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

Badree's near-perfect day

Plays of the Day from the thrilling World T20 final between West Indies and England in Kolkata
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Joe Root's golden arm got rid of Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle early in the chase © Associated Press

The start

In the semi-final, Jason Roy was bowled by a legspinner who skidded the ball on. In the final, Roy was bowled by a legspinner who skidded the ball on. But there was one key difference. In the semi-final, Roy had already thumped 78 off 44 balls when he fell to Ish Sodhi, and had done enough to set up England's win over New Zealand. In the final, his dismissal came off the second ball of the match, Samuel Badree having already had a big shout for lbw first ball when Roy missed another skidder. It was the start of a tough period of play for England.

The injury

It seemed that Badree could do no wrong. He bowled his four overs in succession and finished with 2 for 16, including 14 dot balls. He also took a catch in the second over of the innings to remove Alex Hales, who had flicked Andre Russell to short fine leg. And another, better catch came in the 19th over when Liam Plunkett sliced the ball to short third man off Dwayne Bravo. Badree had to hustle to his right and dive to make the catch, which stuck perfectly in his hands, but he came up clutching his right shoulder. Badree left the field immediately and it was a worrying sign, though it would have been more so for West Indies had he not already bowled out.

The surprise

West Indies have had great success with Badree as an opening bowler, but England throughout this tournament have opted for the more traditional approach of two fast bowlers taking the new ball. Until today. Eoin Morgan asked Joe Root to send down the second over of West Indies' innings after David Willey had started proceedings, and it quickly appeared to be a stroke of genius. First ball, Johnson Charles launched an ugly slog off Root that was caught by Ben Stokes running back from mid-on, and two balls later Root had Chris Gayle in similar fashion. It was all the more remarkable for the fact that before this, Root's tournament bowling figures were 1-0-13-0.

The reprieve

After their shaky start, West Indies had picked themselves back up with 16 runs off the sixth over from Chris Jordan, but the first ball of the next over brought more joy for England. Briefly. The scorecard ticked over to 37 for 4 when Marlon Samuels edged behind off Liam Plunkett and was given out by umpire Rod Tucker. However, the decision was then sent upstairs for analysis by third official Marais Erasmus, with some doubt whether the ball carried to Jos Buttler. Replays suggested it had touched the ground as it entered his gloves, and Samuels, on 27, was reprieved. The scorecard duly ticked back to 37 for 3.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • Hadyn on April 4, 2016, 9:53 GMT

    Really Brydon??? Don't you think that you are missing another item for your play of the day? Perhaps something in the 20th over involving a Carlos?

  • Amrutur on April 4, 2016, 2:54 GMT

    Badree's bowling went a long way in quieting India in the semi finals and it was noticed rightaway as the game was progressing. Sammy used him well to get some tight overs, and there is a lot that Indian cricket has to learn about T20, including the use of spinners and leg spinners. T20 does not need great bowlers, just tight bowlers and that is Badree, who gets the job done. However, T20 needs batting sloggers and that's the rest of the team. Badree's damage is done in the beginning of the innings so it is hard to remember him at the end when the celebration begins. It would be curious to see how Badree would fare in the last few overs.

  • SRINIVASAN on April 4, 2016, 0:43 GMT

    Congrats WI. You played the game in the way only you can play. Any other team would have crumbled under 19 off 6with a settled batsman at the bowler's end. They would have instructed the "all rounder" to get a single and the well settled batsman would have bunked the chase( mostly happens to India, Pak SA & even OZ). But Carlos carts 4 into the heaven and WI are champions. Let WI Board be kind to its players for all the glory they have brought.

  • Debra on April 4, 2016, 0:15 GMT

    Congrats West Indies! both, men and women.

  • Alyssa on April 3, 2016, 23:56 GMT

    Badree is legendary! Top T20 specialist bowler in the world.

  • Ali on April 3, 2016, 23:12 GMT

    take the #1 ranked 20/20 bowler in the world for granted at your own risk ...

  • Sebastian on April 3, 2016, 22:37 GMT

    Any news on Badree injury?

  • Pintu on April 3, 2016, 18:55 GMT

    WI perform when it matters more!

  • Nathan on April 3, 2016, 18:18 GMT

    CONGRATS!!! to WI team. What an AWESOME performance and a repeat of WT20 title for the second time. Does this ring a bell of a similarity of WINS in the 50-50 WCup in 1975 and 1979? Kudos to the Caribbean teams in making the year 2016 very very special. U19 champions, Womens WT20 champions and Mens WT20 champions. A performance where all the players played their part, setting aside their personal differences and that with the WI board. Hope and wish the team takes it forward with all their winning trends to the future.

  • Nicholas on April 3, 2016, 18:17 GMT

    Spinners dominating the game/tournament again! What a surprise...

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