England v WI, World T20 2012, Super Eights, Pallekele

False starts to personal bests

Plays of the Day from the Super Eights match between England and West Indies in Pallekele

David Hopps in Pallekele

September 27, 2012

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Ravi Rampaul took two wickets in the first over, England v West Indies, World Twenty20 2012, Super Eights, Pallekele, September 27, 2012
Ravi Rampaul bowled a double-wicket maiden as England got off to a horror start © AFP

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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Posted by scorchio on (September 28, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

@Silver_Angels I'm glad I'm not the only one that noticed that! I'm sure the rules are that when the fielder jumps whilst touching the boundary rope, he's judged to be outside the boundary, and therefore when he touches the ball it's a six. A similar thing happened earlier in the year when Steve Smith jumped from outside the rope to push the ball back in, but it was given as a six. With Andre Russell the margins were tighter of course but surely the same rule should still have been applied? Four extra runs at the stage could have made an important difference as Morgan was building big momentum in that over.

Posted by Silver_Angels on (September 28, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Save of the Day - I totally disagree with the rules followed. Russell effort was awesome but I am not arguing that. When Russell started to jump his foot was touching the boundary line. So once he comes in contact with the ball it should be Six. If Russell has not touch the boundary line then it would have be fine. Basket ball line rules should have been more logical.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

My West Indian cricketers are showing signs of improvement. I believe that we can win the T20. Great going, team! I am supporting all of you. England down, Sri Lanka you are next. I am 100% West Indian and proud.

Posted by Technical-1 on (September 27, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

Number 1 For Wet Undies! Go Gayle, Go Charles.. ! Sammy you should never bat before Russell you moron!

Posted by SurlyCynic on (September 27, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

Highlight of the day was Swann's face when Charles hit him for 2 sixes. Bet there will be fewer smug tweets tonight!

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

the andre russel scene was awesome. and some people say chris gayle dancing some indian . no i think he is dancing like PSY . the song opan gangnam sytle :D

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 27, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

No show of the day: where for art thou Briggs, England?

Posted by NavinDesigns on (September 27, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Andre Russell saved was the play of the tournament

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

Andre Russel's fielding was acrobatic stuff, chance less. not to mention pollard unsuccessful attempt to save the boundary was also a great stuff...

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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