Windies crowned T20 champs

2012-10-07 18:48

Colombo - Darren Sammy's West Indies were crowned the new World Twenty20 champions on Sunday after a 36-run victory over hosts Sri Lanka in a dramatic final here on Sunday.

Full scorecard

The West Indies, restricted to 137-6 after electing to bat, hit back to bowl Sri Lanka out for 101 and silence a sell-out crowd of 35 000 at the R Premadasa Stadium that included President Mahinda Rajapakse.

It was the West Indies' first major title since 2004 when they lifted the Champions Trophy in England, and handed Sri Lanka their fourth defeat in a major final since 2007.

Spinner Sunil Narine grabbed three wickets for nine runs and Sammy took two as the hosts, who had excelled in the field in the first session, undid the good work with irresponsible batting in the second.

Skipper Mahela Jayawardene survived two dropped catches to top-score with 33, while tail-ender Nuwan Kulasekara hit 26 off 13 balls, including three fours and a six in the 16th over of seamer Ravi Rampaul.

Sri Lanka's unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis had taken four wickets for 12 runs as the West Indies collapsed once Chris Gayle was removed in the sixth over for only three runs.

Marlon Samuels was the only batsman to defy the spot-on Sri Lankan bowling, making 78 off 56 balls with the help of six sixes and three boundaries.

His brilliant strokeplay helped the West Indies add 105 runs in the last 10 overs after they were reduced to 32-2 from the first 10.

Sri Lanka lost opener Tillakaratne Dilshan in the second over before Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara added 42 for the second wicket.

The hosts were cruising at 48-1 in the 10th over when the West Indies bounced back by claiming four wickets for 13 runs.

Sangakkara holed out in the deep off Samuel Badree for 22, Angelo Mathews was bowled by Darren Sammy, Jayawardene was caught off a reverse sweep and Jeevan Mendis ran himself out.

Sri Lanka had taken an early grip on the match by keeping the West Indies down to 14-2 in the first six powerplay overs after Johnson Charles had been dismissed off the fifth ball of the match.

The West Indies had to wait till the 19th delivery to score their first run with the bat and Gayle needed nine balls to get off the mark.

The left-hander struggled for 16 deliveries to make three before he was trapped leg-before by Mendis in the sixth over.

It was not till the 12th over that the West Indies, who had pummelled Australia in the semi-finals, showed the first signs of aggression as Dwayne Bravo pulled 19-year-old spinner Akila Dananjaya for a six over mid-wicket.

Samuels responded by smashing three sixes in the next over of sling-arm fast bowler Lasith Malinga, two of them in succession over mid-wicket and extra-cover.

Bravo helped Samuels add 59 runs for the third wicket when he was given out leg-before by Australian umpire Simon Taufel, even though replays showed the ball go off the bat onto the pad.

The 17th over, bowled by Malinga, produced 19 runs as Samuels smashed a boundary and two consecutive sixes to leave the frontline bowler with unflattering figures of 0-54 from his four overs.

Sri Lanka have now lost two successive 50-over World Cup finals in 2007 and 2011 and two World Twenty20 finals in 2009 and 2012.

Brief scores:

West Indies 137-6 (Marlon Samuels 78, Darren Sammy 26 not out; Ajantha Mendis 4-12) def. Sri Lanka 101 (Mahela Jayawardene 33, Nuwan Kulasekara 26, Kumar Sangakkara 22; Sunil Narine 3-9, Darren Sammy 2-6).


Sri Lanka:

Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Angelo Mathews, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Akila Dananjaya.

West Indies:

Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo, Samuel Badree, Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels.

Umpires: Simon Taufel (AUS) and Aleem Dar (PAK)

TV umpire: Rod Tucker (AUS)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)


  • hubert.ontong - 2012-10-07 18:52

    G8t Windies!, about time from best and most dangerous cricket team of the 70s n 80ties to gangnam T20 champs!

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-08 06:55

      Leke Windies, and this without a Gaylestorm!!!!!

  • daleinn - 2012-10-07 18:53

    Well done to the Windies, spin ruled the final!! Enjoyed the Windies fight back.

  • cynthia.biljoen - 2012-10-07 18:53

    Well played! They deserve the title!

  • colin.taylor.9883 - 2012-10-07 18:53

    Well done Windies.... Worthy Champions.....

  • richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-07 18:54

    Wow, brilliant comeback by the Windies. They looked dead and buried after 12 overs. But such is the nature of T20. One Windies player brought his best game (Samuels) and one SL bowler missed his straps (Malinga) and that was enough to turn the game completely. WI really tightened up their bowling as well during the knockout games, it was horrible against both Eng and Aus in the group games. But they hit their marks today and cranked up the pressure. I feel sad for Mahela, it must suck to make so many finals and lose each time. But, as he says, it's better to lose in the final than be knocked out in the group stages or semi.

  • mrova.blaza - 2012-10-07 19:01

    what a team effort, the West Indies do not even have half of the talent that we have. well done to the west indies(they do look like Nigerians though).

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-07 19:12

      Shorter the game, the more level the playing field

      catgirl1971 - 2012-10-07 19:12

      @ least the Windies aren't skelm like Nigerians!

      francis.titus - 2012-10-09 13:37

      rodney you are so right, West Indies.

  • boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-07 19:04

    Welcome back Windies

  • antsho - 2012-10-07 19:25

    There's fire in Babylon, Maan!

  • leo.daniels.54 - 2012-10-07 19:29

    Wat rook die West Indies .

      francis.titus - 2012-10-07 20:16

      @Leo lyk vir my jy rook iets

  • thabo.malose.31 - 2012-10-07 19:29

    Unbelieveble choking by sri lanka, following in the footsteps of proteas!

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-07 19:35

      Meh, not worth it

  • mzuvukile.maswana - 2012-10-07 19:35

    Yeah man! That is irrreeee! The all conquering black team. White supremacy may it see the rise of black athletes.

      liesure.larry - 2012-10-07 19:46

      ook maar lekker f'et-up...

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-08 08:25

      Ai ja jai!!!!!!!!

  • Siyabonga Masondo - 2012-10-07 20:07

    Well Done Windies, Proteas and Gary, catch a wake up pls!

  • abhiso - 2012-10-07 20:31

    The Lankans are the officials chokers of world cricket. Poor souls keep losing all world cup finals. Proteas are a far better bunch!!

      hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-10-07 21:44

      Ja, we get our loosing over and done with before wqe even get to a final!!!!! Ha-ha.

  • - 2012-10-07 20:40

    Congrats Windies !!!!!

  • ledzepkid.zn - 2012-10-07 20:48

    Whoo hoo! Hope Windies cricket gets a real boost after this... T20 might not be for the purists, but the confidence the players would have gotten can be translated into the longer formats. The sport itself has taken huge knocks, which is sad when you think about their hall of fame players... including the late legendary Malcom Marshall... mentor to Shaun Pollock and Lance Klusener during their early years at the dolphins.

  • - 2012-10-07 20:53

    True champions , these boys got (BMT) big match temperament. The 1/4 final clash against NZ showed it

  • fdalana - 2012-10-07 22:14

    what an amazing team effort!

  • jlushaba - 2012-10-08 05:40

    Bowled and fielded very well...... Well done Indies

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-10-08 07:08

    More Fire!!! More Fire!!!

  • bmaestro - 2012-10-08 07:44

    it was a mouth-watering encounter and the west indies' celebrations were just the icing on the cake.what a match!

  • duncan.biyela - 2012-10-08 09:08

    Windies doing Gangnam Style was my highlight! Those guys look like they know how to party! Congrats to the Windies definitely the most colorful team of the tournament

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