Just the scores do not tell much about this T20-2016 Final Match. Batting first England scored 155 for the loss of 9 wickets and in reply West Indies scored 161 for the loss of 6 wickets. The batting, bowling and fielding on both sides were extraordinary. For both teams there were early loss of wickets but they recovered and recovered in most thrilling manner. There were tense moments most of the time in the match and towards the end it seemed beyond doubt that England would win; but this did not happen.
It was one of the most remarkable victories ever known, a match that will resound well beyond the boundaries of Eden Gardens, well beyond the boundaries of Twenty20, as a finish for the ages. With six balls left and 19 runs to score, the West Indies looked a beaten side by all means. England stood on the verge of a crowning glory of which few had dared to dream. Ben Stokes stood with the ball in his hand. But within the space of barely a minute, the dream evaporated into the sweltering Kolkata night…as Carlos Brathwaite’s fourth six (from first four balls of the last over) sailed into the air, not to be seen again, the jubilant West Indies players flooded the field, their belief transforming into disbelief. Stoke sank to the floor in despair, inconsolable. A matter of millimeters had separated him and his team from glory, so brilliantly fought despite a batting performance that could have been better.
Here is the commentary of the last over of this most thrilling and unforgettable match:
P.S. 2016 has been a very lucky year for West Indies; three of their Cricket teams have won world titles. First the West Indies Under-19 team won the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016, beating India. And yesterday West Indies Women’s team has also won World Twenty20-2016 title by defeating Australia. West Indies is certainly very happy!