ICC World Twenty20, Final: Sri Lanka v West Indies at Colombo (RPS), Oct 7, 2012
West Indies won by 36 runs
7 October 2012 - night match (20-over match)

Seems like there's a long-on and deep midwicket in place. Jayawardene on strike...here we go, no slip

Thanks Alex, welcome back folks. West Indies have given themselves a fighting chance. Thanks to Marlon Samuels, and Darren Sammy later on, their bowlers have something to bowl at. Sid Monga's doing the report for this match and it's being updated right here. The West Indies fielders have made their way out. Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan walk out as well. Sri Lanka beat Pakistan defending 139. Will West Indies be able to do the same here? Badree will open the bowling. He skids on, so the batsmen better watch out.


Badree to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on the off this time, he doesn't turn the ball much, pushed back to the bowler


Badree to Jayawardene, 1 run, Sri Lanka off the mark, full on middle, turns it into the leg side for a single


Badree to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan gives him the charge immediately, converts that flighted ball into a full toss and drives it back


Badree to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, shortish on leg stump and he tries to pull it fine, gets a leg-bye on the leg side


Badree to Jayawardene, FOUR, cheekily done, Jayawardene's a master at that shot, waits for it to turn away, there's good bounce as well and he just guides it behind short third for a boundary


Badree to Jayawardene, no run, short and wide and he shaped up for the cut, decent bounce again but Jayawardene missed as it turned away

End of over 1 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 6/0 (132 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.94)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 5 (4b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 0 (2b)
    • S Badree 1-0-5-0

Ashok: "What a phenomenal recovery. Srilanka would have thought they have got one hand on the cup in the first 6 overs. With their bowling WI can defend this score. All they have to get is 2 wickets - Mahela and Dilshan. WI need this world cup more than any other team. My heart goes for them."

Rampaul to bowl from the other end, has a slip


Rampaul to Dilshan, OUT, the off stump has gone cartwheeling towards the keeper, gloom on the face of Sri Lankan fans, what a ball, landed on the off, short of a good length and nipped away just a hint to beat his defense and take out off stump

TM Dilshan b Rampaul 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Silence around the ground, stunned faces, West Indies have struck early. An absolute beaut, Dilshan was done in by that slight away movement

Two of Sri Lanka's most experienced players out in the middle now. Sangakkara has walked in, a slip he has


Rampaul to Sangakkara, no run, watches it onto the bat, on middle and nips in, he gets on the back foot and defends it back to the bowler


Rampaul to Sangakkara, FOUR, edged and wide of slip, only one slip in place, in the channel outside off and Sanga flirts with it with an open face, gets it to where second slip would have been, beats third man

Sammy's upset, but he's placing those fields, doesn't have a second slip


Rampaul to Sangakkara, 1 run, shortish on leg stump and that's been turned off his hips to fine leg for a single


Rampaul to Jayawardene, no run, pitched it up this time, just outside off, a bit of away movement again, defended solidly to cover


Rampaul to Jayawardene, no run, goodish length this time, in the channel again and Jayawardene moves forward to defend it to cover

End of over 2 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 11/1 (127 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 7.05)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 5 (6b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 5 (3b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 1-0-5-1
    • S Badree 1-0-5-0

Badree's been taken off the attack, for now. Samuels to bowl his offspinners, watch out for that quicker one. No slip


Samuels to Sangakkara, 1 run, tosses it up on leg stump, turned towards square leg for a single


Samuels to Jayawardene, no run, appeal for a catch, Ramdin going up more vociferously than Samuels, turns in from outside off, takes the top flap off the pad and lobs up to Ramdin, replay didn't show any deflection off the bat


Samuels to Jayawardene, 2 runs, dropped, costly miss, takes it from off and middle and sweeps it high but doesn't get it where he wanted to go, Bravo was there at deep backward square leg and he responded late, didn't see that coming initially and reacted late, ended up trying to make up for it by running in too quick and overran the ball there, just through his fingers and that's a drop


Samuels to Jayawardene, 1 run, knocked down into the leg side for a single

Samuels was upset, and so he should be, Mahela's an in-form batsman and has mastered batting in this format


Samuels to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward and guides that one towards short third


Samuels to Sangakkara, no run, shortish outside off and chops it down towards point

