In our build-up to the fourth edition of the ICC World Twenty20, we take a look back at the previous editions of the tournament. Today, a look back at the third World Twenty20 in the West Indies in 2010 when under Paul Collingwood, England won their first major trophy in international cricket.
McCullum takes NZ home in a thriller
For the third edition in a row, a humdinger kick-started the ICC World Twenty20. The venue was Providence, the teams Sri Lanka and New Zealand, and the man of the moment was Nathan McCullum, the older brother of Brendon, who swung the penultimate delivery of the match over the ropes to seal a thrilling win.
With the ball, McCullum had opened the bowling and done well with 1 for 17 from three overs as Sri Lanka were kept to 135 for 6 on a tricky surface. New Zealand’s chase had begun with the junior McCullum dismissed for a duck and apart from Jesse Ryder (42) no batsman was able to really dominate the Sri Lankan attack.
Two sixes in the 17th over from Jacob Oram had New Zealand within reach of the asking rate, but two wickets in two balls to Lasith Malinga left them needing 18 runs off nine balls. In the 19th over, Daniel Vettori it a four and McCullum chipped a full toss over mid-on for three to leave the equation at ten from six balls from Malinga.
McCullum stole a single from the first, and on the second came a bye as both batsman ended up at the same end only for Malinga to miss the stumps by yards when all he had to do was walk forward and dislodge the bails. McCullum swung the third ball to fine leg for four, but on the fourth Vettori was run out attempting a non-existent second. With nerves on edge, McCullum took his chances and struck the next ball from Malinga over long-off for six.
Raina ton downs South Africa
On May 2 in St Lucia, Suresh Raina became India’s first centurion in Twenty20 internationals and he picked a fine team to score it against. India’s start had gotten off to a poor start with Murali Vijay dismissed for 0 by Rory Kleinvelt, and Raina walked out to face the third ball of the innings. Sixty deliveries later, he returned to the Indian dugout with 101 runs to his name.
It was a confident innings, one that began shakily but blossomed with an array of audacious hits. Tested by South Africa’s pace bowlers and their short-of-a-length line, he played and missed and survived two run out chances. But once spin came into the picture, Raina turned bully. Roelof van der Merwe was taken for two sixes in a 13-run over, and then Raina turned it up further with some stunning hits against Jacques Kallis and Albie Morkel.
Following Yuvraj Singh’s exit in the 16th over after an 88-run partnership, Raina struck 44 runs off 13 balls to surge to three figures. Defending 186, India used a four-prong spin attack to restrict a South African batting line-up that appeared dazed after Raina’s heroics.
Pietersen revives England’s fortunes
The early part of the tournament saw England struggle to get a foot in. In their opener the rain rule and Chris Gayle confounded them and their second against Ireland was washed out. Coming to Bridgetown on May 6, Paul Collingwood and his men needed a win desperately to stay alive but the odds were stacked against them because their opponents were the defending champions, Pakistan.
An inspired bowling effort from Stuart Broad and Michael Yardy kept Pakistan to 147 for 9 - not allowing any batsman to cross 34, and keeping five under 18, including Shahid Afridi for 0 – was backed by spirited fielding, the best being a momemtum-shifting catch from Kevin Pietersen on the boundary line to cut off Umar Akmal for 30. That was followed by a strong start from a rejigged batting order, and a woeful fielding effort from Saeed Ajmal who dropped three catches in the first five overs of England’s chase.
Michael Lumb and Craig Keiswetter added 44 in 5.4 overs, but it was Pietersen’s return to form with an unbeaten 73 from 52 balls that really pushed Pakistan aside. Playing with a carefree approach, Pietersen sped to a fifty off 37 balls and made sure he remained until the end, when England won by six wickets with three balls to spare.
Butler wins last-ball humdinger
Two days later, Pakistan were at the wrong end again, and this time it was New Zealand who stole a one-run win. Pakistan’s bowlers had done well to keep New Zealand to 133 for 7 on a sluggish Kensington Oval surface, with only Vettori (38) and Brendon McCullum (33) getting starts). But New Zealand’s fast bowlers turned a below-par total into a good one, reducing Pakistan to 58 for 5, with Ian Butler removing the dangerous duo of Misbah-ul-Haq and Afridi, the latter courtesy a stunning boundary catch by Nathan McCullum.
Salman Butt and Abdul Razzaq opened up after a slow period to keep the match in the balance, but Razzaq’s dismissal to Nathan McCullum with 23 required from 13 balls. That came down to 11 off six. Given the ball by Vettori, Butler gets hit for two fours in four balls but a yorker on the fifth results in a bye. Needing two runs off the final ball, Pakistan manage just one. Butler is given the Man-of-the-Match award for figures of 4-1-19-3.
Last-ball six evicts India
For the second tournament in a row, India failed to progress into the knock-out stage. Against Sri Lanka in St Lucia, a last-ball six from Chamara Kapugedera off Ashish Nehra ends India’s quixotic campaign.
A brisk 41 from Gautam Gambhir and 47-ball 63 from Raina set up a total of 163 for 5, and when Nehra and Vinay Kumar reduce Sri Lanka to 6 for 2 the advantage is with India. However, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews weighed in with crucial innings and then Kapugedera’s unbeaten cameo clinched a thriller. With 25 required from eight balls, Kapugedera hit Vinay for two successive sixes. With three needed from the final delivery, Kapugedera cut Nehra over cover for six more to leave India shellacked.
Unbelievable Hussey pulls of an epic heist
May 14 witnessed Michael Hussey hit 22 in the final over of the semi-final at Gros Islet to stun Pakistan and take Australia into the World Twenty20 final. It was scarcely believable.
Chasing 192, Australia were 105 for 5 in the 13th over when Hussey came in. With typical fluency, Hussey went about hustling between the wickets and the upped the adrenalin to hit his last ten deliveries for 38 runs. Australia needed 18 to win from the final over, with Ajmal to bowl. Mitchell Johnson got Hussey on strike for the second ball. Two sixes followed over midwicket. Then a four past point. Next, a six over long-on. Victory was sealed, Hussey went berserk, Ajmal stood frozen. The defending champions had been ousted at the doorstep of the summit.
"That was the best feeling I have ever had on a cricket field," said an emotional Hussey. "I have hit the winning runs in an Ashes Test at Adelaide, but this was right up there. And possibly better because this was such a big game, a semi-final."
England finally get their hands on silverware
A seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the semi-finals set up England’s clash with Australia at Bridgetown on May 16. Batting first, Australia – who had not lost a single match in the tournament – were kept to 147 for 6 with David Hussey top-scoring with 59 off 54 balls after the team collapsed to 8 for 3.
In defense of that middling total, Australia struck an early blow but a match-winning stand between Pietersen (47) and Keiswetter (63) swung the match away with a 111-run stand. Both batsmen were fluent in their shot-making, and the confidence with which they approached their task sapped Australia of any self-assurance they had left.
Pietersen fell with 30 runs needed from seven overs, and fittingly it was Collingwood who collected the winning runs.