ICC World Twenty20 - Final

Sri Lanka v West Indies

West Indies won by 36 runs

7.00pm Right, time to start. Gayle's out of the blocks quickly, with Johnson Charles following behind. Angelo Mathews will start off for Sri Lanka. A third man and a deep square leg, and a slip. Off we go

Gilad from Israel: "I wouldn't doubt Mahela too much. He has been a very shrewd captain and he has made very few tactical errors. He has realized that Rangana Herath may have turned out to be the SL equivalent of X Doherty - i.e., the heaviest victim of the Gaylestorm. A good choice I think, to bring in the mystery youngster - but we shall see. As a neutral I'm just hoping for a tight game to finish a tournament that - let's all be honest here - has at times not been of the finest quality."

"Sri Lanka mata...," playing now. Well, Jayawardene was certainly drawing some inspiration from that, said, "come on," as soon as the anthem ended.

6.55pm Time for the anthems. "Rally around the West Indies," to start off. Fatima: "Remembering what a dayy it was for us in Pakistan in 2009 when our boys lifted this trophy - all the worries, conspiracies and disappointments just evaporated into thin air and it meant the world to us - I hope West Indies wins they deserve now to feel the same way we felt 3 years back !

Having said that I being a Pakistani really really like Sri-lankans too, I would't want them to be sad either ! So may the best team win :)"

Thivvy: "Why on earth is Herath not playing? If not due to injury, this is ridiculous. The youngster may crumble under pressure with the Windies' power hitting, but Herath is more experienced. Will be better suited for this big game! Same mistake was made in the World Cup Final last year with unnecessary changes. Hopefully doesn't cost us again..." Not injured, purely tactical.

6.50pm A bold move from Sri Lanka, leaving out Herath, who helped them win that tight semi-final over Pakistan. Daniel: "19 year old Akila in to end the 16 year wait.. lets do it Sri Lanka"

Sam: "Wisdom vs youth, mystery vs explosiveness, dependency vs inconsistency, pace, spin, experience vs inexperience, captaincy, this final has it all. Would love to see Australia in there, but now either of these teams deserve it."

A comment from Indonesia, from Tom: "It's great to see my two favourite teams contesting this final. Would be genuinely happy to see either lifting the trophy! Good luck to both sides, from East Java, Indonesia."

Shantanu: "@Mark Kidger: I thought exactly the same thing, and West Indies are pretty easily my second team. But after reading that really touching article on Sanga and Jayawerdene, and what a World Cup victory would mean to the war-struck nation, I was really persuaded to change my mind. Today I just want to see those big shots from both the teams."

Zubair: "Well as a neutral cricket fan, I hope we get a nail biting finish. Both teams have tasted super over earlier and won. How about super over today??? It would certainly spice up the entertainment!"

6.35pm It's been a compact tournament, and here we are with the final. We've done a couple of nice, little galleries including pictures capturing the teams' road to the final. Here's West Indies. And this is Sri Lanka. What would cricket be without stats? Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan has all the relevant numbers that matter to this final.

Our old-time friend Mark Kidger writes in: "Sid, both sides deserve to win. I think though that the West Indies need it more for their suffering fans."

Devon Mace: "West Indies have the explosiveness and dynamism to win this, but Sri Lanka are by far the most consistent and reliable team. It will be interesting to see whether dependable or all or nothing wins the match."

BJ is a truly global citizen: "Having watched my country of origin (New Zealand) get eliminated via heartache, my current country of residence (Australia) get dropkicked by West Indies, and my second favourite team (South Africa) just seemingly not turn up when push came to shove, I'm pretty sure I'm about as neutral as one cricket lover gets for this final. That said, I'm going with the team that I picked from day one: The Windies. But, so long as we get an entertaining match of cricket, I'll be happy."

Toss Sammy wins the toss and decides to bat. "When we put a total on the board, we do well," he says. He says it's a track that looks similar to the one used in West Indies' game against Australia. West Indies have an unchanged side. Dwayne Bravo's birthday today, and Sammy wishes him upfront. Mahela says he would have loved to bat first as well. Dananjaya is in for Herath.

