West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite smashed England’s Ben Stokes for four successive sixes to snatch a sensational four-wicket win in World Twenty20 final as the Caribbean side became the first team to win the title twice. Needing 19 off the last over sent down by Stokes, Brathwaite exhibited nerves of steel to complete the chase in stunning style and trigger wild celebrations among his jubilant teammates who invaded the Eden Gardens pitch.
- The 24 runs Brathwaite scored off Stokes was the highest in the final over of a Twenty20 International, bettering Australia’s mark of 23 against Pakistan in Gros Islet in 2010.
- England’s death overs hero Stokes was left distraught after failing to contain Brathwaite, who had a memorable night having scored 34 with the bat after earlier claiming 3-23 with the ball to restrict England to a modest total.
- Man-of-the-match Marlon Samuels was not out on 85 but it was Brathwaite’s blistering total off 10 balls that saw them home.
- Virat Kohli, the Indian vice-captain was adjudged the Man of the Tournament. Kohli was not there to receive his award and his trophy was given to Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur.
- West Indies claimed their first Women’s World Twenty20 with a pulsating eight-wicket win over Australia in Kolkata.
- Australia, seeking a fourth successive World T20 title, chose to bat and posted 148-5, with Elyse Villani making the first half century in a final.
- But 18-year-old Windies opener Hayley Matthews hit a stunning 66 off 45 balls with three sixes, in a stand of 120.
- The Windies won with three balls to spare and their men’s team later completed a T20 double.