World Twenty20 Final: Sammy ready to start Eden Gardens party


Darren Sammy has already contemplated the celebrations which will ensue if West Indies beat England in the World Twenty20 final at Eden Gardens on Sunday.

The Windies stunned hosts India in an enthralling semi-final on Thursday to set up a showdown against an England side that beat New Zealand in the last four a day previously.

Dwayne Bravo promoted his song titled 'Champion' before the tournament in India and Sammy is envisaging another rendition of the all-rounder's trademark dance in Kolkata, where the Windies aim to prove they are the cream of the crop.

The Windies captain said: "As a group we believe in each other, we enjoy each other's success and just thinking about us lifting up that cup tomorrow I could almost foresee what is going to happen after."

England have won four games since starting with a defeat to the Windies and skipper Eoin Morgan is calling on his young, vibrant side to put on another show as both sides attempt to become the first country to win two World T20 titles.

He said: "We know it's not going to be a normal game. Even the semi-final we played there was quite a lot of hype around the expectation of playing in a final. I want all of our players to embrace it."



Chris Gayle tormented the England bowlers by smashing an unbeaten century from only 48 balls to guide West Indies to a six-wicket win in Mumbai, but the opener has not contributed since and Morgan knows the Windies have plenty of other match-winners.

He said: "Even before we played the group game against them, I was quite firm in saying Chris Gayle wasn't just the West Indies team. It's important that when you're playing against good sides you don't focus on one or two good players, because everybody can hurt you."



Lendl Simmons, Andre Russell and Johnson Charles hit 11 sixes and 17 fours between them in the stunning victory over India and Sammy is well aware of the power the Windies have in their batting line-up.

He said: "From the inception of T20 they have been seeing West Indies is a boundary-hitting team, so that is no surprise to me. We know the power that we have in the dressing room and it was just excellent to watch Simmons, Russell and Charles display that type of batting against India."



Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan restricted New Zealand to only 20 runs in the last four overs of their innings in the semi-final. If they are to strangle the Windies in such a manner, that could have a major say in which side is crowned champions.



- This will be the 14th T20 fixture between these sides; West Indies have won nine of the previous 13 matches - including all three encounters in the World Twenty20.

- No side has beaten England more often than West Indies in T20 history.

- Gayle is just two sixes shy of becoming the first man to reach 100 in T20 International cricket.

- Half of all the balls bowled by Ben Stokes in the 'death' overs (16-20) during the 2016 World Twenty20 have been dots; the best rate of any bowler to bowl three or more overs in that period of an innings.