West Indies Women Appear in First Final
West Indies Men Aim to Reclaim 2012 Title
ESPN Caribbean culminates its exclusive coverage of the ICC World Twenty20 (T20) this Sunday April 3 with both West Indies teams aiming for a historic double in Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Action bowls off with the Women making their first-ever appearance in the title-decider against defending champs, Australia, from 4:30 a.m. and the Men facing England in the second match of the double-header at 9:00 a.m. – both live via ESPN Caribbean and ESPN Play (www.espnplay.com) — ESPN’s multiscreen live and on-demand broadband service.
Jamaica’s Stafanie Taylor will seek to continue her rampant form and dethrone the Aussies from a fourth consecutive Women’s trophy. Taylor has been criticallly rated as the tournament’s best all-rounder, standing second on the batting charts with 187 runs and is also the third-best wicket-taker with eight scalps. The captain will look to fellow all-rounder Deandra Dottin and Afy Fletcher (sixth on the bowling list with seven wickets) for support following a close win over New Zealand in the semis. West Indies made 143 for six with Britney Cooper smashing 61 off 48 balls before restricting the Kiwis to 137 for eight as Taylor notched three for 26. Australia edged England by five runs in their semis and will be relying on Meg Lanning, fourth on the batting charts with 149 runs, to spur their title defence.
Darren Sammy will lead Dwayne Bravo and company against 2010 winners, England, on the heels of a thrilling seven-wicket semi-final win in Mumbai over hosts, India. West Indies chased down a mammoth 192 with Lendl Simmons hammering 82 not out and Andre Russell making 43 in a tournament that has seen them lose just one match. England ousted New Zealand by a similar margin in the first knockout and will be depending on star batsmen, Joe Root and Jason Roy (fourth and fifth on the scoring charts respectively). The final is a rematch from the Group Stage that saw the Windies chase down 183 en route to a six-wicket win with Chris Gayle cracking an unbeaten 100 off 48 deliveries.
ESPNcricinfo Match Day will air at the end of the double-header, recapping all the statistics and highlights from both finals. Follow all the action at #ESPNWT20 as ESPN Caribbean continues coverage of the West Indies’ participation in major ICC tournaments, connecting the region’s fans with the events they love.
Live on ESPN Caribbean and ESPN Play: ICC World T20 Finals
|Apr 3||4:30 a.m.||Women’s Final: West Indies vs. Australia||Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|9:00 a.m.||Men’s Final: West Indies vs. England||Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|1:15 p.m.||ESPNcricinfo Match Day|