After a tournament full of outstanding individual displays, we will reflect on the 10 finest ones that ultimately decided a game at the T20 World Cup. One can see these amazing performances via cricket highlights today.
- Curtis Campher scored 72* and took 2 wickets against Scotland –
Curtis Campher hammered a superb 32-ball 72 as part of a combination of 119 with George Dockrell that took place in under 10 overs, and this allowed Ireland to win the First Round despite seeming hopeless when they were 61/4 while chasing 177 to win.
Because of Campher’s superb stroke play, Ireland scored more than 10 runs in each of the overs starting in the 12th. This was largely responsible for Ireland’s dominating performance. The highlight of the competition was Campher’s brilliant century, which he played under heavy pressure from the wicket and run rate. His early performance with the ball, in which he went 2 for 9 and helped slow down Scotland’s offensive, was completely overshadowed by the injury that he sustained.
- Virat Kohli 82* versus Pakistan –
Virat Kohli, whose form had been questioned despite scoring a hundred in the Asia Cup leading up to the competition, put on a clinic against Pakistan. He hit two spectacular sixes off of Haris Rauf in the last over of the run chase to put an end to any remaining doubts about his form. Pakistan was successful in their run chase.
In their pursuit of 160 runs, India had been disoriented and were reduced to a batting position of 31/4 when Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya made a dogged stand that rescued the innings from the verge of failure. The required run rate was still high, and it seemed as if India’s chase would not be successful until Kohli blasted two sixes off of Rauf. His score of 82 not out out of 53 balls was a significant factor in India’s win, which went down in history.
- Lungi Ngidi 4/29 versus India –
This South African seamer had one of the greatest spells of the tournament against India, dismissing three of their top four batsmen and adding Hardik Pandya’s name to his list of victims.
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With KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli all out in Ngidi’s first two overs, India collapsed to 41/3. He came back after the Powerplay and dismissed Pandya as well, severely weakening India’s chances.
- Sikandar Raza 3/25 versus Pakistan –
One of the biggest shocks of the competition was caused by a spell cast by Sikandar Raza. Pakistan needed 131 to win, but they were 88/3 when Raza struck twice to flip the script.
Pakistan’s score dropped from 92/3 to 88/5 when he dismissed Shadab Khan and Haider Ali in quick succession. Until then, Shan Masood had been keeping things together, but in the following over, Raza sent him back as well, all but ending Pakistan’s chances.
On top of that, he displayed commendable game awareness off the penultimate ball, when Pakistan needed three runs to win (and two to draw), by choosing the appropriate end to toss the ball to accomplish the vital run out that helped Zimbabwe win by one run.
- Marcus Stoinis 59* versus Sri Lanka –
In the Super 12 match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Perth, Marcus Stoinis’s 59* off only 18 balls were the deciding factor. In an ambitious exhibition of stroke-making, he reached fifty off just 17 balls—the joint-second fastest in the men’s T20 World Cup—including three consecutive boundaries off the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, Wanindu Hasaranga.
- Glenn Phillips 104 versus Sri Lanka –
In this SCG match, which included the second hundred of the tournament, Phillips made an incredible 62% of his team’s runs.
The New Zealand middle-order hitter smashed four sixes and ten fours on his way to 104 off of 64 balls. His teammate finished with 22.
- Shadab Khan scored 52 and 2/16 against South Africa –
Shadab Khan’s innings against South Africa was a pivotal moment in Pakistan’s tournament run, altering the tide of the match and the match itself. When Shadab entered the game, Pakistan had gotten themselves into a hopeless position, down by 95 runs after 23 overs.
After coming in, Pakistan’s score of 185 seemed unattainable, but he smashed the Protea’s quicks with contempt and made 52 runs off 22 balls. In the end, Shadab contributed to Pakistan’s victory by claiming two wickets with the ball.
- Brandon Glover scored 3/9 against South Africa –
When thinking back on the Super 12 competition, the encounter between the Netherlands and South Africa may stand out as a pivotal one. On the penultimate day of the Super 12, the Proteas were poised to secure a semi-final position and knock Pakistan out of the competition, but the Netherlands delivered a great all-around display that sent the Proteas packing.
Brandon Glover, the Netherlands seamer, was a major factor in the victory with the ball, as he took out important batting contributors like Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, and Wayne Parnell from a strong middle order. His 3/9 numbers were the best of the match.
- Alex Hales 86* versus India –
Alex Hales’s undefeated 86 against India in the semi-final was the high point of the competition, helping England easily reach their goal of 169.
Hales scored 86 not out off 47 balls, including seven fours and two sixes. His fifty off just 28 balls in the eighth over set the tempo for the run chase.
- Sam Curran took three wickets against Pakistan in the final –
Although the English all-rounder had been outstanding throughout the competition, including a career-best 5/10, his most significant contribution came in the championship game against Pakistan.
Curran broke the partnership of the Pakistan openers by sending back Mohammad Rizwan. After getting Pakistan’s leading scorer, Shan Masood, out, he went on to remove Mohammad Nawaz to end with 3 wickets for 12 runs.
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