CRICKET: West Indies take Kolkata thriller to win T20 World Cup title
The West Indies completed a magnificent double in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup tournament at the Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata, India today.
Brilliant batting by Barbadian Carlos Brathwaite in the last over of the men's final lifted the West Indies to a four-wicket win over England.
With the West Indies needing 19 runs to win in the last over, Brathwaite hit consecutive sixes off the first four balls to send his teammates into wild celebrations.
Brathwaite ended with 34 not out off 10 balls.
At the other end was Jamaican Marlon Samuels who anchored the innings with an excellent unbeaten 85 after the West Indies were three for 11 after 2.3 overs.
Earlier, the West Indies Women defeated Australia by eight wickets to lift their first title.
"It's something we are going to cherish forever," said captain Darren Sammy, the man who led the West Indies to its second hold on the T20 title.
The Windies are the first team to win the title twice.
Scores: England 155 for nine in 20 overs; West Indies 161 for six in 19.4 overs.