This game is significant for another reason. Simon Taufel will be standing in his last international game as an ICC Elite Umpire. Daryl Harper has paid a wonderful tribute to man, ahead of his final game.

6.25pm Continuing on with our preview package, David Hopps has this one on why this game has all the right ingredients of a gripping finale. Watch out for Gayle v Malinga, that's the contest he'll be keeping an eye on. And finally, there's our editor Sambit Bal, on what a win would mean for Sri Lanka, the country.

Pitch: There's going to be a bit of turn, slow turn, says Russel Arnold. 160-170 is a must, he adds. He has a hunch that Akila Dananjaya might be picked ahead of Rangana Herath. We'll know in another six-odd minutes.

6.20pm Andrew Fernando captures the mood in Sri Lanka in the lead-up to this match. Abhishek Purohit was at the Darren Sammy press conference yesterday, where the captain spoke of wanting to fulfill a Caribbean dream.

6.15pm Still a while to go before the toss, so it's the ideal time for you to take a peek at our preview package. Sidharth Monga has the preview on the two teams that have stood out this competition. One that's had to live with the frustration of playing three big finals in five years and not winning a single one, and the other, having gone through its share of internal strife of strikes and pay disputes, now united and determined to win.

Competition You could win a brand new set of Gray Nicolls pads, gloves, shirt, bat and beach cricket set by predicting the winner of today's match. Even by our standards, that's a bunch of awesome prizes. If you're in the UK, you could also win your own custom-made bat and watch it being made. Splendid, I think you'll agree.

6.05pm Australia have won the Women's World Twenty20. They beat England in a thrilling game just minutes earlier. A last-ball six needed for England to win, and it turned out to be a full toss but it wasn't to be the dream finish England would have hoped for. Australia's women's team has made it two in a row now in the World T20.

Karsen from Denmark, a neutral, sends us our first feedback: "Both teams deserve a win with all the trouble they've been through in the recent past. As a neutral I'm just hoping for a Gayle special!"

6.00pm This tweet from Darren Sammy sums it up: "Wi bleeding maroon for the fan..this is it ... One team One people One Goal... " Who are the neutrals backing? There was applause for Sammy at the end of yesterday's press conference from some mediamen. Draw your conclusions. But many would be thinking, playing at home, on a track that will suit them, Sri Lanka are the team with the edge at the start of the match.

5.55pm They last won a major tournament in 2004, their opponents were joint-winners of that same tournament in 2002. But that tournament will soon be scrapped, the last one will be played in 2013. So we're left with the World Cup in 1979, and another one 17 years later. West Indies and Sri Lanka will be playing one of their most significant matches today, a global final and a victory will be of immense meaning and value for either team.

0.1

Mathews to Charles, no run, shoulders arms, goodish length and it moves away after pitching, left alone to the keeper

The slip comes out, moves to midwicket

0.2

Mathews to Charles, no run, around a good length again, rocks forward and pushes that firmly towards cover

0.3

Mathews to Charles, no run, held it back just a hint, stood tall and patted it away towards point from the crease

0.4

Mathews to Charles, no run, short of a good length this time, not giving much room here, gets on the back foot does Charles and guides it to point

0.5

Mathews to Charles, OUT, West Indies have lost Charles! Short and he went after it, made a bit of room and tried to slap it back over the bowler's head but totally mistimed, lobbed up towards mid-off and was an easy catch in the end

J Charles c Kulasekara b Mathews 0 (3m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Kulasekara was the man at mid-off, took a couple of steps forward, Sri Lanka have struck early. Four dot balls, and it was perhaps frustration that cost him his wicket

Marlon Samuels walks in, he has a wide slip

0.6

Mathews to Samuels, no run, maiden to start with, ideal stuff for Sri Lanka, in the channel outside off, wider than the deliveries before this, leaves it be

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) West Indies 0/1 (RR: 0.00)
MN Samuels    0* (1b)      AD Mathews    1-1-0-1
CH Gayle    0* (0b)     

Kulasekara to bowl now. Gayle to face. Has a slip

1.1

Kulasekara to Gayle, no run, a bit of away swing there for Kulasekara, widish delivery from the bowler there, leaves that alone

1.2

Kulasekara to Gayle, no run, ohh, walks forward, took a couple of steps as that was bowled and then defended that good length delivery firmly towards mid-off

