England hold the advantage in World Cup final
England holds the advantage in the Twenty20 World Cup final after another fantastic bowling display as Paul Collingwood’s men restricted Australia to a total of 147-6 after the Aussies suffered a top order collaps.
England got off to a fantastic start picking up 3 early wickets to leave the Aussies on the back foot after Collingwood won the toss and decided to bowl first at the Kensington Oval.
David Hussey (59) and Cameron White (30) played a vital role in allowing the Aussies to defend such a high total after a vital partnership of 50 runs in just 6.2 overs .
Having won the toss England got off to a dream start by picking up the wicket of Shane Watson (2) in the first over after the opening flashed at a wide delivery from Ryan Sidebottom and although Craig Kieswetter couldn’t hold onto the catch Graeme Swann was on hand to take a fine reaction catch at 1st slip.
Having suffered a disappointing tournament so far with the bat Aussie skipper Michael Clarke moved himself up the order and came in at number 3 but his first involvement in the game was the running out of big hitting David Warner.
Clarke pushed away a good-length ball from Tim Bresnan into the covers and after hesitating he set off for a single which left Warner running at the strikers end. Michael Lumb picked the ball up and fired in a throw which hit the stumps to leave the Aussies in trouble.
Brad Haddin (1) came in at number 4 but the wicket keeper barely had time to play himself in before he was walking back to the dugout after he was brilliantly caught by Kieswetter to give Sidebottom his second wicket of the game.
Although TV replies showed Haddin didn’t make any contact with the ball; umpire Billy Doctrove didn’t hesitate in giving the wicket keeper out to leave the Aussies 8-3 after just 2.1 overs.
Clarke and David Hussey steadied the ship but England kept the pressure on the batsman restricting them to a score of just 24-3 during the power play overs.
Although the pair built a vital partnership of 37; Clarke sill struggled, with his batting letting him down once against as he scored a scratchy 27 from 27 balls before he was caught by Collingwood to leave the Aussies 45-4 thanks to another brilliant spell of bowling from Swann.
Together with Michael Yardy the pair bowled 7 overs of spin as England increased the pressure on the Aussies despite Yardy conceding 21 runs in the 12th over.
With Clarke gone Hussey was joined at the crease by Cameron White and the pair put on a vital partnership of 50 runs before Luke Wright struck in the 15th over to end White’s (30) innings.
With the batsman starting to get the better of the bowlers the Hussey brothers performed a re-guard action building a vital partnership of 47 as the Aussies brought themselves back into the game.