It was a game that not many had thought will go the way it went. Sri Lanka vs West Indies T20 World Cup 2012 final was intense and interesting. Here are video highlights of the game
West Indies proved beyond doubt that they are the best twenty20 side in the world. They dominated the match completely after a rather shaky start of their inning. If you saw only the first ten overs of the game and then the results, I am sure you wouldn’t believe that a miracle of this scale was possible in cricket.
Till ten overs of their inning West Indies team was struggling at a run rate of just around 3 runs per over. They had already lost their best batsmen including Chris Gayle and Bravo very cheaply and there didn’t look much of a hope. But from one end, Samuel was standing strong without flinching an eye. It will be injustice not to finally accept him one of the best in the side who often gets eclipsed by more flamboyant West Indies players like Gayle and Pollard.
Samuels 58 ball 78 run inning will be counted the best inning of the whole tournament, not because that it came in the final, but because it came when West Indies was under tremendous pressure and when wickets were falling like pack of cards. And on one end was this man, making runs effortlessly, hitting sixes and fours as it was just the norm and there was no pressure of any kind of him.
He hit six massive sixes and his one six was called the biggest six of the tournament. He was helped in the final overs by Sammy who hit 26 runs in just 15 balls, taking the West Indies total to 137 runs.
Johnson Charles c Kulasekara b Mathews 0
Chris Gayle lbw Mendis 3
Marlon Samuels c Mendis b Dananjaya 78
Dwayne Bravo lbw Mendis 19
Kieron Pollard c Dananjaya b Mendis 2
Andre Russell lbw Mendis 0
Darren Sammy not out 26
Denesh Ramdin not out 4
Extras (lb 2, w 3) 5
Total (Six wickets in 20 overs) 137
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Charles, 0.5 overs), 2-14 (Gayle, 5.5), 3-73 (Bravo, 13.6), 4-87 (Pollard, 15.2), 5-87 (Russell, 15.3), 6-108 (Samuels, 17.1).
Angelo Mathews 4-1-11-1
Nuwan Kulasekara 3-0-22-0
Lasith Malinga 4-0-54-0
Ajantha Mendis 4-0-12-4
Akila Dananjaya 3-0-16-1
Jeevan Mendis 2-0-20-0
Mahela Jayawardene c Sammy b Narine 33
Tillakaratne Dilshan b Rampaul 0
Kumar Sangakkara c Pollard b Badree 22
Angelo Mathews b Sammy 1
Jeevan Mendis run out (Bravo/Narine) 3
Thisara Perera run out (Ramdin) 3
Lahiru Thirimanne c Charles b Sammy 4
Nuwan Kulasekara c Badree b Narine 26
Lasith Malinga c Bravo b Narine 5
Ajantha Mendis c Bravo b Samuels 1
Akila Dananjaya not out 0
Extras (lb 2, nb 1) 3
Total (all out in 18.4 overs) 101
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Dilshan, 1.1 overs), 2-48 (Sangakkara, 9.3), 3-51 (Mathews, 10.4), 4-60 (Jayawardene, 12.1), 5-61 (Mendis, 12.3), 6-64 (Perera, 13.1), 7-69 (Thirimanne, 14.3), 8-96 (Kulasekara, 16.3), 9-100 (Mendis, 17.5).
Samuel Badree 4-0-24-1
Ravi Rampaul 3-0-31-1
Marlon Samuels 4-0-15-1
Chris Gayle 2-0-14-0
Sunil Narine 3.4-0-9-3
Darren Sammy 2-0-6-2
Toss: West Indies chose to bat
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Simon Taufel (Australia)
TV umpire: Rod Tucker (Australia)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire: Ian Gould (England)