In order to grab the 2nd cup in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016, West Indies’ intentions were clear that day. Not more than 4 months back, 2016 was already a year of renewal and great celebration in the Caribbean for cricket. West Indies took the World T20 for Women. West Indies grabbed the Under-19 World Cup. And next, West Indies won the World T20 World Cup. In making so, Darren Sammy’s team turned into the first team to grab the World T20 cup two times, having also triumphed in 2012 in Sri Lanka.
Those are the statistics. With 156 to win the championship and defeat England, West Indies discovered themselves requiring 19 from the final over, to be delivered by Ben Stokes. The player had steered the chase, Marlon Samuels was on 85. But he was at the opposite end. The pressure was all on Carlos Brathwaite, the player who surfaced on Australia’s Test tour only a few months back.
ICC T20 World Cup 2016 WI vs ENG Final Highlights
6, 6, 6, 6. The job was done with two balls remaining. The first one was a poor delivery from Stokes, clubbed over down leg deep backward square. The next length ball slammed over long-on down the ground. Next was delivered over long-off. Now, just one run required. Take a single? No. if you have the power, similar to Brathwaite, go for one more six over the leg side. The players of West Indies streamed in jubilation onto the field. They had delivered the game in style.
During the first innings, when Alex Hales took Andre Russell in the match to short fine leg, it felt like an anti-climax was building up. This was same when Morgan, perplexed by the wrong call by Badree, edged at slip to Gayle to leave the score at 23-3 in the 5th over. But Badree delivered, his figures of 2-16 were impressive, and unexpectedly it was more of a battle.
The fielding by West Indies was outstanding universally. Some catches were taken far from straightforward and none were dropped. Brathwaite, Badree, and Russell were all difficult to getaway. Bravo took 3 wickets, comprising those of Moeen Ali and Stokes in the period of just 3 balls. But the 5th bowler—a mixture of Sammy and Benn—gave heavily.
The three overs by Benn cost 40 runs and Jos Buttler hit the player with a couple of repeated sixes in his 36 from 22 balls. Sammy bowled only one over for 14. He found himself in an odd position of having led West Indies to one of their greatest victories in late years, but in performing he did most of the job by himself. He made just 8 runs in this event and delivered 3 overs off 31 runs. In 3 games he neither bowled nor batted.
T20 World Cup 2016 WI vs ENG Final Scorecard
ICC T20 World Cup 2016 ENG
c: Badree b: Russell
c: Benn b: Brathwaite
c: Gayle b: Badree
c: Bravo b: Brathwaite
c: Simmons b: Bravo
c: Ramdin b: Bravo
c: Charles b: Brathwaite
c: Badree b: Bravo
|Extras||(lb 4, w 1) 5|
|Fall Of Wickets:
1-0 (JJ Roy 0.2 ov), 2-8 (AD Hales 1.5 ov), 3-23 (EJG Morgan 4.4 ov), 4-84 (JC Buttler 11.2 ov), 5-110 (BA Stokes 13.4 ov), 6-110 (MM Ali 13.6 ov), 7-111 (JE Root 14.1 ov), 8-136 (DJ Willey 17.3 ov), 9-142 (LE Plunkett 18.3 ov)
ICC T20 World Cup 2016 WI
c: Stokes b: Root
c: Stokes b: Root
c: Root b: Rashid
c: Stokes b: Willey
c: Hales b: Willey
|Extras||(lb 3, w 6) 9|
|To bat:D Ramdin, S Badree, SJ Benn|
|Fall Of Wickets:
1-1 (J Charles 1.1 ov), 2-5 (CH Gayle 1.3 ov), 3-11 (LMP Simmons 2.3 ov), 4-86 (DJ Bravo 13.6 ov), 5-104 (AD Russell 15.1 ov), 6-107 (DJG Sammy 15.3 ov)
But honestly, who cares? Sammy is a dual World T20-winning skipper. His players have done what no others in the game have performed. And they have offered the Caribbean area a hat-trick of victories that year. This concludes a wonderful year for West Indies.