It was a long wait… Longer than one could have waited… The last time West indies team had any cup under their belt was the World cup of cricket for consecutive years… But after that followed barren patch which continued for long 28 years. By this time the world saw emergence of super cricketers from the carribeans but they could not bring the cup.
This day the world celebrates in their victory over mighty Sri Lankans.
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T20 matches is and will always be known for batting prowess but today in the finals of World T 20, 2012, it was bowlers delight. In Semifinals Gayle Force caught Aussies off guard but the same could not work in front of lanka. They had their strategy for Gayle-Pollard duo. But this time Samuel did good for the team and the same team which posted highest total of the tournament could score meagre 140s. Sri Lankans had already defeated them in league matches where caribbeans had scored 129. So this time was not difficult as Mahela would have supposed, But Darren had altogether different ball game this time. His bowler armoury was also in full force and they wrapped the Lankans for 101 in less than 20 overs.
Gangnam stylists West Indies roused memories of a more natural time as they sank Sri Lanka by 36 runs in a battle between islands to win the ICC World Twenty20 – their first world title in over three decades. Darren Sammy’s side of booty-shaking league mercenaries pulled off a massive upset at the R. Premadasa on Sunday night as a shell-shocked home crowd watched its vaunted batting line-up come unmoored against inspired West Indian bowling and fielding. Lanka lost their last nine wickets for 53 runs as the chase ended in the 19th over.
Samuel was adjudged man of the match for his fearless approach in the first innings when wickets continued to faal as pack of cards around him. He scored 78 of 56 balls.
Aussie Shane Watson was adjudged man of the Series.
Standing Umpire Simon Taufel saw his last match as the umpire.
In another T20 World Cup for women’s team.. Australia defeated England.
Finally, Bollywood Super Hunk, Salman Khan hosted first episode of Season 6 of Bigg Boss.
- West Indies beat SL by 36 runs to win T20 WC (datadiary2012.wordpress.com)
- Darren Sammy aims to make things difficult for Sri Lanka in the ICC World Twenty20 finale – Cricket News Update (blogs.bettor.com)