West Indies beat Sri Lanka to win T20 World Cup
October 8 , 2012
West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 36 runs to win the Twenty20 World Cup at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday.
The host nation restricted West Indies to 137 for six wickets but were bowled out for 101 runs in 18.4 overs.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and chose to bat but was left lamenting his decision.
The hosts looked to be in control with their opponents managing to make just 32 from the first 10 overs.
The dangerous Chris Gayle took 16 balls to make three runs but Marlon Samuels smashed six sixes in his 56-ball 78 to bring his side to a respectable 137-6.
Chasing a modest target, Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene (33) and former captain Kumar Sangakkara (22) appeared to be going steady before the team’s batting order collapsed.
The win marked the West Indies' first World Cup trophy since winning the 50-over championship in 1979.
Samuels was named the Man of the Match while Australia's Shane Watson, highest scorer in the tournament and the second highest wicket-taker, was adjudged player of the tournament.