England v Australia, World Twenty20 final, Barbados

Kieswetter and Pietersen seal title for England

The Report by Andrew Miller

May 16, 2010

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England 148 for 3 (Kieswetter 63) beat Australia 147 for 6 (D Hussey 59) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out
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Kevin Pietersen drives hard through the off side, England v Australia, ICC World Twenty20 final, Barbados, May 16, 2010
Kevin Pietersen was named Player of the Tournament after another irresistible display with the bat © Getty Images
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Craig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen powered England to their first ICC global title with an irresistible 111-run stand for the second wicket, as Australia were outmuscled in a battle of the bowlers at Bridgetown. Despite a brave recovery led by David Hussey, who made 59 from 54 balls, Australia's hopes of claiming the only world title to have eluded them were devastated from the moment they lost three wickets in 13 legitimate deliveries in a stunning start to the contest.

Chasing a target of 148, Kieswetter and Pietersen broke the back of the chase in an 11-over alliance, but fittingly it was left to England's captain, Paul Collingwood, to seal the victory with 18 balls to spare. At the moment of victory, he was mobbed by his jubilant team-mates as they poured out of the dug-out, with incredulity and triumph writ large on their features. Barely 12 months ago, Collingwood was leading England to defeat against the Netherlands in the opening contest of the 2009 event. Now he has joined football's Bobby Moore and rugby's Martin Johnson in captaining England to a world sporting title.

The difference between the sides was underlined by the boundary count. Whereas Australia managed eight fours and three sixes in their 20 overs, and just two fours in the first 12 overs, England clattered 12 fours and five sixes in 17, as their confident and attacking batsmen targeted the weak links in the Australian bowling line-up - in particular Shane Watson - to motor past a mid-range target. England, by contrast, showed no weaknesses with the ball or in the field, as their multi-faceted five-prong attack tore onto the offensive with an aggressive but highly strategic display.

The start of the contest was sensational, as Australia crashed to 8 for 3 with a wicket in each of the first three overs. Ryan Sidebottom, a controversial selection a week ago but an automatic choice now, settled England's nerves and exacerbated those of the Australians by removing Shane Watson with the third delivery of the match. A lifter outside off was slashed through to Kieswetter, who fumbled the initial take only for an alert Graeme Swann at slip to dive forward and grasp the rebound in the heel of his hands.

One over later, the dangerous David Warner was run out for 2, as his captain, Michael Clarke, called him through for a tight single at short cover, only for Michael Lumb to swoop and score a direct hit with his underarm shy. And before Australia had had time to regroup, they were undermined by misfortune as well, as Brad Haddin was adjudged caught behind off his hip - brilliantly caught, in fact, by a full-stretch Kieswetter - as Sidebottom snaffled his second.

The effect of the early breakthroughs was to hand all of the initiative to England's charged-up attack, who came at Australia with a Test-match intensity. While the pace in the pitch encouraged the seamers to bend their backs, they were sensibly sparing with the short balls, and instead concentrated on pinning the batsmen to the crease with arrow-straight but undriveable lengths. Had Lumb's aim been slightly better, he might have added two further run-outs from short cover, as Clarke betrayed his anxiety with a succession of nip-and-tuck quick singles.

Match Meter

  • ENG
  • Australia crash to 8 for 3 in 2.1 overs, as Ryan Sidebottom tears onto the offensive
  • ENG
  • Michael Clarke falls for a run-a-ball 27, as England concede two fours in 12 overs
  • David Hussey's half-century helps add 100 runs in the last ten overs, to give Australia a defendable 147 for 6
  • AUS
  • Michael Lumb falls in the second over, as Australia start brightly with the ball
  • ENG
  • Pietersen and Kieswetter put the match beyond doubt with a 111-run stand for the second wicket
Advantage Honours even

It wasn't until Clarke nudged Sidebottom through fine leg in the fifth over that Australia registered their first boundary, and though he added a second when he pulled a rare long-hop from Bresnan through mid-on, the score was 34 for 3 after seven overs when England turned to their spinners, Swann and Michael Yardy, with licence to apply the tourniquet. And when Collingwood leapt superbly at short midwicket to snaffle an attempted flick from Clarke, Australia had slumped to 45 for 4 in the tenth over.

Not for the first time in this tournament, however, Cameron White had the power and the intent to lift Australia's tempo. He chose the 13th over of the innings, Yardy's third, to make his move, as he followed a David Hussey swipe for six with four, six, four in consecutive deliveries. With 21 runs in the over, Australia were suddenly back in business on 80 for 4, and with two further fours in consecutive overs, White had moved along to 29 from 17 balls when Collingwood opted to introduce Luke Wright for his first over of the tournament.

The ploy paid quick dividends. Targeting the yorker with every delivery, Wright stifled the swinging blades before drawing White into a wild slash outside off. Broad, who moments earlier had made a mess of a swirling top-edge at deep cover off Hussey, called bravely and chased down a fine low chance as he ran back towards the rope at point. Michael Hussey joined his brother to nudge and swat 47 runs for the sixth wicket in 22 balls, but Australia's final total of 147 for 6 was, as Clarke later conceded, at least 25 runs short of parity.

For once, Lumb was unable to jump-start England's reply, as he clipped airily to mid-on in Shaun Tait's first over to fall for 2 from four balls, but Kieswetter - who was at his happiest with the ball pitched up in his half - cracked Dirk Nannes for consecutive fours, either side of a lengthy delay to fix the malfunctioning sightscreen. He added a third four when Tait overpitched in his subsequent over, and with Pietersen looking typically busy at the crease, England reached a healthy 41 for 1 in their Powerplay, a position that was comfortably ahead of Australia's 24 for 3 at the same stage.

With their platform secure, England never looked like faltering. The legspinner Steven Smith was nailed through the covers for Pietersen's third boundary, before Kieswetter collected consecutive fours in Watson's first over - the first a touch fortuitously as David Hussey fumbled at mid-off. Clarke had no choice but to recall Mitchell Johnson for his third over, and though he stemmed the flow a touch, Watson's medium pace was meat and drink for the now pumped-up Kieswetter, who mowed a massive six over midwicket in an over that leaked 16 runs.

Back came Tait with Australia desperate for a wicket, but Pietersen met him with an imperious lofted drive over mid-on for four, before opening his stance to drive a glorious six over extra cover, and take the required rate down below a run a ball. Two balls later, Kieswetter dabbed a wide ball through point to bring up a 40-ball fifty, and celebrated by slashing Nannes for four through third man before belting an astonishing one-handed six over backward square leg.

