Dash of colour in rainbow nation to usher in T20 era

The inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 was an extravaganza like no other.

Chris Gayle's century (in vain) against the host in the first match in Johannesburg set the tone for the rest of the tourney. Photo: Getty Images
Underdog Zimbabwe pulled off the biggest upset - a victory over 50-over champion Australia. Brendan Taylor was the hero with the bat who took his team across the line. Photo: Getty Images
Another surprise was in store in the round-robin stage when Pakistan, needing one run to defeat India off two deliveries, came up short and fluffed the ensuing bowl-out. Photo: Getty Images
Australia was not to be pipped by another minnow, however, as it flexed its muscles to down Bangladesh by nine wickets in Cape Town. Photo: Getty Images
Pakistan also bounced back well, defeating Asian neighbour Sri Lanka by 33 runs in Johannesburg. Photo: Getty Images
New Zealand, the eventual semifinalist, enjoyed a good day in the field against England, effecting three run-outs to claim a narrow victory in Durban. Photo: Getty Images
Cheerleaders' athletic manoeuvres, disk jockeys blaring out pop songs, and teams huddled in dugouts were new sights in a cricket contest. Photo: Getty Images
Men wielding the willow and the ball were performers within the cricket field, though. Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq was among them; his unbeaten 66 helped his team defeat Australia. Photo: Getty Images
Justin Kemp's unbeaten 89 off 56 balls was another blitz that proved match-winning as South Africa defeated New Zealand. Photo: Getty Images
In the semifinals, Australia wasn't the team that had been caught napping against Zimbabwe. But against India, despite an all-round gritty performance, it bowed out. Photo: Getty Images
It seemed Misbah had reserved his best moment for the last. Taking Pakistan to within five runs of a come-from-behind win in the final, he attempted an ill-fated scoop - a moment firmly etched in the minds of fans from India and Pakistan - to hand India the title. Photo: Getty Images