8 Oct 2012

Windies celebrate first world title since 1979

11:10 am on 8 October 2012

West Indies cricket is celebrating its first world title since 1979 after a crushing win over the hosts Sri Lanka in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup in Colombo.

Darren Sammy decided the West Indies would bat first and they were restricted to 137 for six before hitting back to dismiss Sri Lanka for 101 and silence the sellout home crowd in the Premadasa stadium.

It was Sri Lanka's fourth defeat in a major final since 2007.

Marlon Samuels was named man of the match for rescuing the West Indies with a smashing 78 off 56 balls.

The player of the tournament was the Australian all-rounder Shane Watson who averaged a tick under 50 runs with the bat, and was the tournament's second most successful bowler.