With just 30 runs needed from the final seven overs, Pietersen gave Smith the charge and holed out to Warner at long-off for an excellent 47 from 31 balls, but at 118 for 2, Australia knew they still needed a miracle. That prospect became a touch more probable six balls later, when Kieswetter gave himself too much room to a Johnson yorker and was rather comically bowled for 63 from 49 balls, but to judge by the grim faces in the England dug-out, no-one was particularly keen on laughing just yet.

Eoin Morgan, however, swept Smith powerfully for six over square leg to mop their collective brows, and when Collingwood pulled the luckless Watson off the front foot over midwicket for another six, the result was beyond doubt. A swat through fine leg brought the scores level, and one ball later, the title was secure, and England's limited-overs hoodoo had finally been laid to rest.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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Posted by   on (May 21, 2010, 16:00 GMT)

this was totally kevins cup he totally un stoppable in this world cup

Posted by sharprider on (May 18, 2010, 22:08 GMT)

Well, all said and done, the World Cup T20 has ended on a not very impressive note in that England, the new holders, performed very well in the face of a not-so-stiff challenge from Australia. However, as indicated by the winning skipper, Collingwood, that his team had built up a lot of self-confidence besides some good selection moves and astute planning, it is no wonder to see this team come out of a deep slumber in terms of international achievements. This was exactly what I had pointed out for the under-performing Pakistan team when they were beaten by Zimbabwe in the practice match before the official start of the tournament. It seems though the comments at that stage along with the advice and suggestions by experts as well as well-wishers were ignored as Pakistan, being extremely lucky to reach the semi-final stage, showed only glimpses of the extraordinary performances that we had witnessed last year in England. It is now up to the PCB to do the soul-searching.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2010, 10:36 GMT)

congrats to england for their emphatic victory over the grrt ones...

Posted by hiroshan on (May 18, 2010, 7:44 GMT)

PPL crying out as "South African" players; why South Africa hasn't won any world cup. This is a England win and they deserve it. Though Piterson and some more south African origin players are in team; now they r englishmans.

Some of the ppl saying Pakistan would have taken care of England, can't digest defeat in Semis. Man it's powerful Australia who bit them and everybody know how Pakistan reached semis. Pakistan should fill lucky atleast they got semi finals.

So cheers England...!

Posted by   on (May 18, 2010, 7:03 GMT)

Congrats to Eng on the win. While I still think the Aus team is better in all formats of the game, England really deserved to win this. The talent of their team is far greater than their trophy count suggests.

Posted by SettingSun on (May 17, 2010, 18:07 GMT)

@SajeevSanthrapal - shame you can't produce your own opinions rather than recycling the same old drivel that is doing the rounds. Shame, isn't it?

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 17:51 GMT)

They deserved that win. I surprisingly wondered by observing Australian's performance. Therefore, Pakistan had a good chance to starve in final but they foiled it before. Anyway, I just wanna remember 1 name ..... It's Hussy.

Posted by AD_Sonic on (May 17, 2010, 16:45 GMT)

Good on Clarke for being honest... This is his first loss as the T20 captain but I think he should seriously consider about him as a T20 player. My Team : 1.Warner 2.Watson 3.Marsh 4 .White(capt) 5.D.Hussey 6.M.Hussey 7. Haddin 8.Johnson 9. Hauritz 10.Nannes 11.Tait and about the ashes: It's a different ball game remember that.... Aussies will come out hard....

Posted by SajeevSanthrapal on (May 17, 2010, 16:31 GMT)

too bad englnd can't produce their own cricketers (cheers south africa), really takes a shine off the win, shame isn't it.....

Posted by RoshanF on (May 17, 2010, 16:06 GMT)

Congrats to England for whipping Australia. BUT really had Shahid Afridi not suffered from some kind of spell in bowling a spinner in the 20th over in the semis, Pakistan would have taken care of England. They as usual were just getting into their stride and the variety that the Paks have in both their batting and bowling would have been a little too much for England. By the way I think people should understand that there is no such thing called "deserved to win" just because leading up to the finals England and Australia had played the best cricket. If that were the case then in World Cup football, Brazil (1950), Hungary (1954), Holland (1974) or Brazil (1982) should have been the winners by just turning up. AND the great West Indian side of 1983 should have won the world cup but were thwarted although by their own lack of application than anything else. Any team has to perform on the day. England did in the Finals and they now are the deserved winners. But Pakistan - how could you?

Posted by livinproof on (May 17, 2010, 13:41 GMT)

Well done England on a deserved win. The 'dismissal' of Haddin had a huge impact on the game given how precariously Australia had to try and build a competitive total from 8-3 after 3 overs so Clarke's 27 in such circumstances shouldn't be criticised. Paul Rone seems a tad confused. Nannes was born and raised in Victoria, while Symonds only spent the first 3 months of his life in Birmingham before moving to Qld where he played all his junior cricket and made his first class debut. Trott, Kieswetter & Lumb played Under 19 cricket for SA; KP played for Natal until he was 20. No doubt England have the legal right to recruit "British nationals" who have been developed by other country's cricket boards, but why hasn't the huge amount of money that Sky/ECB have invested over the last 6 years hasn't resulted in a production line of homegrown and developed talent?

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 13:21 GMT)

Pietersen was awesome to watch. I've never seen somewhat bat like that, he hits as though he eats and breaths cricket. Truthfully I was rooting for the aussies but the only competition they had for the entire tournament was England. Congrats england magnificent playing. Collingwood and Clarke to me are the honestly best. So sorry cricket is over can't wait.Gayle and the WestIndies now have to step up to the plate.

Posted by Dwok on (May 17, 2010, 13:21 GMT)

I think it's fair to say that south african cricket was the winner on the day ;-)

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 13:03 GMT)

never won 50-50 world cup,but 20-20 win to ENGlands glory..........congrats.

Posted by Waikato_FC on (May 17, 2010, 12:34 GMT)

This constant harping about the birth place if players is getting really annoying, as is the fact that almost every article about cricket now gets hijacked by the whole India/Pakistan debate, despite neither team being involved. Yes England have a few non English-born players, bit deal, England itself probably has something like 30% of the total population born elsewhere so why shouldn't the national team reflect that. They've committed to their adopted country and good luck to them. Morgan has come from an associate cricket nation, and wants to play to the highest level he can - something that Ireland can't offer (no offence!). As for the 'Dutch' Nannes, having spoken to NooNoo several times, I can confirm that his accent is 100% 'Straya', Dutch? Not even a little bit! Well done England, hard luck Australia - good tournament, good final, good result.

