World T20, Final: England v West Indies at Kolkata, Apr 3, 2016
World T20 - Final
West Indies won by 4 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (neutral venue)
3 April 2016 - night match (20-over match)

Sammy is doling out some towels - perhaps worried about the dew. Then they go into a huddle. DJ Bravo's talking first though. A few claps follow and a loud roar greets England openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales. Eden Gardens is geed up for this. Judging by the 1000-plus words I've typed, maybe so am I. Samuel Badree, that legspinner Powerplay specialist, has the new ball. He has played 28 T20Is, he's opened the bowling every single time. Slip in place

6.53 pm The teams are on the edge of the boundary peeling their hair off looking uber cool. They stride out now for the national anthems, but first they have to negotiate a line of fireworks going off in their faces. First up, Rally 'round the West Indies, then God save the Queen. Sammy has this contented smile on his face, as if this is where he is supposed to be, as if this is his time. A cry of "Barmy Army" is heard before England's anthem and solemn faces come up on screen. Young team, Stokes, Root, Willey, Roy, lots ahead of them.

There I was, scouring for content to shove down ahem, treat you lovely people and in comes Sid Monga from Kolkata to save the day. (He left the cape back in the press box) "The stands are about two-thirds full, which is surprising." And at Eden Gardens, which can host close to 70,000 people, that is saying something!

Najam: "Don't forget, in IPL this is also the home ground of Eoin Morgan :)"

Hemant: "Who would have thought that after 34 games, there would be no Asian team in the finale! Surely, I did not."

"Last Time it was a Simmon show all the way as he was playing on his IPL Homeground. So can we expect the Same from Andre Russell Tonight ??" ----- Mustafa Moudi brings you TrendzWatch, with a Z. Cause this is T20.

"Both teams are pretty similar ,very good batting unit, great bowling at death ,good at chase so its all about keeping nerves calm at right moment and get over the line." ----- Sanketp45, who do you think England football star Harry Kane is supporting? Here's a clue

6.33 pm Finally, out walk the captains - Sammy with his hand around Morgan, both with big smiles on their face, and the match referee Ranjan Madugalle for the toss. Morgan will spin, Sammy calls heads, and it is a head! West Indies are going to bowl "At the end of the day, we want the fans to be entertained and we come out victories. No changes. We came into this tournament with a lot of confidence. Not many gave us a chance, but we knew what we could do. Today we just have to take one more step. I said we have 15 match-winners. So far somebody has taken responsibility to take the team home. We've been inspired by the Under-19 boys and seeing the women be victorious, we are inspired"

"Would have had a bowl first," says Morgan, "Looks a really good surface. Big covering of grass, normally its quite bare and takes a bit of turn. Unchanged as well. I think in all three facets of the game, we've grown in confidence. [On Gayle] As much as we did before any team meeting, its important to stress we dont focus on one player. The India semi-final proved that"

Oh, by the way, it would seem Sammy has won his 10th toss in a row. #GoldenArm. Bharath Seervi also chimes in with, "Sammy has won the toss in all the 6 matches of this #WT20 and has elected to bowl first everytime!"

LVS: "I had trouble deciding whom to root for. The thing I hate the most about cricket is the result of the match being skewed by the toss. So I've decided to root for England."

England 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Jos Buttler (wk), 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 David Willey, 11 Liam Plunkett

West Indies 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Lendl Simmons, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Carlos Brathwaite, 10 Sulieman Benn, 11 Samuel Badree

"It's not a good-looking surface," the pitch report says. How Rude! "Little discolored. Green grass on one side, brown grass as well. Footmarks from the women's match as well. It won't be a turner. It should under lights slide on. It's a decent surface. It will all come down to execution."

Today is your last chance to win CricIQ! Head over here to take the quiz. Also, Sid Monga reports, "The ladies' press conferences are going on, the teams are warming up, there is a dance show on at the far end of the ground, and the stands are filling up. The weather is clear, there is thankfully a breeze to cool it down a little."

Kartik: "Last day of the tournament....I have a little quiz here too.....How many wickets did Boult and Southee take in this event? :)" ----- Ohhh, ooohhh, I know this one. I know this one. Boy, that's going to be a doozy of a trick question in the lead up to the World T20 5016. I hope I can be on comms for that too.

Dr. Arsalan: "I like B Stokes, and want to salute him for a purpose. #YouKnowWhatIMean" ----- #AndForThoseWhoDon't. These guys and their celebrations...

"While England doing so well this time is the result of their changed attitude and approach to Limited Overs Cricket post their ignominious exit in ICC WC'15, I still don't understand how they managed to win the WT20 in 2010." ---- Magic, LVS. KP, Collingwood and all the rest just went Abracadabra. #BetterThanSwitchHits

6.15 pm Stop the press! Match Day is upon us. Well, the match day is upon us, but so is Match Day, with Ian Chappell, Mahela Jayawardene and Ajit Agarkar. People on the web can simply refresh the scorecard and tune in to the pretty moving pictures on the top right of the page. For those on the app, open this trap door and fall down the rabbit hole. Don't forget to collect your parachutes from Gaurav Kalra.

Cricket simplet: "Come on.. Its quite straight forward.. England gonna win.. Even stats will suggest that.. If windies are like CSK, eng are like MI.. the underdogs always win in india.. I really wish WI Not to bat first in this track to avoid an one sided final.. But my score against my wishes are 0-3.."