1.3

Kulasekara to Gayle, no run, short of a good length, just a bit of away movement after pitching on middle and off, defends it to point

1.4

Kulasekara to Gayle, 1 wide, down the leg side and West Indies get their first run, Gayle leaves that alone and the Windies are off the mark

1.4

Kulasekara to Gayle, no run, away movement again, nipping away from a goodish length, gets on the back foot and defends it watchfully towards point

1.5

Kulasekara to Gayle, no run, beaten, beaten, comes down the track, wants to get a move on, pitched up and he misses as he drives against one that swings away past the outside edge

1.6

Kulasekara to Gayle, no run, on leg stump, bowled at 130kmph, tries to tickle it fine, brushes the pads, no run on offer, excellent start by Kula and Angelo

End of over 2 (1 run) West Indies 1/1 (RR: 0.50)
CH Gayle    0* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-1-0
MN Samuels    0* (1b)      AD Mathews    1-1-0-1

2.1

Mathews to Samuels, no run, short of a good length outside off, bowled at 129kmph, leaves that one alone outside off as it moves away

2.2

Mathews to Samuels, no run, angling in towards off and middle, each dot ball's being cheered by this capacity crowd, defended off the back foot towards cover

2.3

Mathews to Samuels, no run, takes his bottom-hand off that one as it struck him just under the handle, defended towards cover from the crease, no single on offer again

2.4

Mathews to Samuels, no run, angling in towards middle and leg, appeal for lbw, as Marlon shufffled across to turn it square, struck him on the pads, Marlon's in a bit of pain, replays show it would have just clipped the top of leg stump, marginal, Aleem Dar had his doubts

2.5

Mathews to Samuels, 1 run, first run off the bat, angling in towards middle and leg, gets a thick inside edge this time past square leg for a single

2.6

Mathews to Gayle, no run, beaten, lovely bowling, pitched it up, tempted him with an away going ball that just beat the outside edge as Gayle tried to push through the line

Three overs for two runs, but these two can change gears quickly

End of over 3 (1 run) West Indies 2/1 (RR: 0.66)
CH Gayle    0* (7b)      AD Mathews    2-1-1-1
MN Samuels    1* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-1-0

3.1

Kulasekara to Samuels, FOUR, width, on a good length and enough width for Marlon to free his arms, slams that past a diving extra cover for a boundary, relief for the batsmen

3.2

Kulasekara to Samuels, no run, angling in this time, good bounce off a good length, takes his bottom hand off to defend it into the leg side

3.3

Kulasekara to Samuels, 1 run, driven on the up this time, presents a straight bat to play it just wide of mid-off for a single

3.4

Kulasekara to Gayle, no run, huge appeal for lbw, Taufel shakes his head, that struck him in line no doubt but it pitched outside leg, pitched outside and moved towards middle, just marginally outside leg stump mind you, was close, but just outside

3.5

Kulasekara to Gayle, 1 run, punched off the front foot wide of mid-off to complete another quick single

3.6

Kulasekara to Samuels, no run, nicely bowled and well played in the end, was surprised by the bounce and dropped it down with soft hands towards point, shot off from a good length

End of over 4 (6 runs) West Indies 8/1 (RR: 2.00)
MN Samuels    6* (10b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-7-0
CH Gayle    1* (9b)      AD Mathews    2-1-1-1

Malinga to Gayle now, what a contest, here we go

4.1

Malinga to Gayle, 1 run, starts with a slower one does Malinga, 124.4, slower than his usual ones anyway, turned past square leg for a single

4.2

Malinga to Samuels, 1 run, shortish on the off, drops it down to pick a single again

4.3

Malinga to Gayle, no run, was surprised by that extra bounce again, seemed to me to be the offcutter, 124.5kmph, cut away to go past the outside edge as Gayle dropped his hands on that one

4.4

Malinga to Gayle, 1 run, takes his bottom hand off that one as well and guides that one towards third man for a single, Malinga bowling cutters

4.5

Malinga to Samuels, 1 run, another offcutter, Samuels runs that one down to third man for a single

4.6

Malinga to Gayle, no run, drops that short outside off, a bit quicker than the rest but not by much, Gayle leaves that one alone