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 12:11 GMT)

England is God Father of the Cricket they shut be Won a World Cup. Finally they had done this. All the best England base of lack for Won World Cup T20 - 2010.

Posted by shiby on (May 17, 2010, 11:49 GMT)

England is capable to lift T-20 crown. They defeat Australian in all aspect by ball & bowl. If KP & Kieswetter not hurry very easy to chase until the target. Even though they lead 111 runs partnership with crash & fry AUS's bowling in to every angle. England given the pressure early to take out 3 top order Aussies Wkts, is the tern of the game. After that AUS felt in huge confusion to resist the Wkts instead off increase the RR. Weldon English Boys & wish all the best. It is good lesson for Big Clay Head actors Aussies; that "don't expect others bad luck (Dropping & Miss Chance) to celebrate always in ur Victory. Disappointed AUS ppl!, never been expect to Win a match, if against Team working hard, like perfect ENGLAND.

Posted by Wrong_Grip_Jake on (May 17, 2010, 11:45 GMT)

Well done England! Amusing how Dirk Nannes is always referred to the Dutchman - he's a born and bred Melbournite :)

Posted by Itchy on (May 17, 2010, 11:34 GMT)

To all of the "Dirk Nannes is a Dutchman" commenters, I would suggest looking at his bio and see that he was born in Mt Waverley, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - he played for Holland at the last T20 WC as his parents are Dutch. Prior to this he played ALL of his cricket in Australia but was able to represent Holland under the rules of assisting the second tier nations (not bolstering allegedly top tier nations with ring-ins from other top tier nations).

As for Andrew Symonds, he was a baby when he moved to Australia so I'm not sure how much development he received on his cricket in the UK prior to leaving.

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 11:08 GMT)

Well done England...!!~~~

Posted by shiby on (May 17, 2010, 10:36 GMT)

England is capable to lift T-20 crown. They defeat Australian in all aspect by ball & bowl. If KP & Kieswetter not hurry very easy to chase until the target. Even though they lead 111 runs partnership with crash & fry AUS's bowling in to every angle. England given the pressure early to take out 3 top order Aussies Wkts, is the tern of the game. After that AUS felt in huge confusion to resist the Wkts instead off increase the RR. Weldon English Boys & wish all the best. It is good lesson for Big Clay Head actors Aussies; that "don't expect others bad luck (Dropping & Miss Chance) to celebrate always in ur Victory. Disappointed AUS ppl!, never been expect to Win a match, if against Team working hard, like perfect ENGLAND.

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 10:32 GMT)

Tim Paine should have been in the Aussie Team. He would have made them win (Insha-Allah)..........

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 10:31 GMT)

the best team won, well done england you deserved the title for playing so consistently well and will great confidence.

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 10:19 GMT)

Andy Flower,we are proud of you!!!..

Posted by miv1 on (May 17, 2010, 9:22 GMT)

The Australian bowlers performed pathetically in the semis and in the final. A miracle saved them in the semis but miracles don't occur everyday

Posted by Mitcher on (May 17, 2010, 9:09 GMT)

As a proud Aussie fan it hurts but i'll happily extend a warm congratulations to England. Now bring on the main course with the upcoming Ashes. Can't wait!!

Posted by AliT72 on (May 17, 2010, 8:49 GMT)

Surely now it's time to drop Michael Clarke as 20/20 captain. He can't hold his spot in the side - period. He's been lucky enough to captain a really good team - and when the team finally needed him in the final - he could only manage a run a ball. A waste of 27 deliveries that so many other Aussie batsmen would have put to better use. Why on earth didn't he swallow his pride and promote Smith or Johnson?

Posted by saltmine on (May 17, 2010, 8:48 GMT)

Lovely work England, you worked as a team... keep it up!

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 8:44 GMT)

pakistan is happy on this england victory!

Posted by kaanaismyfriend on (May 17, 2010, 8:32 GMT)

Finally England have got their first ICC trophy in HISTORY.It was to happen in 1979,1987,1992.But it happened in the new millenium

Posted by hemant.pande on (May 17, 2010, 8:27 GMT)

I am really happy for English team for their first ever world tournament. Actually they deserve it and it came too late after the world championship started. I still remember the day when the English Team lost the cup due to the reverse sweep of Mike Getting. Again in 1992 they lost it to pakistan because of the great Imran Khan and Javed Miyandad partnership.In 2004 they lost the champions trophy to west indies.

At last they won it. Congratulations

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 8:26 GMT)

@Minimuggers and others. We a re a multicultural society in the UK (I have no idea what that really means, but we are told that's what we are) This causes a LOT of friction and difficulty here. If the flip side is we also attract good sportsmen and women , then that seems fair enough. Pietersen and Lumb come from families with a LOT of UK roots.

The Aussies? Well they until recently had Symonds (A Brit) Nannes (A dutchman) , it's not that long ago they had Kepler Wessels who DID go back and play for SA.

So don't give me all that "we're more national than you are" rubbish. It says a lot more about you than it does about English cricket.

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (May 17, 2010, 8:01 GMT)

I feel so happy as an England fan. Thought Twenty20/50-50 are not real cricket. So nothing is sweeter than the Ashes 2005 and 2009 victories. Winning the Ashes this year in Australia would be the ultimate triumph for English cricket.

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 8:00 GMT)

congrats England,They deserve it.But i hope they continue their momentum(not like (ind or pak).@shabirahmedboy:when will you grow up from your hatred,cricket is a sport not war.why always abuse Aus.Atleast Aus abusers like you some thing to say which we haven't acheived and one day we will prove them wrong,but not this day. Any ways,we want more champion performances to keep cricket alive. Cricket Is Best Australian Fan From, India

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 7:58 GMT)

Congratulation to South African quota system for enabling England to win. and for the people predicting England's rise to glory I would like to say that ashes is near baby!!! . and for the Indian fan who did not liked Paistan to qualify in semis, I would like them to recommend to ask BCCI to make their pampered batsman play on bouncy tracks so that they are able to win at least one match in super 8.

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 7:39 GMT)

Finally England won something in cricket. A major credit for win should also go to Clarke, "pup", the captain with zero performance throughout the tournament.

Posted by SettingSun on (May 17, 2010, 7:35 GMT)

@iankendall - wow, the sourest of sour grapes, eh? Have you noticed that this is 20-20, where the margins of victories are normally narrow anyway? Except, of course, for yesterday. Absolutely pathetic. @Minimuggers - wow, how funny and original, haven't heard that one before. Tell me again which team Nannes was playing for at the last 20-20 World Cup? Agreed with the suggestions that Cook and Strauss should take some credit for this though, completely agree.

