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Joe Root top scored for England.

England set West Indies 156 to win World Twenty20

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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.

England made an unmitigated mess of their powerplay, reaching 33 for three and allowing the West Indies to pen them in.

When the sides met in Mumbai, Samuel Badree's leg-spin earned figures of nought for 34 but it was a different story this time.

The first ball of the match rattled Jason Roy on the front pad and the second skidded through the gate and uprooted leg stump.

Roy has been England's catalyst in India and his early exit felt like a big blow.

Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan have been in less impressive touch and neither man could raise themselves for the occasion.

Hales was guilty of carelessness, turning a tame ball from Andre Russell straight to short fine-leg, but Morgan was torrid.

He took seven balls to get off the mark and used up 12 to make just five runs before nicking Badree to slip.

In no time Badree had reeled through his four overs for just 16 runs.

But Root was the calm centre at three, stroking two early fours through cover and taking a boundary off Badree.

At the other end Buttler, in rather earlier than planned, belatedly scored England's first six in the ninth over - hammering Sulieman Benn down the ground.

The slow left-armer came again in the 11th over and this time Buttler pumped him for successive sixes and he leaked 16.

West Indies were beginning to feel the heat until Buttler heaved Carlos Brathwaite into the onside and picked out Dwayne Bravo.

But Root was still standing in their way, racing to a 33-ball fifty with a couple of firm blows Darren Sammy.

Root was increasingly a one-man band.

When Bravo bowled at the Yorkshireman he was chopped for four; when Bravo bowled at Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali he dismissed them both in the space of three balls.

The West Indies got their man in the 15th over, a mis-hit lap shot just carrying to Benn in the ring.

Once again the fielding team leapt and danced, with Root clearly unhappy.

David Willey cleared the ropes twice off Bravo in a punchy 14-ball cameo as the tail managed 38 off the last four overs.

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