Faizii: "I supported PAK in the beginning, they lost, then supported SAF they lost then NZ they also lost and then IND unfortunately they are also out.. And now I am confused who to cheer for as both the teams are very good "

Vikram: "Mind:West Indies Heart:England for the enterprising brand of cricket they are playing."

"All said about pitch, high score, chasing, batsman's night, small boundaries - Benn & Badree's bowling will make the difference! It's WI bowling that can make a difference today" Gan, you'll be pleased to note that no less a cricket mind than Tony Cozier, that man with an encyclopedic knowledge of West Indies cricket, thinks along the same lines. Read his column here.

6.00 pm "Let's be honest, Alagappan," Oh, but that is generally boring. But okay, Mark, "Whoever wins the toss will almost certainly win the match. The West Indies have chased every game and will chase again, if they can and England are also far happier chasing. With the dew, the side winning the toss will have a huge advantage." ---- It has been more or less true. Even New Zealand's inspired run in the league stages also involved them winning four tosses in a row. And the coin will be going up in just about half an hours time. Ooooh, I have goosebumps! And only one thing can settle them. Zaltzman. Kimber. Two Men Out. Get in here! Okay, that doesn't make any sense. Bet the Two Men would be proud of me

"WI should consider asking Charles to keep the wickets tonight and strengthening their team with yet another fast bowling all rounder Holder by replacing their only weak link Ramdin." ---- Diagnosis noted, Dr. Tam. Can I get a lollipop now, please?

Dr. Tam: "I can give you the lollipop you deserve for such a nice coverage but first promise us an injection of boundaries and a syrup of absorbing cricket tonight?" ------ What makes you think I won't just say yes and steal my treat, just like that? I's a bad bad boy.

5.55 pm The home team might not be here, but the buzz in Kolkata has been phenomenal. The pre-match press conference, for example, was teeming with journalists. England and West Indies have provided a story and a half for all of us to follow. One of redemption. One of rediscovery. One of youth. One of the spectacular. Well, maybe I might be misusing my creative licence a bit there, so let me cede the stage to Sidharth Monga, who has penned the preview for this match and the all the necessary numbers are sprawled in here with S Rajesh, waiting for you to join the party.

"We have a battle between two wonderful teams led by two under performing skippers. Sammy and Morgan will need to step up to be able to steal the glory tonight!" ---- But wouldn't you say they've made up for that with their leadership? The belief these two men have instilled in their team has been quite inspirational.

"I am from that 1% who claimed Eng will win the WC and I still stand by it," Avinash has been putting time behind the crystal ball. Wonder if I should ask him about the lottery....

"Al, we need your expert opinion even before the match starts. Fantasy teams need to be updated. Pitch ? Dew ? Your thoughts?" Oh Kamran, you have tears welling up in my eyes. Such a special feeling this. *Sniff* Well, lets see if I can help you out. Ummm.. Pitch you say? Sammy says all he wants is one 22 yards long and six feet wide. I'll go with that. While also mentioning Morgan had seen some grass in there. Mostly to hold it together and keep it firm. And dew... well, even without it, you'd fancy chasing here in Kolkata. Pack your team with batsmen, and good death bowlers.

"It's hot and humid here in Kerala," and so Chukkan yelps, "Expecting Gayle Force 9." ---- Trust me, it won't cool things down. He's two short of becoming the first player ever to hit 100 T20I sixes.

5.45 pm Would the women's triumph spur Darren Sammy and his men? They came out to celebrate with them, to soak in that winnin' feelin and to see if it might stick with them in a few hours' time. But England aren't the England of old. They've got Joe Root who gunned down 229 without batting en eyelid (while batting cricket balls out of Wankhede like they were ghosts and he was the answer to "who you gonna call?"). They've got Chris Jordan, who is pretty much a bot in human form programmed to bowl yorkers. They've got Eoin Morgan, who has been lauded for bringing sexy the fun back. England deserve their place in this World T20 final, and it makes it all the more sweeter because their limited-overs cricket was being skewered after their squeaky old World Cup.

"Right, I've read everything, watched everything (including Jarrod and Mel- a lovely couple), made a comment or two. A quick look-in at the World Curling championships (you think cricket's a minority sport?) and I'll be ready to see England put another piece of silver on the mantelpiece where, let's face it, there's lots of room." John, you are a model student. Here you go, you can enjoy Ian Chappell's analysis where he puts his bowling cap on.

"Hello from South Korea...," Welcome, Prashant. Put your feet up. There's nachos in the kitchen too. Oh, um.. actually, I finished it off. Oops. "Any news about pitch? 200+ score in Kolkata? Eagerly waiting for the clash of batting powers!" ---- It would seem we have a flat pitch to assist two teams with great power-hitting ability. So sit down, strap in and let's savour a final to remember.

5.15 pm Shall we begin with a little bit of fun then? Nearly 40,000 people stopped by our poll asking who would win the World T20. West Indies got 6% votes and England, well, they got 1%. And here they are, at Eden Gardens, fighting to be called World Champions. It's like fate came up to us, pranced about, bopped us all on the nose and yelled "Gotcha!"

