England vs Australia
Collingwood walks over to the waiting team and lifts the trophy as the champagne flies. No-one can dispute that they were the best side in the tournament, which must make it extra satisfying. Thanks for your company throughout the afternoon. For now, it's cheers from us.
"It's right up there - it's got to be. This is our first World Cup we've won and it's taken a lot of hard work... We've got some good players and you can see the belief that we've got out on the pitch. We're getting there, and we did it today... When we got the three wickets early doors we gave ourselves a great opportunity... The wicket played absolutely fantastic and obviously that partnership was crucial... We're going to savour this because we're delighted."
Man of the tournament
It's Kevin Pietersen: "Interesting week for me - a baby on Monday... But this trophy goes to the boys." On England's turnaround: "I think the more you play the more you win and that becomes a habit. This team is hungry for success and every training session the boys go harder and harder." He then talks about how "great" everything is without saying anything of subtance before going on: "140 probably wasn't enough but we still had to get them." On Kieswetter: "He's really impressed in all the practices and he hits the ball well. I was watching him on tv back in England and when he comes down the wicket his head is so still."
Man of the match
Craig Kieswetter is the man of the match, and It's great to get some runs in the final. "It's been a great experience, obviously to play against Australia in the final makes it all the better. I'd love to play in all forms but for the moment it's just one-day cricket. Hopefully I can keep putting in performances and knocking on the door." He also, quite impressively, admitted that he needs to work on his wicketkeeping.
"I don't think we scored enough runs... You have to give credit to England they outplayed us... We've done well throughout the tournament and Australian Twenty20 cricket is going forward.." On the bowlers' struggles: "One day it goes to plan and one day it doesn't, that's Twenty20 cricket." ... "Our talent in this squad is unbelievable - we have four great players on the bench who didn't get an opportunity." ... "I think 170 would have been great but the way England played we needed 200."
England win by 7 wickets
And that's a quite emphatic victory, because they've done it with a whole three overs to spare. The whole side chase after Collingwood and there's much whooping before the England skipper leads his side back out to the middle to shake hands with the Australians. They have been thumped in a major final - a new feeling for them, and especially for the players who won the World Cup on this ground three years ago. Stay tuned, and I'll pass on what quotes I can pick up from the presentation.
Over 17 Watson 2-1-6-0-4-4
148-3 - Given their predicament, it's rather puzzling why Australia turn to Watson, who's barely enjoyed a good over in the tournament. Morgan drives high in the air first ball but there's no-one back at long-on and so he gets two as David Hussey runs back to attempt a desperate lunge before the ball lands. Collingwood then brings out the short-arm jab and clears midwicket for six, before a good old-fashioned heave results in an inside edge wide of fine leg. One needed, and Collingwood whips it wide of mid-on for four! England are World Twenty20 champions!
Over 16 Smith 0-6-2-2-0-1
134-3 - There's a tangible feeling of relief around the ground as Morgan sweeps and times the ball well enough to just make the backward square leg boundary for six. He'd been outfoxed by Smith the ball before and the tension was just building. The left-hander pushes the next two balls into the legside and comes flying back for two runs from each, which just lifts all the pressure. The rain is just about holding off for now, so England should have time to win this in the standard fashion (they're well ahead on Duckworth-Lewis). 14 needed from 24 balls.
Over 15 Johnson W-0-0-0-0-wd-1
123-3 - WICKET! Is there time for an England collapse? There's a murmur around the ground as Kieswetter departs in comical fashion. He's often given himself room against Johnson, but this time he gave himself so much room that he could only stand and watch as a straight ball sends off stump cartwheeling. He didn't even try and hit it once he saw how far away he was, and just watched. Nevertheless, he's certainly done his bit. Now the Old England would have thrown this away without any problem, but this is a New Confident England. Right? There are certainly a few nerves as Morgan plays and misses outside off stump before clipping the final delivery away for a single. It's just starting to rain...
Over 14 Smith W-1-1-0-0-1
121-2 - WICKET! Whoopsie! Pietersen dances down the track and tries to go over the bowler's head for six, but the bat turns in his hand and he holes out to Warner at long-off. Makes one wonder why Smith was taken off when his first over (back when Australia were still in the game) wasn't bad at all. Paul Collingwood is the new batsman, but while he's had an underwhleming tournament England just need nudges and nurdles from here on, and that's a game The Brigadier knows all too well. England need 27 runs to win from 36 balls.
