England posted 155 for nine in their World Twenty20 final against the West Indies as Joe Root led the way with a classy half-century at Eden Gardens.
When Darren Sammy won his 10th straight toss he was quick to send England in and promptly saw them lose three quick cheap wickets in the first five overs.
But Root's 54 in 36 balls gave the innings some backbone, with Jos Buttler (36) and David Willey (21) chipping in as wickets tumbled regularly in Kolkata.
The Windies performed their trademark 'champion' dance after a number of dismissals, to Root's apparent distaste as he left the field.
Remarkably, West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the pre-match coin toss for the sixth match in a row. He decided to field first, and so England will post a total to chase in Kolkata.
West Indies ended Australia's stranglehold on the Women's World Twenty20, claiming their maiden title with an eight-wicket win at Eden Gardens.
Australia lifted the trophy in 2010, 2012 and 2014 but could not defend 148 for five as 18-year-old Hayley Matthews (66) and captain Stafanie Taylor (59) shared a decisive 120-run partnership.
Both fell before the end but Deandra Dottin and Britney Cooper ensured their work did not go unrewarded, scrambling a winning two after Megan Schutt's attempted close-range run out missed the stumps and went for an overthrow.
They were joined in ecstatic on-field celebrations by members of the West Indian men's team, who had arrived early for their own final against England to support from the boundary edge.
Shahid Afridi has announced he will continue playing for Pakistan but has stepped down as the captain of the Twenty20 side.
The 36-year-old had hinted in the past that he would retire following the World Twenty20 campaign and after Pakistan's disappointing exit he said he would take his time before coming to a decision.
But Afridi, who has made just one Test appearance since 2006 as he focused on white-ball cricket and has not played a one-day international in over a year, revealed in a statement on his official Twitter page that he had decided to continue in the game's shortest format but relinquished the captaincy.
England captain Eoin Morgan admits his side know Sunday's World Twenty20 final against the West Indies will not be a "normal game".
England will be out for revenge against the team who beat them in the opening game of the tournament when the title is on the line at Eden Gardens.
"We're quite real about things," said Morgan, whose side recorded an emphatic win over New Zealand in the semi-finals.
"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. Tomorrow everything's going to feel a little bit rushed to start with, it's important that we're in a really good frame of mind to slow things down when needed, and more importantly execute our skills."
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West Indies will face England in Sunday's ICC World Twenty20 final after beating India by seven wickets in their semi-final in Mumbai.
Last-minute injury replacement Lendl Simmons pounced on three hugely-fortunate reprieves to blast to victory over the hosts.
Simmons, who missed out on initial selection due to a back problem, only jetted into India on Tuesday to replace the hamstring injury victim Andre Fletcher.
The Mumbai Indians Indian Premier League star rode his luck when no-balls denied first Ravichandran Ashwin then Hardik Pandya his wicket, before racking up a match-winning 83, in West Indies' seven-wicket win.
England will contest the World Twenty20 final after Jason Roy's career-best knock and some brilliant death bowling overwhelmed New Zealand.
The Black Caps came into the semi-final with a 100 per cent record but were blown away by seven wickets with 17 balls remaining in Delhi.
They had been kept to a below-par 153 for seven by the constricting efforts of Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes and then looked on as Roy crashed 78 from 44 deliveries.
Roy hit 11 fours and two sixes, scoring more than half of the target on his own, before Joe Root (27 not out) and Jos Buttler (32 not out) finished off with three maximums in four deliveries.
England will play either hosts India or the West Indies in this Sunday's final.
England Women fell just short as reigning champions Australia sealed a five-run semi-final victory in Delhi.
The Southern Stars have beaten their Ashes rivals in the last two World T20 finals and once again had enough, defending a total of 132 for six built around captain Meg Lanning's 55.
England were going well at 89 for one in the 14th over, Tammy Beaumont top-scoring with 32, but not for the first time in the competition lost wickets in cluster as the pressure mounted, to finish 127 for seven.
They needed 13 off the final over to get over the line but could not muster a single boundary as Rene Farrell closed out the win.
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