Brathwaite heroics wins World T20 for Windies


Carlos Brathwaite hit four sixes off the first four balls of the final over, bowled by Ben Stokes, to lead the West Indies to an incredible four-wicket over England in the World T20 final in Kolkata on Sunday.

Needing 19 runs off the last over, England were certainly favourites as Stokes has been impeccable bowling at the death but this time it was not to be though as Brathwaite put him to the sword in stunning fashion.

Brathwaite was unbeaten on 34 from just 10 balls but the man of the match award went to Marlon Samuels, who hit 85 not out from 66 balls, after the Windies were in trouble at 11 for three and then 86 for four after 14 overs.

Part-time offspinner Joe Root was the early bowling hero for England as he picked up openers Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle the second over the innings to rock the Windies boat.

David Willey then trapped semifinal hero Lendl Simmons in front for a first ball duck to leave the Windies tottering looking desperately short in the batting department.

Samuels though combined with Dwayne Bravo (25) for 75-run partnership for the fourth wicket and then match-winning unbeaten stand of 545 with Brathwaite to take the trophy to the Caribbean for the second time.

Earlier, England's innings also started disastrously as they slipped to 23 for three inside five overs after Darren Sammy won the toss and sent the opposition in.

Jason Roy (0), Alex Hales (1) and Eoin Morgan (5) all fell cheaply but Joe Root (54 from 36 balls) and Jos Buttler (36 off 22 balls) resurrected the innings with stand of 61.

Some late-order hitting from David Willey (21 from 14 balls) propelled England to decent score of 155 for nine but it just not enough take the trophy back to the UK.