Cricket: West Indies win Twenty20 Final against Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka v West Indies, Final, World Twenty20, Colombo

Samuels, Sammy give West Indies first world title since 1979

The Report by Sidharth Monga – October 7, 2012  Comments: 80 | size: A | A

West Indies 137 for 6 (Samuels 78, Sammy 26, Mendis 4-12) beat Sri Lanka 101 (Jayawardene 31, Kulasekara 26, Narine 3-9, Sammy 2-6) by 36 runs
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Marlon Samuels smashed 78 off 56 balls, Sri Lanka v West Indies, final, World Twenty20, Colombo, October 7, 2012

Marlon Samuels played a blinder to turn an embarrassment into a party © Associated Press
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Flair. Calypso. Frontrunners. Millionaires. Gold chains. Chris Gayle. No, no, no, no, no and no. West Indies’ first World Twenty20 win was more digging in, refusing to give up, running and fielding like their life depended on this match, stunning the home crowd, and pulling off one of the most amazing turnarounds in Twenty20 history, especially given the stage. Flair came from one the most eye-pleasing batsmen going around.

There’s no need to add “one of the” here, because Marlon Samuels played simply the best Twenty20 international innings ever seen when West Indies were down and the count had reached about eight. A feedbacker to Cricinfo’s ball-by-ball commentary asked if Samuels’ 78 was the 281 of Twenty20 cricket.

Samuels was not just shouting for help from the burning desk. He danced on that burning deck. He attracted people to that burning deck. And Sri Lanka were singed. So singed that arguably the best Twenty20 bowler in the world went for 0 for 54. So singed that Ajantha Mendis’ figures of 4 for 12 in the final meant noting to the result. West Indies had been 14 for after Powerplays and 32 for 2 after 10 overs, the fourth-worst scores at these points in the history of Twenty20 internationals. They even took 17 balls to score the first run off the bat. Yet so breathtaking was Samuels’ assault, never mind the wickets falling around him, that Sri Lanka were too stunned to respond.

It is also fair, in a way, that captain Darren Sammy contributed big to the win too. That the man who has led the team through times when others had deserted it, despite obvious question marks based on pure skills, played a crucial role on the big night of a tournament that had threatened to make him almost superfluous. When Samuels got out, West Indies were still 108 in the 18th over. They needed a strong finish to keep fighting. And fight Sammy did. He swung and ran like hell, turning three ones into twos in the last over, hitting two fours around those scrambles.

More to follow…  Go to cricinfo.com

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Sri Lanka v West Indies, Final, World Twenty20, Colombo

Samuels, Sammy drag West Indies to 137

The Report by Sidharth Monga  October 7, 2012 – Comments: 64 |

20 overs West Indies 137 for 6 (Samuels 78, Sammy 26, Mendis 4-12) v Sri Lanka
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Marlon Samuels played a blinder, but has he done enough to bail West Indies out?

There was a party planned at home, the drinks and food had been procured, the playlists figured out, but on the way home West Indies saw a car coming. And apart from Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy, they froze in the headlights. So fickle is the format, though, that those two did enough between them to keep the game alive.

Chris Gayle and friends might have destroyed a few attacks, but against a varied, skilful and unorthodox Sri Lanka attack they just didn’t turn up, except for the two boys on the burning deck. Take out Samuels’ 78 off 56 and Sammy’s 26 off 15, and the rest of the side, extras included, scored 33 in 8.1 overs.

Samuels’ brilliance kept it from becoming a disappointment the size of the 1999 World Cup final, but try telling Ajantha Mendis and his team-mates this was a disappointment. Coming into this match, Sri Lanka had lost three straight World Cup finals they had made. They could do with a timid opposition. And Sri Lanka contributed to the timidity in no small measure. From the first over onwards, they were all over West Indies.

West Indies persisted with Johnson Charles ahead of more free-scoring Dwayne Smith and Lendl Simmons. Angelo Mathews, no stranger to killing off big matches against West Indies in the first over, feasted on the youngster’s nerves, bowling short of a length and letting the seam deviate his deliveries a little. After four dots, Charles played a hopeless shot, getting caught at mid-off. One ball later, the World Twenty20 final had begun with a wicket-maiden. Wally Hammond might have had something to say about it.

Gayle is just another player, Mahela Jayawardene said on the eve of the final. Just another player who feels the pressure of a wicket-maiden first up. Just another player who struggles against the ball that swings away from him and swings big. Just another player who doesn’t like facing Ajantha in a format that calls for more than a run a ball.

