England sets 156-run target for West Indies in WT20 final

KOLKATA, India (AP) Joe Root produced a defiant knock of 54 as England scored 155-9 against the West Indies in the World Twenty20 final on Sunday.

Root struck seven fours off 36 deliveries in his fourth T20 half-century and was involved in a 40-ball 61-run stand for the fourth wicket with Jos Buttler (36 off 22).

But England failed to build other lasting partnerships in the face of tight bowling from the West Indians.

Legspinner Samuel Badree did the early damage with a spell of 2-16 with the new ball while Carlos Braithwaite (3-23) and Dwayne Bravo (3-37) bowled fine spells later.

The winner of this final will become the first team to win a second World Twenty20 title after England won in 2010 and the West Indies in 2012.

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