Posted by farial_87 on (May 17, 2010, 7:30 GMT)

Congrats to the English lads, the boys have done pretty good in this World Cup. Thanks to Flower for the complete transformation of a test side to a good aggressive T20 side. Great job, England have yet again shown their not out of the game. Good luck for the coming days.

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 7:21 GMT)

well played england...they deserve it,aussies tough luck for them.

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 7:10 GMT)

Well done to the English chaps.They played 1st class cricket the whole competition n they deserved their win.Nice to see another team other than Australia winning trophies!!

Posted by Equanimity on (May 17, 2010, 6:57 GMT)

Congratulations England!!!!This new avatar of the English team were deserving winners, Paul Collingwood was an inspirational leader who lead from the front. The patriotic hunger to win forthe country made the difference.Way to go.May this be the first among many more.

Posted by sharprider on (May 17, 2010, 6:51 GMT)

The result, though somewhat surprising, has certified one thing: Australia is certainly not unbeatable. As proved by England, and earlier by Pakistan in the semi-final game, where they lost the game due to tactical error by Afridi rather than anything else. Moreover, Pakistan gave tough time to the new champions in their Super Eights game that saw England win with only three balls remaining. So, it is now the PCB's turn to change the skipper as well as the overall composition of the Pakistan team in preparation for the 2011 World Cup.

Posted by raza14 on (May 17, 2010, 6:47 GMT)

Congrates England for 1st ever ICC Trophy, and as for Aussies concerned they were so much excited after winning a thriller in semis that it seems they enjoyed the night too much. At least their body language and play showed that!!!!!!!!

Posted by samigul on (May 17, 2010, 6:39 GMT)

The weaknesses in the Australian bowling were badly exposed in the last couple of matches. Throughout the tournament they depended on the short bowling from their fast bolwers. Once they didn't deliver they were always on the back foot.

Posted by ice643 on (May 17, 2010, 6:31 GMT)

australia do you have anymore players from netherlands u can bring in.was nannes grandmother australian.how can u play for one then play for another.you cant do that in footie.congrats England final result Eng 1 Cons 0.

Posted by ice643 on (May 17, 2010, 6:26 GMT)

well done England, iam glad you wooped australias ass.i think after the semi they thought they had won the cup, England deserved to win oz were crap.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (May 17, 2010, 6:26 GMT)

It is true that Pakistan were very unfortunate to have lost to Australia in the manner they did in the semi final. But in the past starting from the ODI World Cup 92 in New Zealand and Australia, they have always had the best of luck almost all the time. Even if we accept the old belief of the 'unpredictability' of dangerous Pakistan it cannot be denied by any fair minded person that they have had the best of luck more often than not. So it is not for them to say that they lost to Australia because luck favoured them. Australia was much the better side in every respect and was probably as good as England.Realistically speaking, Pakistan should be happy that they gave Australia a run for the money even if they lost. As pointed out by Rohit Bhargava, in the run up to the semis, Pakistan beat just Bangladesh by 20 odd runs and South Africa by 11 runs. South Africa lost to everyone else as well. So the Akmals notwithstanding, Australia deserved to win that match.Let us be be objective.

Posted by isfandshah on (May 17, 2010, 6:21 GMT)

What a Lack Luster performance by Aussies

Their bowling attack was out of gas from Pak Bashing...

lolz

Two "Best Teams" in the finals with most 1 sided Final of T20 History

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 6:14 GMT)

Oh ho oh! Marvelous!Wonderful!Amazing!Astonishing!Spectacular!Impressive!Magnificent!Awe-inspiring!Awesome!Remarkable!Fabulous!Brilliant!Dazzling! Well done England! As a cricket fan I always love 2 see England winning especialy wen dey beat Australia! From a point from a possible early exit to de Title has been strong nd short Journey! Colly nd Kevin has been exeptional in this tournament! Long wait of all english cricket fans is over! Can u believe it! WC20 trophy iz coming home! England the parent cricketg nation deserve this, I am happy and so is all cricket fans around the world!

Posted by anaveenaaron on (May 17, 2010, 6:13 GMT)

England, England all the way! what a way to win the finals. Its their first World cup Title. I love this quote "If you have to be the BEST, you have to beat the BEST!. England's performance in this World series is no fluke, its just their commitment, consistent performance, desciplined bowling and aggressive batting by the top order made the difference. If you play a sensible and positive cricket, even a team like Australia is a ordinary side. Team like India should learn from this England side. England are may not be the fav.'s for 2011 world cup in Sub-continent, but they will be one of the team to be feared. Well done Collingwood and his boys!

Posted by Cricfan27 on (May 17, 2010, 6:06 GMT)

Many congratulations to England!!! After the Asians team I always cheer for England in all sports. You invented this ball game. So You deserved this victory! This was a due honor which you gained in such a great style!

Posted by _zahid_ on (May 17, 2010, 5:47 GMT)

England has change the history by winning a major icc tournament........Well done England

Posted by azhar_hassan on (May 17, 2010, 5:46 GMT)

Well congratulations to England! They played really well throughout and especially in the final - were they won in very convincing fashion. Did not not expect that England would perform so well in the tournanment. Now the onus is on them to maintain this standard.

As for Australia, they were brought back down to earth with a thud! Expected much more from them after the freakish result in the semi-final. T20 is still not something they can claim to be the best at. Maye Mr. Cricket himself needs to captain in the T20 format. Clarke does not seem to have a role in the T20 side.

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 5:39 GMT)

England was good but i couldn't take the real flavour of World T20 final.It was just a game.Not interesting as final.Previous matches were better than this one!

Posted by raza14 on (May 17, 2010, 5:36 GMT)

Congrates England for 1st ever ICC Trophy, and as for Aussies concerned they were so much excited after winning a thriller in semis that it seems they enjoyed the night too much. At least their body language and play showed that!!!!!!!!

Posted by Christy1268 on (May 17, 2010, 5:35 GMT)

This was long in the works - in fact in 97 or 92 - but better late than never. Collie's king !