Gayle wants to anchor the innings like he did against Australia, but West Indies already have a fair ground to make up for when they start to accelerate, Sri Lanka won't mind this at all

End of over 5 (4 runs) West Indies 12/1 (RR: 2.40)
CH Gayle    3* (13b)      SL Malinga    1-0-4-0
MN Samuels    8* (12b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-7-0

Ajantha Mendis to bowl now. A slip

5.1

BAW Mendis to Samuels, no run, goes on straight, punched off the back foot towards mid-off, short of a good length

5.2

BAW Mendis to Samuels, 1 run, edged and just wide of slip, floated it on a good length outside off, opened the face past Mahela for a single

Long-on and deep midwicket the men in the deep for Gayle

5.3

BAW Mendis to Gayle, 1 wide, the legspinner, goes down the leg side, lands on leg and turns down, tries to sweep fine, misses, called a wide

5.3

BAW Mendis to Gayle, no run, the legspinner again, shortish on leg stump and turning down, quicker through the air this time and Gayle is struck on the pads as he tries to whip it square, big appeal for lbw, was missing leg, replays show that would have hit leg, so my bad.

5.4

BAW Mendis to Gayle, no run, Gayle tries to sweep that shortish delivery down leg, caught on the glove, it pops up in front of short fine, lands safe

5.5

BAW Mendis to Gayle, OUT, Gayle's trapped in front, this went straight on, Gayle was caught in front again, rocked forward but not much to defend but played a little outside the line to that, struck him in line with middle and leg and Taufel had no doubt this time, was flatter and straighter this time

CH Gayle lbw b BAW Mendis 3 (26m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 18.75

West Indies, should we say, are in trouble here. The bowlers have strangled the top order so far, and with Gayle on the visitors are in tremendous pressure here. In comes the birthday boy, Dwayne Bravo

5.6

BAW Mendis to Bravo, no run, beaten, slipped it quicker outside off, shortish and it spat away to go past the outside edge as Bravo flirted with it

The Powerplays are done, just 14 off the first six and the most dangerous batsman in the world back in the hut

End of over 6 (2 runs) West Indies 14/2 (RR: 2.33)
DJ Bravo    0* (1b)      BAW Mendis    1-0-2-1
MN Samuels    9* (14b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-4-0

Mathews returns now

6.1

Mathews to Samuels, 1 run, Samuels goes over the top, slower ball from Mathews, lands full outside off and he drives it uppishly towards deep cover for a single

6.2

Mathews to Bravo, 1 leg bye, drops that one short on leg stump, caught on the glove as he fends it into the leg side

6.3

Mathews to Samuels, no run, angling in towards off, gets forward and knocks it towards point from the crease

6.4

Mathews to Samuels, 1 run, shortish on the off, slower one, punched towards deep cover for a single

6.5

Mathews to Bravo, 1 run, slower one bowled on a length, pushes it towards deep cover for a single, Malinga covers that and prevents the second

6.6

Mathews to Samuels, no run, kept a little low this time, angling in towards middle and leg and appears to strike the handle as he tries to fend it into the leg side

End of over 7 (4 runs) West Indies 18/2 (RR: 2.57)
MN Samuels    11* (18b 1x4)      AD Mathews    3-1-4-1
DJ Bravo    1* (3b)      BAW Mendis    1-0-2-1

7.1

BAW Mendis to Bravo, 1 run, floating it full on middle, Bravo gets across and drives it to deep midwicket for a single, a bit of air on that one

7.2

BAW Mendis to Samuels, no run, shortish outside off, turns away this time and goes past the outside edge as he tries to late-cut that

7.3

BAW Mendis to Samuels, no run, pitched on a length on the off stump and it's driven back to the bowler

7.4

BAW Mendis to Samuels, no run, Samuels wanted to attack that, tossed up on middle and leg, tries to smash it over long-on, got an inside edge onto the pads

7.5

BAW Mendis to Samuels, 2 runs, flighted on the off, rocks forward and eases that past extra cover for a couple of runs into the deep

7.6

BAW Mendis to Samuels, 1 run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot to push it to point, another tight over