Oh, and for those rallying, champion-ing and variously supporting the West Indies, the women's team are breaking records and are on the cusp of taking the crown away from Australia. Haley Matthews - all of 18 years old - has blitzed them. And there it is! West Indies have won the Women's World T20. "#doingitinstyle" tweeted Brian Lara, and they've put away one of the two trophies up for grabs tonight. West Indies recorded the second-highest chase in Women's World T20 history thanks to their best first-wicket partnership in history. And the men have walked out onto the pitch to celebrate with their colleagues. Curtly Ambrose, Darren Sammy, Carlos Brathwaite, Andre Russell...

Meanwhile, Meg Lanning and the Australians walk away in shock. The captain was down on the turf, needing help to be lifted up. They won this trophy three times - back to back to back - and now even after posting a substantial 148, they couldn't do much on a belter of a track.

"I am rooting for red-hot England in this final," booms Prabhat. That's just the sort of gung ho we're looking for. "Roy has brought so much joy to start English innings with new dash of optimism that was leaking from England from few years,and,how better will it be,to win it against the most dangerous T20 outfit ever--WI.....May the best team win....Its definitely felt like Clash of Titans from my side..#feeling the heat."

"2 hours 50 minutes and counting: have you any idea how long it takes to chill a magnum of Perrier Jouet Grand Brut to 2 degrees Celsius?" Mr Confident has stumped me. Those pretty bails have lit up, but I will not move. Commentary referee, do your worst.

Yep, this is probably the earliest you've ever seen anything in commentary but, hey, it's a big day and we've got loads of good stuff for you to read and watch in the build-up. From the England side, there is Andrew Miller on the class of 2016 v 2010 and Andrew Fernando on the team's new cloak. On the West Indies, meanwhile, Sid Monga delves into the team which is already well associated with the word 'Champion'. The captains, too, have had their say: Darren Sammy wanted to get something off his chest, while Eoin Morgan was soaking in England's remarkable turnaround. That's not all, though. You can also find out what our Match Day panel makes of the final and there's the latest edition of #politeenquires with Jarrod and Mel. Phew, that's probably enough for now. See you in the afternoon!

".....and this is probably the earliest interaction with you guys," Aww, dear Andrew Cowell: You missed us. "Right, T20. Hit and giggle it once was; morphed into an elder-statesmens retirement pay-day; administrators have tried to cash-in with non-cricket watchers; but now pretty much accepted alongside mainstream ODI's. This much we all know. Two previous winners meet: the mighty swinging Calypso bats against the guile of an all-bases-covered England. Fascinating stuff. The bookies can't split them. Here's hoping for a cracker....with an England smile at the end. May your fingers keep up with it all, gentlemen."


Badree to Roy, no run, lbw appeal first ball! But Kumar Dharmasena is unmoved. Pitches on a good length, zips along with the arm. Roy seems a bit nervous on that. Slow to bring the bat towards it. Would have missed leg


Badree to Roy, OUT, no need for the ump there! The slider goes straight through Roy. What a start for West Indies, and yet Badree barely celebrates. He just walks in to collect the applause like a boss. Another straighter one, pitches on middle, zips through to take leg. Roy was a bit too slow on it again, and played down the wrong line too.

JJ Roy b Badree 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Badree to Root, 1 run, tossed up on middle, Root, that charmingly clever batsman, simply pushes it down the ground


Badree to Hales, 1 run, there won't be any turn with the new ball. It would just skid on. Hales is on the back foot, punches down the ground


Badree to Root, FOUR, beautiful batting! His feet are moving straight away - jumped back to take hold of a short ball and drills it through the covers.


Badree to Root, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, serenely driven to long-on

Here's a nice read about Mr Miser, Samuel Badree, and why he's a good candidate to be West Indies' Player of the tournament.

End of over 1 (7 runs) England 7/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • JE Root 6 (3b 1x4)
    • AD Hales 1 (1b)
    • S Badree 1-0-7-1

Vikrant Mahamun: "Okay! Now how many times do u see a team cheered as much as India even after knocking them out." ---- You'd suspect they might warm to Root too, considering his strokeplay. Here's Dre Russ with a slip


Russell to Root, no run, ooooh, that wasn't pretty for England. Nerves apparent. Gets awayswing, and it draws Root into that backfoot punch. Except this is too wide of him and he can't reach it


Russell to Root, no run, neatly behind it, and the sound off the bat is crisp. Drilled into the covers off the back foot


Russell to Root, 1 run, "yeah, yeah," Root yells looking for a second after a flick through midwicket. Had loads of time to play that despite Russell's rapid pace. Two was on offer, but Hales seems to have slipped


Russell to Hales, no run, grabs the ball and gets in position to throw. "Yay," yells the crowd. Very coliseum like. Good length ball on off stump, pushed back at the bowler


Russell to Hales, OUT, he's picked out short fine leg! The only man there! Russell cannot believe it. Hales is livid with himself. This was a half-tracker, down the leg side, begging to be tonked and he simply helped it into the hands of Badree. A few yards either side, or even a little more height on that and England would have had the boundary they wanted to settle nerves

AD Hales c Badree b Russell 1 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Eoin Morgan in the second over, at his home ground from the IPL. He is greeted by two slips


Russell to Morgan, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended

End of over 2 (1 run) England 8/2 (RR: 4.00)

    • EJG Morgan 0 (1b)
    • JE Root 7 (6b 1x4)
    • AD Russell 1-0-1-1
    • S Badree 1-0-7-1

