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Below-par England set West Indies 156 to win World T20 final

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.

West Indies win Women's World T20 final

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.

Eoin Morgan: England must not rush in World T20 final

England T20 captain Eoin Morgan. Credit: PA

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."


England defeat New Zealand to reach World T20 final

England T20 captain Eoin Morgan (left) with all-rounder Ben Stokes. Credit: PA

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.

Kevin Pietersen supports England Twenty20 franchise

Kevin Pietersen has lauded the "brilliant" prospect of Twenty20 franchise cricket coming into the English game.

Pietersen wants a Twenty20 franchise in England. Credit: PA

The new England and Wales Cricket Board chairman, Colin Graves, will take up his position in May and has expressed enthusiasm for launching an English Premier League.

It could operate along the lines of the highly successful Indian Premier League and Australian Big Bash, with county teams compounded into a smaller number of franchise sides, based in major cities.

Pietersen wrote on Twitter:

New @ECB_cricket chairman wants a T20 English franchise tournament! Absolutely brilliant! Forward thinking & brilliant for all players!

Better late than never! Good sign for future of English Cricket. I've been saying it for 6yrs! Just to wrong management!"

– Kevin Pietersen