End of over 8 (4 runs) West Indies 22/2 (RR: 2.75)
MN Samuels    14* (23b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    2-0-6-1
DJ Bravo    2* (4b)      AD Mathews    3-1-4-1

Mathews to finish off now

8.1

Mathews to Samuels, no run, cutters reign, shortish outside off and he can only chop that down to point

8.2

Mathews to Samuels, 1 run, chips that past extra cover in the direction of long-off, just a very tight line from Mathews

8.3

Mathews to Bravo, 1 wide, down the leg side, angling down leg as Bravo tries to work that fine, called a wide

8.3

Mathews to Bravo, 1 run, shortish outside off, cuts it wide of third man but good fielding from Dananjaya at third man, returned a good throw to keep them to a single

8.4

Mathews to Samuels, 2 runs, smashed, Malinga does well at deep cover, diving to his right, remember he dropped Hafeez in the semi, this time he throws himself to his right against that well-struck drive on the up and keeps them to two runs

8.5

Mathews to Samuels, 2 runs, drives on the up again does Samuels as he's given some width, plays it wide of long-off, Kulasekara runs to his left and cuts it off, two more

8.6

Mathews to Samuels, no run, yorker length from Mathews this time, in the blockhole outside off and Samuels just bumps that in towards Sangakkara, dot and the end of a superb spell

Mathews finishes off, just 11 conceded in four overs, a wicket-maiden included.

End of over 9 (7 runs) West Indies 29/2 (RR: 3.22)
MN Samuels    19* (28b 1x4)      AD Mathews    4-1-11-1
DJ Bravo    3* (5b)      BAW Mendis    2-0-6-1

Dananjaya brought on, he's replaced Herath

9.1

Dananjaya to Bravo, 1 run, struck on the pads, the offspinner, Bravo moved across to work it square, may have got an inside edge on the pads as it struck him in line, just the single

9.2

Dananjaya to Samuels, 1 run, comes down the track and chips it over square leg for a single

9.3

Dananjaya to Bravo, 1 run, waits for it to turn in, slightly short, turns it wide of square leg for one more

9.4

Dananjaya to Samuels, no run, tries to charge down the track and get to the pitch but it turns in, can't connect as he tries to swing with the spin, misses and it takes the pads and goes to short fine

9.5

Dananjaya to Samuels, no run, turning in from outside off, flighted this time, gets outside the line to defend that

9.6

Dananjaya to Samuels, no run, this one turned the other way, Marlon didn't pick that initially, saw it turn away and could only defend it back to the bowler

Sri Lanka completely on top right now. And with that, Alex Winter shall take you through to the end of the innings. Over to you Alex...

End of over 10 (3 runs) West Indies 32/2 (RR: 3.20)
MN Samuels    20* (32b 1x4)      A Dananjaya    1-0-3-0
DJ Bravo    5* (7b)      AD Mathews    4-1-11-1

Cheers Sid, what a shocker this has been so far, no easier for the Windies against Jeevan Medis...

10.1

BMAJ Mendis to Bravo, 1 run, slapped down towards long off from a full length

10.2

BMAJ Mendis to Samuels, 2 runs, over the top, mistimed down the ground and spilled by Kulasekara, tough chance running around the boundary

10.3

BMAJ Mendis to Samuels, 1 run, flicked down to long on from the stumps, bit of a slog

10.4

BMAJ Mendis to Bravo, no run, blocked away into the point region on the back foot

10.5

BMAJ Mendis to Bravo, 2 runs, goes back and gets in a tangle, lucky to inside edge it into midwicket

10.6

BMAJ Mendis to Bravo, no run, driven hard but straight to extra cover

End of over 11 (6 runs) West Indies 38/2 (RR: 3.45)
DJ Bravo    8* (11b)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-6-0
MN Samuels    23* (34b 1x4)      A Dananjaya    1-0-3-0

Some might say this is game over all ready, West Indies have never beat Sri Lanka in a T20, four matches, four defeats...

