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Plays of the Day from the Super Eights match between England and West Indies in Pallekele
September 27, 2012
False start of the Day
West Indies were quick to get on to the outfield the second that Sri Lanka beat New Zealand. Only Sri Lanka had not beaten New Zealand - not yet, anyway. Ross Taylor's run out of Lahiru Thirimanne was eventually ruled to be legitimate and West Indies were sent packing so that the teams could get on with the Super Over.
False start of the Day 2
England have emphasised, rightly or wrongly, that not losing early wickets, even if it means a conservative start, is the way to win T20 matches. Craig Kieswetter and Luke Wright, both in the top three, do not really have the natural game to make them suited to such an approach. After three balls from Ravi Rampaul both had been fallen anyway, Kieswetter to a poorly executed pull, Wright to a failed leave.
Statistic of the Day
Johnson Charles had never made more than 72 in a senior match, either for West Indies or Windward Islands. To surpass that at the World Twenty20 made it quite a night for him. He set new standards for himself with two boundaries in succession of Steven Finn, the first of them a length ball that he drove low through backward point.
Showman of the Day
After the excitement of a Super Over what the World Twenty20 really needed to round off the day was a cut-throat piece of Mankading. That would get the pulses racing. Chris Gayle feigned to do it when Eoin Morgan backed up too far, jiving in front of the stumps with a huge grin on his face. It was a showman's warning but it got the message through that Morgan should keep it honest.
Save of the Day
Fielding standards never fail to astound - and T20 has been the driving force. Andre Russell's save at deep square leg, where he dived backwards over the boundary, could not hold the catch (which was an impossible task), but somehow pushed the ball back into play to limit Eoin Morgan to two runs, was exceptional.
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Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?