Ben Stokes could not help but remember the final of 2016 World T20 when he saw Carlos Brathwaite nearly pulling off another miraculous win against New Zealand in the ongoing World Cup. In the 2016 World T20 final, Brathwaite had hit Stokes for four consecutive sixes to steer West Indies to a breathtaking win. He was looking set to pull off another such win against New Zealand before the game ended on a heartbreaking note for him.
Chasing 292 for victory, West Indies were reeling at 164 for 7. However, Carlos Brathwaite’s brilliance brought them close to an unlikely win as the equation came down to 33 from the last three overs. Brathwaite struck three huge sixes off Matt Henry in the 48th over and top edged a four, taking the required target to eight from 12 balls.
He reached a sensational century with six runs needed. He then decided to go for another six but his shot was caught by Trent Boult just inches away from the boundary ropes. A dejected Carlose Brathwaite slumped to his knees as he saw Boult take the catch on the long-on boundary, extinguishing West Indies’ hopes of victory.
Such was the brilliance of the innings that even the New Zealand fielders came and consoled him. The packed crowed in the stadium also gave Brathwaite a standing ovation for his breathtaking knock of 101.
Ben Stokes also joined the bandwagon to praise the West Indies allrounder. The England star, who too nearly took England over the line in the close defeat to Sri Lanka, took to Twitter to remember the 2016 World T20 final, writing:
“First it was Virat now it’s @TridentSportsX is clogging up my mentions,I wonder why???that was a unbelievable innings Carlos thought it was going to be a repeat of 2016 in Kolkata…how good was that game by the way”
First it was Virat now it’s @TridentSportsX is clogging up my mentions,I wonder why???that was a unbelievable innings Carlos thought it was going to be a repeat of 2016 in Kolkata…how good was that game by the way
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) June 22, 2019