11.1

Dananjaya to Samuels, 1 run, back of a length, cut out through the covers

11.2

Dananjaya to Bravo, SIX, finally a big shot, swung away from a full length on the stumps, gets it over midwicket, was a googly but Bravo took it full enough and timed it perfectly

11.3

Dananjaya to Bravo, no run, offspinner blocked forward around the off stump

11.4

Dananjaya to Bravo, 1 run, back foot push through the covers again, just a single

11.5

Dananjaya to Samuels, no run, forward outside off, blocked into the covers, big stride in there

11.6

Dananjaya to Samuels, 2 runs, full length, too straight, worked for two between the deep fielders

End of over 12 (10 runs) West Indies 48/2 (RR: 4.00)
MN Samuels    26* (37b 1x4)      A Dananjaya    2-0-13-0
DJ Bravo    15* (14b 1x6)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-6-0

Malinga returns...

12.1

Malinga to Bravo, 1 run, excellent yorker, right in the hole, dug out through square leg, really well bowled

12.2

Malinga to Samuels, SIX, full length on the leg stump, doesn't quite get this in the hole and Samuels steps outside leg stump and whacks it into the stands over midwicket

12.3

Malinga to Samuels, SIX, six more, this time over extra cover, if Malinga doesn't get it spot it he can disappear, and again it was a half-volley, the front leg was cleared and a clean-as-a-whistle strike ensued

12.4

Malinga to Samuels, 1 run, length this time and guided down to third man

12.5

Malinga to Bravo, 1 run, gets it right in the hole again, dug out down to long on

12.6

Malinga to Samuels, SIX, clear the front leg and once again, when Malinga misses his length he goes far and this is smashes over long on

West Indies trying to smash their way back into the game, they'll need at least 140...

End of over 13 (21 runs) West Indies 69/2 (RR: 5.30)
MN Samuels    45* (41b 1x4 3x6)      SL Malinga    2-0-25-0
DJ Bravo    17* (16b 1x6)      A Dananjaya    2-0-13-0

The other Mendis now...

13.1

BAW Mendis to Bravo, 1 run, tapped to short third man, fumble from the young lad gives away a single

13.2

BAW Mendis to Samuels, 1 run, back and pulled into midwicket

13.3

BAW Mendis to Bravo, 1 run, slap down to long off staying on the back foot

13.4

BAW Mendis to Samuels, no run, outside off, went to fiddle it fine and missed

13.5

BAW Mendis to Samuels, 1 run, outside off again, dropped into cover point for a single

13.6

BAW Mendis to Bravo, OUT, forward around off stump, big cry for leg before, was it pad first? Yes says the umpire and Bravo has to go. He was caught around the knee roll playing forward around off stump, I had doubt of whether he was in line and especially whether there was bat involved but umpire Taufel thought both favoured the bowler and that it wasn't too high either, another big blow

DJ Bravo lbw b BAW Mendis 19 (29m 19b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

End of over 14 (4 runs) West Indies 73/3 (RR: 5.21)
     BAW Mendis    3-0-10-2
MN Samuels    47* (44b 1x4 3x6)      SL Malinga    2-0-25-0

Bravo has smashed that onto his pad, bad call from Taufel I'm afraid...

14.1

BMAJ Mendis to Samuels, 1 run, played down to long off on the back foot

Can Pollard play spin...

14.2

BMAJ Mendis to Pollard, 1 run, slugs the first ball down the ground, it bombs its way to long on, looked like an inside edge that

14.3

BMAJ Mendis to Samuels, SIX, down the wicket and timed perfectly into the stands, lovely strike again and he's trying to rescue his side here, 50 for him now

14.4

BMAJ Mendis to Samuels, FOUR, goes again and gets it in the gap at cow corner, dragged it slightly but effective

14.5

BMAJ Mendis to Samuels, 1 run, down the wicket, dropped in shorter, checks the shot and chips it on the bounce to long on

14.6

BMAJ Mendis to Pollard, 1 run, horrible slog this, off the toe down to long on, still raced away again

End of over 15 (14 runs) West Indies 87/3 (RR: 5.80)
KA Pollard    2* (2b)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-20-0
MN Samuels    59* (48b 2x4 4x6)      BAW Mendis    3-0-10-2

15.1

BAW Mendis to Pollard, no run, yer, didn't read that, push outside off and missed by a mile to the wrong 'un

