5 memories from the T20 World Cup
What an outstanding T20 World Cup it was. Of course it was disappointing not to lift the trophy, but here’s our five favourite England moments from the tournament. Any more you would like to add? Tweet us @addisarmy.
1. Joe Root's 83 runs from 44 balls v South Africa
Following on from England’s opening game defeat to the West Indies, victory over South Africa became a necessity. South Africa’s score of 229 for 4 meant England needed to pull off their biggest ever T20 run chase. Joe Root’s 83 runs from 44 balls, which included four sixes, guided England to a sensational win.
2. Moeen Ali's 41 runs from 33 balls v Afghanistan
After England’s sensational win over South Africa, Afghanistan came next. The associate member should have been a walk over, but after a batting collapse that saw 7 wickets fall for little over 80 runs on the board, Moeen Ali returned to form after a tough winter. His calmness under pressure was exactly what England needed and his 41 runs from 33 balls guided his side to a competitive total.
3. Jos Buttler's 66 runs from 37 balls v Sri Lanka
With a place in the semi finals at stake upstepped Jos Buttler who hit 66 runs from just 37 balls to guide his side to 171 for 4. A total which proved too much for the Sri Lankans. Buttler’s innings was the catalyst for an outstanding win.
4. Jason Roy's 78 runs from 48 balls v New Zealand
Chasing 154 for a place in the final, opener Jason Roy savaged the New Zealand bowlers from the off. His 48 ball 78, which included 13 boundaries, was one of the knocks of the tournament. England reached the target in just 17.1 overs.
5. Joe Root's two wickets in an over v West Indies
After a disappointing display with the bat. England knew they needed to start well with the ball in the final to have any chance of lifting the trophy. To everyone’s surprise captain Eoin Morgan opted to open the bowling with part time spinner Joe Root. It was a stroke of genius. The West Indies openers were taken aback. Both of them decided that they would have nothing to do with such nonsense. Johnson Charles heaved at Root’s first delivery, and the ball spiralled straight to Stokes who steadied himself and took a fine catch. With the batsmen crossing Chris Gayle decided to take the game to Root. He sliced the first ball for four, but the very next ball Gayle tried to hit it for six; again the ball spiralled; again Stokes steadied himself; West Indies 5 for 2. The match was alive.