The West Indies women and men both won on Sunday 3 April to emerge as winners in their respective divisions of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship.
West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite hit England’s Ben Stokes for four successive sixes to snatch a thrilling four-wicket win in Sunday’s (3 April) World Twenty20 final as the Caribbean side became the first team to win the title twice.
Needing 19 off the last over sent down by Stokes, Brathwaite exhibited nerves of steel to complete the chase in stunning style and trigger wild celebrations among his jubilant teammates, who invaded the Eden Gardens pitch.
“This means a lot, you know, not only for us as a team, but for our fans all over the world,” West Indies Captain Darren Sammy said. “You know, I started, we started the tournament by saying that we were inspired by our Under-19 boys in Bangladesh. And then earlier this afternoon the women’s team played and won the cup. You know all that was a bit more motivation for us to complete the treble, you know?”
England got off to a horrendous start before Joe Root hit 54 to help the 2010 champions post a competitive 155 for nine wickets.
On the women’s side, openers Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews partnered for 120 and the Windies women won their first-ever world T20 title with an eight-wicket victory.