15.2

BAW Mendis to Pollard, OUT, outside off, cut to point and taken on the juggle spilled it above his head to start with but managed to turn and grab it on the rebound. Another big hitter falls to spin, Pollard was reaching out to cut a quite wide back of a length ball, got it in the air above the head of the fielder who reached up with two hands, parried the chance before turning and grabbing with two hands

KA Pollard c Dananjaya b BAW Mendis 2 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

15.3

BAW Mendis to Russell, OUT, swept off the stumps first ball, missed and given out lbw looked pretty straight, a dangerous shot first up and paid the price, I think Taufel has got this decision right. The batsman was late on the stroke and caught on the knee roll

AD Russell lbw b BAW Mendis 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

15.4

BAW Mendis to Sammy, 1 run, tossed up wide outside off Sammy drives and oh! Gets an inside edge past the stumps, lucky

15.5

BAW Mendis to Samuels, no run, back on his stumps and flicking back to the bowler

15.6

BAW Mendis to Samuels, 1 run, forward and dropped into the covers, they take a quick single and there's a direct hit from Mathews, and Sammy just gets back in time

End of over 16 (2 runs) West Indies 89/5 (RR: 5.56)
MN Samuels    60* (50b 2x4 4x6)      BAW Mendis    4-0-12-4
DJG Sammy    1* (1b)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-20-0

So now Darren Sammy simply has to produce for his side, been a silent figure in West Indies run to the final, Samuels also needs to keep on firing...Malinga again...

16.1

Malinga to Samuels, 1 run, fine off-stump yorker, dug out down the ground

16.2

Malinga to Sammy, 1 run, step across the stumps and tucked a length ball to short long leg

16.3

Malinga to Samuels, FOUR, again, Malinga just missed the length, wide of off stump too, Samuels reaches across and carves it wide of third man for four, rocketed to the rope

16.4

Malinga to Samuels, SIX, short now, swung at again, comes off the toe of the back, he was a little late on the hook but sails over the rope

16.5

Malinga to Samuels, SIX, oh my days this has travelled a ridiculously long distance, full ball on the stumps and, well, it has gone 108 metres, what a strike

16.6

Malinga to Samuels, 1 run, and now he fancies the strike, going across the stumps to take a single to third man

End of over 17 (19 runs) West Indies 108/5 (RR: 6.35)
MN Samuels    78* (55b 3x4 6x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-44-0
DJG Sammy    2* (2b)      BAW Mendis    4-0-12-4

Samuels is single-handedly keeping West Indies alive here...Dananjaya is back on...

17.1

Dananjaya to Samuels, OUT, not any more, pulled down midwicket's throat it was hit hard and flat and straight to the fielder. Went back to try and find the leg side stands but didn't get the elevation and it was straight to the fielder who took it well and did a little Gayle-style dance

MN Samuels c BMAJ Mendis b Dananjaya 78 (70m 56b 3x4 6x6) SR: 139.28

17.2

Dananjaya to Sammy, 1 run, tossed up on the off stump, played into the covers for a single

17.3

Dananjaya to Ramdin, 1 run, tossed up, played down to long on

17.4

Dananjaya to Sammy, 1 leg bye, step across the stumps and flicked with the angle to short long leg

17.5

Dananjaya to Ramdin, 1 run, outside off, powerful drive down to long off

17.6

Dananjaya to Sammy, no run, fired in flatter, strikes the pad as Sammy as he tries to play to leg

End of over 18 (4 runs) West Indies 112/6 (RR: 6.22)
DJG Sammy    3* (5b)      A Dananjaya    3-0-16-1
D Ramdin    2* (2b)      SL Malinga    3-0-44-0

So what can they do with 12 balls...if they can just get 140 they are in this, going to be some effort to do that now...

