OTD in 2016: Carlos Braithwate created history 8 years ago, smashing Ben Stokes for 4 consecutive sixes to win T20 World Cup for WI

With this title win in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, West Indies became the first team in the history of the ICC T20 World Cup to win two titles.

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Umesh Sharma
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WI celebrating after beating England by 4 wickets in ICC T20 World Cup 2016 Final (File Photo: Internet)

WI celebrating after beating England by 4 wickets in ICC T20 World Cup 2016 Final (File Photo: Internet)

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On this date of April 3, It was one of the historic nights 8 years ago in the year 2016 in the cricketing world, when West Indies stunned the entire world after defeating England in the iconic final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016. Both teams played the summit clash of the marquee international tournament at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India.

It was an ‘almost lost’ battle for West Indies till the last over of the match when they needed 19 runs off just 6 balls in the 20th over. Everybody was expecting Ben Stokes to defend these 19 runs but the lower-order Caribbean batter Carlos Braithwaite had some other plans on the day.

Carlos Brathwaite smashed consecutive four sixes of 4 balls in Ben Stokes’ last over and created a moment in the history of Caribbean cricket to be remembered for the years to come. On the back of these title-defining four consecutive sixes by Brathwaite, West Indies became the first team in the history of the ICC T20 World Cup to claim two titles by winning the tournament and both titles under the captaincy of former star all-rounder Darren Sammy.

Carlos Brathwate's 'final over heroics' complemented the valiant efforts of Marlon Samuels

Speaking of the action of this summit clash, the Caribbean skipper won the toss at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata and asked the English side to bat first. Batting first, Eoin Morgan’s England could manage to post ‘an average’ total of 155 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. The veteran number three batter Joe Root scored 54 runs off 36 balls, with 7 fours followed by wicketkeeper-batter Jos Buttler’s 36 runs off 22 balls, with one four and 3 sixes.

Former star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and ‘star of the match’ Carlos Brathwaite scalped 3 wickets each for West Indies, alongside 1 and 2 wickets bagged by Samuel Badree and Sulieman Benn, respectively.

While chasing the target, the veteran batter Marlon Samuels played a brilliant knock of 85 runs off 66 balls, with 9 fours and 2 sixes, which was complemented by the match-finishing knock of 34 runs off just 10 balls from Carlos Brathwaite’s bat. These knocks and ‘final over heroics’ of Brathwaite helped the men in maroon to crush the English hopes and win the historic second ICC T20 World Cup title, scoring 161 runs for the loss 6 wickets in 19.4 overs and winning the match by 4 wickets..

Marlon Samuels won the ‘Player of the Match award for his match-defining and unbeaten knock of 85 runs in WI’s favour.

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