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World T20 2016 final: England v West Indies
« on: April 03, 2016, 05:14:44 AM »
Match facts
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Start time 1900 local (1330 GMT)

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Test cricket originated in England, West Indies became its biggest stars. Fifty-over cricket originated in England, West Indies became its biggest stars. T20 cricket originated in England, West Indies are again its biggest stars.

A little over two weeks ago, both teams were in Mumbai for their first match of this World T20. The England players stood at Marine Drive, unrecognised, and succeeded in hailing a cab after only 15 minutes, just like any average person. West Indies, though, could not move around without being mobbed. Kolkata provided another example. Tragedy had struck the city on the day of India's semi-final when a flyover that had been under construction collapsed, killing 23 people. People huddled around TV sets at paan shops seeking information, and not watching cricket. But when the West Indies team arrived yesterday, they had hundreds greeting them at the airport, at the hotel, at the ground.

With good reason. Though it is a bit of a caricature of "calypso cricket", and it doesn't quite do justice to how smart they have been, West Indies' batsmen have been attractive. They play T20 cricket in its basest style and have taken power-hitting to a whole new level. They've got the nuances right too: they field acrobatically, and when under pressure they back themselves so much that it hardly seems like they are under pressure.

Take away a bit of power-hitting, add some quicker sets of legs, and you have England. Quietly, they have revolutionised their limited-overs cricket. Among teams that entered the tournament in the second round, England are second only to West Indies in six-hitting, and only by a count of two. England make up for it with a lower dot-ball percentage - 33.85 to West Indies' 45.44, but West Indies have conceded runs at only 7.25 an over compared to England's 8.53. West Indies have edged England with their boundary percentage, but not by a lot.

Clearly England's one-day revival is not to be scoffed at. It was here, at Eden Gardens in 1987, that Mike Gatting was burnt for playing a "risky" shot that is considered commonplace now.

A final can often come down to what you are not at your absolute best at. If the pitch is flat, England will try to go well past the 182 they set against West Indies and lost in the league stage. West Indies, too, will have to match the quicker English fielders. If there was any danger of there being less attention on the final because India were knocked out, Kolkata put it to rest. When Darren Sammy stepped into the press-conference room, he was taken aback by the number of journalists waiting. It will be the same with the Eden Gardens crowd on Sunday; the final has come to its spiritual home in India, after having missed out in 2011.

Form guide
England WWWWL (last five completed matches, most recent first)
West Indies WLWWW

In the spotlight
Sammy has faced 11 and bowled 12 balls in the tournament. It shows how good West Indies have been because he is the man to call when one of the five bowlers goes for plenty or when the batting fails. Sammy, though, will be disappointed that when things did go wrong he didn't set them right. Against South Africa, he fell to an Imran Tahir wrong'un first up, but West Indies managed to close a tight chase. Against Afghanistan, though, West Indies went on to lose. Sammy has been a superb captain on and off the field, but in perhaps his last match for West Indies, Sammy will want to make a big personal contribution. The only thing better would be if Sammy weren't even called upon.

Ditto for Eoin Morgan, who has two golden ducks to his name. "It'd be nice to get past the dot ball," he joked.

Chris Jordan was 14 when he moved to England from Barbados. At one point he ran the risk of ending up as another Jade Dernbach, a big-hearted trier who couldn't make it as England's slog-overs specialist. England kept the faith in Jordan though, and his yorkers have carried the team into their second World T20 final. Unlike Dernbach, Jordan kept it mostly simple: bowl yorker after yorker after yorker. Against New Zealand in the semi-final, Ben Stokes benefitted from the pressure Jordan created. England won't mind if the same happens in Kolkata. Sammy acknowledged the criticism that his team does not rotate strike enough, but also said the opposition has to stop them from hitting boundaries first. Jordan will be key for England.

Team news
Neither team should have any reason to change the XIs that won them the semi-finals. If the pitch turns, they have two spinners each. If it helps the quicks, they have the bowlers to exploit that too. England had a couple of players down with illness in the lead-up, but they were fit and ready to train.

