England v India

World Twenty20, 2009

At Lords, June 14 (floodlit). England won by three runs. England 2 pts. Toss: India.

India's astonishing decision to promote to No. 4 Ravindra Jadeja, a 20-year-old left-arm spinning all-rounder, ahead of three of the finest strikers in contemporary cricket cost them this match and their title as World Twenty20 champions. When Jadeja was dismissed by the third ball of the 14th over, Yuvraj Singh, Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan had to score 69 from 39 balls, and the fact that they hit 11 off the last three balls made the finish look closer than it was. Earlier, Pietersen underlined his value by making a brisk 46, but England looked like adding another defeat to those by the Netherlands and South Africa until Harbhajan Singh fired five wides down the leg side past Dhoni from what should have been the last balls of both the 18th and 20th overs, and gave them something to bowl at. England then borrowed the West Indian plan of pitching short against India's inexperienced top order, and made the elevation of Jadeja - 24 runs off 23 balls in his two previous Twenty20 internationals - all the more curious. India, the holders and pre- tournament favourites, were out. If England could beat West Indies, they would reach the semis. Collingwood later said being booed by Indian supporters had done his motivational speech for him.

Man of the Match: R. J. Sidebottom. Attendance: 27,641.

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