Ajantha came on to bowl the sixth over of the innings, like he had done against West Indies in the Super Eights game. He had Gayle sweeping ungainly, had him survive a close lbw call before finally trapping him. West Indies, after having scored their first run off the bat from the 17th legal delivery, were now giving all ignominious Twenty20 records a tough fight. Their 14 for 2 was the fourth-worst Powerplay score, 32 for 2 fourth-worst after 10 overs.

They were not picking Ajantha at all. Akila Dananjaya wasn’t having a bad day either. The stage was set for a third bowler to now knock out the softened-up opposition. Lasith Malinga was the man assigned that job. Samuels, though, counterattacked sensationally. All Malinga had to do was miss his yorker by a few inches in the 13th over, and Samuels stunned him with three of the finest sixes: a flick over deep midwicket, a loft over long-on, and a beautiful drive over extra cover. Still only 69 for 2 after 13, West Indies had some semblance of fight on.

Jayawardene wanted to nip that fight in the bud. He brought back Ajantha, who responded with three wickets in his last two overs: Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard out of the way. Surely Jayawardene had snubbed it all?

Not quite. In between those two overs, Samuels continued his assault, taking apart Jeevan Mendis. Then was the turn of the man widely acknowledged as the best bowler in Twenty20 cricket. After hitting Malinga for a four and a six, Samuels got a length ball, which he sent into the roof of the stadium, the biggest six of the tournament of 108 metres. Samuels was playing a dream innings, but to his grave disappointment he hit a short ball from Dananjaya straight down deep midwicket’s throat.

Sammy, his partner at the time, ran up to him as he was walking off, and congratulated him. Something seemed to have rubbed off as he swung mightily, ran like hell, and even in the company of Denesh Ramdin, brought his side 25 in the last two overs. Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

The West Indies team celebrates World Twenty20 triumph
COMMENTS AFTER THE FINAL WIN OVER SRI LANKA:West Indies  win Twenty20 in Sri Lanka (from Cricinfo.com)
Pollard and Gayle and the rest of them are still dancing on the outfield. It’s all gangnam, it’s been their mojo this tournament. It’s even on the loudspeakers. West Indies won today despite Gayle doing nothing with the bat. It’s been an unbelievable turnaround. They were 32 for 2 after ten overs, and then scored 105 in the last ten. Marlon Samuels played one of the great innings. There’s Jamaican Farewell playing at the Premadasa.”It’s Bravo’s birthday,” says Marlon “Happy to score runs when the team wins.” “Happy birthday Bravo,” screams Gayle. “I guess we didn’t disappoint.”

Narine: “I think playing the final, coming out on the winning side, it’s a team effort.”

Pollard says that celebration when Samuel took his first wicket was the team showing its appreciation for him.

Jaggu: “Thirty years since your country last played a world cup final, your best batsman gets out inside the power play, your run rate is 3 after 10 overs yet you manage 78 of 56. Hats off to you Samules. This will surely be one of the best T20 innings.”

Dwayne Bravo: “We had the belief, we had some of the better players in our team. It was just a matter of getting our heads together.”

Richie Richardson, the team manager, screams into the microphone, before saying, “feels good, feels good. It’s been a long journey. It is very important for everybody, we’ve made the people back home proud. A number of them have come here, one flew in for this match only.”

Prasanna: “Wat an energy these guys have after such an intense game ,,, Seeing the WI team you feel to be wanting to be in that dressing room even being a non-Caribbean ,,,I feel as if my country has won it !! Amazing!!”

Nanda: “Feels like being in the 1980’s again. This is nostalgic.”

Stay with us, I’ll have the presentation for you shortly.

Treveylan: “So how many finals for Sri Lanka without a trophy have it been? Well done to the WI but you have to feel for SL. All these finals and no trophy.”

This was Simon Taufel’s last game as an ICC umpire and he and the other match officials go up to receive their medals. Bat up, Simon.

The Sri Lankan players go up to receive their medals, Mahela Jayawardene will be last so that he can speak. Spare a thought for the man, a fourth final and no trophy.

Mahela: “I think the first ten overs were fantastic, they knew they had to go for it. A couple of mistakes on the field an three four bad overs shifted the momentum. It was ough for us to get into it. The boys tried well. We’re disappointed, a full house. A couple of overs they went after us, against our best bowlers. Marlon batted very well. I backed my No. 1 bowler to deliver but Marlon batted very well.”

“Can’t say, the drops were falling [while batting], we lost momentum when Dilshan fell. They bowled really well, we just needed to keep the pressure on which we didn’t. we need to sit down, have a good chat, and move on.”