England (probable) 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Jos Buttler (wk), 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 David Willey, 11 Liam Plunkett

West Indies (probable) 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Lendl Simmons, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Carlos Brathwaite, 10 Sulieman Benn, 11 Samuel Badree

Pitch and conditions
"There is a nice covering of grass," Morgan said. "Looks like a really good cricket wicket, which is good news." Kolkata remains a good chasing ground with dew likely to play some part in the evening. There is a chance of a thunderstorm on Sunday, but not serious enough to disrupt the cricket.

Stats and trivia
Dwayne Bravo is four wickets from joining the two-member club of players with 50 T20I wickets and 1000 runs. Shahid Afridi and Shakib Al Hasan are already there.
West Indies have met England in two major finals, and beaten them on both occasions, in the 1979 World Cup and the 2004 Champions Trophy. In three other finals, they have beaten England twice, and lost once, in Sharjah in 1997.
Going into the final, Joe Root is the fourth highest run-getter of the tournament. With 195, he is exactly a hundred behind the leader, Tamim Iqbal. Among those who didn't play in the first round of the tournament, Virat Kohli leads with 273 runs.
West Indies played eight completed matches (and one no-result) between the last World T20 and this one, England played nine.

Quotes
"We are quite real about this. We know it is not going to be a normal game. Even in the semi-final there was quite a lot of hype of expectation playing the final. I want all of our players to embrace it. Tomorrow everything will feel rushed to start with, but we want to be in a really good frame of mind to slow things down when needed. Most importantly execute our skills."
England captain Eoin Morgan stays away from the cliché. Almost

"We have studied England. We look at the players. They have a lot of match-winners. We don't take that for granted. But after we have done that we shift the focus back on us… One of the senior players made a comment in a team meeting, I think it was Dwayne Bravo, the only team that can beat us is ourselves. We believe that. Only we can defeat ourselves. Once we do what we know we do well, we will win. That's the mentality we take into the final. "
West Indies captain Darren Sammy knows how good his team is

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo
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Re: World T20 2016 final: England v West Indies
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2016, 05:20:22 AM »
Australia Women 148/5 (20/20 ov)

West Indies Women 96/0 (12.5/20 ov)
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Re: World T20 2016 final: England v West Indies
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2016, 09:06:13 AM »
West Indies won the toss and elected to field

England 155/9 (20/20 ov)
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Re: World T20 2016 final: England v West Indies
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2016, 09:15:35 AM »
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2016, 09:31:42 AM »
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Re: World T20 2016 final: England v West Indies
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2016, 09:33:11 AM »
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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2016, 11:06:31 AM »
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2016, 11:08:14 AM »
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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2016, 11:09:16 AM »
Windies are undisputed kings and queens of T20.

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Re: World T20 2016 final: England v West Indies
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2016, 12:11:41 PM »
Congratulations to the Ladie's and Men's ANd U19. Fantastic achievement!!!!!

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Re: World T20 2016 final: England v West Indies
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2016, 12:54:51 PM »
Brathwaite sixes take WI to thrilling title win
http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-world-twenty20-2016/content/story/994611.html

West Indies 161 for 6 (Samuels 85*, Brathwaite 34*, Willey 3-20) beat England 155 for 9 (Root 54, Brathwaite 3-23, Bravo 3-37) by four wickets


Write off West Indies cricket at your peril. Less than four months in, 2016 is already a year of great celebration and renewal for cricket in the Caribbean. West Indies won the Under-19 World Cup. West Indies won the Women's World T20. And now West Indies have won the World T20. In doing so, Darren Sammy's men have become the first team to win two World T20 tournaments, having also triumphed in Sri Lanka in 2012.

Those are the facts. The how is all the more extraordinary. Set 156 to beat England and win the championship, West Indies found themselves needing 19 off the last over, to be bowled by Ben Stokes. Marlon Samuels, who had steered the chase, was on 85. But he was at the wrong end. This was all down to Carlos Brathwaite, the allrounder who emerged on the Test tour of Australia just a few months ago.

