England could not have got any closer to the World T20 crown as they fell just short in an epic contest with West Indies, completing an entertaining tournament from a side with a more aggressive approach to the modern day format of the game.
Eoin Morgan's men were given no hope when they got hammered by West Indies in their opening game by six wickets and conceded 229 runs to South Africa. Yet a phenomenal 83 from Joe Root helped them over the line in that game and set the outsiders on their way. A nervy 15 run win against Afghanistan was followed by a Jos Buttler and Chris Jordan masterclass in another tight victory against Sri Lanka to see them through to the final four.
An excellent spell of bowling from Ben Stokes kept the unbeaten New Zealand down to 153-8, before Jason Roy blasted 78 to help England pick off the total with seven wickets and 17 balls to spare. England limped to a modest 155-9 in the final against West Indies, before David Willey and Joe Root, who had already scored a half century, produced excellent bowling displays to give England a great chance of winning heir second final. Yet, with 19 runs required from the last over, Carlos Braithwaite blasted four huge sixes off Ben Stokes to steal the trophy away in the harshest possible way.
High's and low's
There were so many positives for a team that had been criticised after a disappointing tour of South Africa before the tournament. The excellent comeback against South Africa, culminating in a record run chase, will rank highly, alongside an excellent performance against the only previously unbeaten team in the tournament in New Zealand during the semi-finals.
The last over in the final. With England in the driving seat, they looked to have one hand on the trophy before Carlos Braithwaite blasted four consecutive huge shots out of the park to ruin England's dreams.
Joe Root was incredible for England as the 25 year old continues to make a name for himself in the sport. He top scored with 48 in the opening game against West Indies, before following it up with an 83 in one of the innings' of the tournament in the comeback against South Africa.
12 against Afghanistan was a minor set back, as he scored 25 crucial runs in the victory over Sri Lanka. He finished on an unbeaten 27 against New Zealand, before 54 and two wickets in a surprising over with the ball during the final of Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles completed an excellent tournament for the number three batsman. Only Virat Kohli scored more runs since the Super 10 stage of the competition.
For England it is now a case of picking themselves up and learning from their pitfalls in the final, but they can be extremely proud of a fantastic campaign. Ben Stokes in particular will need time to recover after the crunching blows to his bowling in the final over, a suffocating end to a fantastic tournament from the all-rounder who also took three catches in the final.
England have another busy summer with test match series' and one day international series' against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, two teams that had disappointing tournaments as they continue a period of transition.
In a sentence..
Two balls away from coming home Champions, but a job well done nonetheless.