England won the third edition of the Twenty20 World Cup by beating the fancy Australia by 7 wickets in a chase of 148 at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. This incidentally was the first defeat for Australia in the tournament having won as many as six matches in a row!
Having won the toss, Paul Collingwood asked Australia to bat first under slightly overcast conditions. His pacers stuck to their job perfectly on a pitch that wasn’t really any venomous for the batsmen unlike what was seen here in the Super Eights. Despite all that, Australia was crushed down to 45 for 4 in the 10th over and the innings never took off at all!
But the Aussies showed their batting depth to good effect and through David Hussey (59 from 54 balls) squeezed up a total of 147 for 6. Graeme Swann was extremely tight with his 4-0-17-1. In their chase, England cruised through to the target in 17 overs because of a 111-run stand for the second wicket between Man of the Match – Craig Kieswetter (63 from 49 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes) and Kevin Pietersen (47 from 31 balls with 4 fours and a six) who later was named as the Player of the Tournament.