Player of the Match
Player of the Match
616dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

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

Needing 19 off the last over against England, Carlos Brathwaite clubbed four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes, as West Indies clinched their second World Twenty20 title in scarcely-believable fas

Match Centre


Best performances - Batsmen

MN Samuels
85(66) 9x4 - 2x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 15 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
6 5 6 8 11 15 20 14
JE Root
54(36) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 17 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
2 6 0 8 10 2 5 21

Best performances - Bowlers

DJ Willey
CR Brathwaite

Match Details


West Indies , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

West Indies won the 2015/16 World T20

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

19:00 start First Session 19:00-20:25, Interval 20:25-20:45, Second Session 20:45-22:10

Match days

3 April 2016 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Sofri D Chandan | Commentator: Alan Gardner

11.10pm: The fire is burning bright in Babylon tonight. West Indies receive their trophy and DJ Bravo is leading the way with a rendition of "Champion". That was an emotional sign-off from Sammy, railing against the boards he feels haven't supported them, the critics who had written them off. They began their campaign with a win over England and they have ended it in the same victorious fashion, chasing their way to glory, six-hitting the life out of the opposition and dancing off with the spoils. England pushed them every step of the way under the Kolkata lights before Carlos Brathwaite wrote his name across the sky. I'll wrap with a few more of your messages - thanks, as ever, for your company. From Alagappan and myself, it's goodnight from me, and goodnight from him.

Ketan Sharma: "With all the troubles this team has gone through... This win for West Indies is fairy tale movie stuff. "

"Wow ..just wow," gasps Kev. "Sammy really let his heart speak!"

"Cheer up England... You just equaled Sri Lanka's record of loosing most world cup finals !!" KW kicks the downed men.

And finally, MRINAL MOHAN: "This world cup was a parttyyyyy!!!!" It's time to party on, people. Everybody in time with the music: "Champ-ion, Champ-ion!"

Brydon's report should be your first stop from here and we'll have plenty more reaction, analysis and video up on the site soon. Thanks for keeping us company over the last few weeks. We'll do it all again in, ooooooh, 2020? Stay classy and see you around. Bye!

10.55pm: Anyway, it's time for the presentations... Here's England captain Eoin Morgan: "Congratulations to the West Indies, they were better. Huge highs and lows for us. Never sure going into the final over. We were certainly in the game, put ourselves in a position to win the game. We didn't have enough runs on the board, it was a really good batting surface, maybe 180-90 was par. [Badree] He's a fantastic bowler, he got two early wickets, the rebuilding allowed us to put something on the board and the bowlers got us close. We showed an immense amount of character in the tournament, not quite done enough to win it. I truly believe this is only the start of something special. [Stokes] It's not his fault, we're all in this together, we enjoy our wins - and the pain will be shared tonight."

Marlon Samuels is named Man of the Match for his unbeaten 85, just as he was four years ago in Sri Lanka: "I know about finals, when I come to finals, I turn up for the team. All respect to the England players, we want to move from strength to strength - this is for the Caribbean. If we get a good start, then I can step on it, we lose wickets early so it's different. I didn't say much [to Brathwaite] other than swing and swing hard. This is for Shane Warne." Bit of a parting pop from Marlon... Spicy.

Virat Kohli is named Man of the Tournament, although he's not there to collect the trophy. The crowd will make do with giving Sourav Ganguly another huge cheer.

West Indies captain Darren Sammy: "Firstly I want to thank the almighty. We have a pastor in the team in Andre Fletcher, we keep on praying. Really happy for this win, it's something we'll cherish for a long time. We have a few matchwinners, nobody give us a chance, every game somebody stepped up - good to see Carlos play like that in his debut World Cup. Shows the T20 depth we have in the Caribbean, hopefully we will continue to improve. People were wondering if we would play this tournament, we had issues with the board, Mark Nicholas called us players with no brain. But all of us came together, these 15 men put adversity aside, play this type of cricket in front of such passionate fans. It was tremendous. I want to thank the coaching team, Phil Simmons. We had a new manager in this tournament. Got to give credit to the entire team here. This is for all the fans in the Caribbean... I don't know when I'm going to be playing for West Indies again, I want to thank my team, thank my coaching staff. This is for the CHAMPIONS!"

10.50pm: Jumping Jehoshaphat... Four sixes in a row to win a World T20 final. I think Carlos Brathwaite is going to enjoy himself at the IPL. West Indies have Sinatra-ed their way to the title, the first team to win two World T20s. It's fair to say England performed well above expectations in this tournament, not least in coming that close to defending 155 - but they will be feeling thoroughly gutted at the way things finished. I think Stokes might even be permitted a free swing at his locker.

"Why Eng did not finished the last over that WI would make it 6 out of 6 and break the record...." That would have been cruel and unusual, Rauzatullah.

"So England has now lost 3 world cup finals to West Indies..." You're not wrong, Aditya. You think they'd be used to it by now...

Here's the demolisher, Carlos Brathwaite: "Want to give God thanks, that was an amazing knock from Marlon. He took responsibility and played a fantastic knock. Can't really express how much of a top knock that was. The U-19s did it, the girls did it, and now us."

Curtly Ambrose says they never doubted they would get over the line, even with 19 needed from the final over. And who's going to question Curtly?

