Updated: October 18
T20 Cricket is considered to be the most unpredictable form of the game. It gives the team just a few overs or balls to bounce back and make an impact with just a short game. In the T20, the team which performs the best on the given day wins the match.
There have been instances where huge upsets have been observed in the world cup. In this article, we discuss the top 5 biggest upsets in t20 Cricket world cup history.
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Top 5 Biggest Upsets In T20 Cricket World Cup History
Zimbabwe Beat Australia in 2007
The biggest upset in the T20 Cricket world cup is Zimbabwe Defeating Australia during the inaugural edition of the T20 world cup 2007. The Australia batting line-up consisted of quality players such as Mathew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Andrew Symonds, etc.
They could manage to score only 138/9 at the end of 50 overs. In reply, the inexperienced Zimbabwe batting line-up chased the target very easily, giving a crushing defeat to the star-studded Australian team by 5 wickets.
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Bangladesh Beat West Indies in 2007
The inaugural edition of the T20 Cricket world cup saw another setback. This time it was West Indies who were on the receiving end. Bangladesh registered an unlikely victory defeating the Men in Brown. Batting first, West Indies posted a decent score of 164. In reply, Bangladesh got to a shaky start losing few early wickets in quick succession.
Due to a great partnership between Md Ashraful and Aftab, Bangladesh chased down the target with few bowls to spare. Ashraful scored a blistering 61 of just 27 bowls while Aftab chipped in with a valuable 62 of 49 deliveries.
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Netherlands Beat England in 2009
England was the host country of ICC t20 Cricket world cup 2009. The inaugural match at Lords between the hosts England and neighbors the Netherlands was expected to be a one-way encounter.
England batted first and piled up 162/5. Luke Wright scored 71 or 49 balls. In reply, the Netherlands chased down the target in the penultimate ball of the match. Tom de Grooth scored a valuable 49 from just 30 balls. He guided the side to an improbable 4 wicket victory giving England fans a shock.
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Netherlands Beat England in 2014
England was given a humiliating defeat in 2009 by the Netherlands. The wounds were still fresh, but the neighbors Netherlands added insult to the injury by defeating England again in the 2014 ICC t20 Cricket world cup. England had rested their key players for this match which proved fatal. Batting first, the Netherlands scored a modest score of 133 runs in 20 overs. In reply, what unfolded was unimaginable.
The inexperienced Netherlands bowling attack dismantled the English batting order and wrapped up their innings for just 88 runs.
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Afghanistan Beat West Indies in 2016
West Indies got a defeat against Afghanistan in ICC t20 Cricket world cup 2016. They had already qualified for the semi-finals, and this match was an opportunity for them to test their bench strength. On the other hand, Afghanistan was playing for pride. Batting first, the Asian team scored just 123 runs.
That time, no one would have placed the bet on Afghanistan winning the match. But they fought back and restricted West Indies to just 117 winning the game by 6 runs.
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This win made them leave the tournament on a happy note. On the other hand, West Indies went through to win the world cup.