Not the happiest of birthdays for Bravo so far

End of over 3 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 15/1 (123 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 7.23)

    • KC Sangakkara 6 (6b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 8 (9b 1x4)
    • MN Samuels 1-0-4-0
    • R Rampaul 1-0-5-1

Badree to Jayawardene, FOUR, bad ball, poor stuff, short and way too wide, Jayawardene latched onto it, cut that hard past the diving point for what the ball deserved


Badree to Jayawardene, no run, on a good length this time and Jayawardene moves forward to defend that to cover


Badree to Jayawardene, no run, shortish on the off, defended to point, Sanga calls for a single but has been rightly sent back


Badree to Jayawardene, 2 runs, shortish, bends low and takes that from outside off again, through square leg into the deep for a couple of runs


Badree to Jayawardene, no run, quicker delivery on a good length outside off, gets across and defends it into the off side


Badree to Jayawardene, 2 runs, full toss on middle and that's turned gently in front of deep midwicket for a well-run couple, the throw in from the deep is a weak one

End of over 4 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 23/1 (115 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.75, RRR: 7.18)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 16 (15b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 6 (6b 1x4)
    • S Badree 2-0-13-0
    • MN Samuels 1-0-4-0

Samuels to Sangakkara, 1 run, floating it on middle and leg, knocks it into the leg side for a single


Samuels to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene wanted to sweep that more square but that goes towards short fine, no single there


Samuels to Jayawardene, 1 run, waits for it to turn in from outside off, cuts that just wide of point for a single


Samuels to Sangakkara, no run, flat just outside off, rocks forward and taps that to cover


Samuels to Sangakkara, 1 run, fired in quick on middle and that's flicked through square leg into the deep for a single


Samuels to Jayawardene, no run, beaten by the one that didn't turn, went on straight as Jayawardene played for spin and tried to open the face slightly

End of over 5 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 26/1 (112 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.20, RRR: 7.46)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 17 (18b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 8 (9b 1x4)
    • MN Samuels 2-0-7-0
    • S Badree 2-0-13-0

Paresh: "You gotta be kidding, if you think Gayle won't have any part to play in a final - just wait and watch this game go into a Super Over and that man Ga(ngnam St)yle will be all over !"


Rampaul to Sangakkara, no run, cut hard but straight to West Indies' best fielder, Pollard at point, short and wide


Rampaul to Sangakkara, 1 run, the best fielder in the West Indies side misfields, pushed it towards point and Pollard slips up this time, lets it through his legs


Rampaul to Jayawardene, 1 run, angling in towards middle, Jayawardene makes a bit of room and jabs that wide of mid-on for a single


Rampaul to Sangakkara, no run, good, sharp bouncer, Sangakkara came down the track and tried to pull that, with his eyes off the ball, missed, an appeal from Ramdin


Rampaul to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, punched towards mid-off for a single


Rampaul to Jayawardene, 1 run, easily done, short of a good length, gets on the back foot and drops it into the leg side for a single

Sri Lanka are doing alright here, how West Indies would have loved for Bravo to take that catch. Powerplays done

End of over 6 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 30/1 (108 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 7.71)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 19 (20b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 10 (13b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 2-0-9-1
    • MN Samuels 2-0-7-0

Gayle comes on


Gayle to Jayawardene, 1 run, shortish on the off, goes on straight, pushed off the back foot through square leg, Mahela was looking for the second but it wasn't there

Round the wicket to Sanga


Gayle to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up on the off, drives it towards long-off for a single


Gayle to Jayawardene, 1 run, pitched up outside off and that's driven towards deep cover for a single


Gayle to Sangakkara, no run, went on straight from round the wicket, slightly short outside off and that's chopped to point


Gayle to Sangakkara, 2 runs, lovely shot, a bit more air on that and he drives it crisply through extra cover into the deep for a couple of runs


Gayle to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the off stump, drags that towards long-on for a single

End of over 7 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 36/1 (102 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.14, RRR: 7.84)

    • KC Sangakkara 14 (17b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 21 (22b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 1-0-6-0
    • R Rampaul 2-0-9-1

Quiet so far but West Indies need wickets to sustain any pressure. Right, so Narine comes on now. Has Gayle at slip


