Carlos Brathwaite struck four consecutive sixes in the final of the match off Ben Stokes and sealed the deal in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016. It was hitting like never before and the hapless Stokes did little wrong. England looked like winning the game till the last over but unfortunately it was Brathwaite who came to the forefront and announced his name on the big stage. Marlon Samuels was pivotal to West Indies’ innings after wickets tumbled early on. Samuels once again showed that he was a man for the big occasion. Also Catch: Catch the Video Highlights of the match here
West Indies lost three early wickets and two of them came off the magical hands of Joe Root, who was given only one over. Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle tried to heave the England batting talisman out of the park but it only went as far as Ben Stokes, stationed right in front of the boundary ropes. The disciplined David Willey also got a wicket. Also Catch: West Indies vs England – As it happened
England got off to the worst possible start in the game as the man in form, Jason Roy was deceived by the wily Samuel Badree off the second ball of the innings. They could not stem the rut from there as wickets fell in quick succession and the fielding of the Windies was top-notch. It happened to be the norm all the way till the end of the innings. Alex Hales tried to flick a lose delivery from Andre Russell and the ball fell straight to the hands of Badree at short third-man. Eoin Morgan’s miserable form continued for one more match as he was caught flicking a wrong ‘un from Badree on the leg side and England had three batsmen back in the hut.
Root and Jos Buttler have got together on quite a few occasions and bailed England out of trouble. They have done it in all forms of cricket and here they were yet again pulling the team out from troubled waters. The pair have a prefect understanding of who will play the sheet-anchor’s role and who would go on to take the risks. It was quite evident from the word go that Buttler was not going to let the situation affect his batting and went after Suleiman Benn, getting a couple of sixes but holed out in the deep off Carlos Brathwaite. It was a safe catch just in front of the ropes by Dwayne Bravo. Ben Stokes briefly threatened but fell soon.
Root was running out of partners but what a hand he played. Yet again, the Yorkshireman proved that he was a man for all occasions and formats. He was calculative with his hits to the fence and knew exactly what do do and how to pace his innings. But there was little resistance around him and the wickets fell like nine pins at the other end. Root tried playing a paddle sweep and it proved to be a costly mistake, just moments after he got to his fifty. There was some stiff resistance towards the end from David Willey and Adil Rashid that took the score past the 150 mark. The bowling from Bravo, Brathwaite and co was very tidy and West Indies would have fancied their chances at that stage.