Six. Six. Six. Six. Job done with two balls to spare. The first one was a poor ball from Stokes, down leg, clubbed over deep backward square. Then a length ball slammed down the ground over long-on. Then over long-off. One run needed. Push a single? Why bother when you have the power, like Brathwaite, to crunch another six over the leg side. The West Indies players streamed onto the field in jubilation. They had not only done it. They had done it in style.

And all this from a team that, in the weeks before this tournament, was stuck in another pay dispute with their board. But that is for another day. This day was about what happened on the field, and West Indies dominated the first over of the match and the last over of the match. England, along the way, had their own ups and downs, but by taking wickets throughout the chase gave themselves a strong chance of claiming their second World T20 title.

But if Brathwaite destroyed them at the end, Samuels was the one who chipped away at them through most of the innings. Samuels walked to the crease in the second over of the chase, when England had surprised West Indies by using Joe Root with the new ball, and he duly claimed Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle in his first over. Samuels had a mountain of work to do, and he did it, just as he had in 2012.

Samuels is an enigmatic cricketer, one who seems to spend long periods in hibernation. During those times he looks like a Don't Care Bear. But when he awakes, he is capable of anything, as he showed during the World T20 final in 2012, when his 78 from 56 balls set up the West Indies victory over Sri Lanka. Here when he came out of his hibernation, he was a Kung Fu Panda, clubbing England's bowlers and kicking them into the dust.

And he did it with limited support. England's bowling was good. David Willey picked up 3 for 20, Liam Plunkett was hard to get away, Adil Rashid cost less than six an over. Dwayne Bravo managed 25 off 27 balls but besides him, Samuels and Brathwaite were the only ones to reach double figures. Brathwaite's final score was 34 from 10 balls, not out. Notably, Root did not bowl an over after taking 2 for 9 in his first.

West Indies found themselves needing 45 off the last four overs, then 38 off the last three, and 27 off the last two. But Eoin Morgan had left himself with Stokes and Root as his only bowling options, and Stokes could not hit the mark. Chasing had again proved successful for West Indies, who did not lose a toss in this tournament and bowled first every time.

You could sense the relief for Darren Sammy, then, when he won the toss for the 10th successive time in T20 internationals, and sent England in. Ball one, Samuel Badree skidded it past the bat of Jason Roy, who was struck on the pad. Not out, sliding down leg. Ball two, Badree skidded it past the bat of Roy and onto the stumps. Roy had starred with 78 in England's semi-final win over New Zealand, but this was going to be a rather different sort of innings.

When Alex Hales flicked Andre Russell to short fine leg in the next over, it felt like an anti-climax was brewing. So too when Morgan, perplexed by Badree's wrong'un, edged to Gayle at slip to leave the total at 23 for 3 in the fifth over. But Badree bowled out, his figures of 2 for 16 impressive, and suddenly it was more of a contest.

Root was outstanding in the face of wickets falling around him. He struck seven boundaries and all were from classy, traditional cricket strokes, mostly along the ground, through the gaps. When eventually he innovated, he immolated. On 54 from 36, he fell when he tried to paddle Brathwaite over short fine leg, but in that position Sulieman Benn dived forward to take a sharp catch low to the ground.

West Indies' fielding was universally outstanding. No catches were dropped, and some of those taken were far from straightforward. Badree, Brathwaite and Russell were all hard to get away. Bravo found three wickets, including those of Stokes and Moeen Ali in the space of three balls. But the fifth bowler - a combination of Benn and Sammy - leaked heavily.

Benn's three overs cost 40 runs and Jos Buttler clubbed him for a pair of consecutive sixes in his 36 off 22 balls, and Sammy bowled just one over for 14. Sammy finds himself in the strange position of having captained West Indies to one of their greatest triumphs in recent years, but in doing so having almost done himself out of a job. He made only eight runs in this tournament and bowled three overs for 31 runs. In three games he neither batted nor bowled.

But frankly, who cares? Sammy is a dual World T20-winning captain. His men have done what no others in cricket have done. And they have given the Caribbean region a hat-trick of triumphs in 2016. What a year for West Indies.

