corner of the cricket loving countries.I love WI cricketers and i love these simple smiling huge men. I LOVE THEM.

  • fanofteamindia on October 8, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    It is not bizarre. They had done it before. They did it again. I remember them panic with the ball in the 2007 and 2011 finals. Yesterday with the bat. They simply cannot handle the decisive moment. If the South Africans are chokers at the semi finals, so are the Lankans at the finals. The match was decided by the end of the 10th over of the match. 10 ov 32 were windies. The match was sealed there. Irrespective of the pitch as a team you should have believed whatever the target, its going to be 140 and below which is chaseable. But, the lankans were tentative, too cautious about losing wickets. So, the south africans are having company, one more team with the "C" tag.

  • hystericalnaive on October 8, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    It was indeed bizarre and strange performance and I completely agree Mr Bal. Malinga has lost the mojo long time back. Only at time he sparkles. His mystery was short lived till his action was figured out by batters. It all started with Kohli who has craked the whip out of him and then Dhoni and now Samuels. Mendis wil soon be falling in that bracket. He was figured out in IPL and was such a flop show there. In dustyl bowls in SL and against players who didn't play him earlier he will be dangerous but not overseas. Then when SL came to bat, they were mesmerized by Spin and pace. Bizarre, they lost 6 wickets in 21. So you are apt in saying its a Bizazrre night. You can win one match in fluke but not a series. India truimphed in World cup 2011, and then when they went to SL, they beat the hell out of lankans 4-1. Now that's what I call Machine. Play like it and win like it.

  • Kavum on October 8, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    We know of only one country (apart from the Caribbean nations) that would immoderately rejoice in SL's defeat to WI. Talk of second favourites is nonsense. Congrats to WI for their fighting spirit and Marlon and Sammy in particular. SL needs some serious introspection and restructuring of its cricket. Hope this does not lead to more political interference in our sport which is THE sport despite our national game (officially) being volleyball.

  • venkatesh018 on October 8, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    Bad luck Mahela & Co. Congrats to Windies. They thoroughly deserved it. Samuels' innings in the final was an absolute gem.

  • Anil_Koshy on October 8, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Great to revival of cricket in West India, they should treat this as a beginning, if they play consistent cricket they will see more success. Srilankan's should not lose heart, they are the only consistent team in the last five years, reached finals of 4 world cups but lost to different oppositions. West Indies cricket is in safe hands, only consistency is required along with right team selection depending on the format of the game.

  • Al_Bundy1 on October 8, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    There was nothing bizarre about this win! The better team won. Sri Lanka were choked by West Indies spinners. Rampaul did well to remove Dilshan, but it was primarily the spinners that slowly put the strangle hold on Sri Lanka. We Indians are supposed to be a land of spinners. How come we can't find 2 spinners of the caliber of Sunil Narine and Badree? Ashwin and Ojha are decent spinners, but they are not in the same class as Sunil Narine, or Saeed Ajmal, or Ajantha Mendis. I don't think Harbhajan Singh spins the bowl anymore.

  • Lovetesh on October 8, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    Except SL, I think entire cricketing fraternity is happy with the result and the match WI produced.

  • inswing on October 8, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    There was nothing 'bizarre' about this match. A few surprises, yes, but there have been many a T20 with a few surprises. WI played better at the crunch time and beat two teams that are better than them on most days. Other than that, I agree. Feel good for WI, they needed something positive to happen to them. Got to feel sorry for SL too, esp in home conditions. They have been at a high level for so long without winning the big ones. They have nothing to be ashamed about, they should feel proud.

  • Farce-Follower on October 8, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    Great article. Mahela erred big time in persisting with Malinga. And the format's fickle nature showed up when big hitters like Pollard, Periera, Russel etc did not show up.

  • mk49_van on October 8, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    Nice to see the Windies shine. Let us hope this ignites the spark among youngsters in the Caribbean to start taking cricket seriously again.

  • on October 8, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    We have been waiting for this for a very looong time and our boys delivered in a massive way. From Samuels, Narine, Gayle, DJ Bravo, Sammy, Charles, Rampaul, Pollard, Badree....our guys just really got it together in a big way. Congrats and lets work together to achieve even more.

