October 8, 2012
West Indies are the new winners of the World T20 after defeating Sri Lanka in Sunday’s final in Colombo. The dancing started on the pitch at the conclusion of the game and will doubtless continue for days in the streets of Kingston, Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean. In the bars they will be toasting Darren Sammy and the rest of his team after their 36 run victory.
For once, the heroes of the hour were man of the match Marlon Samuels (78 from 56 balls) and Sunil Narine (3 wickets for 9 runs off 3.4 overs) rather than Chris Gayle who made only 3 from 16 balls.
West Indies won the toss and batted first. The early part of their innings was tortuously slow; the score was only 38 – 2 after 11 overs. However, Samuels weathered the storm before, with help from Sammy, exploding towards the end. In his knock he hit 6 sixes including the longest of the tournament measured at 108 metres. This enabled West Indies to post a competitive 137 – 6 off their 20 overs. Lasith Malinga, a potential matchwinner, will certainly rue conceding 54 runs from his 4 overs.
Sri Lanka made a steady start with an important contribution from Mahela Jayawardene (33) but fell away badly in the second half of their innings to finish on a disappointing 101 all out in the 19th over. Unlike Samuels they struggled to reach the boundaries. The West Indies’ bowling was tight and the fielding always electric.
The general consensus is that West Indies’ triumph will be good for world cricket. After the match, Shane Watson from Australia was named as man of the tournament. It is not recorded whether he joined the partying West Indies after the game.
The Scoop 08/10/12