Posted by Minimuggers on (May 17, 2010, 5:15 GMT)

congratulations South Africa 2nd XI - maybe now that some of you have proved yourself on an international level you might move back to South Africa and try out for them again - then we might see the true England for the first time in many years

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 5:14 GMT)

I feel all over the World, except maybe in Australia (more than some guys there too),there must have been jubilation at arrogant Australia getting their butts kicked, and so badly too..the body language of Clarke and his team was worth watching through the match..they went from arrogant supposed "all conquerors" to a meek destroyed team..there was so much nail biting, especially by Clarke and Nannes, that one thought that this was a team of 8 year olds waiting for exam results rather than a cricket match..(we also see Harbhajan always biting his nails, but he does so regardless of the way his match is going). Anyway, I for one, feel the best team won..England from the first match that they played and lost bizarrely to D & L disaster, have shown grit and skill. Hope they keep on shafting the Aussies, especially in the Ashes end of the year, no matter that they would be playing in Australia..India has defeated them there and no reason why England should not...all the best to them.

Posted by Imthiyaz_Haniffa on (May 17, 2010, 5:11 GMT)

Well deserved Title Win for England. This is a big achievement after several years. Interesting part is they showed that they are well prepared for each and every game and communication levels between the captain and player is high........ Well done England...congratulations!

Posted by Rukky on (May 17, 2010, 4:55 GMT)

Since I started to watch cricket, England side was never seems bad. Though having always good cricketers in their team they havn't won even a single ICC titile. I was always their supporter. And today Iam happy for them, that they have done what they deserve from very before.

The won against very difficult opposition which make their victory unforgatable. I am an Indoian, but still want England to win more ICC titles. I hope and I pray they will win 2011 ICC world cup in Asia.

Good luck and all the Best to England Team.

Posted by satanswish on (May 17, 2010, 4:38 GMT)

England really played good cricket in this tournament & are deserving winners. Paul Collingwood is an inspirational skipper & pulled out best performance from his key team players.

Posted by nexus-7 on (May 17, 2010, 4:30 GMT)

Hah! I am definetly proud of England because they had won against any other but the mighty/pompous Australia! Its been a long while since we saw England march to victory for a ICC global title. And now they did, and I am glad for them! 'Kieswetter & Pieterson' : Good job! for standing up for your team.

Posted by MalikNadeemAwan on (May 17, 2010, 4:27 GMT)

Well done England and congratulation on a great win. I think england deserves this victory. Austrailian were lucky against Pakistan but here Mr. Hussey could not hit a single six it was pakistan's misfortunity that he played in semi final. But well played England and best of luck for Pakistan too. They played really well.............

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 4:13 GMT)

I wish this is an revival win for England and cricket by itself , Actually i want W indies to win and OK with English winning this, because those were the power house of cricket once and now the popularity has gone down and fed up with Aussie winning single highhandedly all times. now the competition starts ,So everyone can win everyone and now the following series will be interesting and it is good for cricket and waiting for W indies to win one big moment, who can forget Marshals , Walsh and Ambrose and Viv Richards..I want like of them to come back...

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 4:08 GMT)

my bbest team is england

Posted by aadh_king on (May 17, 2010, 4:08 GMT)

England were awesome all around.... So Happy for Collingwood and KP!

Posted by Itchy on (May 17, 2010, 3:44 GMT)

@ Milind Kandlikar: you forgot Eoin Morgan who is Irish. Oh what the hell, who cares, England finally won something - well done and good luck to them.

Posted by yahoofashion on (May 17, 2010, 3:41 GMT)

so so so so so cocol,we can not missss

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 3:39 GMT)

Congrats to the English T20 team for winning the World Title for the first time. Being a sub-continenter, I wish if one of our three teams could keep their earlier records in tact. Anyway, only a victor deserves victory and the English team did it. But I do wonder how could Pakistan lose their semi-final match against Australia! Why didn't Afridi use Abdur Razzak in the penultimate overs?

Posted by yahoofashion on (May 17, 2010, 3:35 GMT)

so cool,we cxan not miss.playing this final

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 3:22 GMT)

The better win won on the day. Felicitations to the English side for winning the T20 World Cup and commiserations to Aussies. However, the match did not have that umph and excitement as we had on the other day in the semi-finals b/w Aus-Pak sides. England have really dominated the tournament and fittingly deserved to win.

Posted by rok4 on (May 17, 2010, 3:15 GMT)

Best team of the tournament lift the title. Congratulations!

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 3:09 GMT)

England win the first time ICC big event and Paul Collingwood struck England's winning runs.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (May 17, 2010, 2:51 GMT)

I thought Eng really played well. Aus did well to even reach 140+ but Keiswetter was really on song. An incredible find for Eng, the SA's must be fuming lol. I thought Collingwood and Eng fielded superbly all tourney.

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 2:09 GMT)

As an Australian, this hurts to say, but congratulations England, you bowled, fielded, batted and kept your head better than Australia. The best team truly one.

It looked like Clarke couldn't take the stress of the situation. His early running between the wickets was foolish and showed panic. It cost Warners wicket and nearly did Haddin's in. I thought Watson also looked quite apprehensive. Oh well, maybe next time.

I see Haddin was fined for dissenting with the umpire, and so he should be. If the umpire makes a decision it should be accepted. But it was a pretty ordinary decision and I'd like to see a system where the umpire loses some of their match fees when they make poor decisions. Or at a minimum, at least accept that they make mistakes. Regardless, the decision wouldn't have affected the outcome, England were simply better.

Posted by loggerfloodles on (May 17, 2010, 2:04 GMT)

I must admit, i was expecting a lot more comment from the likes of Tahir Zaman, but I suppose it's still early in India. Seems we let the pressure get to us, and Clarke really needs to fix up his game for T20. I think the Australian system has only just started taking this form seriously, but they shouldn't be treating it like a playpen for Clarke to learn how to captain. Oh well, Ashes first, ODI WC next. This can only serve to fire us up for those particular tests.

Posted by RaghuramanR on (May 17, 2010, 1:44 GMT)

Pakistan have been in the last four of all the ICC T-20 world cups. England is getting rewarded for its effort to be consistent. Australia is trying to show that it will catch up in T-20 as well. India has been pathetic with the win at 2007 looking like a fluke, being followed by performances, not worth to go to even semifinals.

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 1:38 GMT)

I am a Bangladeshi and am happy to see England win this...they really deserved it........

England may win the fifa world cup too this year............ good luck english fans...

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 1:29 GMT)

Very Nervous final. Good game though and have been glad to support England to Victory. So very proud. Oh, and by the way...The whole thing about leaving snide comments about KP not being English.....Its been done before and England are still World Champions!

