West Indies defeat England in Twenty20 final
Usain Bolt celebrates victory on Instagram
Carlos Brathwaite smashes four sixes in dramatic final over
While he may be known for his fast feet on the track, Usain Bolt displayed his moves off it as he celebrated the West Indies’ World Twenty20 title.
The 100m world record holder was filmed dancing and singing along to West Indies star Dwayne Bravo’s hit music video “Champion” after the islanders secured a dramatic last over win.
Carlos Brathwaite smashed four sixes in a row to give the West Indies a four wicket victory against England Sunday.
Chasing England’s earlier total of 155-9 at the Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata, India, the Windies needed to score 19 runs in the final over to win.
But Brathwaite’s monster contribution at the expense of England bowler, Ben Stokes, meant victory was secured with two balls to spare.
The result ensured the West Indies would become the first team to win the World Twenty20 title twice, having first done so in 2012.
When man-of-the-moment Brathwaite was asked about his emotions on hitting the winning runs, he was quick to single out the contribution of his teammate Marlon Samuels.
Samuels finished with a huge 85 not out from 66 balls, more than half of his team’s final total.
“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.
West Indies bowling coach Curtly Ambrose was similarly ecstatic.
“We believe we can chase any target because we’ve got some real firepower,” Ambrose said in comments carried by the AFP news agency.
Brathwaite’s flourish capped a remarkable day for the Windies whose female cricketers defeated Australia to win the Woman’s Twenty20 title earlier Sunday.
With the West Indies under-19 side already crowned Twenty20 champions in their age grouping earlier this year, Ambrose was quick to rejoice in the Caribbean region’s current dominance of the format.
“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,” Ambrose continued.
“Usually, I have sympathy for the bowlers but on this occasion, no.”