Carlos Brathwaite’s blitz: The West Indian all-rounder’s brief knock was the difference between the two teams four years ago.
On this day in 2016, West Indies became the first team to win their second ICC World Twenty20 title after winning the first one in 2012 in Sri Lanka.
West Indies’ ploy of having depth in their batting department saw the move reaping fruits in the final match after all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite delivered when it mattered the most.
Needing 27 runs off the last two overs, West Indies could only score eight runs as England all-rounder Chris Jordan gave away only four runs off five balls.
England captain Eoin Morgan handed the ball to all-rounder Ben Stokes as the opposition required 19 runs to win the match in the last over.
Brathwaite, who had scored 10 (6) before the last over, smashed four consecutive sixes off Stokes to register one of the greatest finishes across formats in cricket.
Brathwaite’s efforts powered his team to chase a 156-run target after West Indies were restricted to 11/3 in the third over. Having scored 85* (66) with the help of nine fours and two sixes, Marlon Samuels might have top-scored for West Indies but it would have been difficult for West Indies to win the match without Brathwaite’s blitz.
The win also meant that West Indies captain Darren Sammy became the first captain to win two ICC World Twenty20 titles. In what forms another story, the final match ended up as Sammy’s last international match for West Indies.
Carlos Brathwaite’s blitz powered West Indies to 2016 World Twenty20 title
They first beat 🇦🇺 by eight wickets in the women’s final, before the men trumped 🏴 by four wickets in a finale which has been quoted many times since 👇 pic.twitter.com/qDW4WkpwtC
— ICC (@ICC) April 2, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) April 3, 2020
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) April 3, 2020
#OnThisDay in ’16
“Carlos Brathwaite! Carlos Brathwaite! REMEMBER THE NAME!” – @irbishi@TridentSportsX pulled off a heist when he hit 4 6s off 4 balls to take #WI home vs #ENG in ICC WT20 Finals at Eden Gardens! What a day for @darensammy88 & team!pic.twitter.com/6WbipeO93t
— North Stand Gang – Wankhede (@NorthStandGang) April 3, 2020
#OnThisDay in 2016:
🗣 “Carlos Brathwaite! Remember the name!”
— #7Cricket (@7Cricket) April 3, 2020
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