Monday, May 17, 2010

England - The new Kings of T20


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England became the new kings of T20 cricket. They beat their traditional rivals Australia by seven wickets in the final of the World T20 at the Kensington Oval. It's their first victory in a major ICC tournament. It took England 35 years and 18 ICC tournaments to win their first major ICC title. They played brilliant cricket throughout the tournament, they did well in the all departments of the game. Craig Kieswetter is clearly the find of the tournament. Also, Pietersen re-discovered his form. As they say, "Form is temporary but class is permanent." He proved it right.

After winning the toss, Collingwood took a brave decision to field first. English bowlers and fielders soon removed three quick wickets of the Aussies and proved their captain's decision right. Aussies were struggling to score runs, then David Hussey played a good knock of 59 to take Aussies to a respectable total. He was well supported by Clarke, White and his brother Michael Hussey. 

English bowlers had done their job. Now, it was up to English batsmen to play good and sensible cricket. They didn't let their team's hopes down. After they lost their first wicket early, Pietersen and Kieswetter played some brilliant cricket. The partnership of 111 runs between them secured a comfortable victory for England. 

Craig Kieswetter was clearly the star of the day, he scored a blazing 63 runs off 49 balls. Pietersen smashed 47 runs off 31 balls, he was declared the player of the tournament for his extraordinary batting throughout the tournament.

Australia have lost a final of an ICC tournament after 14 years, last time they lost to Sri Lanka in the 1996 World Cup finals. Aussie bowling failed to impress in the finals, they looked ordinary in batting too. 

England executed their plans well on the field. They have some good young cricketers and they deserved the trophy. Their future is looking bright. It's England's turn to celebrate.

(Image via Cricketnext)

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