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 1:19 GMT)

It was an emphatic victory...Australia looked so ordinary! Michael Clark's captaincy was not that great...one example, after shane watson was hit for eleven, he gave him another over, to be hit for 16! England's bowling was fantastic, they conceded only 7 in the last over...Pakistan should have bowled like that, full and slow...But that's history....England was amazing....Congrats to all English fans esp my friend Minnie!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 1:13 GMT)

It was absolutely exhilarating to watch England win! The lads have done us proud :)

Posted by bowzer on (May 17, 2010, 1:13 GMT)

Clarke has proven again and again, when it comes to T20 he is not in the frame.

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 1:12 GMT)

Congrats England. The country that gave us cricket has finally won a world cup. Though I am an Indian, I have always supported England both in Soccer and Cricket. England deserves the win thoroughly for they have given the world a lot of sports for us to cherish as well as lots of entertainment.

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 1:07 GMT)

Since 1983 only APAC teams have won all the World Cups (ODI and T20). Got really boring. England's win comes as a refreshing change in the game. Hope West Indies comes up to speed as well.

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 0:47 GMT)

England has beaten up Australia quite comprehensively. It seems that Pakistan sucked up all the energies of the Australian players in the semi-final. Consequently, Australian team lost their sting in the final.

Posted by HordGobbler on (May 17, 2010, 0:44 GMT)

C'mon England! Full credit to Collingwood though for commanding the field so well. Absolutely terrific for England. On'ya fellas!

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 0:31 GMT)

I am very happy for England.. Congratulation to Egland for this glory.. I supported Pakistan but in final my all wishes and support were for England.. From start England played a reall cricket after very long time.. Gol Bless England ..Cheers

Posted by cricdick on (May 17, 2010, 0:23 GMT)

England gave us this wonderful delirious game called cricket. It was appropritate they won. They deserved win too. BUY Pakistan is great, greater and greatest. They will also soon start PPL. No thing like pakista.

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 0:10 GMT)

congrates english players! u guys truly deserve it...............

agn Australia ........ better luck next year....... u people also played superbly in dis tournament!

Posted by proteasfan99 on (May 17, 2010, 0:07 GMT)

credit goes to the whole England team..I have never liked them but this bunch is talented and they deserve it...even guys like Strauss n Cook should take credit for the way the ODI N t20 teams are performing. Above them all Andy Flower has been awesome...he was a special batsman for Zimbabwe and now has achieved greater than any other England coach...Well done!!!

Posted by iankendall on (May 17, 2010, 0:04 GMT)

This is unbelievable. After Hussey's magnificent stand against a strong Pakistan team and the exceptional bowling by the Australians throughout the competition, to have a team who only seemed to scrape though each preliminary game, being the victors, is not only amazing but also unfair. But that is the game we love! Now its time to teach England a lesson in the mightiest game of all - Test cricket.

Posted by tmd1 on (May 16, 2010, 23:49 GMT)

I always wonder what the English teams (test,50 over & 20/20) would be like without South Africans playing for them,probably be pretty close games between them and Bangladesh.Imagine how awesome South Africa would be if they could keep their players instead of helping to fill Englands stocks.

Posted by victor88 on (May 16, 2010, 23:44 GMT)

if i am not wrong ...is this england's first world cup in any format of cricket?

Posted by sickofwhingers on (May 16, 2010, 23:36 GMT)

A final between England and Australia yet the comments are overidden with sour grapes and poor sportsmanship from supporters of countries not even good enough to be there.

Posted by Avery_Mann on (May 16, 2010, 23:31 GMT)

Just goes to show what a lottery 20/20 is.

Posted by Kovac on (May 16, 2010, 23:23 GMT)

Congratulations England, well played and well deserved. Commiserations to Clarkey and the boys. You had a great tournament. Sets up the Ashes contest nicely. England, you'll need to bring that urn...

Posted by manxspike on (May 16, 2010, 23:17 GMT)

well done england had a bet on you from the start, bout time an aggressive selection was made hope this goes into all formats of the game.

@ the Pakistan fans posting-

guys come on... you have great players great talent, but rubbish captaincy and all round leadership, pakistani cricket needs to be reworked from the PCB and up, then we may see a great Pakistan team emerge like the old days!

Posted by concordeboad on (May 16, 2010, 23:10 GMT)

It's about time we won something. Eng and Aus were the best teams in the tournament by far and when it came to the crunch we were better than them. That is how it should be. Andy Flower deserves a lot of credit for this new spirit within the England side. Long may it continue, so happy that I can say my team are world T20 champions.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 23:01 GMT)

@Farrukh, Do you realize that Pakistan lost 3 matches and won 2 out of which 1 was against Bangladesh who were the minnows of the group? So, the only team worth mentioning that they really beat was South Africa. And they are still the nest and the loss to Australia was a 'Bad Day'? Grow up.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 22:55 GMT)

Congratulations South Africa.

Posted by kunal_1192 on (May 16, 2010, 22:52 GMT)

WELL, CONGRATULATIONS ENGLAND FOR OUTMUSCLING AUSTRALIA.........WELL PLAYED KP............I HOPE U GUYS GET KNIGHTHOOD FOR DELIEVERING THE FIRST WORLD CUP TO ENGLAND

Posted by Percy_Fender on (May 16, 2010, 22:49 GMT)

Just as Australia were destined to win the semi finals against Pakistan, England won mostly because they were destined to win this World Cup. All this business of them outbatting and outbowling Australia is only part of the plot. One could never have expected Australia to lose if one were to go by their performance all tournament including the miraculous escape to victory against Pakistan. And on another day, it is not as if Collingwood could walk in on to the field in the manner born. As someone who rightly inherited this title. This victory is a major shot in the arm for a country that pioneered this game in all its formats. They have been there at the top of the mix in the past but sans the luck that is so vital to winning and losing. It seemed preordained in the manner Kieswetter and Pietersen hammered the tatoo leading to this famous victory. A richly deserved win for England and for it having come not a day earlier, my heartiest congratulations to Colly and his band.

Posted by Prince.Rocio on (May 16, 2010, 22:39 GMT)

Good work England..i am an Indian.... Its been a long speculation to win a International championship. you did a great job , balancing the side. Though the team is not made up of elite t20 players, the bowling+batting+fielding put them for championship. Unlike India, who is a failure because of politics. congrats again.

Posted by Disgusted_Indian on (May 16, 2010, 22:36 GMT)

Congratulations England on a well deserved victory and for bringing the ordinary Australians down to reality.

