Craig Kieswetter hit a half-century to lead England to a seven-wicket win against Australia in the final of cricket’s ICC World Twenty20.
Kieswetter scored 63 from 49 balls, while Kevin Pietersen smashed 47 from 31 as England reached its victory target in Bridgetown, Barbados, with three of its allotted 20 overs remaining. England made 148-3 in response to Australia’s 147-6.
England joins India and Pakistan as a winner of the championship of the sport’s newest and shortest form. It had failed to reach the semifinals in the previous two editions, including when it hosted the event last year.
England’s bowlers struck three early blows today after captain Paul Collingwood won the toss and sent Australia in to bat.
Shane Watson was caught out, David Warner was run out by Michael Lumb, then Kieswetter held a diving catch to dismiss Brad Haddin. It left Australia reeling on 8-3.
David Hussey led Australia’s fightback with 59 runs, supported by Cameron White, who made 30. Michael Hussey finished unbeaten on 17.
England also lost an early wicket, Lumb caught by David Hussey. Kieswetter and Pietersen then shared an 111-run partnership to put their team in control.
Both players were dismissed in quick succession, leaving Collingwood and Eoin Morgan to take England through to the finish.
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