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Astunning fou r si xes in the last four balls by Carlos Brathwaite helped the West Indies snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat as they won the World T20 final by four wickets at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.
Requiring 19 to win in the final over, bowled by Ben Stokes, the right-hander struck three meaty blows- first over square leg, second over long on and third over long off to bury equalise the game before completing the formality. He shared a 54-run-unbeaten partnership with Marlon Samuels, who played a blinder while scoring a majestic unbeaten 85 in 66 balls with nine fours and two sixes. Chasing 156, Samuels held the West Indies innings together as he had to come in the very second over when Johnson Charles getting out to Joe Root, who also claimed the wicket of Chris Gayle for 4. At one time the Caribbean were 11 for 3 and Lendl Simmons – who was the player of the match against India in the semi-final scoring 82 not out – also back in the hut. Samuels then played a blinder to take his team through. This is the second time that Samuels has scored a match-winning innings in a World T20 final. His 78 in the final of 2012 World T20 had won his team the trophy that year.
Earlier, West Indies bowlers effected a middle-order collapse to restrict England to a decent 155 for 9 despite Joe Root's attractive half-