  • Ansido on October 8, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    It was not bizarre Mr. Bal, it was cricket. And it was not luck either. It is cricket. Sri Lanka did not have a "meltdown." The finals did not slip away. Sri Lanka bowlers bowled well. Mr. Samuels simply had an innings that will be talked about for a long time: how do you hit the longest six of the tournament of the world's best T20 specialist bowler, bowling yorkers at you over 140ks? And what about that cracker of a delivery from Mr. Rampaul to remove Mr. Dilshan's off stump - the ball of the tournament! At the end, I believe this T20 final is a great advert for the game. It was a great contest. Sri Lanka (who had not lost a game until tonight) played well, but West Indies played better and the fans regardless of their emotions saw a great game of cricket, not a bizarre game as you poorly characterize it.

  • on October 8, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    The 3 most outstanding batsmen of 2012 on form and taking into account all forms of cricket: Hashim Amla, Marlon Samuels and Kevin Pietersen. After his record in England against England, you would have to say Marlon, the batsman, is now one of the top 5 in the world.

  • on October 8, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    Very nice article. This loss hurts, but not as much as 2011 and 2007, when we lost to my two least favourite teams. This time we have lost to my 2nd favourite team, and I suppose, cricket wise, they needed it more than us :)

  • InsideHedge on October 7, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Brilliant article, Sambit. Written with heartfelt poise.

  • KosalaDeSilva on October 7, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    Worrying about losing before start of the game?

    It reminds me same as world cup 2011 , 50 overs. Sri Lankan players look shocked even before start of the game. Why they worrying and thinking about losing before start is not sure.May be they worrying what to tell after losing? or how to react? what ever the reason is they should learn to live in the moment. Only time i seen it is when they played in South Africa. Won the two ODIs and chased over 300.

    None of them played ( battered ) their natural game, but Kulasekara. Kulasekara was smiling even when the ship was going down.Why worrying about losing before the start? OK, Lose, then what? Better starting to do something after lose rather worrying before end the match. Could see they all panic. Think they should play it as just another game.And for every game give 100%. easy to say, but they are professionals

  • on October 7, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    Good to see the Windies back! I hope that this trophy win draws more Windians to this game. Oh, my Richards and my Marshall long ago!

  • kamiCric on October 7, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    I thought there were many whose second favourite team was Sri Lanka!!! Tough luck they couldn't handle the pressure, but praise to the West Indians who dug deep and came out as Champions. Ultimately it's good for world cricket.

  • da_man_ on October 7, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    The pitches were tired, low and crumbling by the time the semi's came around. Pak batted second and looked scratchy. Aus batted second and looked ordinary. SL batted second today and men in form struggled to get the ball away. The pitches were not fair, and showed considerable deterioration over the course of the game. The curators did their level best, but too many games were played on too few pitches in too short a span of time. From the semi's it was a case of win toss, bat first, win match. The toss should never impact the outcome heavily.

  • bigmax on October 7, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    Words cannot describe this victory...wi are a extremely talented side but do them self in most of the time ...so unpredictable ...Sri Lanka so sorry for you guys ..I remember when you first beat the mighty West Indians in their prime I think is was declared a national holiday in Sri Lanka now a days everyone seems to beating the WI up so it so great when they win a major tournament

  • malepas on October 7, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Congrates to WI,,Now SL knows how it feels to loose by just loosing the toss,,as Pak found out 2 days ago,,SL lost the match by playing a gamble,, though the wicket was much better batting 2nd time while rain was also around,,I think we should give PAK more credit for fighting this out in the semis,,this type of matches should never be played on wickets like this,,I think the WI V AUS wicket was a good T20 wicket but SL wanted to win and hoping they will win the toss again,,,Well played WI and a deserving winners.

  • on October 7, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    I bet Viv's smiling tonight - if ever there was a man made for T20, that'd be King Viv! Well done West Indies, hard luck Sri Lanka.....

  • rsgarcia on October 7, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    I disagree. They did not beat themselves. We backed them into a corner, wrestled them to the ground and snatched the trophy away. We love you, Sri Lanka, but you cannot imagine how much we wanted and needed this. Thank you for a wonderful tournament. Don't beat yourself up--the team did almost everything right. Thank you Windies! Windies Forever!!

  • on October 7, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Really excellently written article! It was a joy to read this -- purely based on the writing style. Nicely done Sambit!

