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MATCH 35England vs West Indies

Marlon Samuels

Marlon Samuels (West Indies)  85 (66)

Samuel Badree

Samuel Badree (West Indies)  2/16

  • Carlos Brathwaite
  • Some great players who are household names have been the most valuable players for their teams in major ICC finals. But none can claim to have won it in as dramatic and as sensational circumstances as Carlos Brathwaite. The magnitude of Carlos Brathwaite's achievement might take some days and plenty of perspective to truly set in. With 19 runs required off the last over, one would imagine that the odds were in favour of the bowling team considering all the pressure and expectations that come with a chase in a major final. Ben Stokes, who until then was one of the best English players on the park, was to bowl the over. What then happened perhaps has no precedent in cricket, certainly not at this level and not in a situation with so much at stake. The 27-year old Brathwaite clobbered the first four balls of the over for four massive sixes and finished the game with 2 balls to spare. The ease and authority with which he did it almost made it seem as if the West Indies were just delaying the chase for a grand finish like this. In the ecstasy of his miraculous batting achievement, it must not be forgotten that Brathwaite finished with hugely impressive figures of 3 for 23 in his 4 overs while bowling. His wickets included the key scalps of Joe Root and Jos Buttler. For pulling off one of the most stunning passages of cricket ever and overall contribution, Carlos Brathwaite is our Xtreme Player of the Match.

Some great players who are household names have been the most valuable players for their teams in major ICC finals. But none can claim to have won it in as dramatic and as sensational circumstances as Carlos Brathwaite. The magnitude of Carlos Brathwaite's achievement might take some days and plenty of perspective to truly set in. With 19 runs required off the last over, one would imagine that the odds were in favour of the bowling team considering all the pressure and expectations that come with a chase in a major final. Ben Stokes, who until then was one of the best English players on the park, was to bowl the over. What then happened perhaps has no precedent in cricket, certainly not at this level and not in a situation with so much at stake. The 27-year old Brathwaite clobbered the first four balls of the over for four massive sixes and finished the game with 2 balls to spare. The ease and authority with which he did it almost made it seem as if the West Indies were just delaying the chase for a grand finish like this. In the ecstasy of his miraculous batting achievement, it must not be forgotten that Brathwaite finished with hugely impressive figures of 3 for 23 in his 4 overs while bowling. His wickets included the key scalps of Joe Root and Jos Buttler. For pulling off one of the most stunning passages of cricket ever and overall contribution, Carlos Brathwaite is our Xtreme Player of the Match.

TOURNAMENT SO FAR

MATCH 34India V/S West Indies

Lendl Simmons

Lendl Simmons (West Indies)  82 (51)

Samuel Badree

Samuel Badree (West Indies)  1/26

Lendl Simmons The next time Lendl Simmons pads up for the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede, he might have to put up with some fans still smarting from his magnificent innings for the West Indies that knocked India out of the T20 World Cup at the semifinal stage. Having not played in the tournament hitherto because of an injury and walking into bat when West Indies had lost Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels chasing a massive 193, all the pressure was on Lendl Simmons. The circumstances were tough and the expectations high. However, him and Jonathan Charles settled down quickly and capitalized on any loose balls from the Indian bowlers on the very batting-friendly Wankhede pitch. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, who were very effective for India earlier on in the tournament, were dealt with very harshly and plundered to different corners of the ground. Even after Charles got out in the 14th over, Simmons did not lose sight of his target and paired up brilliantly with the aggressive Andre Russell. Both easily managed a boundary if not more in each over of their partnership. A wonderful example of Simmons' brilliant temperament was the eighteenth over of the innings when he coolly dispatched the fourth ball of the over from Jasprit Bumrah for a six after being beaten by him for the first three balls. Simmons carried his bat through the chase and finished with 82 from 51 balls which included 7 fours and 5 sixes. For his magnificent innings, Lendl Simmons is our Xtreme Player of the Match.