Jayawardene’s giving credit to the fans for the support his team has received through this tournament, be it in Hambantota, Pallekele or Colombo.

The Man of the Match is Marlon Samuels, as if you didn’t know already. Gayle is bowing down to him.

Samuels: “Put in a lot of hard work. To Jamaica, to the West Indies. Can’t explain how much it means to me. Thanks to Sri Lanka, I had some good food. They beat us twice, I tell Chris we can’t lose thrice. The wicket was a bit slow, today was a different mindset, I decided to attack Malinga their best bowler and it paid off. We are working together as a unit. Futurewise I think West Indies are going to do well, even in Test cricket. Test cricket is the best cricket.”

The player of the tournament is Shane Watson. 249 runs, 11 wickets, countless sixes, four Man of the Match awards. He’s here to collect his award too.

Watson: “Thrilled for the frst four matches, unfortunately the West Indie were too good in the semi-final. They were deserved winners. Sad for Sri Lanka not to win at home … I’ll never compare myself against Jacques [Kallis]. He’s my idol, he’s the ultimate … ”

The West Indian players are going up to receive their medals now. Ramdin’s not taken off his keeping pads!

Darren Sammy, he had a beautiful game today and a flag on his shoulders now: “For the last two years we’ve shown the never say die attitude, but we haven’t had the results. There’s a special gentleman in the stand called Peter Matthews, he’s supported us through rain and sun, he’s the happiest man right now. Thank you to everyone who supported us. The tournament is for the fans. The love we felt from the Sri Lankan people is tremendous and we want to thank them for that.”

“This moment we’re going to live forever. The team has been through a lot in the last two years, for the last ten years. the mission was to win the t20 World cup, the belief we left the Carribean with has pulled us through. today we were down and out but our never say die attitude came out.”

Sammy on Samuels: “The two years he missed … two years of international runs. He’s scored so much since he’s been back.”

Gayle’s still dancing as Sammy is speaking about him and how a team with Gayle is a better team.

More Sammy: “It’s a part from Jamaica down to Guyana. Thank God it’s a sunday. This hopefully will be the beginning of things to come. Hopefully this team will go on. We won’t say we are back, but ….”

It’s time for that trophy, a first world trophy for the West Indies since 1979, the first ICC trophy since 2004. There’s so much joy on that stage as they jump up and down in celebration. Oh to be at the Cinnamon Grand tonight. Ramdin’s got a message written on his shirt again: sweeter from behind No. 1, is what it said I think Gayle’s doing some break dance and now some push-ups. It’s bonkers out there.

The West Indians are doing a walk of honour around the Premadasa. Delirious celebrations. More gangnam, they will not tire of it tonight.

Samuels is leading the team, seems to be sword-fighting with the flag. His team-mates chant behind him. It’s mellowing down now … not for the birthday boy though, Dwayne Bravo is still dancing and urging the crowd to party.

Right, so these celebrations are going to continue and go long into the early morning. If you are in the vicinity of Colombo, go find the West Indies cricket team. It’ll be the biggest party you ever witness.

It’s been memorable and it had a tremendous final. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed bringing it to you. We’ll have a lot of post-match and post-tournament stories up on the site soon. Here’s Sidharth Monga’s match report for starters. Thank you for all your emails today and through the tournament. Cheers.

Sammy says glorious win “for the people”

Stabroek News –  October 7, 2012

(WICB) Colombo, Sri Lanka – Darren Sammy led the West Indies to an amazing capture of the ICC World T20 championship on Sunday as they outplayed Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium.

The captain turned in a good all-round performance with 26 not out and two wickets for six runs as West Indies won by 36 runs. The star of the show was Marlon Samuels, who playing some breathtaking strokes in a face-saving 78 off 56 balls to haul the Windies out of deep trouble.    [read more]

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Comments

  • BERNARD N. SINGH  On 10/07/2012 at 9:38 pm

    W.I. IS THE BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO CRICKET, CONGS BOYS, KEEP IT UP.

  • Ed mohabir  On 10/07/2012 at 10:51 pm

    Now we have something to celebrate as West Indians!

  • Dmitri allicock  On 10/08/2012 at 12:25 am

    Great job guys!!!

  • Deen  On 10/08/2012 at 1:48 pm

    Congratulations to the West Indies. It appears they are finally getting their act together and making a strong comeback. Now if only they would remain consistent, they could once again emerge as the best team in the world.

  • Rafeek Ali  On 10/08/2012 at 10:56 pm

    It was an impressive win –I certainly enjoyed watching the game. Thanks to the players West Indies finally won.

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