Badree to Root, 1 run, strides out to meet a full delivery outside off and sends it to long-on

Buttler's padded up in the dugout, probably in a hurry. Sammy taking his time to set the field. Gayle is in at slip


Badree to Morgan, no run, flighted outside off, Morgan jams a drive into the covers


Badree to Morgan, no run, comes forward on off stump and defends. Good accuracy from Badree


Badree to Morgan, no run, still no runs for the captain. This was a shade short and he went back to glide it past short third man, found the man instead


Badree to Morgan, no run, that one was faster. Lovely change of pace and Morgan, looking to back away, had to hurry into a push into the covers


Badree to Morgan, no run, was that the googly? Or did it just slide on? Morgan had not picked it, whichever it was. He was playing for the leggie, defending on middle when the ball pitched on off stump and went on into the keeper's gloves

End of over 3 (1 run) England 9/2 (RR: 3.00)

    • EJG Morgan 0 (6b)
    • JE Root 8 (7b 1x4)
    • S Badree 2-0-8-1
    • AD Russell 1-0-1-1

D.S.A: "@Muthu: Morgan actually plays for the SunRisers. Also, at this ground, he averages a mere 20. It hardly helps to have such experience, if that experience is hellish." ---- Ooopsy, guess I got a little too excited. West Indies went with one over spells till the ninth over in the semi-final. It continues. Benn is in. Slip in again


Benn to Root, no run, goes back to a good length ball on off stump, pushed back at the bowler


Benn to Root, FOUR, superbly played! That punch through the covers is too good. The high elbow, the little power he generates with his bottom hand as well. Was a poor ball - short and a tad wide - but Root took care of it so well


Benn to Root, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, driven down the ground


Benn to Morgan, FOUR, when in doubt, go over the infield! Morgan saw one in his area, strode forward and it was a good stride too, reached the pitch and lashed it over cover


Benn to Morgan, 1 run, flighted on off stump, driven to long-on

No slips now


Benn to Root, FOUR, hit in the gap past mid-on! And that was because of his footwork again. This time he was lunging forward, took a flighted ball on the full and whipped it away. Top shot

End of over 4 (14 runs) England 23/2 (RR: 5.75)

    • JE Root 17 (11b 3x4)
    • EJG Morgan 5 (8b 1x4)
    • SJ Benn 1-0-14-0
    • S Badree 2-0-8-1

Badree to Morgan, no run, they didn't go for an appeal, does that mean Morgan got something on his sweep. Morgan had moved across outside off to premeditate the shot. Seemed to strike in line, height might have been an issue?


Badree to Morgan, no run, moves away from a straight one on middle, sliced to point


Badree to Morgan, no run, he's messed that up. Badree doesn't often do that, but he gets away with it. A short ball zips past Morgan before he could cut it


Badree to Morgan, OUT, the googly! This time it takes the outside edge and Gayle is there to gobble it up. It seems he hadn't picked this one either, judging from the way he had tried to close the bat face and was hoping to work a straight ball around the corner. The outside edge of doom!

EJG Morgan c Gayle b Badree 5 (9m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.66

Nishan: "England needs a Marlon Samuels from 2012 finals now. And some one to hold the other end as well." ---- Well, they got Jos Buttler


Badree to Buttler, no run, likes it when its tossed up, and its driven to mid-off


Badree to Buttler, no run, tried to beat mid-off on his left, but he hasn't put in enough power. Good control though. England need some of that right about now

Owen: "Badree to Morgan: 10 dots and a wicket"

End of over 5 (wicket maiden) England 23/3 (RR: 4.60)

    • JC Buttler 0 (2b)
    • JE Root 17 (11b 3x4)
    • S Badree 3-1-8-2
    • SJ Benn 1-0-14-0

DJ Bravo's in, with one over left in the powerplay. Look out for that slower ball! Kolkata grooves"Dee-Jay, Dee-Jay, Dee-Jay!"---- That's catchy!


Bravo to Root, 1 run, and there it is. Off a shortish length, dabbed to short third man. Samuels misfields


Bravo to Buttler, FOUR, that's a poor one. Took all the pace off it, but he's also banged it in. Allowed Buttler ample time to see it and smite it over point.


Bravo to Buttler, 2 runs, he's picked another slowy! And this is the harder one - the one he puts full and makes it dip on the batsman - Buttler waits on it and whirls its wrist down on the ball. It screams away through midwicket, Russell is the man chasing it down, dives after the ball, but at the point where the ball makes contact with his left hand, his towel, stuck on his backside, seems to touch the rope. Or has it? It's tough to really say for sure. Probably safe. And safe it was


Bravo to Buttler, 1 run, short again, and he swivels on his back foot and pulls to deep midwicket


Bravo to Root, no run, perhaps waiting for the slower ball, Root's been done in by the normal one while going for a cut shot. Also seemed to indicate that it had stayed low. Interesting


Bravo to Root, 2 runs, neatly clipped off the middle stump to the left of deep square leg. Well, that was not the Powerplay England wanted.

riad: "Bravo's slower ball is dangerous at later part of the innings.not at power play. Though it was badree who gives West Indies a great start. " ---- Right then, who's guessing on which England player will turn this all around then?

