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Taking place between late April to mid May 2010, the 3rd edition of the ICC World Twenty20 promised to be the another sterling event from the ICC following the critical success and high match quality of the 2009 World Twenty20 and 2009 Champions Trophy preceding this tournament. Spread in 3 countries in the West Indies (Barbados, St. Lucia and Guyana), this tournament gave the chance for the West Indies to erase the foul taste that the 2007 World Cup left.
Every team had a legitimate chance of winning. Australia had dominated Pakistan and West Indies in the series prior to this. England had come off a wonderful tour of South Africa (until the final test match) and had tied a 2 match Twenty20 series against reigning world champions, Pakistan. India, the inaugural winners had players that were specialists in the Twenty20 format because of the IPL. New Zealand had a variety of all round players who's game was more suited to Twenty20. Pakistan, despite the controversy surrounding the Australian Tour were still the reigning champions. South Africa's track record in global events were excellent, despite the notorious "chokes". Sri Lanka were runners up the year before and coming of a tri-series victory against India and Bangladesh. The West Indies, being hosts were also favourites to take the trophy as they were in home conditions. The return of Zimbabwe after pulling out of the previous tournament began with warm up match victories against Australia and Pakistan. Bangladesh had a pool of spinners who were suited to bowl on the West Indian tracks and Afghanistan were making their debut in an ICC event, with most wanting them to do well.
The first disc is the entire final featuring England and Australia. Despite being a one sided match, which England dominated from the first over where Shane Watson fell in dramatic fashion, it takes nothing away from the emotion of England winning. 35 years after global events began, England had finally won one at last. Featuring a good crowd in Barbados and historical rivals, it capped of a good tournament for England, a team on the brink of elimination so early on. What may be annoying to you though is how you sit through the over changes and little things such as bowlers walking back to their marks. It would have been sensible to clip this out, even if a useless bit of commentary was lost.
The second disc is disappointing. Featuring highlights from the previous games of the tournament, it's infuriating that the first group stage are brushed upon. Moments such as Mahela Jayawardene's classy century and half century against Zimbabwe and New Zealand seem ignored. As does Suresh Raina's violent century and Mohammad Amir's brilliant death bowling against Australia. Perhaps most importantly is the fact England were facing humiliation and an early exit, after West Indies knocked a D/L target off with ease and then the England batting line up struggling against some spirited Irish bowling. It's astonishing these just get a little mention. Thankfully, the Super 8 stages get a bit more coverage. While England and Australia had one sided and boring matches in their respective groups, the Pakistan v New Zealand, Pakistan v South Africa, West Indies v India and India v Sri Lanka are fine quality matches, with some close finishes and good bowling performances. Up next is the semi finals. While Sri Lanka's pathetic show against England is a huge anticlimax, the second semi is probably the best match of the tournament. The way the Pakistani batsman dominated the Aussie Bowlers showed that the unbeaten Australians were human and seemingly beatable. Even when Cameron White showed spirit, the match was still leaning towards Pakistan's favour. What followed is perhaps the greatest Twenty20 innings ever. Mike Hussey's breathtaking assault against Saeed Ajmal on the final over gave the Australians an improbable victory. Michael Clarke summed it up well when he called Hussey a freak. It truly was a freakish innings and worth buying the DVD for that alone.
The extras are pretty much what you see on the 2 main features. The memorable sixes, fours, catches, wickets and centuries are shown in little highlight packages and a nice feature is the tournament stats, which shows interesting things such as most runs and most wickets. Interviews are also conducted with most of the English team, although you probably won't miss too much.
If you've been an England cricket fan for years and seen disappointing Ashes, World Cups, Champions Trophies and ridiculous batting collapses, this DVD certainly helps to forget those flops. Mike Hussey's innings at the semi was the stuff of legends so if you want to check it out, it might be a good idea to buy the DVD. However it's not one of those things you would watch often. To be honest, it's up to you whether you want the DVD or just search for internet highlights.