  • on October 7, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    I love both teams but I tihnk SL got their just deserts tonight. They played the final on a worn pitch in an effort to stifle the windies. The thing spun plenty and also allowed the quicker bowlers to get cutters to grip and bounce. The same loose surface got worse and made 130 odd more than enough with decent bowling. The ICC need to have a word and ensure the pitches for finals are good cricket wickets allowing all bowlers and batsman to prosper.

  • crindo77 on October 7, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    International cricket needs a strong West Indies; a rampaging team that can stand up to the bullies and spank them out matches ( Warner, Pietersen should sit up and take notice). With Fidel Edwards, Rampaul, Roach, and Narine, the bowling atck looks great; the Bravos, Samuels, Gayle and Pollard, now thats a lotta batting. Now that the madness of t20 is over and Gayle dances his way back to his island nation, and SLs go back to preparing mud baths, we Indians can all move on to the final chapter of MS Dhoni's reign ; the impending loss of a home Test series to England, and the departures of Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and that unthinkable event- SRT's retirement. In 6 months time Indian cricket will have a very new face, and I for one can't wait.

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  • crindo77 on October 7, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    International cricket needs a strong West Indies; a rampaging team that can stand up to the bullies and spank them out matches ( Warner, Pietersen should sit up and take notice). With Fidel Edwards, Rampaul, Roach, and Narine, the bowling atck looks great; the Bravos, Samuels, Gayle and Pollard, now thats a lotta batting. Now that the madness of t20 is over and Gayle dances his way back to his island nation, and SLs go back to preparing mud baths, we Indians can all move on to the final chapter of MS Dhoni's reign ; the impending loss of a home Test series to England, and the departures of Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and that unthinkable event- SRT's retirement. In 6 months time Indian cricket will have a very new face, and I for one can't wait.

  • on October 7, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    I love both teams but I tihnk SL got their just deserts tonight. They played the final on a worn pitch in an effort to stifle the windies. The thing spun plenty and also allowed the quicker bowlers to get cutters to grip and bounce. The same loose surface got worse and made 130 odd more than enough with decent bowling. The ICC need to have a word and ensure the pitches for finals are good cricket wickets allowing all bowlers and batsman to prosper.

  • on October 7, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Really excellently written article! It was a joy to read this -- purely based on the writing style. Nicely done Sambit!

  • rsgarcia on October 7, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    I disagree. They did not beat themselves. We backed them into a corner, wrestled them to the ground and snatched the trophy away. We love you, Sri Lanka, but you cannot imagine how much we wanted and needed this. Thank you for a wonderful tournament. Don't beat yourself up--the team did almost everything right. Thank you Windies! Windies Forever!!

  • on October 7, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    I bet Viv's smiling tonight - if ever there was a man made for T20, that'd be King Viv! Well done West Indies, hard luck Sri Lanka.....

  • malepas on October 7, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Congrates to WI,,Now SL knows how it feels to loose by just loosing the toss,,as Pak found out 2 days ago,,SL lost the match by playing a gamble,, though the wicket was much better batting 2nd time while rain was also around,,I think we should give PAK more credit for fighting this out in the semis,,this type of matches should never be played on wickets like this,,I think the WI V AUS wicket was a good T20 wicket but SL wanted to win and hoping they will win the toss again,,,Well played WI and a deserving winners.

  • bigmax on October 7, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    Words cannot describe this victory...wi are a extremely talented side but do them self in most of the time ...so unpredictable ...Sri Lanka so sorry for you guys ..I remember when you first beat the mighty West Indians in their prime I think is was declared a national holiday in Sri Lanka now a days everyone seems to beating the WI up so it so great when they win a major tournament

  • da_man_ on October 7, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    The pitches were tired, low and crumbling by the time the semi's came around. Pak batted second and looked scratchy. Aus batted second and looked ordinary. SL batted second today and men in form struggled to get the ball away. The pitches were not fair, and showed considerable deterioration over the course of the game. The curators did their level best, but too many games were played on too few pitches in too short a span of time. From the semi's it was a case of win toss, bat first, win match. The toss should never impact the outcome heavily.

  • kamiCric on October 7, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    I thought there were many whose second favourite team was Sri Lanka!!! Tough luck they couldn't handle the pressure, but praise to the West Indians who dug deep and came out as Champions. Ultimately it's good for world cricket.

  • on October 7, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    Good to see the Windies back! I hope that this trophy win draws more Windians to this game. Oh, my Richards and my Marshall long ago!