The third edition of T20 world cup was hosted in West Indies and its final match was played on 16 May, 2010 at Kensington Oval in Barbados. Australia and England were up against each other in the final of championship. It was the first occasion when Non-Asian teams were playing in the final of ICC World Twenty20.
England Cricket Team won toss and invited Australia to bat. The decision proved right when both Australian openers Shane Watson and David Warner were dismissed in the early stage of match. Both batsmen scored 2-2 runs each before returning to pavilion.
All responsibility was on the shoulders of Aussie captain Michael Clarke and wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin who was promote up to the order. But Haddin couldn’t produce runs and dismissed on 1. Australia was in big trouble as they lost three wickets in quick session of time. T20 format specialist David Hussey was on crease with Clarke.
Both batsmen started to build the Australian innings and they succeed too. They took team’s total past to 50 with almost 6 runs per over run rate. Things were slightly going in the way of Australia but against England strikes as Graeme Swann dismissed Michael Clarke for 27. Cameroon White joined David Hussey in the middle who was striking the ball quite easily.
David Hussey scored much required fifty for Australia. It was the time to accelerate but David was failed to do so and got run out on 59. He played 54 balls to score these 59 runs. Cameroon White and Michael Hussey scored some quick runs for Aussies toward the end of innings. Australia reached to 147 in 20 overs for the loss of 6 wickets.
148 runs target wasn’t easy for England team as Australia had good bowling line-up in terms of Mitchel Johnson, Shaun Tait, Dirk Nannes and Shane Watson. Australia got early success in the innings as Tait dismissed Michael Lumb for just 2 runs. Aussies had hopes that England batting would be in trouble but Craig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen destroyed Australia players dream.
Both batsmen played match winning innings and built match changing partnership. Kieswetter hit half-century before getting dismissed by Johnson. He made 63 runs in 49 balls. Kevin Pietersen also made 47 runs in 31 balls before returning to pavilion. Rest formalities were completed by Captain Paul Collingwood and Eion Morgan.
Collingwood and Morgan took England to winning end. England sealed their first major ICC trophy in the history of cricket with 3 overs remaining in the match. England beat Australia by 7 wickets to clinch Twenty20 world cup 2010. Craig Kieswetter was awarded Man of the match for his match winning knock and Kevin Pietersen was named Player of the tournament.