The first ICC T20 World Cup win for West Indies was more exciting. It showed the team’s refusal to give up. The due share of victory arrived from one of the most eye-catching players in form at the time. There is no need to include “one of the” here since Marlon Samuels played jus the best innings ever in a T20 International when the count had reached about eight and West Indies were down. Media outlets also referred that Samuels’ 78 was equivalent to a double ton in an actual match.
ICC T20 World Cup 2012 West Indies vs Sri Lanka
Samuels was not just shouting for assistance during the innings. He played so well in spite of the injury that he was not less than a hero for the fans. And Sri Lanka was stunned. So stunned that debatably the best T20 bowler in the world was left with nothing but 0 for 54. So stunned that Ajantha Mendis’ 4 of 12 in the final was nothing but useless. West Indies had been 32-2 after 10 overs and 14-2 post Power Plays, the fifth-worst and fourth-worst scores at those points even in the T20 Internationals. They even used 17 balls to open their account. Yet, Samuels’ assault was breathtaking. You just have to ignore the wickets falling around him. You can just imagine what an innings Samuel played to get the team at a certain height.
Sri Lanka vs West Indies T20 World Cup Final Highlights
Next, two of the greatest cricketers from Sri Lanka were now in the middle, but similar to the openers by West Indies, they were below pressure too. And might they have recalled of the previous three World Cup finals that they had been defeated?
Sangakkara aimed for Samuel Badree, and even though he banged a four, he (with deep midwicket) also gave a long hop. At this time, Sammy delivered in another ball. Mathews knew that he had reacted too early. After three dot balls, he shifted across and the bells were off the stumps. Sammy delivered a slower ball. Now it started to rain. Sri Lanka was well lagging for D/L now, and Jayawardene had to take chances. Never actually being in flow with his effort, Jayawardene mistimed a shot playing in the reverse direction and gave the Windies a chance to celebrate.
ICC T20 World Cup 2012 Final Match Scorecard
Following this, Nuwan Kulasekara was just a small hurdle to witness the celebrations that the world had been eager to see. Gayle, who may have been a disappointment with only 3 of 16, was the man enjoying the most with each wicket falling. He was also the first hugging Rampaul, who bowled in the piece an over late that was as normal as his first wicket was astonishing.
Following the 22-run over later in the innings, Sri Lanka required 44 from 4 overs, which is not a strange thing in T20. Sammy, although, had kept the dominant card in shadows. Upon signaling, Narine was successful in taking Kulasekara’s wicket. Bravo, the birthday boy, who had got a shocker when he batted from the umpire, was the man that finished the match with the two catches.
2012 ICC World T20 Final
West Indies vs Sri Lanka
20 overs 18.4 overs
Results West Indies won by 36 runs
Date 7 October 2012
Venue R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Player of the Match Marlon Samuels (Win)
Umpires Aleem Dar (Pak), Simon Taufel (Aus)