Kevin Pietersen and Craig Kieswetter fueled England to their first ICC T20 World Cup. For that matter, it was their first global title with an enticing 111-run partnership for the 2nd wicket, as Australia were overtaken in a fight at Bridgetown from the bowlers. In spite of a solid recovery spearheaded by David Hussey, who knocked 59 off 54 balls, Australia’s expectations of getting the only world title to have escaped them were distraught from the moment they lost 3 batsmen in only 13 deliveries. This was a magnificent start of the contest and for that matter for team England.
Pursuing a target of 148, Pietersen and Kieswetter broke the back of the goal in an 11-over partnership, but appropriately it was left to Paul Collingwood, England’s captain, to lock the win with 18 balls in standby. At the victory moment, he was hoarded by his triumphant team-mates as they poured out of the dug-out, with triumph and incredulity. Barely a year ago, Collingwood was spearheading England in the opening contest of the 2009 event to defeat in opposition to the Netherlands. Now he has joined rugby’s Martin Johnson and football’s Bobby Moore in leading England to a world sporting game.
After some time, the dodgy David Warner was showed the way to pavilion for 2, as Michael Clarke, his captain, called him through at short cover for a tight single, only for Michael Lumb run him out with a direct hit. And before Australia had had time to recover, they were damaged by hardship too, as Brad Haddin was misjudged for a catch.
It was not until Clarke pushed Sidebottom in the fifth over via fine leg that Australia hit their first boundary, and although he included a second when he pulled an uncommon long-hop through mid-on from Bresnan, the score was 34-3 after 7 overs when England launched their spinners, Michael Yardy and Swann. And when Collingwood leaped beautifully to snaffle an attempted flick at short midwicket from Clarke, Australia had dropped to 45-4 in the 10th over.
ICC T20 World Cup 2010 Final Scorecard
Toss: England won toss and chose to bowl
|Shane Watson||c Swann b Sidebottom||2||3||0||0||66.66|
|David Warner||Run Out (Lumb)||2||4||0||0||50.00|
|Michael Clarke||c Collingwood b Swann||27||27||2||0||100.00|
|Brad Haddin||st Kieswetter b Sidebottom||1||2||0||0||50.00|
|David Hussey||Run Out (Wright/Kieswetter)||59||54||2||2||109.25|
|Cameroon White||c Broad b Wright||30||19||4||1||157.89|
|Michael Hussey||Not Out||17||10||2||0||170.00|
|Steven Smith||Not Out||1||2||0||0||50.00|
|Total (Extras-8)||Wickets – 6||147||120||10||3||RR. – 7.35|
|Michael Lumb||c D Hussey b Tait||2||4||0||0||50.00|
|Craig Kieswetter||b Johnson||63||49||7||2||128.57|
|Kevin Pietersen||c Warner b Smith||47||31||4||1||151.61|
|Paul Collingwood||Not Out||12||5||1||1||240.00|
|Eoin Morgan||Not Out||15||13||0||1||115.38|
|Total (Extras-9)||Wickets – 3||148||102||12||5||RR. – 8.70|
Result: England won by 7 wickets
Man of The Match: Craig Kieswetter (England)
Man of The Series: Kevin Pietersen (England)
In the second innings, Tait came back when Australia was anxious for a wicket, but Pietersen met him with a domineering drive for four over mid-on, before opening his stance to hit over extra cover a magnificent six, and take the required run rate was dropped below one run each ball. After a couple of balls, Kieswetter hit the ball through point to give his 40-ball 50 and rejoiced by hitting Nannes for 4 via the third man before hitting a one-handed amazing six over square leg at the back.
However, Eoin Morgan hit Smith hard powerfully for 6 to mop their collective brows over square leg, and when Collingwood used the hapless Watson over midwicket off the front foot for second six, the outcome was beyond hesitation. A swat through fine leg leveled the scores, and a ball after that and England’s limited-overs title finally came to the home.