Following England's win over Australia in the final of the ICC World Twenty20, Doug Saxby picks out the five biggest moments from the game.
1. The toss
Paul Collingwood surprised some by choosing to bowl first after winning the toss. It was predicted that the pitch would play true throughout two innings, there was a vague threat of rain about and the Aussies would have fancied themselves chasing anything after their semi-final heroics, so his decision had sound logic behind it, but it still bucked the general trend in the tournament.
But England have succeeded in this tournament largely because of the bold decisions they've made, and so it proved again. Ryan Sidebottom snared Shane Watson off the third delivery of the match and a run out and dubious caught behind shortly afterwards had Brad Haddin and David Warner back in the hut too, Australia reduced to eight for three in the third over.
It was a position from which the Aussies never recovered as they limped to a modest target which did not threaten England, who benefited from knowing exactly how many they needed.
The Aussie skipper had been influential as captain throughout the tournament but seriously disappointing with bat in hand, given his abundance of talent.
It was hard to find reason then for Clarke changing his batting line-up by promoting himself up the order to number three, in an Aussie batting order that had been successful all tournament.
Clarke hung around for longer than the rest of his top order but used too many deliveries in labouring to a run-a-ball 27. To make matters worse, he ran out dangerman David Warner in his bid for an unlikely single, increasing the pressure on the men around him.
The early wicket of Michael Lumb was a catch-22 for Australia, with Kevin Pietersen striding to the wicket. KP dominated from the off and ominously showed what was to come, as he stood up tall and elegantly eased a Mitchell Johnson delivery through the covers for his first boundary.
Pietersen would go on looking comfortable to hit three more fours and a six on his way to a classy 47. Just as important as his own runs was his influence on partner Craig Kieswetter who fed off KP's confidence and thrived with less pressure on his own shoulders.
Pietersen was unsurprisingly later named man of the tournament, despite taking time out mid-competition for his first child's birth.
For the comedic value as much as anything, Kieswetter's dismissal deserves a mention.
The opening batsman should be heaped with praise for playing a stunning innings of 63, but having just lost partner Pietersen after a century stand, the young wicketkeeper surrendered meekly by backing away and shouldering arms to a Johnson straight one. The off stump went flying out the ground and Kieswetter was left slightly embarrassed.
It briefly triggered far-off thoughts of a dramatic turn-around, but England strolled home and Kieswetter won man-of-the-match.
It was the beginning of the 17th over and England were comfortably on their way to certain victory. Collingwood would rub salt into Australian wounds by dispatching the targeted Shane Watson for the 14 runs required for victory.
The England skipper hit a confident front foot six, a four, and then the winning runs through midwicket to appropriately seal a convincing win. Collingwood may not have scored too many runs in the competition but he led his troops fantastically well and the way he was chased down and swamped by his team mates at the end was testament to his value as skipper.
I hold my hands up and eat my hat......i said this morning that england had no chance and that their luck had run out playing the one class team in the tournament.we outfoxed out bowled and out batted a class act.ok its not the best australian side granted,but the complete turnaround in our ranks over the last 12 months has to be plaudited.my only gripe was,pieterson and kieswetter both trying to knock the cover off of each delivery when they only had to roll the singles to win.well dont lads and andy flower and the backroom boys.the win was by 7 wickets but should of been 9
Posted 21:32 16th May 2010
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