Narine to Sangakkara, no run, beaten, sharp turn, lands on middle and shoots away to beat Sanga's outside edge


Narine to Sangakkara, no run, beaten again, making the batsman think here, tossed up outside off and it turns away as he comes forward to drive that loosely, misses


Narine to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga's not too confident out there, tossed up again and he gets a thick outside edge past point, tried to drive it through cover but the turn played some tricks there

Good start for Narine, immediate turn and some moral victories


Narine to Jayawardene, 1 run, the carrom ball, shortish on the off and that's dropped into the off side for a quick single

Sammy went up to Narine and had a word with him


Narine to Sangakkara, 1 run, lands on leg and Sanga does this easily, drops it into the vacant space into the leg side for a single


Narine to Jayawardene, no run, gets across does Mahela, that's flatter and holds its line, Mahela offers the straight bat and defends it watchfully to the bowler

End of over 8 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 39/1 (99 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.87, RRR: 8.25)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 22 (24b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 16 (21b 1x4)
    • SP Narine 1-0-3-0
    • CH Gayle 1-0-6-0

Hmm, these two have been kept quiet, the required-rate has crept up to 8.25.


Gayle to Sangakkara, no run, leading edge, Sanga comes down the track, Gayle bowling from round the wicket holds it back, Sanga closes the face too early, gets a leading edge in front of point


Gayle to Sangakkara, FOUR, improvisation, Sanga made room there and Gayle angled it further in towards leg, Sanga picked that up beautifully, lofting it over extra cover for a one bounce four to ease the pressure


Gayle to Sangakkara, 1 run, slapped towards long-off for a single


Gayle to Jayawardene, 1 run, tosses it up to Mahela this time, fullish and Mahela digs it out towards deep cover for a single


Gayle to Sangakkara, 1 run, full toss and Sanga gets a chance to swing it towards leg, gets it towards long-on for a single


Gayle to Jayawardene, 1 run, ooh, just seemed for a moment that Mahela was shaping up for a big one but restrained himself in the end as he saw it turn in, dabbed it into the leg side for a single

End of over 9 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 47/1 (91 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.22, RRR: 8.27)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 24 (26b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 22 (25b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 2-0-14-0
    • SP Narine 1-0-3-0

These two are set, eight off that over. Sri Lanka have wickets in hand here, Badree is back


Badree to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela swings and misses, turns away as he tries to slog-sweep, misses


Badree to Jayawardene, 1 run, came down the track and handled it well after BAdree dropped it short, cut towards deep point for a single


Badree to Sangakkara, OUT, Pollard takes a good low catch at deep midwicket, Sanga appeared to have handled it well, made room and Badree followed him, short and he pulled it well but found the fielder, Pollard kept his calm, bent low and took it well inches from the ground

KC Sangakkara c Pollard b Badree 22 (33m 26b 2x4 0x6) SR: 84.61

Oh my, this is a pressure game now, West Indies needed to break this stand and they've done it. There is firepower in the batting line-up to follow, and the stable presence of Mahela, so they still have an edge do the hosts. Angelo, who bowled so well, walks in


Badree to Mathews, 1 run, flighted on the off and that's driven down to long-on for a single


Badree to Jayawardene, 2 runs, went on straight, got across to turn it gently into the leg side and excellent running as Ramdin had to run across to gather that, Mahela called for the second and made it back, 50 up


Badree to Jayawardene, no run, nicely done but there is a short third in place, moved away to late-cut it towards him

George Binoy will take you through what could be the most exciting phase of this big game. Over to George.

End of over 10 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 51/2 (87 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.10, RRR: 8.70)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 27 (30b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 1 (1b)
    • S Badree 3-0-17-1
    • CH Gayle 2-0-14-0

Thank you, Siddhartha. This final is set-up beautifully now. Mahela clearly the key for Sri Lanka. West Indies need to keep their cool. They've not been at their best on the field today. But at 87 off 60 balls on this pitch, it's anybody's game.

Sammy to bowl from over the wicket, will Sri Lanka target him?


