CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 24: Chris Gayle of West Indies celebrates his double century during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between the West Indies and Zimbabwe at Manuka Oval on February 24, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

England had the honour of hosting the second T20 World Cup in 2009, although it did little for their on-field performance.

27 matches were once again played in a 12-team competition, although this time it was only nine of the Test playing nations.

Following a famous victory over Australia in the 2007 version, Zimbabwe pulled out of the tournament, allowing for Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa, England and the West Indies to be joined by Ireland and the Netherlands, alongside Scotland, who won a third-place playoff at the qualification tournament.

It meant Kenya missed out, with Ireland and the Netherlands both making their first appearance.

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Pakistan were able to avenge their final defeat from the inaugural tournament to hand Sri Lanka a beatdown in the final at Lord’s as two sub-continent nation once again faced off in pinnacle of the shortest format of the game.

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5. New Zealand and South Africa fight out low-scoring classic

Given the way the Super 8 format was worked out at the tournament, this match for the top spot in Group D was all kinds of important.

New Zealand winning the toss and electing to field might have been the first surprise, but they did a superb job with the ball at Lord's, limiting South Africa to just 7 for 128.

Those numbers were all the more impressive given the start South Africa got as Jacques Kallis made 24, and Graeme Smith 33. The run rate never got going though, and a mid-order collapse left JP Duminy as the man needing to save face for the Proteas.

Ian Butler was the pick of the bowlers for the Black Caps, taking 2 for 13 from his four overs at an economy rate of just 3.25. Given Nathan McCullum and Scott Styris both went at under six runs per over however, it was a performance which would have left them confident with the blade.

And when Brandon McCullum leads the way by scoring a half-century, to say the Black Caps faded and fail3ed to pick up the win is even more of a surprise.

He made 57 from 54 balls on a difficult deck, while Ross Taylor made 22 and Jacob Oram 24, and yet, the Black Caps finished one run short at 5 for 127 in what was a thriller.

Dale Steyn and Kallis himself were the pick of the bowlers, while Roelof van der Merwe's economy rate of just 3.5 from his four overs kept the Proteas alive.