18.1

Malinga to Ramdin, 1 run, good full ball, Samuels would have hit that for six but Ramdin got in a fuss outside it and could only drive it through the covers

18.2

Malinga to Sammy, FOUR, another great yorker, dug out and it flies to long leg for four, very lucky but more runs off Malinga

18.3

Malinga to Sammy, 1 run, full ball again, swung to leg, gets it off the edge to short long leg

18.4

Malinga to Ramdin, 1 run, a lean outside off and edge down to third man

18.5

Malinga to Sammy, 2 runs, swung into the off side, totally mistimed, but it lands short of deep cover, lucky again for Sammy

18.6

Malinga to Sammy, 1 run, super yorker, batsman did very well to dig that out, they take a single

End of over 19 (10 runs) West Indies 122/6 (RR: 6.42)
DJG Sammy    11* (9b 1x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-54-0
D Ramdin    4* (4b)      A Dananjaya    3-0-16-1

Kulasekara to send down the final set...can they find a big over...130 minimum...

19.1

Kulasekara to Sammy, 2 runs, slower length ball, pulled into the leg side, mistimed again so it lands in no-man's heath

19.2

Kulasekara to Sammy, FOUR, swung into the same region, this is far better timing and finds the gap between long on and deep midwicket

19.3

Kulasekara to Sammy, 2 runs, hard slap down to long off, the charge back for the second, I thought the fielder could have done better there

They need a six to have a chance I reckon...

19.4

Kulasekara to Sammy, 2 runs, full ball, slapped down in that cow corner gap again, a chase from long on saves four, Dilshan down there

19.5

Kulasekara to Sammy, 1 run, slapped down to long off again, the charge back for the second again, Sammy gets hit by the throw, did he change his line of running there? What he has done is ran one short

19.6

Kulasekara to Sammy, FOUR, full ball, cracked down the ground and this goes all the way for four

No six but a four to end the innings and that is a pretty good effort from Sammy to finish off the momentum that Samuels created with his blistering innings. And now this could be a competitive total if West Indies bowl well but it is a good pitch and they don't have the spinners that Sri Lanka enjoyed success with. But the early damage was with the seamers who strangled the top three and allowed the spinners to flourish, especially Ajantha with 4-12. But Samuels settled in and then started swinging, nailing six sixes to give his side hope. Sid will be back with you for the chase, which could be interesting...

End of over 20 (15 runs) West Indies 137/6
DJG Sammy    26* (15b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-22-0
D Ramdin    4* (4b)      SL Malinga    4-0-54-0
Tournament Results
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West Indies won by 36 runs
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Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 4, 2012
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India v South Africa at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 2, 2012
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Match Coverage

Ian Chappell - How do you stop Gayle and Co?
Report - Samuels, Sammy give WI first world title since 1979
Features - A game that proved Twenty20 matters
Stats Analysis - Samuels' best, Malinga's worst
News - 'Wanted to attack their best bowler' - Samuels
News - 'We're going to live this moment forever' - Sammy
Features - Silence and celebration at the Premadasa
Match Analysis - A triumph for Sammy
Match Analysis - A bizarre and joyous night of cricket
News - 'This is for the Caribbean people' - Sammy
News - Relief for Samuels after 'a lot of tough times'
Match Analysis - Another final, another heartbreak for Sri Lanka
Fan Following - Shall we tell the president?
Awards - The six that rang out across the world
Video Interviews - West Indies celebrate in style
Video Interviews - Exclusive: 'Samuels destroying Malinga changed the game'
Video Highlights - World T20 2012: West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 36 runs
Video Press Conference - Jayawardene bemoans poor batting
Video Press Conference - Samuels delighted at the historic moment
Audio Match Analysis - 'Dilshan dismissal was key'
Audio Match Analysis - 'World T20 showed how important WI is to world cricket'
Video Press Conference - 'This is for the Caribbean people' - Sammy
Video World Twenty20 Daily - World T20 Daily: West Indies rule the world
Video Match Analysis - Determined West Indies triumph
Video The Chuck Fleetwood-Smiths - Two Chucks: Samuels writes his own script
Gallery - West Indies thump Sri Lanka to take T20 title
Gallery - Sri Lanka: route to the final
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Photos

Oct 7, 2012

West Indies celebrate their victory, 'Gangnam' style, Sri Lanka v West Indies, final, World Twenty20, Colombo, October 7, 2012

West Indies celebrate their victory, 'Gangnam' style

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Oct 7, 2012

Darren Sammy takes good care of the World Twenty20 trophy, Sri Lanka v West Indies, final, World Twenty20, Colombo, October 7, 2012

Darren Sammy takes good care of the World Twenty20 trophy

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