World T20 2016 Final: Brathwaite obliterates Stokes for four sixes in final over, as West Indies capture second crown

In an epic final, the West Indies prevailed with two balls to spare thanks to an incredible final over from Carlos Brathwaite

World T20 2016 Final: Brathwaite obliterates Stokes for four sixes in final over, as West Indies capture second crown
The West Indies are World T20 2016 champions after beating England in Kolkata (photo: BBC)

The West Indies became the first two-time World T20 champions, after beating England by four wickets in Kolkata following an incredible finale to an incredible tournament. 

The game took so many twists-and-turns, that you never really knew if it was safe to class either side as favourites throughout the contest. 

It was Carlos Brathwaite who will grab all of the headlines, after his four sixes in the final over saw his side home in remarkable fashion. With 19 needed, Ben Stokes was dispensed over the boundary ropes on four consecutive deliveries to give the final an ending nobody could have ever imagined. 

England had earlier posted 155-9 from their 20 overs, thanks mainly to a 61-run partnership by Joe Root and Jos Buttler. Root played a naturally classy innings of 54 off 36 to salvage the rotten start, with Buttler at his beligerent best at the other end, cracking 36 off 22 with three maximums. 

Chasing, Marlon Samuels 85 not-out was the catalyst behind his sides astonishing victory, before handing over to Brathwaite to write his name into the history books.

England suffer terror start, as top-order misfires

The second the coin went up in the air, you knew that if Darren Sammy called 'heads' it would land a head, or likewise call 'tails' and it would land a tail. As if by magic, the head was called, and the head landed, meaning Sammy had won his tenth toss in a row, making the obvious decision to chase.

With both sides unchanged from their semi-final victories, confidence was high, but within a couple of overs, there was no doubt which side was dominating the contest. 

After surviving a close LBW call with the first delivery of the match, Jason Roy lasted just one more ball before having his leg stump knocked into by Samuel Badree's slider, meaning England's semi-final hero was heading back to the dugout without making even the most minor of impacts. 

Samuel Badree takes the early wicket of Jason Roy (image via: AP)

The next man to go, was Roy's opening partner Alex Hales, who was caught for one by Badree off the bowling of Andre Russell, which saw England's captain and their star man left with the role of resurrecting the innings. 

Unfortunately for Trevor Bayliss' men, Eoin Morgan's torrid form in the competition continued through into the final, and he didn't last long at all. After being beaten on numerous occassions by Badree, Morgan finally managed to get his bat on ball, but typically it was off the edge and fell into the grateful palms of Chris Gayle to leave England 23-3. 

Root and Buttler salvage innings, before bowlers see out final overs

Despite everything going on at the opposite end from him, Joe Root never deterred from his job after coming in at the fall of the Roy wicket. The Yorkshireman's boundaries were the only thing which kept the England score ascending during the powerplay, and not for the first time in his international career he was the shining light when it mattered most.

Joe Root hits another boundary during his 54 (image via: Getty)

After being joined at the crease by Jos Buttler, England knew it was now-or-never, if they were going to set a competitive total. The team's two most feared batsmen played off eachother brilliantly in their partnership, running a bundle of two's, and finding the boundary when needed. 

Their partnership of 61 came to an end when Buttler was caught on the boundary by Dwayne Bravo off the bowling of Carlos Brathwaite for 36, the first of three scalps for the big Barbadian

Root carried on his way, moving past 50 during a quickfire partnership of 26 alongside Ben Stokes, before the Durham left-hander played a poor shot to fall for 13. 

That wicket was the start of a mini-collapse which put-paid to any hopes England had of posting upwards of 170. Moeen Ali registered a two-ball duck after gloving the ball down the leg-side off Bravo, with Root then out at the beginning of the next over after mis-timing a scoop off Brathwaite. 

The remainder of the innings was all about England attempting to muster the best possible score with their long batting line-up, and the bowlers did a decent job. David Willey was the main difference-maker, hitting two sixes in his 14-ball 21, with the total of 155-9 eventually posted, having utilised all 120 deliveries which was crucial. 

Root turns 'golden-arm' as Windies top-order shadows opponents

For England to feel they were in with a chance, you felt they needed some early wickets and they got them in abundance. Almost in a mirrored effort to the England innings, three of the West Indies top four batsman were out within the opening three overs

Astonishingly, it was Root who registered the first two wickets, both coming in his first over of the tournament. Johnson Charles went after Root's first ball, perishing at long-on for one, and then, two deliveries later, Chris Gayle was dismissed in identical style, sending England's fielders wild. 

Then, in the following over, the man-of-the-match from the Mumbai semi-final, Lendl Simmons was trapped LWB by Willey, who's run of picking up early wickets in India continued, the score stood at 11-3. 

Samuels shines in final again, before Brathwaite steals the show

After his man-of-the-match showing in the West Indies previous World T20 triumph four years ago, Marlon Samuels was the man for the big occassion once more, and was the backbone of the Windies fightback.

Having to consolidate with Dwayne Bravo, the pair let the required run-rate pass 10-an-over, full in the knowledge that they had the hitters capable of pulling it back lower down the order. 

Bravo was caught off Adil Rashid for 25, and then the dangerous Andre Russell gave his wicket away seven balls later, after being caught on the boundary for one. 

The captain, Darren Sammy then came to the crease with big things needed, but his innings was over before it started, also caught on the boundary off Willey for 2. That wicket saw Samuels joined by Brathwaite at the crease, and in all seriousness they struggled to cope with the England death bowlers who continuously hit their straps.

Carlos Brathwaite celebrates his six-hitting (Getty)

All that changed in the final over of the innings though, when Brathwaite got hold of Stokes, dispatching him to all parts of Eden Gardens, and grabbing a famous victory. His 34 not out from 10 balls is the greatest moment of his young international career, and was a fitting end to an excellent tournament.