End of over 6 (10 runs) England 33/3 (RR: 5.50)

    • JE Root 20 (14b 3x4)
    • JC Buttler 7 (5b 1x4)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-10-0
    • S Badree 3-1-8-2

Badree to finish off


Badree to Buttler, no run, fired in flat and quick just outside off, cut into the covers


Badree to Buttler, 1 run, whipped away to wide long-on, where there is a misfield.


Badree to Root, 1 run, driven to long-on as Badree flights one in on off stump


Badree to Buttler, 1 run, stayed back to a good length ball, doesn't commit to it until it reaches him, that's when he knows it doesn't turn, and simply tucks it behind square leg


Badree to Root, FOUR, hammered away! This is a loopy old full toss on leg stump and Root jumps all over it and trampolines up and down yelling "wheee" for good measure. Whipped through midwicket

Desmond Samith: "England need to pull out everything from the coaching manual of Mahela Jayawardena on how to play spin"


Badree to Root, 1 run, shortish and outside off, lurks deep in his crease and punches to the sweeper cover

Pomil Proch: "Love seeing Badree running in to bowl. He is a leg spinner with the mind set of fast bowler"

End of over 7 (8 runs) England 41/3 (RR: 5.85)

    • JE Root 26 (17b 4x4)
    • JC Buttler 9 (8b 1x4)
    • S Badree 4-1-16-2
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-10-0

Naman: "I predict a 53 ball hundred for Buttler." ---- There we go. He's got 45 balls to make 91 runs! Here's big Carlos Brathwaite


Brathwaite to Root, 2 runs, that's too short and Root swivels on his back foot to pull along the ground to the left of deep backward square leg


Brathwaite to Root, 1 run, goes wide of the crease for a back of a length ball, Root nudges it wide of long-on and looks for two. Not on offer


Brathwaite to Buttler, 1 run, aimed a yorker, or rather aimed at Buttler's feet when he came down the pitch. Worked to long-on


Brathwaite to Root, no run, good length ball on off stump, pushed into the covers and then asks for a change of gloves


Brathwaite to Root, 1 run, that seems bread and butter for him, picks up the stray on the pads early, waits for it to come and uses the bowler's pace against him. Sweet flick to deep square leg


Brathwaite to Buttler, 1 run, low full toss - is he going for the yorkers this early - steered to deep point

Akseli: "England should look on conceding no wicket before 15th over and then push full throttle like they did against Sri Lanka."

Sanketp45: "Probably no one has noticed how easily root managed badree .he scored all his boundaries against him which specifies you need to play sensibly against good bowler and wait for his bad deliveries to put it away"

End of over 8 (6 runs) England 47/3 (RR: 5.87)

    • JC Buttler 11 (10b 1x4)
    • JE Root 30 (21b 4x4)
    • CR Brathwaite 1-0-6-0
    • S Badree 4-1-16-2

DanielAlexander: "Will West Indies reclaim the No 1 spot in T20I rankings if they win today please?" ---- Apologies, I'm not quite sure of that yet. Will keep track of it though. Heeeeeer's Benny


Benn to Buttler, no run, shortish and outside off, chopped to short third man


Benn to Buttler, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, Buttler keeps to his crease and works it down to long-on


Benn to Root, 1 run, vast open spaces in front of square on the leg side with all three men on the boundary. Root looked at the acreage and clipped it through midwicket


Benn to Buttler, SIX, phew! That was flat! Didn't look like it had any business going that far, bottom-hand shoveled it over extra cover and it kept gaining distance


Benn to Buttler, 2 runs, gentle little clip between deep midwicket and long-on and they've raced across for a couple. Excellent work!


Benn to Buttler, no run, oh, heyo! That one grips and turns. Pitched outside leg, Buttler was ready for another whip, but seeing the ball deviate off the pitch, he blocks it

"I would say the ground is more than 90% full now," says Sid Monga from the ground. Come on, you other 10%. Where are you?

End of over 9 (10 runs) England 57/3 (RR: 6.33)

    • JC Buttler 20 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • JE Root 31 (22b 4x4)
    • SJ Benn 2-0-24-0
    • CR Brathwaite 1-0-6-0

Taha Sheikh: "The key wicket for WI here would be Root..He's playing very sensibly and has scored 31 off England's 57.." ---- Dre Russ is back


Russell to Root, 2 runs, sits up for the pull shot, and he drags it from outside off to deep square leg. Brathwaite has a job on his hands, moving to his left and making sure his trousers don't fall off while he dives.


Russell to Root, 1 run, eased it behind point


Russell to Buttler, 1 run, back of a length and outside off, pushed through the covers

I haven't checked Vikas' numbers, but here they are: "@DanielAlexander: No they won't.. If WI wins they gain 2 points and it will take them to 125 and India are at 126 so they will be 2nd only even if they lose also.."


Russell to Root, FOUR, great composure under pressure. He has picked on every bad ball and sent it crying away to the boundary. This time the short one is pulled to long leg ever so easily. #ToughSituationBully?


Russell to Root, 1 run, good length on middle, worked to the right of long-on. Root sprinted away, looking for more than the one run they get


Russell to Buttler, 1 run, aims for the blockhole, Buttler eases it through the covers.

End of over 10 (10 runs) England 67/3 (RR: 6.70)

    • JC Buttler 22 (17b 1x4 1x6)
    • JE Root 39 (26b 5x4)
    • AD Russell 2-0-11-1
    • SJ Benn 2-0-24-0

Raees Ul Haq: "Stokes and Ali to follow these two. Gearing up for 160+ . Rashid and Ali will be key if England is to win" ---- Okay, now that the sees sawed that far, who wants to guess which West Indies bowler pulls it back?