Sammy to Mathews, no run, good length and straight, Mathews stays in his crease and defends


Sammy to Mathews, no run, Mathews begins to make room but then plays the ball back towards the bowler


Sammy to Mathews, no run, once again he backs away towards the leg side but plays the ball to cover, no room to work with and the length is good


Sammy to Mathews, OUT, bowled him! The pressure's got to Mathews. After three dot balls, when he moved towards leg and tried to play through the off, Mathews went towards the off side, got down on one knee and tried to scoop over short fine leg. The line was on middle and leg from Sammy and once Mathews missed, he was a goner

AD Mathews b Sammy 1 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

The West Indies and rallying, rallying around that stupendous innings from Marlon Samuels. Jeevan Mendis is the new batsman. There's a bit of drizzle in the air. The par score right now is 70 for Sri Lanka. They are behind. Mahela was looking at the D-L sheet as the new batsman came in.


Sammy to BMAJ Mendis, 2 runs, nudged off the pads towards fine leg


Sammy to BMAJ Mendis, no run, good length from round the wicket angling into the left-hander, Jeevan pushes towards point and wants one, Mahela yells no

End of over 11 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 53/3 (85 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.81, RRR: 9.44)

    • BMAJ Mendis 2 (2b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 27 (30b 2x4)
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-2-1
    • S Badree 3-0-17-1

The ground staff are taking their positions. The par score at the end of the 12th over is 76 for Sri Lanka.


Badree to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela tries to play the reverse pull but can't get it past short fine leg, Mahela looks like he wants to catch up with the par score


Badree to Jayawardene, 2 runs, dropped, but such a tough chance. Mahela slogged the ball towards wide long on, Russell sprints to his left, covers so much ground, and dives forward, he gets both hands to it but can't hold on


Badree to Jayawardene, 2 runs, stupendous fielding, Bravo sprinted to his left from long off and leaped full length to slap the ball back into play before it bounced over the boundary, Mahela had lofted the ball inside out over extra cover


Badree to Jayawardene, 1 run, cut off the back foot through point


Badree to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, Mendis tries to cut but has no room, he bottom edges into the ground and past the keeper


Badree to Jayawardene, 1 run, short ball outside off, Mahela cuts towards deep point

End of over 12 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 60/3 (78 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.00, RRR: 9.75)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 33 (35b 2x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 3 (3b)
    • S Badree 4-0-24-1
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-2-1

Mark Kidger: "What a turnaround from WI 38-2 after 11! How many sides have ever won from a start like that?" Narine's back for his second over. SL need to be 83 to win at the end of this over according to D/L/.


Narine to Jayawardene, OUT, caught at point, that is a body blow to Sri Lanka! Mahela played the reverse pull but the ball was on the shorter side and he top edged it straight to point. That D-L par score is going to climb now. It looked like the drizzle was playing on Mahela's mind

DPMD Jayawardene c Sammy b Narine 33 (52m 36b 2x4 0x6) SR: 91.66

Thisara Perera is the new batsman.


Narine to Perera, no run, the quick offbreak, played off the back foot to cover


Narine to Perera, 1 run, OUT, Perera drives to long off and Mendis has been run out after a misfield I think! Sri Lanka are crumbling here. The batsman decided to take on Bravo's arm after he failed to pick the ball up cleanly. Bravo recovered well though and fired the throw to Narine, who collected and broke the stumps. Mendis dived but in vain

BMAJ Mendis run out 3 (10m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Narine to Perera, 1 run, forced into the leg side for a single

Tim: "One captain out caught by the other. Sammy looks like leading his team to victory and he's certainly contributed a lot to this performance."


Narine to Thirimanne, 1 run, cut off the back foot through point


Narine to Perera, 1 run, full length on leg and middle, nudged off the front foot through square leg

End of over 13 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 64/5 (74 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.92, RRR: 10.57)

    • NLTC Perera 3 (4b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 1 (1b)
    • SP Narine 2-0-7-1
    • S Badree 4-0-24-1

Kartik: "Oh Samuels, you beauty. What a knock today. Even classy Jayawardene couldn't match that."

On cue, Samuels will bowl from over the wicket.


