West Indies Won T20 World Cup Final 2012.West Indies beat Sri Lanka Final T20 WC 2012 by 36 runs and won trophy ICC T20 World Cup 2012 championship WI new ICC T20 World champions. West Indies outclassed hosts Sri Lanka by 36 runs in a low-scoring finale to lift the 2012 World Twenty20 title at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday.
West Indies bowlers were on a roll as they dented Sri Lankan chase by removing seven batsmen within 70 runs in 15 overs in the final clash of the World T20. Chasing 138, Sri Lanka lost Tillakaratne Dilshan, for a duck, in the second over.
Though Jayawardene and Sangakkara steadied the innings with a brisk stand, West Indies fought back to derail hosts’ chase with quick wickets. Samuel Badree gave West Indies crucial breakthrough by dismissing Kumar Sangakkara after 42-run stand for the second wicket. Sangakkara’s dismissal came just before Sri Lanka crossed 50-run mark. At the score of 51 Darren Sammy bowled out Mathews in the 11 th over. Earlier, Ravi Rampaul struck in the second over to dismiss Tillakaratne Dilshan for a duck, spoiling Sri Lanka start in the chase of a modest 138 in the final.
Rampaul bowled out Dilshan after West Indies fought their way to 137/6 in 20 overs. Sri Lanka’s unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis grabbed four wickets for 12 runs to restrict the West Indies to a modest total. A sell-out crowd of 35,000 at the Premadasa stadium cheered every dismissal as the West Indies, electing to bat, fell apart once Chris Gayle was removed in the sixth over for only three runs. Marlon Samuels was the only batsman to defy the spot-on Sri Lankan bowling, making 78 off 56 balls with the help of six sixes and three boundaries.
West Indies Won T20 World Cup 2012.There was a party planned at home, the drinks and food had been procured, the playlists figured out, but on the way home West Indies saw a car coming. And apart from Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy, they froze in the headlights. So fickle is the format, though, that those two did enough between them to keep the game alive.
Chris Gayle and friends might have destroyed a few attacks, but against a varied, skilful and unorthodox Sri Lanka attack they just didn’t turn up, except for the two boys on the burning deck. Take out Samuels’ 78 off 56 and Sammy’s 26 off 15, and the rest of the side, extras included, scored 33 in 8.1 overs.
Samuels’ brilliance kept it from becoming a disappointment the size of the 1999 World Cup final, but try telling Ajantha Mendis and his team-mates this was a disappointment. Coming into this match, Sri Lanka had lost three straight World Cup finals they had made. They could do with a timid opposition. And Sri Lanka contributed to the timidity in no small measure. From the first over onwards, they were all over West Indies.
West Indies persisted with Johnson Charles ahead of more free-scoring Dwayne Smith and Lendl Simmons. Angelo Mathews, no stranger to killing off big matches against West Indies in the first over, feasted on the youngster’s nerves, bowling short of a length and letting the seam deviate his deliveries a little. After four dots, Charles played a hopeless shot, getting caught at mid-off. One ball later, the World Twenty20 final had begun with a wicket-maiden. Wally Hammond might have had something to say about it.
Gayle is just another player, Mahela Jayawardene said on the eve of the final. Just another player who feels the pressure of a wicket-maiden first up. Just another player who struggles against the ball that swings away from him and swings big. Just another player who doesn’t like facing Ajantha in a format that calls for more than a run a ball.
Ajantha came on to bowl the sixth over of the innings, like he had done against West Indies in the Super Eights game. He had Gayle sweeping ungainly, had him survive a close lbw call before finally trapping him. West Indies, after having scored their first run off the bat from the 17th legal delivery, were now giving all ignominious Twenty20 records a tough fight. Their 14 for 2 was the fourth-worst Powerplay score, 32 for 2 fourth-worst after 10 overs.
They were not picking Ajantha at all. Akila Dananjaya wasn’t having a bad day either. The stage was set for a third bowler to now knock out the softened-up opposition. Lasith Malinga was the man assigned that job. Samuels, though, counterattacked sensationally. All Malinga had to do was miss his yorker by a few inches in the 13th over, and Samuels stunned him with three of the finest sixes: a flick over deep midwicket, a loft over long-on, and a beautiful drive over extra cover. Still only 69 for 2 after 13, West Indies had some semblance of fight on.
Jayawardene wanted to nip that fight in the bud. He brought back Ajantha, who responded with three wickets in his last two overs: Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard out of the way. Surely Jayawardene had snubbed it all?
Not quite. In between those two overs, Samuels continued his assault, taking apart Jeevan Mendis. Then was the turn of the man widely acknowledged as the best bowler in Twenty20 cricket. After hitting Malinga for a four and a six, Samuels got a length ball, which he sent into the roof of the stadium, the biggest six of the tournament of 108 metres. Samuels was playing a dream innings, but to his grave disappointment he hit a short ball from Dananjaya straight down deep midwicket’s throat.
Sammy, his partner at the time, ran up to him as he was walking off, and congratulated him. Something seemed to have rubbed off as he swung mightily, ran like hell, and even in the company of Denesh Ramdin, brought his side 25 in the last two overs.
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