Benn to Buttler, SIX, into the crowd! This soared away, so high, so blindingly high. Buttler raced down the track and swung free. He was helped by the ball being in his arc.


Benn to Buttler, SIX, superb hitting! England are rolling now, this is an even better hit. Comes forward, while making some room, and lofts him over extra cover. Brave shot

Sammy has a long chat with his bowler


Benn to Buttler, 1 run, shortish and outside off, hammered to deep point


Benn to Root, 1 run, flighted on off stump, driven to long-off.


Benn to Buttler, 1 run, whipped away through to deep midwicket, as Benn keeps bowling flat and quick after those two sixes


Benn to Root, 1 run, pushed through on off stump, driven into the covers to retain strike. That might be Benn's last of the night

Kashi2052 : "@DjBravo47 is the bowler you're looking for "

Sarthak: "England's right handers looking very comfortable against Benn. Gamble not working for Sammy"

End of over 11 (16 runs) England 83/3 (RR: 7.54)

    • JE Root 41 (28b 5x4)
    • JC Buttler 36 (21b 1x4 3x6)
    • SJ Benn 3-0-40-0
    • AD Russell 2-0-11-1

Brathwaite to Root, 1 run, slower ball comes out as a full toss, Boo, it says to Joe Root, who probably gives that naughty little grin and pats it to long-on


Brathwaite to Buttler, OUT, DJ's pumped up! Not sure his words are for the public, but he has taken a fine catch on the midwicket boundary. It was a back of a length ball that Buttler had picked up right off the middle. Crash, came the sound and the ball hurtled away flat. Right into the hands of the fielder

JC Buttler c Bravo b Brathwaite 36 (29m 22b 1x4 3x6) SR: 163.63

Ben Stokes, he says he loves being in the middle in a pressure situation, instead of stuck fidgeting. Wide slip in


Brathwaite to Stokes, 2 runs, good length ball on leg stump, whipped to deep midwicket and fresh legs mean they get across for a second


Brathwaite to Stokes, 1 run, nicely sliced to deep cover

Saurabh: "I know so far Sammy has managed to win with the toss for the team but I feel he should bowl an over or two and win it with ball for the team!"


Brathwaite to Root, 1 run, comes forward and takes a length ball on off stump and clips it towards long leg. He's playing a mighty little innings here

Slip's vanished


Brathwaite to Stokes, 1 run, 139 kph, wide yorker outside off, squeezed out to deep cover

End of over 12 (6 runs) England 89/4 (RR: 7.41)

    • BA Stokes 4 (3b)
    • JE Root 43 (30b 5x4)
    • CR Brathwaite 2-0-12-1
    • SJ Benn 3-0-40-0

Sammy to Stokes, 1 run, that's only his 13th ball of the tournament. Slower ball from around the stumps, driven to long-off


Sammy to Root, 2 runs, top-edge, off to the boundary. Almost! Benn pops a boot in front of it. This was a scary moment for Root. Came down the track, Sammy dragged it short, pull shot answered by he was beaten for pace. Lucky escape


Sammy to Root, FOUR, and that's how he capitalises on it! How well did he wait on that. He knows he needs runs off the change-up bowler, he knows if he beats point, he gets some. And that's all he does


Sammy to Root, 1 run, takes a slower ball from outside off and gives it a home at deep midwicket. Eden Gardens positively roars for Root's fifty


Sammy to Stokes, FOUR, thumped away! That's the hundred! England have recovered and how. This is a belter of a pitch, and such balls - short and slow - are just desserts. Stokes hammers it away


Sammy to Stokes, 2 runs, two they want, and a mis-hit to long-on ends up in England's benefit

Saurabh: "Al.. Don't tell me you had a talk with Sammy just after I said the thing.." ---- Oy, you're not putting this one on me. Well, maybe. I do like taking the credit for providing quality cricket.

End of over 13 (14 runs) England 103/4 (RR: 7.92)

    • BA Stokes 11 (6b 1x4)
    • JE Root 50 (33b 6x4)
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-14-0
    • CR Brathwaite 2-0-12-1

Root surveys the field, counting the fielders down like Deadpool counted down his bullets


Bravo to Root, FOUR, the slower ball is his stock ball, but when he puts it that short, it doesn't work. Root is not premeditating. This is pure instinct. Waits on the ball, on the front foot, and laces it past point


Bravo to Root, 1 leg bye, superb delivery! That's the loopy, dipping slower ball and Root is comfortably beaten. Seems only like an offcutter and it yet zings down at his pads. Root misses with the flick, Bravo appeals, but it was going down


Bravo to Stokes, 2 runs, looks for the yorker on leg stump, but it's not the right line. Whipped away to the left of deep square leg. Sammy is the man there, and he puts in the big boot


Bravo to Stokes, OUT, oh, what happened there?! Whatever did, Bravo and Gayle are 'champion'ing it together. It was perhaps the slower ball bouncer, Stokes was set up for the pull and then realised he would be beaten for pace. Decides to bail out of the shot, except the ball followed his moving away down leg. Leaps off the open face and ends up in point's hands. Dolly of a catch

BA Stokes c Simmons b Bravo 13 (12m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 162.50

Moeen Ali's the new man. who hit the winning runs in that chase agaisnt South Africa


Bravo to Ali, no run, fuller ball outside off, goes for an on the up-drive, and is beaten


Bravo to Ali, OUT, strangled down leg! It's the slower ball again and Bravo's done the star turn for West Indies. Poor Root can only watch from the other end as the shortish delivery is gloved to the wicketkeeper. Out comes the champion dance again, this time Sammy and Bravo are doing it together as the team crowds around them

MM Ali c †Ramdin b Bravo 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Vamsi : "Deadpool counts bullets ? Spoilers man" ---- So who's cooler? Him or Deee Jaaay?

