Updated: 10/10/2012 09:06 | By pa.press.net

Samuels the star as Windies triumph



Marlon Samuels inspired West Indies to a 36-run victory in the ICC World Twenty20 final

Marlon Samuels inspired West Indies to a 36-run victory in the ICC World Twenty20 final

Marlon Samuels inspired a West Indies fightback from the brink to triumph in the ICC World Twenty20 final and deny Sri Lanka a home win.

Samuels' memorable 78 revived the Windies on the way to an improbable 36-run victory at the Premadasa Stadium. In a showpiece match which saw the majority of bowlers excel themselves, Samuels bucked the trend emphatically after an embarrassing false start to their innings in which Chris Gayle could make only three from 16 balls.

Even after Samuels had transformed proceedings, it seemed West Indies had almost certainly fallen short of a winning score with their 137 for six. But it was to be Sri Lanka who truly froze as they fell to six wickets for 21 runs at one point before claiming a final product of 101 all out in the 19th over.

Their famed big-hitters were simply nowhere to be seen for the first half of their innings, as initial caution went to extremes - and Ajantha Mendis (four for 12) took most advantage.

The West Indies took until the fifth over to reach double-figures. Their achingly slow start was under way with four dot-balls from Angelo Mathews to Johnson Charles, who reacted to the fifth by mistiming a catch to mid-off.

After that wicket-maiden - number three Samuels let the sixth ball, his first, go - there was not a run on the board until Nuwan Kulasekera bowled a wide halfway through the second over.

Around 40 was probably par in powerplay. But after Gayle took nine balls to get off the mark, with a scampered single to mid-off - and was eventually lbw pushing forward to Ajantha - the Windies could muster only 14 for two in their first six overs.

It was not until the 12th over, after Kulasekera had dropped Samuels at long-off on 20 off Jeevan Mendis, that birthday boy Dwayne Bravo added a first six to go with the four - over midwicket off Akila Dananjaya. But Samuels clubbed consecutive sixes off the returning Lasith Malinga, over midwicket and extra-cover, and then a third in the over, beyond long-on.

Bravo was to go to lbw, even though bat might have been involved, pushing forward to Ajantha to end a third-wicket stand of 59. Yet when Samuels brought up his 50 with his fourth six, over long-on off Jeevan, West Indies were at last striking to their potential.

It seemed too much too late, though, an impression underlined after Ajantha put himself on a hat-trick - Kieron Pollard cutting, and well-held at backward point, and Andre Russell lbw sweeping. Samuels was eventually sixth out, caught in the leg-side deep off Dananjaya, but captain Darren Sammy gave his team a late lift by taking 16 off Kulasekera's final over.

10Comments
07/10/2012 19:23
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i knew it was going to the WI this time only all my mates didn't think so but i am a believer and so are the WI team .WELL DONE GUYS the race is not for the swift niether the bottle for the strong but its for those who can endior to the end
07/10/2012 20:08
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Well done West Indies its been a long wait come on kick on from this and make us proud it's all about unity no more infighting 
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Well done West Indies, this win stir the memories yesteryears.Oh to feel so good
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We  Sri  Lankans  accept  defeat  by  W INDIES    in  the  contest  .....  Its  great  to  see  you  guys win  the   trophy. ...... And  it  has  done the  game  of   CRICKET  a  world  of  good
07/10/2012 21:03
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Well done boys. I am a proud West Indian.
07/10/2012 23:09
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well boy .it long time coming.it a great team work.i hope you guys can can build on this
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07/10/2012 23:14
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As a cricketer my self well done our boys from the  beautiful caribbean living in England now i can the people in the west indies all partying .

08/10/2012 01:48
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Its been a long time but I always knew  you had a lot to offer  and it was only a matter of time before you would bring home the goods. We couldn't ask for any more. Well done to The West Indies and many congratulations, keep up the good work, God bless you all. From a proud West Indian.
08/10/2012 05:46
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Congratulations WEST INDIES !!!

It was really a thrilling experience watching the FINAL last evening - GREAT Match... keep it up.

Look forward to get opportunity to watch more of this quality GAME !!! 

07/10/2012 22:07
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Who give's a damn.....like watching paint dry.
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