World Twenty20 2012 October 8, 2012

Dead-eye Dwayne, and a fearless scoop

ESPNcricinfo's men on the ground pick their favourite moments of the World Twenty20

Dead-eye Dwayne
By David Hopps

New Zealand were involved in two Super Overs in the space of five days in Pallakele during the Super Eights stage, and it was the way in which they reached the second one, against West Indies, which most sticks in my mind. Few people even knew the 12th man, Dwayne Smith, was on the field until he pulled off a direct hit from midwicket to run out Doug Bracewell on the last ball. Bracewell had sought a second run that would have brought New Zealand victory. Pallakele is a wonderful cricket ground, by far the finest Sri Lanka has ever produced, and moments like this brought the week alive.

The shot of a madman
By Andrew Fernando

With Sri Lanka needing five runs off two balls to win the opening Super Eights match against New Zealand, Lahiru Thirimanne's plight had become increasingly hopeless. Having come to the crease for the last over, he seemed clueless as to how to counter Tim Southee's unrelenting yorker barrage. He had tried to scoop the first ball he faced and was lucky to avoid being caught at short fine leg. Next up, he missed completely, this time trying to hit Southee through the off side. What Thirimanne did next showcased Twenty20 at its most compelling. Having already failed at the shot, this accumulator with a reputation for being a limited batsman, moved to the off side, went to one knee and shoveled the ball over the infield to tie the match. It might have looked like genius, but it was the shot of a madman, and one of the bravest things I have ever seen on a cricket field.

Cheers for the women, and Gayle's antics
By Abhishek Purohit

Two moments will stay with me for a long time, and both involve the respective winners. The first was after Australia Women had received the trophy and were done with the initial photographs. The Premadasa had already filled considerably with home fans ahead of the men's final and Sri Lankan flags were being waved all around. Suddenly, the Australian women ran across to the other side of the ground, opposite the dressing rooms, where the stands were filled the most. The crowd's response there was immediate, and heartwarming. They roared, cheering the victorious women. Sri Lankan flags was all they had, and they waved them for the champions, moving them to take a lap of the ground.

The second moment was when Chris Gayle did all sorts of antics after West Indies had won a rare title after a topsy-turvy final. He kept flinging himself to the ground; he did push-ups with both hands; he did them with one hand. To think this man was not part of this side for more than a year. To think he had been accused of not wanting to play for West Indies. It was hard to see him doing the same antics with the same raw emotion for any Twenty20 franchise team.

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  • Bill on October 10, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    thank you Brian Clifford - when the Windies start annoying 'people like u' for winning - that is proof that they are heading in the right direction - UP - once again- thank you for your comments . Well done WINdies!!

  • sumit on October 10, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    The best moment for me was when Bazz and Guptill declined running when Dananjaya was struck by the ball coming at him.

  • MRIDUL on October 10, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    Country always comes first. Well said David - "It was hard to see him doing the same antics with the same raw emotion for any Twenty20 franchise team".

  • Phil on October 9, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    @Vivek Verma: unless the WI fixture clashes with the IPL or the Big Bash or any T20 tournament he's in.

  • Earl on October 9, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    @Brian Clifford how do you know that there was nothing wrong with Rampaul? The umpire has to give him permission to leave and get a substitute..which makes it legal.How about 2 West Indian batsmen been given out incorrectly.Did that happen to any other team in the tournament? I hope that you lost money on the game.

  • Vikram on October 9, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Throw in a honorary mention to Brendon McCullum attending to Dananjaya after receiving a blow to the head, and Gayle mankad-warning Eoin Morgan(?). If not for moments like these, we might as well play cricket with droids.

  • Sami on October 9, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    I love it when the Windies dance very funny :DD

  • Ashik on October 9, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    @Brian Clifford... And the grapes are sour

  • Justin on October 9, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    My favorite moment of the tournament was captain broad in his press conference after they were bundled out...."what you get from the younger players is moments of brilliance and periods of averageness". Broadly, mate...I'm guessing you consider yourself a senior player now, being captain and all. You spent your entire young period producing averereness....and your senior career now is what we wouldnt even consider average, just poor. If 20/20 is going to be led by second rate cricketers like broad...or even look at bailey...who people in Australia have still never heard of. God help this format. And how about the media. Australia has a bad game and articles are written about how they are a 2 man team...even though their campaign was impressive. yet 2 days later sri Lanka are put under similar pressure, fold even faster...and nothing is written. All I can say...not detracting from the windies cause I absolutely love their this format distorts the reality of real cricket

  • Roy on October 9, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Brian Clifford - Sounds of a bitter loser. WI won a game that New Zealand shoud have oin but they do not have what it takes to complete a game. Samuels is one of the best Batsman and Bowler in the game today. His bowling "action" is perfect.

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