Posted by SamVT on (May 16, 2010, 22:28 GMT)

Clark should not be the member of this team, he has become the burden for the team. Shane Watson's and Smith's bowling have become weak links in their bowling attack especially against good batting side. These 3 things laid to the defeat of Australian side.

Posted by anandby on (May 16, 2010, 22:17 GMT)

Australia could have won this tournament if they had dropped Clarke and given captaincy to experienced Cameron White. Just because Clarke is in Test and one day team does not mean that he should be captain when you have well experienced and proven captain in White. It was very much evident in the Semis and in the finals as soon as Clarke was out the scoring rate was taking a different dimension. Any way England deserved to this win and is now created hope and interest to the coming ASHES. GOOD LUCK.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 22:07 GMT)

Hail England! You were really great today!

Posted by Pakirulzz on (May 16, 2010, 22:06 GMT)

Well Congrats to England on a tremendous win against Aussie.. England really played the best cricket of their time in this tournament.. I wished that Pak should be there in final with England.. But unfortunately it doesn't happen.. Nw it'll be intersting to see that how England Boyz will defend threr title.. K.P Rockss... CollingWood (WEEDS) Good Captaincy Man..

Posted by Mutukisna on (May 16, 2010, 21:56 GMT)

Well done England! Cricket's come home at last. Winning a limited overs World Cup for the first time after 35 years of competing was certainly satisfying to all cricket lovers in England. As I predicted England had a reasonable chance of winning this time, my only concern was that of Kieswetter's wicket keeping which is not up to the mark. He almost dropped the 20/20 Cup. He will be buying Swann more than a few beers tonight for holding on to his "parried" (sorry, dropped) catch off Watson and culminating in him being named Man of the Match. England must now be fancying their chances in the 50 over version next year.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 21:47 GMT)

Happy to see England winning. They deserve this win after a long wait. they were simply superb and Australia was not in their elements. This time they were not lucky as compared to earlier two matches. I am an Indian supporter and always will be. We have not gone down we will be back with a vengeance and big time. World just wait and watch out.

Posted by CricketRealist77 on (May 16, 2010, 21:46 GMT)

Congratulations England the better team won on the day but i am sad for South Africa here because how many world class players are they going to lose to England? England are robbing South Africa of World Cups!

Posted by Ummers on (May 16, 2010, 21:45 GMT)

say what you like about our SA born batsmen, but it was our bowlers that set the victory up

Posted by Coastaltown on (May 16, 2010, 21:29 GMT)

This harping on about the multicultural nature of the english side is getting a bit tedious. Dirk Nannes, I cannot help but note, played for Holland... a recent Aussie stalwart, Andrew Symonds, was born in England...and strangely no mention of the bowling attack, with nary a saffer vowel sound to be heard.

Posted by reneeXI on (May 16, 2010, 21:19 GMT)

The Australians were decidedly Un-Australian today.Its not an easy thing to beat the Aussies let alone in a final but England have done it .Unlike Australia, England were at their best today, they made absolutely no mistakes. I'm an Aussie supporter but, Congratulations England, You deserved to win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 21:15 GMT)

awesome performance England keep it up

Posted by D.S.A on (May 16, 2010, 21:11 GMT)

HAHA. This doesn't change the FACT that it was South Africans and an Irishman, and not English batsmen that had got England the runs. There are reasons why the top 3 are NOT English...either not being giving chances or the selectors know the South Africans, under the English banner, will lead to more success, like this tournament, than the English players that come through the English system. No other country has such a heavy reliance of players from other countries than England and it's the truth. When you see it from this point of view, England's victory is not spectacular as it should be.

Posted by insightfulcricketer on (May 16, 2010, 21:06 GMT)

Congrats England and its long suffering fans!! England was always there(many World finals) just not quite won it so richly deserved .This team proudly strutted their stuff in the whole tournament and no better man as skip than the humble Colly. What a catch from the skip. The 50/50 World Cup can not come soon enough.

Posted by Hiteshdevilliers on (May 16, 2010, 20:57 GMT)

CONGRATULATIONS TO ENGLAND, the Poms have finally have won an ICC trophy, well done lads. Ironically, this is the second consecutive one sided final, after Pakistan's convincing rout of Sri Lanka last year at Lord's. It was terrific to see England win the final today. The turn around for this team has been absolutely marvelous, considering what they've been through with Yuvraj six 6's, Netherlands loss and all that. This victory also sets up the Ashes nicely later this year, which will be another cracking contest. I'm sure the boys will enjoy this tonight and rightly so.

Posted by Meracric on (May 16, 2010, 20:55 GMT)

My wish came true. England won. Congrats England Team. You have done the best job by beating over confident Australians. I wish best of luck to England for future games.

Posted by YogifromNY on (May 16, 2010, 20:53 GMT)

Well done, England and KP/ Kieswetter/ bowlers/ captain! I am an Indian supporter and I feel delighted that England won this one through a classy display. In this tournament, they showed that they are now a power to reckon with in T20 and I am sure, in ODIs and Tests too, soon! One wonders if the Aussies were a touch drained after their emotional victory in the semis, not to mention that England had had an extra day's rest after an easier semi-final win against SL! But that's not to take anything away from a superb English display today!

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 20:52 GMT)

kaash pakistan hota..lekin phir bi pakistan u r da best...u got badluck that day with australia.u r best..geo pakistan

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 20:51 GMT)

The two best teams arrived at the final, yet it's been a while since one can say "England are the favourites to win" as usually it's Australia. A fantastic achievement by the England lads. One proud England supporter here, and we deserved it.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 20:50 GMT)

Nice work by the poms - I mean by the South African exiles (CK and KP) who now play for England.

Posted by devenmakesar on (May 16, 2010, 20:49 GMT)

congrats ENGLAND. GREAT JOB, RIGHT FROM THE BEGINING I WAS SUPPORTING ENGLAND, AND THEY DESERVE TO BE CHAMPIONS AS THEY SHOWED GREAT CONSISTENCY IN SUPER EIGHT. THEY PLAYED THE FINAL WITH GREAT CONTROLL OVER THE GAME AND AUSSIES WERE ON BACKFOOT FROM THE FIRST OVER OF THE MATCH. THATS HOW YOU PLAY 20 20, CHAMPIONS STUFF AND FULLY DESERVING

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 20:43 GMT)

this was a good win and final was the two best team not the luck of pakistan or india bt good skills. the tactics worked. to beat australia in a final is one of the hardest thing to do and they did it. well done.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 20:42 GMT)

hahahahahahaha england won hahahahahahahahaahah australia their butts kicked hahahahahahhaah england won haahahahaha australia lost big time hahahahahaha.....

