Kolkata: Carlos Brathwaite sensationally hit four successive sixes off Ben Stokes in the last over as the West Indies stunned England by four wickets to win the World Twenty20 title at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. (Scorecard | Highlights)
They won with just two balls to spare having needed 19 off the last over as they became the first team to lift the trophy twice. (Windies Beat England to Win World T20 Final Thriller)
Chasing 156 to win, the 27-year-old Brathwaite became the first player to hit four sixes off four balls as he made an undefeated 34 off 10 balls after taking 3/23 in the England innings. Marlon Samuels finished on 85 not out off 66 balls.
“I can’t really express how much of a top knock (by Samuels) that was. We couldn’t turn back, it was a question of when not if,” said Brathwaite.
Bowling coach Curtly Ambrose was overjoyed after seeing his team follow the women’s title earlier in the day and the Under-19s taking their world crown earlier this year.
“We believe we can chase any target because we’ve got some real firepower. It doesn’t matter how many you’ve got to chase. We won the under-19 and the women’s and now this, it’s history. Usually, I have sympathy for the bowlers but on this occasion, no!” he said.