Samuels to Perera, OUT, another run out! Ramdin has run out Perera! The ball hit the pad and rolled close on the leg side, Perera set off for a leg bye. Ramdin was quick to scamper to his right, collect the ball and nail the stumps at the bowler's end with a direct hit. Perera was well short. Samuels was standing in the middle of the pitch after following through and was actually asking Ramdin not to throw. The ball zipped past his feet and on to the stumps

NLTC Perera run out 3 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00


Samuels to Thirimanne, no run, Thirimanne decides not to play a shot as the ball spins across him


Samuels to Thirimanne, 1 run, driven to long off for a single


Samuels to Kulasekara, 1 run, driven down the ground for a single


Samuels to Thirimanne, no run, big turn across the left-hander after pitching outside leg stump, the ball hits Thirimanne's pads and he gets into a tangle


Samuels to Thirimanne, 2 runs, comes down the pitch and drives through midwicket

End of over 14 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 68/6 (70 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.85, RRR: 11.66)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 4 (5b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1 (1b)
    • MN Samuels 3-0-11-0
    • SP Narine 2-0-7-1

Jake: "Is Samuels' 78 going to end up being the 281 of T20 cricket?"

YouJay: "@Kartik: I second that. One of the most delightful T20 innings I have seen of late. Everybody thought the pitch was difficult one (and it probably is) except Samuels. Great knock that!"

Darren Sammy from over the wicket ...


Sammy to Kulasekara, 1 run, Kulasekara drives in the air towards long off and there's another mix-up between the batsmen. Charles threw to the keeper's end else there would have been another run out


Sammy to Thirimanne, no run, Thirimanne tries to cut but the length is a bit too full and the line from round the wicket a bit too close to him


Sammy to Thirimanne, OUT, caught at wide long on! Thirimanne tried to slog it for six but mis-timed the shot, Charles was in position and he took the catch easily. Look at Sammy celebrate, he's ecstatic. Gayle and his captain are busting out the Gangnam

HDRL Thirimanne c Charles b Sammy 4 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

It's almost all over for Sri Lanka now, a going through the motions remain. One of the great turnarounds in cricket.


Sammy to Kulasekara, 1 run, driven to long off for a single, that won't cut it for Sri Lanka


Sammy to Malinga, 1 run, pushed towards extra cover for a single

Nicholas: "What can Sammy's critics say now he's doing it with the bat , ball and in the field.Credit where credit is due."


Sammy to Kulasekara, 1 run, a low full toss played out towards deep midwicket, Pollard makes a small fumble but there's no extra run

End of over 15 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 72/7 (66 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.80, RRR: 13.20)

    • KMDN Kulasekara 4 (4b)
    • SL Malinga 1 (1b)
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-6-2
    • MN Samuels 3-0-11-0

Rampaul to Kulasekara, 1 run, backs away towards leg but the bowler follows him with a short ball, the batsman pulls and the ball reaches the fine leg fielder on the bounce


Rampaul to Malinga, 1 run, Malinga opens his face to a short ball angling into him and plays it towards third man

Mark: "It was as if a 150kg wrester had his foot on the West Indian throat. How do you flip him over onto his back from there and get the knock-out? Amazing!!"


Rampaul to Kulasekara, SIX, that's huge from Kulasekara! High and far over midwicket. He cleared his front foot and slogged hard, smashing a length ball from Rampaul


Rampaul to Kulasekara, FOUR, the Premadasa roars! Kula's smashed another short ball, this time flat over midwicket for a one-bounce four, pulled it superbly


Rampaul to Kulasekara, (no ball) FOUR, he's blitzing it now! Short and wide outside off, Kulasekara waits for it and cuts hard, behind point and wide of third man. Listen to that noise, the crowd is doing its bit. What's more it's a no-ball as well


Rampaul to Kulasekara, FOUR, the free-hit has gone for four! Kulasekara thrashed at a length ball outside off - Rampaul's length has been rubbish this over - and edged it high towards third man. Samuels came running forward and dived to take the catch, instead of staying back and saving the boundary. The ball bounced past him


Rampaul to Kulasekara, 1 run, good length outside off, Kulasekara drives to long off to retain strike. Sri Lanka need 44 off 24 balls. 22 runs off that over

Nomi: "Kulasekara going Gul here! Keep it up!!"

