BRATH­TAK­ING WINDIES

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The Economic Times - - Sports -

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-

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