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 20:42 GMT)

English were the better team...Clark is a misfit in this 20-20 outfit. He is the reason for their defeat

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 20:41 GMT)

Young Clarke couldn't deliever pressure. He wasn't good with tactics in Semi as well, but mr.cricket push Australia into final. but Today Was England, Who make the most of oppertunity and they were alway on Front foot in the game. It was superb cricket from England through out tournament, they bowl well in first overs and also was good in last overs. Broad, sidebottom, and bresnen Bowl well in the depth.

MAny congratulation pom for 1st Mega title Win.

Posted by Xahir on (May 16, 2010, 20:34 GMT)

I think had Pakistan been playing this final, it would have been really fascinating to watch. Australia weren't looking like an Australian team today

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 20:34 GMT)

Define Australianism........ lol!!!!!!!! I guess they forgot the meaning........ it was one sided game..........:))))))))))

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 20:32 GMT)

India still remains the ONLY country to hold all 3 titles - WC, CT and T20WC...!

Posted by smart_dude on (May 16, 2010, 20:32 GMT)

aus cant win T20-cursee!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 20:31 GMT)

Clarke shouldn't be capt. Warner is a total disgrace as is Watson. Haddin needs to be dropped as he hasn't a brain. Our bowlers were rubbish today! Where was Bollinger?? Once again, no brain selectors!! England were the best team!! Watson should be shot!!

Posted by rpdnathan on (May 16, 2010, 20:31 GMT)

well deserved win, finally the creators of the sport get a trophy in the newest format of the game.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (May 16, 2010, 20:25 GMT)

Any England supporter would swap this title for a win against Australia in the Ashes next winter. It's a fun tournament, but success in Test cricket is far more important.

Posted by danishsyed88 on (May 16, 2010, 20:25 GMT)

Congrats to England!!!

Excellent performance by the bowlers, fielders, and the batsmen esp Keiswetter and Pietersen. U ppl have made my day :)

Aussies still have a cup that's not to their name :D

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 20:21 GMT)

Congrats to England for finally developing a cricket game to beat the rest of the world (at one stage I thought you were going to have to create "Toss-Toss"; the game deecided by the flip of a coin :)

Bring on the Ashes!!

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 20:19 GMT)

Congratulations to "England".... Lumb, Kieswetter, Pietersen and Morgan performed well throughout the tournament!

Posted by Gazzypops on (May 16, 2010, 20:17 GMT)

Wow. That was all but comprehensive from England. Fantastic bowling, for the most part, and excellent batting. Finally, a world title in cricket! Makes up for <gulp> 1992, when I was listening to the final in a maths lesson and had to bow down to the Pakistani supporters in the class...

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 20:15 GMT)

Deserving Champs ENGLAND !

Posted by Roy174 on (May 16, 2010, 20:11 GMT)

Check out the following link Paragraph 8 to see how BBC covers the reasons for victory. Ridiculous! So much from the home of journalism..

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/england/8684847.stm

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 20:07 GMT)

ENGLAND needed to win this one so badly,after they were comprehensively beaten by d Oz in ODIs last year...now that they hav d momentum to go to d next level,they should raise their game in other forms as well & retain THE ASHES.....all the very best ENGLISH team....hop this is d beginning of a gr8 season ahead...

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 20:07 GMT)

Finally, England lifts Cricket World Cup...Well deserved win! Remembering Imran khan words echoing from Collingword's mouth "Finally at the twilight of my career, i manage to win the world cup"

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 20:00 GMT)

ENGLAND needed to win this one so badly,after they were comprehensively beaten by d Oz in ODIs last year...now that they hav d momentum to go to d next level,they should raise their game in other forms as well & retain THE ASHES.....all the very best ENGLISH team....hop this is a beginning of a gr8 season ahead...

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 19:56 GMT)

Kudos---the barmy army fans and especially collingwood---the underestimated captain-i believe----fantastic effort to take the cup and end the title drought after many decades of wait---thanks for getting a fresh outlook on cricket by your SYSTEMATIC DEMOLITION ---enjoy your moments and cheers to the Barmy army and the english fans---cheers!!

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 19:50 GMT)

Fantastic achievement by Colly's boys....Credit goes to england for playing attractive brand of cricket, they had no weaklinks in the team...And they beat the best team in the world and beat them quite easly....Weldone england...weldone KP, Colly and all the other lads, This is my one of the best moments as an English supporter (2005 Ashes win was THE BEST feeling)...Now its their footballing counterpart's turn to achieve some much needed GLORY!!!!

Posted by rambadi on (May 16, 2010, 19:50 GMT)

Finally....it is about damn time that the founders of cricket had a title to their name. This is still nothing as big as the 50-over World Cup. That is the more important one as far as I'm concerned. But, this is a start. And getting the first world title from a century old rival, the Aussies, that must have been sweet. KP is back in full form. I hope he stays in form and does not get injured again before the 2011 world cup or during the 2011 World Cup.

I hope England can pull it off next year, but it won't be easy. 50-Over cricket is the real test. And a much harder test. And England has a terrible injury record while playing in India. Apparently, the Indian summer is a little too physically stressful for them. I hope they can handle it. Attitude is important as well. I hope they don't start thinking "Hey, we won the Ashes. Nothing else is important."

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 19:49 GMT)

and obviously it couldnt get more boring without any sub continent team qualifying for the final....:P hahaha all cricket lovers can now realise what Pakistan brings into the contest:P spot the difference in all previous World T20 semi finals, finals, this years semi-final comapred to this final.... Long live pak Cricket....

Posted by MrFahd on (May 16, 2010, 19:40 GMT)

haha England finally won the tourney! Congrats to Paul Collingwood and his men... Aussies if you could've lost to pakistan i guess we won't have seen English march to victory but you guys were awful today in all segment even worst then Pakistan form in the tournament

Posted by Rameshn007 on (May 16, 2010, 19:39 GMT)

"Australianism" - Up for Grabs..!!! LOL

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 19:32 GMT)

they deserve to win, congrats to England.

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Andrew Miller Andrew Miller was saved from a life of drudgery in the City when his car caught fire on the way to an interview. He took this as a sign and fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England's historic victory in the twilight at Karachi (or thought he did, at any rate - it was too dark to tell). He then joined Wisden Online in 2001, and soon graduated from put-upon photocopier to a writer with a penchant for comment and cricket on the subcontinent. In addition to Pakistan, he has covered England tours in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007
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