England marched unbeaten through the Super Eights of the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 courtesy of victories over Pakistan, South Africa and New Zealand. Yesterday’s victory over New Zealand also paved the way for defending champions Pakistan to squeak through to the semi-finals due to their superior net run-rate over South Africa and New Zealand.
Nothing is ever dull where Pakistan are concerned and there is a feeling that we haven’t yet seen the best of them. They will need to pick up where they left off in their victory over South Africa yesterday though. For England it is just a case of maintaining their current form. Kevin Pietersen will hopefully return for them in time for their semi-final. This certainly represents one of the better chances that they have had to break their international tournament duck.
The batting has clicked and the bowling is giving little away needlessly. The fielding too, has been excellent from Paul Collingwood’s men. With Michael Yardy coming in at number eight and Graeme Swann at nine, England bat deep. Tim Bresnan came to the fore too, in England’s latest triumph with an economic spell of one for 20 followed by a blistering 23 not out from 11 balls to carry England past the winning post.
Whilst it is unclear what the semi-final fixtures are at the time of writing, winless India take on Sri Lanka and Australia take on the hosts West Indies today, it seems likely that England will face Sri Lanka and Pakistan Australia. If England can keep up their current form then they will fancy their chances of reaching an unexpected final. As for Pakistan, will they finally show up? They are still anyone’s guess.
By Miles Reucroft