Sammy's West Indies claim Twenty20 title

The West Indies won the World Twenty20 championship with an outstanding display of bowling and fielding against the hosts Sri Lanka. Darren Sammy’s team had carved their way through the competition with their cavalier big-hitting. In the final, they showed another dimension to their game.

Their batsmen were pinned down by the Sri Lankan bowlers and only an aggressive and assured innings of 78 frpm Marlon Samuels allowed them to post a competitive total. Even so 137 did not seem enough. It proved more than adequate though as Sri Lanka’s formidable batting line-up could not deal with the West Indies excellent balance of pace and spin bowling. Sri Lanka were quickly in trouble and slumped to 101 all out, losing by 36 runs.

The win was a welcome slice of success for a West Indies side that has been in the doldrums for more than a decade. Sammy, as captain, has had to put up with consistent criticism, but showed he could rally the side and win a World Cup. What was remarkable was witnessing a West Indies team that was as much about spin as pace.

Sammy dedicated the win to the West Indies supporters. "Thank you to everyone who supported us," he said. "The tournament is for the fans. The Caribbean people wanted this. This moment we're going to live forever. We went through a lot in the last two years. I can't say we are back but this is a step in the right direction."

With Chris Gayle uncharacteristically subdued, it was left to Samuels to show the way. "He has been wonderful since he came back," Sammy said.

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