West Indies are the New World T-20 Mens Champions, While Australian Women Beat England to Retain the Title
Colombo; October 07, 2012:
In an exciting Final match of the ICC World T-20 Championship West Indies defeated the host Sri Lanka by 36 Runs winning the T-20 World Championship for the first time. It's for the Fourth consecutive editions of this tournament that a new World Champion is crowned.
West Indies won the toss and had elected to Bat first. The Caribbean team lost the first wicket in the first over itself with Johnson Charles out without making a run. But the big blow came in 6th over when West Indies star player and one of the World's dangerous T-20 batsmen Chris Gayle got out on 3 Runs.
After Gayle's wicket West Indies lost the effects at regular intervals. But the smashing 78 runs from Marlon Samuel and 26 runs from Captain Sammy helped West Indies reach a challenging score of 137.
Chasing 137 Lankan team had a bad start as they lost Dilshan in the second over of the match. But Captain Jayawardene and Wicketkeeper Sangakkara played a sensible cricket and added 42 runs for the second wicket. It looked like the Lankan team will have no trouble winning over West Indies. The 35000 sellout crowd at the Premdasa Stadium, Colombo was already charged waving flags and playing drums.
But soon the Caribbean team heightened their performance in bowling and fielding and Lankan wickets started to tumble one after the another. The 26 runs from tail-ending batsmen Kulasekara did give Lankan fans a moment to rejoice but it didn't last long and the Lankan team was all-out on 101 runs. Narine took 3 wickets for his team.
After the win the Caribbean players celebrated the victory in their unique dancing style. The players presented the moves from Korean performer PSY's world famous song "Gangnam Style."
Marlon Samuels was named Man-of-the-Match while Australian player Shane Watson was presented the Man-of-the-series for his all-round performance.
Earlier the final match for the Women's T-20 Championship was played on the same venue where Australian women successfully defended the world title against England. Australia won the exciting match by 4 Runs.
Australia’s Jess Cameron was presented Player-of-the-Match for the 45 runs innings while English captain Charlotte Edwards received the Player-of-the-Series award.