(From Deutsche Welle)
The West Indies, which opted to bowl after winning the toss, left it to almost the last minute to achieve their victory over the hard-working English team on Sunday at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens ground, with Carlos Braithwaite displaying incredible last-over fireworks.
England openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales walked out in front of a near-capacity crowd of more than 60,000, despite the fact that the Indian national team failed to make it to the finals.
But disaster for England struck with the very first ball from leg spinner Samuel Badree, when Roy was bowled through the gate.
Joe Root took on the task of stopping the rot there and then with relish, slamming the first boundary of the innings through the off side. But a next English wicket fell soon, with Hales going for just one run, caught by Badree off the bowling of Andre Russell.
With England at 8-2, captain Eoin Morgan came in at a crucial moment for his team. But he, too, soon went, caught at slip by Chris Gayle off Badree after facing just 12 balls for his five runs.
Root the rock
Root and Jos Buttler soon began opening the throttle, with the latter slamming three sixes, including two successive ones straight down the ground off Sulieman Benn.
But he soon paid for his insolence, being caught by Dwayne Bravo on the midwicket boundary off Carlos Brathwaite’s bowling for 36 off 27 balls in the 12th over, with England on 84.
Root reached his 50 off 33 balls, a shared record for the most rapid half century in a World T20 final. But then Stokes was caught by Lendl Simmons off Bravo after scoring a rapid 13, followed by Moeen Ali on a duck, caught behind by Denesh Ramdin, with Bravo the destroyer once more. Read More