End of over 16 (22 runs) Sri Lanka 94/7 (44 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.87, RRR: 11.00)

    • KMDN Kulasekara 24 (10b 3x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 2 (2b)
    • R Rampaul 3-0-31-1
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-6-2

Narine to Kulasekara, 2 runs, makes room and lofts Narine back over his head, long-off runs to his right and keeps it to two


Narine to Kulasekara, no run, Kulasekara backs away and clogs, he gets beaten by the off break and the ball goes off his thigh to Gayle at first slip


Narine to Kulasekara, OUT, caught at deep cover! Kulasekara backs away and slaps a slightly shorter ball towards deep cover, where Badree comes running in from the boundary and holds on. That has to be that

KMDN Kulasekara c Badree b Narine 26 (16m 13b 3x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

Ajantha Mendis is the new batsman. Will he pick Narine?


Narine to Malinga, no run, Malinga nudges the ball off his pads to short fine leg, he wants one but Mendis says no


Narine to Malinga, no run, Malinga stands and slogs, gets beaten outside off


Narine to Malinga, 1 leg bye, another ball hits the pad and goes towards short fine leg, the batsmen chance the leg bye and Mendis just gets home before Ramdin breaks the stumps. Rampaul was the man at short fine leg

End of over 17 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 97/8 (41 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.70, RRR: 13.66)

    • SL Malinga 2 (5b)
    • BAW Mendis 0 (0b)
    • SP Narine 3-0-9-2
    • R Rampaul 3-0-31-1

Samuels to bowl his final over, 0 for 11 off three so far. What a night he's having.


Samuels to Malinga, no run, fires the ball into the pads, Malinga tries to hit through square but misses


Samuels to Malinga, 1 run, backs away towards leg and hits the ball to long off


Samuels to BAW Mendis, 1 run, moves towards the off side and flicks the ball towards deep midwicket


Samuels to Malinga, 1 run, goes back and towards leg to whip the ball towards long on, SL reach 100


Samuels to BAW Mendis, OUT, Bravo begins to dance after catching Mendis at deep midwicket. He tried to slog for six but didn't hit it anywhere near the boundary. And look at that celebration. It looks like several West Indian players are dusting off Samuels' clothes. Such joy

BAW Mendis c Bravo b Samuels 1 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Sean: "To take out Australia as easily as they did and now to engineer such a turnaround against Sri Lanka. Shows how dangerous a focused and disciplined West Indies team can be in cricket. Now only if they can translate it into the longer form of the game."

Dananjaya is the last man. Samuels has one ball left. 38 off 13 needed.


Samuels to Malinga, 1 run, worked off the pads through square leg for a single

West Indies on the verge of their first ICC title since 2004, and their first world title since 1979.

End of over 18 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 101/9 (37 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.61, RRR: 18.50)

    • SL Malinga 5 (9b)
    • A Dananjaya 0 (0b)
    • MN Samuels 4-0-15-1
    • SP Narine 3-0-9-2

Narine to Malinga, no run, tossed up on middle, Malinga steps out of his crease and drives to the bowler


Narine to Malinga, no run, Malinga hits the ball down the ground but refuses to run


Narine to Malinga, no run, quicker ball, Malinga takes it on the low full toss and hits through the off side


Narine to Malinga, OUT, that's it, West Indies are the World Twenty20 champions. Malinga slogs the ball high towards long-on, where Bravo settles under the catch and sprints towards his team-mates. There's gangnam all over the outfield, Ramdin is cartwheeling, sort of, West Indies are champions! There's going to be such a party in their hotel tonight

SL Malinga c Bravo b Narine 5 (22m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

Pollard and Gayle and the rest of them are still dancing on the outfield. It's all gangnam, it's been their mojo this tournament. It's even on the loudspeakers.West Indies won today despite Gayle doing nothing with the bat. It's been an unbelieveable turnaround. They were 32 for 2 after ten overs, and then scored 105 in the last ten. Marlon Samuels played one of the great innings. There's Jamaican Farewell playing at the Premadasa.

"It's Bravo's birthday," says Marlon "Happy to score runs when the team wins." "Happy birthday Bravo," screams Gayle. "I guess we didn't disappoint."

Narine: "I think playing the final, coming out on the winning side, it's a team effort."

Pollard says that celebration when Samuel took his first wicket was the team showing its appreciation for him.

Jaggu: "Thirty years since your country last played a world cup final, your best batsman gets out inside the power play, your run rate is 3 after 10 overs yet you manage 78 of 56. Hats off to you Samules. This will surely be one of the best T20 innings."

