Kolkata: With their finale wins under their belt, the Windies men and women’s teams will surely be celebrating their World Champion titles dancing their way back to the Caribbeans.
West Indies beat England by 4 wickets to clinch the World Cup T20 title at the Eden Gardens.
Earlier in the day, Windies had won the toss and elected to field first. England scored 155 runs in 20 overs setting a target of 156 runs to the Windies team. After losing a few early wickets, the Windies made a strong comeback.
Marlon Samuels scored 85 runs and remained unbeaten till the end. The real star of the match, however was Carlos Brathwaite who smashed three sixes in the last over to guide Windies to a splendid World Cup win. Marlon Samuels was judged the Man of the Match.
The West Indies women team too emerged T20 World Champions today. They beat three-time defending champions Australia by eight wickets in the finals at the Eden Gardens.
For the West Indies, Hayley Matthews (66) and captain Stafanie Taylor (59) were the top two run-scorers chasing Australia’s total of 148/5.
“I’ve been waiting for this a long time and it has come at the right time. We played some fantastic cricket today. Didn’t get the start we wanted with the bowling but the batting has done it for us,” skipper Stafanie said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Taylor was later adjudged the Woman of the Tournament while the 18-year-old Matthews — having also grabbed a wicket — finished with the Woman of the Match award.
Even though Team India lost to the Windies in the semi-finals, they had something to rejoice today — Virat Kohli received the Player of the Tournament award.