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22-Jun-2009 08:39:00 GMT
ICC Twenty20 World Cup, 2009

World Twenty20 - The Most Dramatic Happenings

London: The second edition of World T20 had all the nail-biting ingredients, action, suspense, climax and the priceless anti-climax. Here is the lists the memorable moments.

The tournament started with a stunning script where hosts England looked a pack of jokers. The Netherlands - a team of amateurs and low-profile professionals - scripted another part to the 'mother of all upsets' saga, a moment the Oranje Army would proudly cherish for years to come.

Chasing 163 for victory, the minnows sent the British press on a lambasting spree with their last-ball victory, a senseless overthrow by Stuard Broad gifting them the winning run.

Chris Gayle's innings against Australia
Dismiss Gayle early on and the rest will follow. That might have been the plan Ricky Ponting had in mind when Australia began to defend a challenging 169 against the lesser-fancied West Indies in their group-of-death tie.

But all those hopes went up in smoke as the Aussie bowlers were caught unawares by the rampaging southpaw. Gayle, the only centurion in T20 Internationals, almost scored another one, scoring 88 in just 50 balls as Windies romped home with more than four overs to spare.

The opener took the mickey out of Brett Lee, clubbing the veteran for 27 runs in an over. It seemed that Australia were in England for the Ashes rather than the T20 extravaganza as they crashed out with a six-wicket defeat against Lanka in a must-win encounter.

India crashing out with bruised egos
The defending champions tag, the 'rich' IPL experience and the presence of larger-than-life superboys: Dhoni's men were hyped to embrace glory on English soil. Somebody might have smelt a rat as an injured Sehwag was sent back home and Dhoni lost his cool with the media.

After a smooth sail into the Super Eight stage, the writing was on the wall when Dwayne Bravo proved that West Indies are more than just Chris Gayle. Then, England 'bounced' out the champions with a scintillating show at Lord's. All hell broke loose as the postmortem began.

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