Dwayne Bravo: "We had the belief, we had some of the better players in our team. It was just a matter of getting our heads together."

Richie Richardson, the team manager, screams into the microphone, before saying, "feels good, feels good. It's been a long journey. It is very important for everybody, we've made the people back home proud. A number of them have come here, one flew in for this match only."

Prasanna: "Wat an energy these guys have after such an intense game,,,Seeing the WI team you feel to be wanting to be in that dressing room even being a non-Carribean,,,I feel as if my country has won it !! Amazing!!"

Nanda: "Feels like being in the 1980's again. This is nostalgic."

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Treveylan: "So how many finals for Sri Lanka without a trophy have it been? Well done to the WI but you have to feel for SL. All these finals and no trophy."

This was Simon Taufel's last game as an ICC umpire and he and the other match officials go up to receive their medals. Bat up, Simon.

The Sri Lankan players go up to receive their medals, Mahela Jayawardene will be last so that he can speak. Spare a thought for the man, a fourth final and no trophy.

Mahela: "I think the first ten overs were fantastic, they knew they had to go for it. A couple of mistakes on the field an three four bad overs shifted the momentum. It was ough for us to get into it. The boys tried well. We're disappointed, a full house. A couple of overs they went after us, against our best bowlers. Marlon batted very well. I backed my No. 1 bowler to deliver but Marlon batted very well."

"Can't say, the drops were falling [while batting], we lost momentum when Dilshan fell. 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."

Jayawardene's giving credit to the fans for the support his team has received through this tournament, be it in Hambantota, Pallekele or Colombo.

The Man of the Match is Marlon Samuels, as if you didn't know already. Gayle is bowing down to him.

Samuels: "Put in a lot of hard work. To Jamaica, to the West Indies. Can't explain how much it means to me. Thanks to Sri Lanka, I had some good food. They beat us twice, I tell Chris 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. Futurewise I think West Indies are going to do well, even in Test cricket. Test cricket is the best cricket."

The player of the tournament is Shane Watson. 249 runs, 11 wickets, countless sixes, four Man of the Match awards. He's here to collect his award too.

Watson: "Thrilled for the frst four matches, unfortunately the West Indie were too good in the semi-final. They were deserved winners. Sad for Sri Lanka not to win at home ... I'll never compare myself against Jacques [Kallis]. He's my idol, he's the ultimate ... "

The West Indian players are going up to receive their medals now. Ramdin's not taken off his keeping pads!

Darren Sammy, he had a beautiful game today and a flag on his shoulders now: "For the last two years we've shown the never say die attitude, but we haven't had the results. There's a special gentleman in the stand called Peter Matthews, he's supported us through rain and sun, he's the happiest man right now. 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 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 Carribean with has pulled us through. today we were down and out but our never say die attitude came out."

Sammy on Samuels: "The two years he missed ... two years of international runs. He's scored so much since he's been back."

Gayle's still dancing as Sammy is speaking about him and how a team with Gayle is a better team.

More Sammy: "It's a part from Jamaica down to Guyana. Thank God it's a sunday. This hopefully will be the beginning of things to come. Hopefully this team will go on. We won't say we are back, but ...."

It's time for that trophy, a first world trophy for the West Indies since 1979, the first ICC trophy since 2004. There's so much joy on that stage as they jump up and down in celebration. Oh to be at the Cinnamon Grand tonight. Ramdin's got a message written on his shirt again: sweeter from behind No. 1, is what it said I think Gayle's doing some break dance and now some push-ups. It's bonkers out there.

The West Indians are doing a walk of honour around the Premadasa. Delirious celebrations. More gangnam, they will not tire of it tonight.

Samuels is leading the team, seems to be sword-fighting with the flag. His team-mates chant behind him. It's mellowing down now ... not for the birthday boy though, Dwayne Bravo is still dancing and urging the crowd to party.

Right, so these celebrations are going to continue and go long into the early morning. If you are in the vicinity of Colombo, go find the West Indies cricket team. It'll be the biggest party you ever witness.

It's been memorable and it had a tremendous final. We've thoroughly enjoyed bringing it to you. We'll have a lot of post-match and post-tournament stories up on the site soon. Here's Sidharth Monga's match report for starters. Thank you for all your emails today and through the tournament. Cheers.






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