England v West Indies, World T20 2016 final, Kolkata April 3, 2016

WI grab title after Brathwaite 6, 6, 6, 6


West Indies 161 for 6 (Samuels 85*, Brathwaite 34*, Willey 3-20) beat England 155 for 9 (Root 54, Brathwaite 3-23, Bravo 3-37) by four wickets
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Champion: Carlos Brathwaite hit four sixes on the trot to break England hearts © Getty Images

Write off West Indies cricket at your peril. Less than four months in, 2016 is already a year of great celebration and renewal for cricket in the Caribbean. West Indies won the Under-19 World Cup. West Indies won the Women's World T20. And now West Indies have won the World T20. In doing so, Darren Sammy's men have become the first team to win two World T20 tournaments, having also triumphed in Sri Lanka in 2012.

Those are the facts. The how is all the more extraordinary. Set 156 to beat England and win the championship, West Indies found themselves needing 19 off the last over, to be bowled by Ben Stokes. Marlon Samuels, who had steered the chase, was on 85. But he was at the wrong end. This was all down to Carlos Brathwaite, the allrounder who emerged on the Test tour of Australia just a few months ago.

Six. Six. Six. Six. Job done with two balls to spare. The first one was a poor ball from Stokes, down leg, clubbed over deep backward square. Then a length ball slammed down the ground over long-on. Then over long-off. One run needed. Push a single? Why bother when you have the power, like Brathwaite, to crunch another six over the leg side. The West Indies players streamed onto the field in jubilation. They had not only done it. They had done it in style.

And all this from a team that, in the weeks before this tournament, was stuck in another pay dispute with their board. But that is for another day. This day was about what happened on the field, and West Indies dominated the first over of the match and the last over of the match. England, along the way, had their own ups and downs, but by taking wickets throughout the chase gave themselves a strong chance of claiming their second World T20 title.

But if Brathwaite destroyed them at the end, Samuels was the one who chipped away at them through most of the innings. Samuels walked to the crease in the second over of the chase, when England had surprised West Indies by using Joe Root with the new ball, and he duly claimed Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle in his first over. Samuels had a mountain of work to do, and he did it, just as he had in 2012.

Samuels is an enigmatic cricketer, one who seems to spend long periods in hibernation. During those times he looks like a Don't Care Bear. But when he awakes, he is capable of anything, as he showed during the World T20 final in 2012, when his 78 from 56 balls set up the West Indies victory over Sri Lanka. Here when he came out of his hibernation, he was a Kung Fu Panda, clubbing England's bowlers and kicking them into the dust.

And he did it with limited support. England's bowling was good. David Willey picked up 3 for 20, Liam Plunkett was hard to get away, Adil Rashid cost less than six an over. Dwayne Bravo managed 25 off 27 balls but besides him, Samuels and Brathwaite were the only ones to reach double figures. Brathwaite's final score was 34 from 10 balls, not out. Notably, Root did not bowl an over after taking 2 for 9 in his first.

West Indies found themselves needing 45 off the last four overs, then 38 off the last three, and 27 off the last two. But Eoin Morgan had left himself with Stokes and Root as his only bowling options, and Stokes could not hit the mark. Chasing had again proved successful for West Indies, who did not lose a toss in this tournament and bowled first every time.

You could sense the relief for Darren Sammy, then, when he won the toss for the 10th successive time in T20 internationals, and sent England in. Ball one, Samuel Badree skidded it past the bat of Jason Roy, who was struck on the pad. Not out, sliding down leg. Ball two, Badree skidded it past the bat of Roy and onto the stumps. Roy had starred with 78 in England's semi-final win over New Zealand, but this was going to be a rather different sort of innings.

When Alex Hales flicked Andre Russell to short fine leg in the next over, it felt like an anti-climax was brewing. So too when Morgan, perplexed by Badree's wrong'un, edged to Gayle at slip to leave the total at 23 for 3 in the fifth over. But Badree bowled out, his figures of 2 for 16 impressive, and suddenly it was more of a contest.

Root was outstanding in the face of wickets falling around him. He struck seven boundaries and all were from classy, traditional cricket strokes, mostly along the ground, through the gaps. When eventually he innovated, he immolated. On 54 from 36, he fell when he tried to paddle Brathwaite over short fine leg, but in that position Sulieman Benn dived forward to take a sharp catch low to the ground.

West Indies' fielding was universally outstanding. No catches were dropped, and some of those taken were far from straightforward. Badree, Brathwaite and Russell were all hard to get away. Bravo found three wickets, including those of Stokes and Moeen Ali in the space of three balls. But the fifth bowler - a combination of Benn and Sammy - leaked heavily.

Benn's three overs cost 40 runs and Jos Buttler clubbed him for a pair of consecutive sixes in his 36 off 22 balls, and Sammy bowled just one over for 14. Sammy finds himself in the strange position of having captained West Indies to one of their greatest triumphs in recent years, but in doing so having almost done himself out of a job. He made only eight runs in this tournament and bowled three overs for 31 runs. In three games he neither batted nor bowled.

But frankly, who cares? Sammy is a dual World T20-winning captain. His men have done what no others in cricket have done. And they have given the Caribbean region a hat-trick of triumphs in 2016. What a year for West Indies.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • Devinderpal Singh on April 8, 2016, 0:04 GMT

    @mark: Yeah, I heard something like that. It shows that certain people will justify someone else's spot in a vastly different format if the player in question is well-liked. Absolutely nonsense from him.