Khan: "DJ Bravo. DJ Bravo"

End of over 14 (7 runs) England 110/6 (RR: 7.85)

    • JE Root 54 (35b 7x4)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-16-2
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-14-0

And away Bravo goes to a boundary, and gets the crowd into the act. Explosion of noise at Eden. Chris Jordan is in, England six down. Root needs to go int overdrive


Brathwaite to Root, 1 wide, full and down leg, Root was looking at a flick to the fine leg boundary, doesn't connect


Brathwaite to Root, OUT, big Benn comes down and how! And Root's walking off with a volley at someone. He premeditated a scoop shot, moving outside off, so Brathwaite slowed it up and shortened the length. The batsman was left reaching for the ball up over his face, and without pace, he simply guides it to Benn at short fine leg

JE Root c Benn b Brathwaite 54 (62m 36b 7x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

David Willey comes in at No. 9


Brathwaite to Willey, 2 runs, fuller ball outside off, driven to long-off.


Brathwaite to Willey, no run, fuller ball on off stump, defended to point


Brathwaite to Willey, 1 run, yorker on off stump, squeezed away to third man

Harsha: "Scoop by Misbah turned out to be bane for Pakistan in 2007,Now it's Root who scooped."


Brathwaite to Jordan, no run, yorker on middle, Jordan says pot calling kettle and blocks. Brathwaite claims the ball, and appeals for a catch. Nope. Not getting that

Eden are yelling Brathwaite's name too as Noman Awan reminds us: "110-4 111-7"


Brathwaite to Jordan, 1 run, slower ball on off stump, turned away to long-on

End of over 15 (5 runs) England 115/7 (RR: 7.66)

    • CJ Jordan 1 (2b)
    • DJ Willey 3 (3b)
    • CR Brathwaite 3-0-17-2
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-16-2

Last five overs then. England do bat deep, but Root's dismissal will hurt them badly here.


Russell to Jordan, 1 leg bye, beaten for pace as Dre Russ bowls a short one on middle and leg. Stands there wondering where the ball went before listening to Willey and running across for a leg bye


Russell to Willey, no run, that's the offcutter slower ball, grips on the pitch and shaves past Willey's poke outside off. England will need to take note of that. Moeen, Rashid...


Russell to Willey, no run, shortish and outside off, waft and miss from Willey


Russell to Willey, no run, finally connects with the slowy, but the pull short to a short one finds short fine leg


Russell to Willey, 1 run, that's at full pace, rearing up towards his face, Willy plays a flick more than a pull and finds a single to deep midwicket


Russell to Jordan, no run, low full toss on off stump, sent back down the pitch. That's only two runs off the over

End of over 16 (2 runs) England 117/7 (RR: 7.31)

    • CJ Jordan 1 (4b)
    • DJ Willey 4 (7b)
    • AD Russell 3-0-12-1
    • CR Brathwaite 3-0-17-2

Sachin: "@crininfo team: u can say it this way "England do bat deep but not wide" it means they have 11 pinch hitters but not too many of them are proper batsmen. .. on a good day they can score @10RPO but on most of other days today's story gets repeated " ---- That's mighty harsh. Root played one of the innings of the tournament today. Just needed support


Bravo to Willey, no run, full and wide, Willey steers it straight to point


Bravo to Willey, SIX, heaved away! He opens in domestic T20, remember! Dismantles a length ball over deep midwicket. Brathwaite was the man there - one of the tallest men positioned there to pull off the high catches, clever move - but it sails over him


Bravo to Willey, no run, works away to the man at square leg


Bravo to Willey, 1 run, drags a fuller ball from outside off and slogs it to wide long-on. Mis-hit actually, more of an inside edge. Russell's too quick to allow them a second

Paul Dawson: "I've not been able to follow this sorry story throughout the innings, but I don't recall seeing the initials KP anywhere. Have I missed something or are these initials banned?" ------ Oh, come now. Let's not open that can of worms. Around the stumps now


Bravo to Jordan, 1 run, lands the yorker on middle and leg, jammed to long-on


Bravo to Willey, SIX, bang! That's 14 off the over, after just two off the last. England are still in this, and Willey believes. Takes a low full toss and hammers it down the ground

Husshar:45: "England has to set up the target of more than 155 plus . Though west indies has firepower in their batting line up but couple of early wickets at start can keep serious pressure on WI and England has very good bowling at death which will make this chase interesting."

End of over 17 (14 runs) England 131/7 (RR: 7.70)

    • DJ Willey 17 (12b 2x6)
    • CJ Jordan 2 (5b)
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-30-2
    • AD Russell 3-0-12-1

Harbhajan Singh tweets: BADREE .You have set the example how to bowl on non spinning wickets.great spell at wankhede and today at Eden garden @qmanbad God bless u ----- Meanwhile, Brathwaite to bowl a pressure over. he's got 2 for 17 so far. Jordan can swing it...


