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Sri Lanka vs West Indies, Final, ICC World T20 2012

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West Indies won by 36 runs | Sri Lanka Vs West Indies Live Score, Final

That is all from us here. The T20 Cricket League is starting shortly with the qualifiers being played on 09th October. Bye Bye!
All the West Indies players assemble on the stage and hold aloft the 2012 T20 Cup. The champagne starts to flow and Russell is waving the West Indies cricket flag wildly. In the midst of the fireworks, a true Calypso style celebration is going on. This is truly a memorable moment. WEST INDIES: T20 CUP CHAMPIONS. Gayle is continuing his disco dancing. He pauses and the team embark on a lap of honor at the ground.
Sammy: 'We have the never-say-die attitude and we showed it in this tournament. The win means a lot to the Caribbean. I dedicate this win to an ardent supporter, Peter Matthias, who has been with us for tough times. The support from the Sri Lankan people has been fantastic. We are going to live in this moment forever. The team has undergone a lot in the last decade. The aim of this team was one people, one team and one goal. Every player in the team chipped in and the never-say-die attitude showed. Since Marlon Samuels' comeback, he has been phenomenal. It is a big plus to have Chris Gayle. He is enjoying his game and we have a lot of respect for him. I never worry about the critics. I lead my life on my own terms. When I go out on the field, I play well for this jersey. The people from Jamaica to Guyana must be celebrating. This means a lot to the people. This victory will hopefully be a step in the right direction. We will not say we are back but we hope to continue with this team spirit.'
Watson: 'For the first four matches, I am glad that I performed well. West Indies were too good for us in the semi-finals. They deserved to win the finals. It is unfortunate that Sri Lanka could not win. I hope to be fit for a period of time and it has helped me in getting momentum. I will never compare myself with Kallis. He is the ultimate all-rounder and I just hope that I perform well. Warner and I hope to fire in big games and it is a privilege to bat with him. We enjoyed the tournament and the Sri Lankans put on a great tournament.'
Shane Watson is the MoS for his fine all-round skills.
Samuels: 'Two years of hard work and I have had a wonderful year. I dedicate this win to the Caribbean and to the people of Jamaica. The wicket was a bit slow but I knew that if I hung in there, I could make it. I decided to attack Malinga and it paid off. It is a team effort and we are working well as a team. For the future, I would love to see West Indies on top of Test cricket. The yellow scarf is a sign of good luck. I've promised my son five hundreds before the end of the year and I am on the right road.'
Marlon Samuels is the MoM for his brilliant 78 off 56 deliveries.
Mahela Jayawardene: 'The first 10 overs were great. Couple of fielding lapses and 3-4 bad overs took the game away from us. The West Indies team played well and I would like to say sorry to the crowd. West Indies came after us and Marlon Samuels played a great knock. I backed my No. 1 bowler (Malinga) but Samuels batted well against him. The drops were falling and we lost momentum during the drizzle. We had to play to win the game and not play according to D/L. West Indies have a solid bowling front. We have to desperately try and get over the final hurdle. It is disappointing as we did not turn up and perform. The team performed really well and we handled certain situations very well. It has been a fantastic tournament. The fans were absolutely amazing.'
When the SL players were walking to collect their medallions, Lasith Malinga was booed.
This is the last game for umpire Simon Taufel. One of the all-time great umpires walks into the sunset. He will be sorely missed.
The reactions of each of the West Indies players sums up the aspirations that have been bottled up for the last 17 years. The fans back home will be celebrating in true Calypso style. The West Indies players will be painting Colombo red with the celebrations. It is a special birthday for Dwayne Bravo.
On a pitch that became slower and sluggish as the game progressed, Sri Lanka never got going. The top order failed to get going and the West Indian bowlers sustained the pressure. Kulasekara took 22 runs in one over of Rampaul but it was too little too late. A victory by 36 runs has given West Indies cricket a new lease of life.
When Gayle departed early, it seemed that Sri Lanka almost had the game in the bag. However, Marlon Samuels' knock was vital. West Indies, after the end of 10 overs, were 32/2. Samuels dramatically changed the course of the match as he targetted Malinga. He scored sixes at will and his 78 made all the difference.
For Sri Lanka, the light at the end of the dark tunnel has not come yet. Four consecutive ICC World event finals and they lost in all four. Each defeat must hurt the team even more. Mahela and the team had a wonderful time in this tournament, but unfortunately, on the day when it mattered, they tasted defeat again.
The celebrations signify the desire of the West Indies team to win at the big stage. After dominating in the 70's and 80's, West Indies catastrophically declined in the 90's and in the early part of the millenium. However, under the leadership of Sammy, they have been galvanized and in the recent months, they built sufficient momentum to win the T20 Cup. As I type, the West Indies players cannot control their urge to dancing. Each individual is busy in trying to outdo the other with regards to a better style of Gangnam dancing.

Match details

Toss : West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first

Man of the Series : Shane Watson

Umpires : Aleem Dar (Pak) and Simon Taufel (Aus)

TV umpire : Rod Tucker (Aus)

Match referee : Jeff Crowe (NZ)

Teams

Sri Lanka : Mahela Jayawardene(c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Akila Dananjaya Perera, Lasith Malinga.

West Indies : Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin(wk), Darren Sammy(c), Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree.

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