England get through with sheer guts
There is a phrase much loved by Andrew Strauss when England lurch from one hideous defeat to a glorious victory a few days later. He says: "We can be a bit Jekyll and Hyde in one-day cricket".
Well, if that's the case, the experience of this opening weekend in what could be a draining tournament for England fans has proved that in Twenty20 cricket the metaphor applies even more accurately.
When England's team was announced for the must-win match against Pakistan at The Oval, it seemed to be shaped by confident, though not rash decisions in selection.
Yes, maybe it was a little thin in terms of specialist batting. But given that Pakistan's bowling was clearly their weaker suit, and that The Oval had proved something of a batting paradise thus far in the tournament, it was well thought-out.
And though two specialist batsmen had come out of the side in Robert Key and Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen's fearsome record at the south London ground supported the decision to put Dimitri Mascarenhas in the top six.
But the master-stroke was the late move to field both specialist spinners - one taken minutes before the teams exchanged their agreed teamsheets.
Paul Collingwood and Andy Flower had seen the comparative success of the spinners in the Scotland v South Africa match on the same ground earlier in the day - and decided the ball was turning enough to give both Adil Rashid and Graeme Swann a go.
Coyly, Collingwood refused to say which was his first-choice player for this match - but the likelihood is that it was Swann.
England's skipper proudly sat next to man-of-the-match Luke Wright to take questions after the resounding victory in south-east London.
"We batted with a hell of a lot of purpose," he said. "And Wrighty got us off to a great start. After Ravi [Bopara] had got out early on, for him to have the balls to keep going... Sorry I shouldn't have said that..."
I don't think anyone was offended, and actually Collingwood had alighted on the key ingredient which had underlined England's performance.
"Balls" is exactly what it was all about - pig-headed confidence, the over-riding belief that the players would succeed. Bopara, thus far blameless all summer, was the only man who had an off night. Everybody else excelled.
Stuart Broad, who crumbled ingloriously in the final stages against the Netherlands, was one of the stand-outs. And it did not require much of a talking-to from Collingwood to put the young paceman right.
"I went out for a beer with him last night and that was about it. He's a confident lad, I thought he could bounce back."
He bounced back alright, as did England. But before anyone gets too carried away with the host team's prospects for the Super Eights, it must be said that this was a pretty weak Pakistan side when compared to some of the teams to have graced that nation.
They received impressively loud support from around 5,000 Pakistan fans packed into the stands, but rather shrivelled in the limelight - with their hapless fielding proving an unedifying spectacle.
Pakistan should still join England in the Super Eights - something that will suit England who would then take through the points they claimed against Younus Khan's side - but Younus's bizarre post-match press conference suggested they may not be 100% focused on such a task.
He repeatedly dismissed the Twenty20 format as "fun", and described the awkward predicament that faced their biggest hitter Shahid Afridi thus:
"Everybody was expecting him to come in and straight away hit sixes but in the end it's only a fun game. At the moment we are losing, and if we won people would think otherwise."
Here's a tip: don't place a large bet on Pakistan to win this tournament.