Brathwaite leads Windies to stunning World Twenty20 triumph

 04 Apr 2016 - 0:00

Brathwaite leads Windies to stunning World Twenty20 triumph



England v West Indies - World Twenty20 cricket tournament final - Kolkata, India - 03/04/2016. West Indies players celebrate after winning the final. (Reuters/Adnan Abidi)


Kolkata: Carlos Brathwaite sensationally hit four successive sixes off Ben Stokes in the last over as the West Indies stunned England by four wickets to win the World Twenty20 title at Eden Gardens on Sunday.

They won with just two balls to spare having needed 19 off the last over as they became the first team to lift the trophy twice.

Chasing 156 to win, 27-year-old Brathwaite became the first player to hit four sixes off four balls as he made an undefeated 34 off 10 balls after taking 3-23 in the England innings.

Marlon Samuels finished on 85 off 66 balls.

"I can't really express how much of a top knock (by Samuels) that was. We couldn't turn back, it was a question of when not if," said Brathwaite.

Bowling coach Curtly Ambrose was overjoyed after seeing his team follow the women's title earlier in the day and the Under-19s taking their world crown earlier this year.

"We believe we can chase any target because we've got some real firepower," he said.

"It doesn't matter how many you've got to chase. We won the under-19 and the women's and now this, it's history.

"Usually, I have sympathy for the bowlers but on this occasion, no!"