"What happened you ask ? Braithwaite happened..." hoots HarishVaranasi, with some justification.

"Guptill started the tournament with a six off the first ball, Braithwaite finishes in kind. Cricket wins again with this tournament." You're conveniently ignoring the qualifying round, Sid, but I'll let you off since the adrenaline is flowing...

maz Raja: "Actual Afghanistan won the t20 WC. Because windiest only beaten in this tournament by Afghanistan." Gotta love Afghanistan fans.

Here's Aditya John Bin: "Other than England, can't think of any other cricket playing nation which is not feeling overjoyed about the 3 world cup victories for the windies... They bring joy to the sport."

"Gayle who?" chuckles Sparsh

10.35pm: OMG. What an incredible finish, that will go down through the ages as one of the great finals. West Indies were pushed all the way and in the end had to do it in the most West Indies way possible. They back themselves, no matter the odds, and Carlos Brathwaite has weaved himself vividly into the tapestry with that knockout innings. The WI players are doing the "Champion" dance in the middle, I think Brathwaite is lying on his back surrounded by his team-mates. That was bonkers. And just as with West Indies' victory in 2012, Marlon Samuels was the rock at the centre of it all.

"What just happened?" Good question, Saurabh.

"Feel sorry for Stokes" Another common sentiment, from Tharun. That, by the way, was the most runs scored to win off a final over in a T20I, beating Hussey's pounding of Ajmal in 2010.

Robert: "And I thought Jordan had won it by keeping Samuels off strike..." You and several others, I reckon.

Stokes to Brathwaite, SIX runs, finishes it with a six! The most amazing final over and West Indies are World T20 champions for the second time! Stokes goes the distance, he's out on his feet and the West Indies players are out on the field, charging for the middle - this soared into the stands at deep midwicket and Brathwaite let out a primeval roar before being hugged by his team-mate Samuels

Woe is England, woe is Stokes. Joy is West Indies - they need 1 to win, with three balls left. Carlos Brathwaite has just become a national hero

Stokes to Brathwaite, SIX runs, SIX MORE! Would you believe it? You had better believe it! West Indies are doing a jig in the dugout, not quite the 'Champion' dance but they are pretty much there... That looked like a mishit but it sailed several metres back over long-off this time

Forget a Hussey, a Brathwaite might do... 7 from four now

Stokes to Brathwaite, SIX runs, smeared over long-on, back-to-back sixes from Brathwaite! The crowd are going nuts, Stokes looks shellshocked, again it wasn't quite full enough and he rammed it back over long-on

That brings it down to 13 from five...

"West Indies needs a Mike Hussey here!" squeals Syed Murtaza Ha

Stokes to Brathwaite, SIX runs, Brathwaite starts the over with a six! Poor ball from Stokes, half-volley on leg stump, Brathwaite heaves across the line and clears the rope at deep backward square leg

So, it's come to this. The final over, the reckoning. WI need 19 off six balls... This is it, folks. Time for a hero

19 | 8 Runs | WI: 137/6 (19 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.21, RRR: 19.00)

  • MN Samuels85 (66b)
  • CR Brathwaite10 (6b)
  • CJ Jordan4-0-36-0
  • DJ Willey4-0-20-3

"Brilliant comeback from Jordan," hollers Ashwin (not that one)

Jordan to Samuels, no run, dot ball, squeezed under Samuels' bat! Full and wide and just what England desperately needed - Samuels loses the strike and WI will need to find the ropes in the final over!
Jordan to Brathwaite, 1 run, hits his mark again, full on off stump, sliced over the covers and it's just one

England leave fine leg back for Brathwaite and his ice cream scoop... 20 off eight

Champions West Indies


No. of World T20 titles for West Indies. They are the only first team to win two such titles. They were the first to win two ODI World Cups as well.

Spectacular finish


Runs scored by West Indies in the 20th over to win, which is the most in T20Is. Australia had hit 23 vs Pakistan in Gros Islet in 2010.

Big-match player


No. of players who have scored two 50-plus in World T20 finals, including Samuels (2012 and 2016). Sangakkara had did it in 2009 and 2014.

2012 final


Samuels' score in the World T20 final of 2012 against Sri Lanka in Colombo. He had scored 78 out of his team's 137.



No. of T20Is for Gayle. He is playing his 50th match of this format today. He is the 4th West Indies player to appear in 50 or more T20Is.

Brathwaite's fruitful match


No. of wickets Brathwaite took in his first 7 T20Is, before this match conceding 189 runs in 20 overs. He took 3 for 23 in four overs today.

Economical Badree


Badree's economy in this World T20, which is the best in this edition of the tournament and the fourth-best by a bowler in any World T20 bowling 20 or more overs.

Big game, bad start


Runs scored by England in Powerplays in this final - lowest for them in this World T20. They had scored at 9.12 runs per over in the Powerplays in first 5 games.

Failing at big stage


Morgan's average in this WT20, in 6 inns. He has scored 66 runs at SR of 111.86. In World Cup 2015, he had scored just 90 runs in 5 inns at ave of 18 and SR of 64.74.

Solitary run by openers


No. of runs scored by England's openers in this match - joint-lowest for them in a T20I. Their openers had scored same amount of runs vs Aus, Manchester, 2009.