Over 13 Nannes 4-6-1-1-1lb-1
118-1 - This is a new experience for the current cricket generation: Australia are getting owned in a World Cup final. Okay so it's a Twenty20 final, but for those whose cricket viewing experience doesn't extend back into the eighties, this is quite something. Kieswetter slashes over short third man for four, then clips off his pads for six, taking one hand off the bat in the process as if for emphasis as to how easy this run chase is turning out to be. He's seriously lucky to survive an lbw shout later in the over though as Billy Doctrove throws England another favourable decision. That was very full, pitched on leg and would have sent middle stump cartwheeling.
Over 12 Tait 1-1-4-wd-6-1-1
104-1 - Tait returns in search of a wicket, but Pietersen is adding a touch of class to this England effort now. A textbook drive over mid-on brings four, but his next shot is even better: a timed drive over extra cover for six. Simply sublime from a man who is playing as well as he ever has. Kieswetter goes to fifty (40 balls, 6x4s, 1x6) with a single off the final ball, and England should coast it from here.
Over 11 Watson 2-wd-1-6-2-4-0
89-1 - A slice of luck for Pietersen as he clips just short of Johnson at midwicket. Had the fielder been a few yards in - or somewhere near as close as Collingwood stood during Australia's innings - that would have been gone. The fact that Watson is bowling in the first place suggests a lack of confidence in Smith - I thought he'd have changed ends but that wasn't the case. Kieswetter is clearly happy and goes after Watson, pulling him for six over midwicket and then slashing over point for four. In between those he had a mix-up with Pietersen and just made it back for a second after the long-on fielder threw to the wrong end. It's all going England's way, and dare I say this is their match to lose now. They need 59 runs to win from 54 balls.
Over 10 Johnson 1-1-1-1-1-0
73-1 - Australia desperately need a wicket, and Johnson is the man tasked with getting it. He resorts to coming round the wicket to Kieswetter (but still over to Pietersen), and the batsmen have to be content with singles. Kieswetter is hugely fortunate not to be bowled after backing away and missing a straight one. We're halfway through now, and England need 75 runs to win from 60 balls.
Over 9 Watson 2-0-2-0-4-4
68-1 - Shane Watson has gone for more than nine an over in the tournament so far, so it's a sign of how well England have got after Johnson that Clarke has thrown him the ball. Kieswetter edges down to third man for a couple, then cracks a square drive perfectly but is denied four by a superb dive by Mike Hussey on the boundary. Instead England get two for it, but earn a Hussey refund when David dives over the ball at mid-off later in the over and concedes four. Kieswtter throws the bat at the final ball and slices it over backward point for another boundary. Twelve from the over, so that's one less bowler Clarke will want to throw the ball to. England right on top.
Over 8 Smith 1-0-1-0-1-4
56-1 - The legspin of Steven Smith is introduced, and does very well given that both batsmen are clearly looking to get after him. White's quick fielding at deep cover certainly prevented two runs in that over, but England more or less keep up with the rate thanks to Pietersen, who leapt down the pitch to smash the final ball past extra cover for four. Got to the pitch of the ball nicely. England need 92 runs to win from 72 deliveries at 7.66 per over.
Over 7 Johnson 1-1-0-0-2-4
49-1 - Johnson finds a good length but also some nip off the pitch to get the ball to seam into Pietersen's midriff. That secures a couple of dot balls before a full delivery is driven back past the bowler for two and another is cracked past cover for four. That was poor from Johnson, who will wonder why he bowled full after the back-of-a-length stuff worked so nicely for him.
Over 6 Nannes 1-1-1-0-1-0
41-1 - Nannes has switched ends to bowl the final over of the powerplay, and he pulls things back for Australia with a quick over that brings just four singles. Pietersen tried to take on a short ball but was hurried by the pace of it, and Kieswetter elects to duck under the short one that he receives. It's all very tight at the moment, but England are strong favourites so long as Pietersen is at the crease.
Over 5 Johnson 1-0-1-5wd-0-4-1
36-1 - Mitchell Johnson replaces Nannes, but after starting well he released all the pressure by firing a wide down legside. Haddin looked to have it covered as he dived before the ball dipped on him at the last minute, dashing away for five wides. Pietersen then drove beautifully on the up through cover for four to put England on top. They need 113 runs to win from 15 overs at 7.46 per over.
Over 4 Tait 2-3-0-0-4-0
24-1 - Pietersen is up and running in fine fashion, pulling a quick short ball through wide midwicket for two and then flicking away square for three. Kieswtter crunches a wide delivery through extra cover for four, but misses out on two deliveries on his pads. That might just be the place to bowl to him, because he's hitting everything that's on the offside straight through the gaps. England are looking good.
- 16th May 2010
- Aleem Dar and B R Doctrove
england BATTING CARD
|Lumb||c Hussey b Tait||2|
|Pietersen||c Warner b Smith||47|
|Total||Close, 17.0 Overs||148 - 3|