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Windies win World Twenty20 double as men and women triumph


Windies win World Twenty20 double as men and women triumph

The West Indies are celebrating winning cricket’s World Twenty20 title for the second successive time after beating England in a breath-taking final in Kolkata.

Joe Root top scored with 54 as England set 155 for the Windies to win.

The match then turned into the Marlon Samuels show has he struck an unbeaten 85, before the fireworks really set off.

Needing 19 runs off the final over, Carlos Braithwaite smashed four straight sixes off Ben Stokes to give the Windies a stunning victory by four wickets.

The win allowing the men to match their women to complete a T20 double after they defeated Australia for the maiden title.

Having been considered outsiders before the tournament and described as “short of brains” by broadcaster Mark Nicholas, this was an emotional triumph for the West Indies men’s side which has struggled in recent years in part due to clashes between players and the West Indies Cricket Board.

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