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Re: World T20 2016 final: England v West Indies
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2016, 01:32:55 PM »
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Congratulations as well to Carlos Braithwaite on his new child!!!  :wavetowel: :wavetowel: :wavetowel:

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I lost my feed in the final over after the first 2 sixes. Finally gave up trying to get it back and checked the score  :wavetowel:

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« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2016, 02:57:50 PM »
I lost my feed in the final over after the first 2 sixes. Finally gave up trying to get it back and checked the score  :wavetowel:

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« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2016, 07:47:15 PM »

Congrats to the WI team. well done :applause:

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Re: World T20 2016 final: England v West Indies
« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2016, 07:47:57 PM »
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ICC #WT20 Final - England vs West Indies - Match Highlights
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Re: World T20 2016 final: England v West Indies
« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2016, 01:46:58 AM »
The  guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/us)  seems to have good coverage of the background issues, and a decent commentary section; for those of us overseas who cannot tune in to the talk on the local (T&T) sports radio that kind of coverage can be helpful.  I find that the online coverage by the local  papers tend to be somewhat   limited.

Some articles that might be of interest:
http://www.theguardian.com/sport/west-indies-cricket-team

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/apr/03/marlon-samuels-ben-stokes-shane-warne

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2016/apr/03/west-indies-win-world-t20-five-talking-points#comments
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Re: World T20 2016 final: England v West Indies
« Reply #22 on: April 04, 2016, 02:06:43 AM »
The levels of anxiety, despair and excitement were at times too much with the Men’s team. Watching the women’s team had a nice level of uncertainty and joy.
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Re: World T20 2016 final: England v West Indies
« Reply #23 on: April 04, 2016, 08:56:20 AM »
That was heart attack cricket at its finest.

I eh go lie at the beginning of the final over I thought it was over for us.
I was in awe of what I saw. Even Ian Bishop started to bawl on air and I don´t thind he ever does that.

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« Reply #24 on: April 04, 2016, 10:00:03 AM »
That was heart attack cricket at its finest.

I eh go lie at the beginning of the final over I thought it was over for us.
I was in awe of what I saw. Even Ian Bishop started to bawl on air and I don´t thind he ever does that.

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WICB Feel Vindicated; Says “Adversity Breeds Champions”
April 4, 2016
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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has repudiated accusations of negligence in their handling of West Indies cricketing affairs. They claim putting the players under so much extra pressure was all part of their master plan going into the tournament. Speaking to The Late O’clock News via Skype, president of the WICB Whycliffe Cameron said, “When was the last time critics paid your bills? Haters gonna hate and try to stunt on my shine, but look at what’s happened. Ent allyuh put us there to make sure the West Indies cricket team win? Well look they win. I’ll accept payment in the form of another 20% of the team’s salary”.

T20 captain Darren Sammy blasted the WICB yesterday after their heart attack inducing last over victory against England in the World T20 Championships. Speaking from the winners podium, a visibly emotional Sammy said, “People were wondering whether we would play this tournament. We had a lot of issues, we felt disrespected by our board…we had no uniforms, no prints … he (New WI manager Raul Lewis) left Dubai, went to Kolkata, that’s where he started. The trouble he went through, to get us in this uniform … I got to give credit to the entire team here, it was us in our own little circle, this win we dedicate it to all our fans in the Caribbean.”

Cameron went on to say that the WICB’s negligence was no mere coincidence, but part of a secret study the cricket board funded for years which proved that “badmind was the most efficient way to win” and that “the WICB’s mandate was to frustrate the players to victory”.

“If people have all the tools they need to succeed, then they become lazy and uninterested.” said Cameron. “The WICB decided to make itself the sacrificial lamb for the sake of West Indies Cricket by being the worst possible administration one could conceive because we all love the game so much. Why else would we refuse to select our best players for the longer formats of the game? Why else would we not pay the players properly and on time? No one organization could be so terrible at what they do without a concerted effort. Now excuse me I’m off to listen to “Champion” on repeat”.
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Re: World T20 2016 final: England v West Indies
« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2016, 07:51:17 PM »
Yeah right! If allyuh think it going to be smooth runnings, think again.

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« Reply #29 on: April 07, 2016, 09:10:53 AM »
Yeah right! If allyuh think it going to be smooth runnings, think again.
I'm certain that article is satire.