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Sri Lanka vs West Indies, Final at Colombo, , Oct 07 2012 - Match Result

Final (N), Colombo (RPS), October 07, 2012, ICC World Twenty20
(18.4/20 ov, T:138) 101

West Indies won by 36 runs

Player Of The Match
78 (56) & 1/15
Player Of The Series
249 runs • 11 wkts
Match centre 
Scores: Binoy George | Comms: George Binoy
Scorecard summary
West Indies 137/6(20 overs)
Sri Lanka 101/10(18.4 overs)

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."

Stay with us, I'll have the presentation for you shortly.

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.

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

Lasith Malinga c Bravo b Narine 5 (13b 0x4 0x6 22m) SR: 38.46
Narine to Malinga, no run

quicker ball, Malinga takes it on the low full toss and hits through the off side

Narine to Malinga, no run

Malinga hits the ball down the ground but refuses to run

Narine to Malinga, no run

tossed up on middle, Malinga steps out of his crease and drives to the bowler

end of over 184 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 101/9CRR: 5.61 RRR: 18.50
Lasith Malinga5 (9b)
Akila Dananjaya0 (0b)
Marlon Samuels 4-0-15-1
Sunil Narine 3-0-9-2

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

Samuels to Malinga, 1 run

worked off the pads through square leg for a single

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

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."

Samuels to 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

Ajantha Mendis c Bravo b Samuels 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 5m) SR: 50
Samuels to Malinga, 1 run

goes back and towards leg to whip the ball towards long on, SL reach 100

Samuels to Mendis, 1 run

moves towards the off side and flicks the ball towards deep midwicket

Samuels to Malinga, 1 run

backs away towards leg and hits the ball to long off

Samuels to Malinga, no run

fires the ball into the pads, Malinga tries to hit through square but misses

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

end of over 173 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 97/8CRR: 5.70 RRR: 13.66
Lasith Malinga2 (5b)
Ajantha Mendis0 (0b)
Sunil Narine 3-0-9-2
Ravi Rampaul 3-0-31-1
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

Narine to Malinga, no run

Malinga stands and slogs, gets beaten outside off

Narine to Malinga, no run

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

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

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

Nuwan Kulasekara c Badree b Narine 26 (13b 3x4 1x6 16m) SR: 200
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, 2 runs

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

end of over 1622 runs
SL: 94/7CRR: 5.87 RRR: 11.00
Nuwan Kulasekara24 (10b 3x4 1x6)
Lasith Malinga2 (2b)
Ravi Rampaul 3-0-31-1
Daren Sammy 2-0-6-2

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

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

Rampaul to Kulasekara, FOUR runs

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, (no ball) FOUR runs

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 runs

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

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
MN Samuels
78 runs (56)
3 fours6 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
19 runs
1 four0 six
DPMD Jayawardene
33 runs (36)
2 fours0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
9 runs
0 four0 six
Best performances - bowlers
BAW Mendis
SP Narine
Match details
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
TossWest Indies, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultWest Indies won the 2012/13 ICC World Twenty20
Match numberT20I no. 289
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.20, Interval 20.20-20.40, Second Session 20.40-22.00
Match days7 October 2012 - night (20-over match)
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