Sunday, 3 April 2016

Brathwaite Halts England T20 Hopes

Carlos Braithwaite
Carlos Braithwaite and Chris Gayle, West Indies, World Twet20 Final
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West Indies won a tense World T20 final in spectacular style, when Carlos Brathwaite hit the first four balls of the final over for four sixes, making a mockery of what looked a stiff task of 19 off six Ben Stokes deliveries. 

West Indies finished on 161 for six.

England had posted 155 for nine as Joe Root led the way with a classy half-century. When Darren Sammy won his 10th straight toss he was quick to send England in and promptly saw them lose three quick cheap wickets in the first five overs. But Root’s 54 in 36 balls gave the innings some backbone, with Jos Buttler (36) and David Willey (21) chipping in as wickets tumbled regularly in Kolkata.

When West Indies batted, they quickly slipped to 11 for three, with Chris Gayle making only four. But Marlon Samuels was reprieved after being given out with the score on 37 and finished with 85 off 66 balls. 

Then came Brathwaite’s fireworks.

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