Memorable moments on the road to England's victory
James Mariner casts an eye back over the high and lows of a remarkable tournament
Monday 17 May 2010
Our player of the World T20
England's Eoin Morgan continued his rapid development into an international player of some repute. The 23-year-old top-scored for the champions in three of their seven games, including 55 off 35 against the hosts and 45 off 37 in the Ireland match. His bravery and flair have been a revelation but the award could easily have gone to Kevin Pietersen or Craig Kieswetter.
It's nice for the Aussies to win something... Mike Hussey said it's the "best feeling I have ever had on a cricket field" as his side recovered from nowhere to beat Pakistan. Needing 70 from the final five overs and 56 from four, the Aussies looked gone. Cue a masterclass from Mr Cricket, including 16 in the penultimate over and 22 in the last to seal one of the greatest cricketing turnarounds – in any format.
After a farcical Duckworth/Lewis loss to West Indies in their opening match, England struggled to 120 for 8 in their final group game against Ireland. Only Dublin-born Morgan impressed with the bat, his 45 contrasting wildly with the rest of his side who managed just five boundaries between them. A downpour delayed the Irish reply, and with the score at 14 for 1 after 3.3 overs, the game was abandoned. England qualified for the Super Eight without winning a match. The rest, as they say, is history.
Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka began his T20 career with 241 in his first four innings but age seems to have dimmed the 40-year-old's senses. His scores in the Windies were 0, 3, 6, 5, 0 and 1. His team-mate Mahela Jayawardene was the event's leading runscorer with 302.
Even more disappointing
India. The home of the IPL crashed out of the whole event in a sorry mess, having failed to notch a win in the Super eight stage. Their failure to deal with the short ball was their downfall, leading to a raft of former players laying the boot in.
Paul Collingwood walked on to the pitch for the semi against Sri Lanka holding the hand of a young West Indian girl. "I said, 'Hi, my darling, what's your name, then?' and she turned and said: 'Lucky'. As soon as she said that I had a big smile on my face." The grin stayed.
Shot of the T20
Take your pick from any one of Morgan's reverse paddle shots. Perhaps his finest came in England's first match against the West Indies, during a Ravi Rampaul over that went for 27. Morgan span and flicked an audacious reverse shot toward the boundary, just missing out on a six. England lost the match, due to the bizarre calculations of Duckworth and Lewis, but Morgan showed us what was to come.
Kevin Pietersen darted across the Atlantic to attend the birth of his first son, Dylan, a beautifully timed delivery from England's point of view. KP missed the final Super Eight match against New Zealand, but they were already as good as in the semis. He then rushed back to face Sri Lanka in the last four. Affected by the rushing around? Not a jot, KP smashed one six over 100 metres in his 42 not out as England eased into the final.
With Sri Lanka struggling to make a total against England in the semi-final, opener Chamara Kapugedara was so desperate to smack one he lost his grip on his bat, flinging it to square leg where umpire Aleem Dar was lucky to avoid decapitation.
Chris Gayle smashed one ball 112 metres against India, and, although his 98 at the Kensington Oval helped the hosts beat India, it all proved in vain as the Windies failed to win another Super Eight match and left their own party early.
Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) 302
Kevin Pietersen (England) 248
Salman Butt (Pakistan) 223
Suresh Raina 101 v South Africa
Mahela Jayawardene 100 v Zim.
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