  • markbrop on April 7, 2016, 11:28 GMT

    DSA: Apparently Botham made this statement when he was asked whether Alex Hales was a test opener?

    "I wouldn't rush to drop Alex Hales out, I'd like to see how he goes in the one-dayers,"

  • markbrop on April 6, 2016, 15:23 GMT

    "I'm not too sure about the depths of Irish spin bowlers, but I have not heard of anyone that is comparable to him, so yeah, that was a surprise. You guys need more Sterlings as he is only one of a few hitter you have. In my view, he would do well in the IPL if picked up."

    We actually only played one specialist spinner McBrine against Oman and he wasnt even given a 4th over even though he was our best bowler on the day (2 for 15 off 3 overs). Dockrell didnt play against Oman and then took 3 for 7 off 2 overs in the six over slog against Holland. Yes Stirling and Kevin O'Brien (batting ridiculously low at five) are our only real big hitters - this is our worst format by far.

  • Devinderpal Singh on April 6, 2016, 14:47 GMT

    @mark: re: Phangiso and Dockrell: I suppose that I am surprised at South Africa's decision to omit him, especially with the transformation policy in mind. However, I am more surprised that Morne Morkel was omitted, and that Dale Steyn was picked ahead of him. Much like Stokes, people confuse a player's ability in Tests, with their ability in limited-overs cricket. Steyn and Stokes are Test players only; Morkel is an all-formats fast bowler. When you consider that Morkel has been fantastic for Kolkata and before that, Delhi, and that the SunRisers released Steyn (i.e. they did not care about his Test record anymore), that, to me, is even more shocking as Abbott, Rabada and Morkel are their best 3 fast bowlers. I'm not too sure about the depths of Irish spin bowlers, but I have not heard of anyone that is comparable to him, so yeah, that was a surprise. You guys need more Sterlings as he is only one of a few hitter you have. In my view, he would do well in the IPL if picked up. P1 of 2.

  • markbrop on April 6, 2016, 9:16 GMT

    DSA: "Re: Morgan: Will or should? England will feebly justify it, but he definitely doesn't deserve it, unless you're @Dezzy, in which case, you can fail and still "have a future" because, yes, the blind fandom. Thoughts, Mark?"

    Morgan's ambition from a very young age was to play test cricket. There is very bad blood between himself and Simmons because of what happened in his last year or so for Ireland. Opinion is very divided about him over here but I would definitely have him back - its possible we could play test cricket if we win the IC Cup and then beat Zimbabwe in the test challenge. As for his England future I think he is very lucky still to be in the team. He needs runs against Sri Lanka and Pakistan to keep his place. The likes of Taylor, Vince and Billings are all waiting in the wings and Bopara is definitely a potential captain if he hasnt been "moved on".

  • markbrop on April 6, 2016, 8:29 GMT

    DSA: Were you as shocked as I was that SA did not pick Phangiso for the game against England? It was as bad as our decision to omit Dockrell from the Oman game.

  •   দৈনিক বঙ্গের খবর on April 5, 2016, 19:53 GMT

    Congratulations West Indies team - man, women & under 19. It is Glorious memory of the world. Three world cup in West Indies. World wide remember it T20 master West Indies.

  • Dez on April 5, 2016, 15:45 GMT

    Actually @D.S.A I found plenty of fault with our bowlers after the SA match if you would care to have a look! Thankfully from that point on they improved considerably. As to Roy 'Are 2 performances out of 6 good enough?'. In this instance yes it was because they were the 2 most crucial games in England getting to the final! For some reason you do not rate his game against SL-he actually played well with the bat in 3 out of 6, and if you watched the games you would have seen that he was one of the best in the field in every game-this was picked up by several of the commentators (non-English). I have not said Stokes didn't fail in this tournament either as far as I'm aware-I just wouldn't class him as a flop in every game he played, like the other 3 were. His 6 off the last ball and last over bowling against SL for one was crucial. As was his last over v AFG. No-one is pretending he didn't fluff it v Braithwaite. More armchair spin from the non cricket playing Driving Standards Agency.

  • Tahir on April 5, 2016, 15:31 GMT

    T20 format makes unlikely heroes, Brathwaite had hardly scored a thirty in limited overs format in the last five years since he has been in business for WI. On the other hand stokes has been a notable budding all rounder for last years and has made impression across the formats.

  • Devinderpal Singh on April 5, 2016, 15:11 GMT

    @markbrop: Also, when teams started with spin, invariably, Roy and/or Hales fell, again, again and again. You can look at certain bowlers who didn't play in much of the tournament e.g. Abbott and Rehman, and they performed fantastically, in a mere 3 matches, yet would people say they had good tourneys and get into a tourney 11? No, because they aren't popular, but Steyn fails yet again in limited-overs cricket, and he STILL warrants selection in some people's eyes, because of their bias towards him. The fandom around the likes of Roy and Stokes allows people like @Dezzy to ignore their multiple failures, and over-accentuate the few positives, to act as a counterbalance. Just read @Dezzy's comms; he thinks Stokes didn't fail in the tournament, lol. Hilarious.

    Re: Morgan: Will or should? England will feebly justify it, but he definitely doesn't deserve it, unless you're @Dezzy, in which case, you can fail and still "have a future" because, yes, the blind fandom. Thoughts, Mark? P2 of 2.