Brathwaite to Jordan, 1 run, fuller ball on off stump, drilled to long-off


Brathwaite to Willey, FOUR, belted down the ground. If you ever want to see pure power, that's it. It was a length ball, he was eager for it. Freed his arms and found his spot


Brathwaite to Willey, OUT, he misjudged it at first, but Charles rushes forward and dives as far as he could to pick up the catch! Willey found a short ball and wanted to send it out of the park. But he was perhaps beaten for lack of pace. Hits him high on the bat and therefore ruins his timing

DJ Willey c Charles b Brathwaite 21 (16m 14b 1x4 2x6) SR: 150.00

Liam Plunkett is in at No. 10, not on strike


Brathwaite to Jordan, 1 run, clipped to deep midwicket, Russell is over there, keeps it to a single


Brathwaite to Plunkett, 1 leg bye, big appeal for lbw, and although it did seem adjacent and it hit him on the fulll, Plunkett had come down the track and the ball had plenty of distance to travel


Brathwaite to Jordan, no run, full toss outside off, pushed into the covers. Brathwaite finishes up, with sweat pouring down. Takes high-fives from his captain after his 3 for 23

Hisham: "I feel that higher the target is better it is for WI because they seem to not know how to approach a below par score " ---- Summoning the spirits from the Afghanistan loss, are we?

End of over 18 (7 runs) England 138/8 (RR: 7.66)

    • CJ Jordan 4 (8b)
    • LE Plunkett 0 (1b)
    • CR Brathwaite 4-0-23-3
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-30-2

Bravo to Plunkett, 2 runs, fuller ball outside off - and its that slow, dipping, deadly one - Plunkett, such a tall man, manages to get the bat down and skew it away through midwicket


Bravo to Plunkett, 2 runs, swung out to deep square leg for a couple

Vjisinforuall: "At Any Cost,England need to play their Full quota to have a chance here.."


Bravo to Plunkett, OUT, he's taken the catch, but it seems like he has hurt his shoulder coming down to hit the turf. Badree was the man tracking down a cue-ender as Plunkett swung wildly. Moved to his right, dives full length, takes it in both hands, but he lands on his right wrist, even a bit of the shoulder. That could be dangerous, Badree's finished his quota today though

LE Plunkett c Badree b Bravo 4 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Adil Rashid is at No. 11. He has 10 first-class tons!


Bravo to Rashid, 1 run, big old slower ball, dipping on the batsman outside off, Rashid digs it out to point


Bravo to Jordan, 1 run, fuller ball, at full pace, at the base of off stump. Single into the covers.

Mental:45: "Every catch by west indies seems like catch of the tournament. "

Syed Murtaza Ha: "Never noticed England has such a deep batting line up!"


Bravo to Rashid, 1 run, slower ball taken from outside off and deposited at deep midwicket

End of over 19 (7 runs) England 145/9 (RR: 7.63)

    • AU Rashid 2 (2b)
    • CJ Jordan 5 (9b)
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-37-3
    • CR Brathwaite 4-0-23-3

Final over of the innings.... England have managed only 35 runs in the five overs leading to this, and lost three wickets. Dre Russ it will be to round off


Russell to Rashid, 1 leg bye, fast, full and too quick for Rashid to connect. So they scamper a leg bye


Russell to Jordan, no run, through him! That was the yorker, tailing in at the right-hander as he made room. Superb delivery. Great execution.


Russell to Jordan, FOUR, that's a vital hit! Jordan picks the gap at square leg, and he got a full toss to help him steal the boundary. Good batting.


Russell to Jordan, 2 runs, shortish and outside off, pulled to long-on. Holder at long-on, subbing for Badree, can't stop a second


Russell to Jordan, 1 run, slogged away to deep midwicket, full toss again from Dre Russ

Shakeena: "If I fell out from a 20 store building they can still catch me with their bucket size hands these WI guys :)"

Sharif As-Saber: "For England, making a 150 may be a difficult task now but still would love to see the final tail twisting by Rashid and Jordan!" ---- They've got more than that!


Russell to Rashid, 2 runs, well stopped by Charles, saves two runs and England finish with a score that they can bowl at. Russell missed his spot again and Rashid smeared him to the right of the sweeper. Charles had to rush across and dive to save a boundary

8.35 pm Runs on the board in a final, there has to be something to that, right? England have got 155 for it, that didn't look likely when they were 23 for 3. But once Joe Root and Jos Buttler got going, it looked like 170-plus. England's No. 3 got a high-quality fifty, and looked set for more until Carlos Brathwaite stopped him "10-15 runs short, we would have taken it before the game started," he says. "All those hard yards in the gym and the nets this is what it's for"

"We in a good position," says Bravo, "The under-19s did their part, the women did it too. Congratulations to them. Now its up to us to do the triple"

We've seen some massive chases from the West Indies - not least the world record in South Africa a while ago - but this could well be their biggest one yet. Alan Gardner tags in for me and then we'll get ready to rumble again.

End of over 20 (10 runs) England 155/9

    • AU Rashid 4 (4b)
    • CJ Jordan 12 (13b 1x4)
    • AD Russell 4-0-21-1
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-37-3





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