Barbados: England are the World T20 Champions. It was England's biggest win in the limited-over format as they beat Australia by seven wickets in the final of the World T20 at the Kensington Oval on Sunday.
Chasing a competitive 149, England hardly broke a sweat as they romped home with three overs to spare after a match-winning 111-run partnership between Man of the match Craig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen. Kieswetter was the star of the day with a blazing 63 off 49 balls. The wicketkeeper-batsman smashed seven fours and two sixes, one of which was a one-handed backhand slash.
Pietersen continued his super run with the bat as he responded to the Australian pace battery in style with his typical aggressive stamp. The right-handed batsman smashed 47 off 31 balls with four boundaries and one six.
After Australia posted 147-6, England were jolted early in the chase when Shaun Tait snared Michael Lumb (two) in the second over. But Kieswetter and Pietersen did not let Australia to spoil the good work done by their bowlers earlier as they immediately shifted the pressure back on the Aussies with some dazzling strokeplay.
The duo walloped Australia's pace attack and once they saw off Dirk Nannes' three overs, they launched into the bowling. Shane Watson was taken for 42 runs in three overs.
Both Pietersen and Kieswetter perished just before they reached home but Paul Collingwood (12 off five) and Eoin Morgan (15 off 13) finished the formalities, both smashed a six each.
Earlier, David Hussey rescued Australia with a fighting 59 to take them to 147 for six. Australia made a disastrous start after being put in to bat. The Aussies lost three wickets for just eight runs in 2.1 overs before Hussey's 54-ball effort took them to a fighting total.
David Hussey held one end up as he got support from Cameron White (19-ball 30) and captain Michael Clarke (35-ball 27) at the Kensington Oval after England rattled Australia early.
Ryan Sidebottom induced Shane Watson (two) a top edge off the third ball of the final match which wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter could not quite hold on but Graeme Swann took the rebound to reduce Australia to two for one.
Next over and five runs later, a brilliant under-arm throw by Luke Wright found David Warner (two) well short of the crease after being called for a single by Clarke off the bowling of Tim Bresnan.
Two balls later, it was the turn of wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (one) to make a hasty return to the pavillion after facing just two balls, with Krieswetter making a fine catch diving high to his left though television replays suggested the ball came off the Australian's thigh.
Run rate plummeted with the Australians scoring just 24 from the first powerplay six overs and they were in deep trouble after Clarke perished in the 10th over for run-a-ball 27. His opposite number Paul Collingwood took a fine catch at mid-wicket after Clarke had failed to keep a Swann flighted ball and Australia were 45 for four in 9.2 overs.
It was left to White and David Hussey to repair the tottering Australian innings and the duo stitched a 50-run partnership from 38 balls for the fifth wicket to take the score nearer the 100 mark.
White and Hussey took 21 runs from the 13th over bowled by Michael Yardy with a six each before the former was out in the 16th over of the bowling of Wright. White holed out to Stuart Broad who made amends for a futile attempt to dismiss David Hussey in the earlier over by taking a superb catch.
That brought Hussey brothers David and Michael at the crease and they raised 47 runs from just 22 balls for the sixth wicket before the former was out for 59 which was studded with two fours and as many sixes.