World Twenty20 classic moments, part two: England's long wait is over
Relive Hussey's heroics, Malinga's revenge and another priceless Pollard catch in our look back...
Last Updated: 27/03/14 5:15pm
In Part One we took you back to some incredible moments from the 2007 tournament, including Zimbabwe's victory over Australia, and looked back at some of the standout moments from 2009.
In part two we rewind the clock to the 2010 and 2012 editions, starting with a phenomenal win for New Zealand...
Just the start
The third edition of the World Twenty20 in 2010 began with a last-over thriller between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Guyana. Mahela Jayawardene's 51-ball 81 led Sri Lanka to a total of 135-6. New Zealand's run chase was also slow going and they still needed 41 entering the final four overs. Jacob Oram slammed back-to-back sixes off Ajantha Mendis to keep the game interesting before getting out. New Zealand required 10 off the last six balls but Sri Lanka had saved their 'death overs' specialist Lasith Malinga for just such an eventuality. They had, however, reckoned without the resourceful batting of Nathan McCullum, who threaded a gap on the leg-side to hit a four and then launched the penultimate ball for six over long-off. Game over!
Special K (apugedera)
Sri Lanka and India both went into their final 'Super Eights' match in 2010 needing a win to progress to the last four. Set a target of 164 in St Lucia, Sri Lanka were in early trouble at 49-3 before a middle-order rescue act that was finished off in some style by Chamara Kapugedera's 16-ball 37 not out. With three still required from the final delivery, Kapugedera carved left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra's offering for six to seal Sri Lanka's five-wicket victory and send India home.
Chasing a target of 192 in the 2010 semi-final against Pakistan in St Lucia, Australia were in the unpromising position of needing 34 off the final two overs with eighth-wicket pair Mike Hussey and Mitchell Johnson at the crease. Mohammad Amir's penultimate over started and finished with Hussey hitting fours on the leg-side and, in between, he and Johnson ran the fielders ragged with four twos to just about keep the match alive. Still, 18 were required from the last six balls and Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi had saved his premier spinner Saeed Ajmal for the job. Johnson edged a single to bring Hussey back onto strike and he promptly went six, six, four, six to finish the game with a ball to spare! Hussey ended up unbeaten 60 from 24 balls, including three fours and six sixes, and described the win as "the best feeling of my career."
The long wait is over
England had never previously won a global limited-overs tournament, with World Cup final defeats in 1979, 1989 and 1992 the closest they had come. That all changed in Barbados in 2010 as Australia were swept aside by seven wickets in the World T20 final. Michael Clarke's men were restricted to 147-6 on an excellent batting track at the Kensington Oval and a second-wicket stand of 111 at 10-an-over between man-of-the-match Craig Kieswetter (63) and man-of-the-tournament Kevin Pietersen (47) ensured the required-rate was always under firm control. Skipper Paul Collingwood hit the winning runs to leave 18 balls unused and, finally, England could start the celebrations.
New Zealand and hosts Sri Lanka played out another tight finish when they met in Pallekele at the 2012 tournament. With the scores level, Sri Lanka failed to get the single they needed off the final delivery when Lahiru Thirimanne was run out. New Zealand were fortunate the ball was deflected onto the non-striker's stumps when Ross Taylor fumbled James Franklin's return, but they failed to take advantage in the Super Over. Sri Lanka scored 13 runs off Tim Southee's extra six balls despite not hitting a boundary and that proved sufficient with Malinga this time making himself the hero by going through his full repertoire while conceding only seven.
Pollard stretches high
West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has made a habit of pulling off stunning catches during his career and he was at it again during the group fixture with defending champions England in Pallekele. England's pursuit of 180 was already in trouble when Jonny Bairstow lofted a drive back down the ground off Chris Gayle's bowling. He almost got enough of it. Almost, but not quite, as Pollard sprinted around the boundary and grabbed the ball two-handed above his head as it plummeted out of the night sky - before setting off for a celebratory charge around the outfield. "He made it look easy," said Nasser Hussain, "but it certainly wasn't."
Champagne Super Over
New Zealand suffered more Super Over misery later in the 2012 tournament against eventual winners West Indies. Part-time spinner Marlon Samuels was selected to bowl the additional six deliveries for West Indies despite conceding 14 off the final over in regulation. That decision looked to have backfired as Ross Taylor - fresh from his 62 not out - slammed a four and a six among New Zealand's 17 runs. But Samuels was undeterred and strapped on his pads to turn himself from villain to hero. Southee started with a no-ball that Gayle dispatched for six and, helped by the free-hit and then a wide, West Indies needed four off two deliveries. No problem for Samuels who sent a low full toss for six to midwicket and earn his side a semi-final place at New Zealand's expense.