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Marlon Samuels set up the final and Carlos Brathwaite put on the finishing touches as West Indies beat England by 4 wickets to win the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 final at Eden Gardens. West Indies also became the only team to win the ICC World T20 twice. It was not all smooth sailing, though; much as it had happened in England’s innings, two West Indian wickets fell to spin early. There were differences; where Samuel Badree foxed the batsmen with his skill, Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle offered their wickets on a diamond platter to a spinner of the calibre (or rather, lack of it) of Joe Root. David Willey opened bowling and started with a quiet over to Charles. Eoin Morgan did an MS Dhoni and gave Root the second over. It proved to be a masterstroke. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs West Indies, ICC World T20 2016, Final at Kolkata

The first ball from Root was wide on leg stump, and Charles tried to slog it into the Hooghly river. Instead he got a leading edge to Ben Stokes. Gayle, perhaps wanting to capitalise on the innocuous bowling, tried to pick up an easy six, but did not hit it well enough. The huge Eden Gardens ground meant that the ball travelled only to long-off, where Stokes took his second catch in 2 balls. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: England vs West Indies, ICC World T20 2016, Final at Kolkata

West Indies were now 5 for 2 with both opening batsmen back in the hut. Marlon Samuels, batting at No. 3, picked up a couple of boundaries early in his innings, and was joined by the semi-final Man of the Match Lendl Simmons. After having survived 3 chances against India in the semi-final, Simmons’ luck finally ran out. Willey managed to pitch one on off stump and get it to swing in enough to beat the bat. He was struck plumb in front, and the umpire raised the dreaded finger. Simmons was out LBW first ball, and West Indies were now in the mire at 11 for 3. READ: England vs West Indies, ICC T20 World Cup 2016 Final: Highlights

That brought in Dwayne Bravo. The mandate from the dressing room seemed to be fairly straightforward: make sure no more wickets fell till the 10th over. In that, Bravo was successful. In terms of scoring runs though, Bravo was not. The duo added 75 runs but in a little more than 11 overs. Bravo’s contribution was 25 runs in 27 balls. He managed to hit 1 four and 1 six. Bravo’s innings finally came to a close when he top-edged an attempted slog off Adil Rashid to Joe Root at point. READ: T20 Word Cup 2016 Final at Kolkata: Why West Indies deserve to win

It was at around that point that the dormant giant in Samuels finally awoken. Samuels had been batting well but slowly till then, having hit 50 from 47 balls with 6 fours. Liam Plunkett, who had bowled 3 overs for just 11 runs, came on to bowl the 15th over. Samuels started the over by smacking him through cow corner for 4. After a couple of singles Samuels hammered one over long on for his first six. The next ball was smoked over long on for yet another six. Samuels had taken 18 runs off the over, and West Indies now needed 52 runs from 30 balls. READ: T20 World Cup 2016: Kolkata, a final hosted with heavy heart

Sadly for West Indies, that excellent over was followed by a double strike. Willey, who had already got rid of Simmons, came on to bowl his third over. He had figures of 1 for 3 after 2 overs. The first ball was short, and Andre Russell tried to hammer it to midwicket, but picked out Stokes at the boundary. A couple of balls later new man Darren Sammy tried to go big over cover but found Alex Hales instead. Willey’s figures at the end of 3 overs read 3 for 10. READ: Carlos Brathwaite given Team India jersey by Virat Kohli after T20 World Cup 2016 semi-final

However, Samuels was still there, and he made sure England remembered that. Chris Jordan was pinged back over his head for another boundary in the next over. A mixture of good bowling and superb fielding restricted that to the only boundary of the over. Willey was back to bowl out in the next over, and once again started well. The boundary fielders were kept busy but they performed their roles wonderfully. To his credit, Willey managed to bowl yorkers or at most low full-tosses which proved tough to get away. Brathwaite picked the length and finished the over by walking across his stumps and paddling one to the fine leg boundary. West Indies now needed 27 off 12 balls. READ: England’s long batting line-up gives them the edge over West Indies in ICC T20 World Cup 2016 Final

Jordan came on to bowl the penultimate over of the tournament, with Samuels on strike. The first ball was clubbed over long off for four, but Jordan came back brilliantly and conceded only 4 off the next 5 balls. That meant West Indies needed 19 off the final over. Stokes was the man with the ball, and Brathwatie the man on strike. The first ball was on his pads, Brathwatie swung his bat like a windmill, and the ball sailed over the square leg boundary. The next ball was again on the pads, and this time Brathwaite smoked it over long on. West Indies now needed only 1 off 3 balls. Brathwaite ended the tournament with another six over long on, as West Indies were crowned world champions. West Indies now hold the Under-19 World Cup, the Women’s T20 World Cup, and the Men’s T20 World Cup.

Earlier, England stuttered, then galloped, and then stumbled again to reach 155 for 9 against West Indies in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 Final at Eden Gardens on Sunday. Samuel Badree was the star for West Indies, taking out the dangerous Jason Roy in the first over of the match, and following it up with that of England’s captain Eoin Morgan soon thereafter. Alex Hales continued his poor form, falling in the second over. At one stage, England were reeling at 23 for 3 before Joe Root and Jos Buttler rescued the innings with a 61-run stand. However, that was followed with 3 wickets falling in 4 balls, which again derailed the England innings.

It all started with Badree, who had the explosive Roy bowled for a 2-ball duck in the first over of the final. In the next over, Hales flicked a ball from Andre Russell off his pads right into the hands of Badree at short fine leg. New man, Eoin Morgan, soon edged Badree to Chris Gayle at slip to leave England in the mire at 23 for 3.

It was once again up to the ever-reliable Root and the hard-hitting Buttler to pull England out of a tough situation. The duo unleashed some trademark shots, with Root timing 7 fours and Buttler muscling 3 sixes. The partnership yielded 61 runs from under 8 overs before Buttler holed out to Dwayne Bravo off Carlos Brathwaite. At 84 for 4 in the 12th over, England were reasonably placed to get to a big score. The duo took apart Suleiman Benn, hammering 40 off his 3 overs. Darren Sammy too was met with 14 off his only over, which meant West Indies’ fifth bowler went for 54 runs in 4 overs.

Ben Stokes came in to bat at No. 6 and kept the momentum going. However, the ‘Champion’ Bravo soon delivered a game-changing over. After scoring 13 from 8 balls, Stokes was completely foxed by a slower bounced from Bravo. While trying to weave out of the way, Stokes’ bat came in contact with the ball and a catch ballooned to Lendl Simmons at point. New man Moeen Ali survived only 2 balls, edging one down the leg side to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin for a duck. Root decided to go on the offensive in the next over, bowled by Brathwaite. Unfortunately for him and England, his attempted paddle shot went straight to Benn at short fine leg. Root was out for 54 from 36 balls, and England had gone from 110 for 4 to 111 for 7.

England’s batting depth was on full display after that. David Willey, batting all the way down at No. 9, smacked 2 sixes and 1 four in a 14-ball 21 that ensured the runs kept coming for England despite the continues fall of wickets. He was finally dismissed hitting one from Brathwatie to Johnson Charles in the deep. Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, and Adil Rashid made minor contributions as well to lead England to a fighting 150-plus total.

Brief scores:

England 155 for 9 in 20 overs (Joe Root 54; Carlos Brathwaite 3 for 23, Dwayne Bravo 3 for 37) lost to West Indies 161 for 6 in 19.4 overs (Marlon Samuels 85*, Carlos Brathwaite 34*; David Willey 3 for 20) by 4 wickets.

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