Kolkata: Viewers witnessed an astonishing end to an extraordinary match. An enthralling, entertaining competition was given a fitting finale with a display of brilliant strokes from West Indies' Carlos Brathwaite.
England batsmen started poorly losing 3 wickets inside the power play but they did not ease up and partnerships between Joe Root and Jos Buttler and then between Root and Ben Stokes looked to be taking the game away from the West Indies.
At 111-7 in the 15th over, England looked to be heading for an uncompetitive total, and even after they recovered to 155-9 it looked too less. The West Indies batting that had chased 192 against India in the semi-final should have made light work of a score that was at least 10 runs short.
England pulled a surprise by giving Root the ball in the second over of the match. His two wickets, including that of Chris Gayle made it a masterstroke from Eoin Morgan.
The West Indies found themselves 11 for 3 in the 3rd over. It could have become 37 for 4 when Marlon Samuels escaped being dismissed on 27. He edged a ball from Liam Plunkett and appeared to have been caught behind. As low catches are usually given not out, Samuels scored a match winning 85 not out.
West Indies needed 19 to win off 6 balls. Ben Stokes has been brilliant at the death this tournament and he will do well again. However, his first ball to Carlos Brathwaite was on a length and on the leg stump. Brathwaite hit it for six over mid-wicket. The next ball was also hit for a six and the third ball also met the same result. The scores were level and Brathwaite belted the fourth consecutive six to seal the match for West Indies.