Both West Indies and England face off in the final at Kolkata vying for their 2nd World T20 title. The Windies have been riding high on their free flowing spirit to reach the final. Their only slip up in an otherwise perfect tournament was against minnows Afghanistan. It’s quite evident that the West Indians are not solely dependent on Gayle to perform as they have other hard hitters like Lendl Simmons, Andre Russel and Fletcher.
Chris Gayle took no no time to resume his noble duties and thrashed English bowlers by hitting an unbeaten 100 off 48 balls. Batting first, England put up a fighting total of 182 for 6 at the Wankhede Stadium. The left-hander smashed 11 sixes and five fours as the Windies successfully chased down the total.
Andre Fletcher with his brilliant knock of an unbeaten 84, including five sixes and six fours, proved that Gayle is not the only solution for West Indies as they won against Sri Lanka. Samuel Badree toppled Lankans with figures of 3 for 12 in his four overs restricting them to a below par score of 122. Thanks to Fletcher, Windies comfortably won with 7 wickets to spare.
West Indies comfortably rolled in the semis with this win. With 9 runs needed from the final over to complete a chase of modest 123, Brathwaite smashed Kagiso Rabada’s second ball for six before Ramdin finished the job. With Windies riding high on Bravo’s innings, they suddenly looked to collapse after Bravo’s wicket. Imran Tahir struck twice in in successive balls in the 17th over. But West Indies kept their cool to edge past Proteas,
Facing India in the semi final, the Windies would have expected Chris Gayle to go on a flying start. However, he was dismissed early by an in-swinging yorker by Jasprit Bumrah. India posted a more than respectable total of 192-3 on a batting track at Wankhede, thanks to Virat Kohli’s glorious knock of 89 not out along with vital contributions from Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. But when Gayle failed to deliver, Lendl Simmons and Andre Russel made sure West Indies were on their way for a 2nd title with 2 balls to spare.
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