Champion – the anthem has summed up the West Indies journey through this World T20 and the folks from the Caribbean will be hoping that the party continues today!
Usually, there is little interest in a final where India is not taking part but that’s the thing about the West Indian team. You cannot help but love them, even if they put your team out of the tournament! Many would have thought that like New Zealand, West Indies may have peaked too early in the tournament. Any such notion was dispelled by a smashing win over India.
Virat played his heart out yet again, showcasing placement, wristwork, running and fitness in his innings of 89* (taking his average to a surreal 136.50 in this WT20). His good innings, though, was undone by two no balls which took wickets. No excuses there, but you have to feel for Virat. So near, yet so far. What a champion!
On the other hand, the West Indian team showed what pure power can do. Helped along with India’s no balls taking wickets, they beat the ball to all parts! Every time India managed some dot balls, they would bounce back with sixes and fours – and that is what wins them T20 matches!
With the big man Chris Gayle having performed in only one match so far in the tournament, suddenly Darren Sammy’s words about having 15 matchwinners ring true. Charles and Simmons proved just that in the match against India with Gayle getting out in the second over. Even if they don’t perform, they have Samuels, Russell and Bravo who can easily win a game by themselves! Badree has been the stand-out bowler.
England’s journey to the final has been a bit more rocky. They lost to West Indies in their first game and it took a Moeen Ali special to beat Afghanistan. Their stand-out performance so far definitely has been their victory over South Africa, gunning down a WT20 record 230 to stay in the tournament. England are in India to compete and their batting certainly looks pretty strong.
We don’t see either team winning the final by taking too many wickets. This match is all about the big hitting ability of both teams!
We are backing the Windies for the WT20 crown again. With their recent U-19 win and their ladies team also making the final, things are looking up for the Caribbean. Also, we wonder what the Afghanistan fans are thinking? Having beaten the West Indies in the Super 10s, Afghanistan might have a legitimate claim of being better than the champions crowned tonight!
The atmosphere in Eden Gardens will certainly be electrifying! Go Windies!