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Wham! Bam! Four sixes in a row in the final over from Carlos Brathwaite and the West Indies stun England in World Twenty20 final

Windies get home by four wickets, winning with just two balls to spare, with Marlon Samuels man of the match with an unbeaten 85

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 April, 2016, 1:47am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 April, 2016, 10:45am

Carlos Brathwaite sensationally hit four successive sixes off Ben Stokes in the last over as the West Indies stunned England by four wickets to win the World Twenty20 cricket title at Eden Gardens in Calcutta on Sunday.

They won with just two balls to spare having needed 19 off the last over as they became the first team to lift the trophy twice.

We couldn’t turn back, it was a question of when, not if
Carlos Brathwaite

Chasing 156 to win, 27-year-old Brathwaite became the first player to hit four sixes off four balls as he made an undefeated 34 off 10 balls after taking 3-23 in the England innings.

Marlon Samuels finished on 85 off 66 balls and was named man of the match.

“I can’t really express how much of a top knock [by Samuels)]that was. We couldn’t turn back, it was a question of when, not if,” said Brathwaite.

Samuels said: “I know about finals, when I come to finals, I turn up for the team. All respect to the England players, we want to move from strength to strength – this is for the Caribbean.

“If we get a good start, then I can step on it, we lose wickets early so it’s different. I didn’t say much other than swing and swing hard.”

Bowling coach Curtly Ambrose was overjoyed after seeing his team follow the West Indies women beating Australia earlier in the day and the Under-19s taking their world crown earlier this year.

“We believe we can chase any target because we’ve got some real firepower,” he said.

“It doesn’t matter how many you’ve got to chase. We won the under-19 and the women’s and now this, it’s history.

“Usually, I have sympathy for the bowlers but on this occasion, no!”