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World T20 Anecdotes

Update : 06 Apr 2014, 06:41 PM

22 days of adrenaline-charged excitement, wholesome entertainment, achievements, milestones, record breaking moments and above all, the sheer euphoria that the World Twenty20 brought to Bangladesh finally met its denouement after the final between two powerhouses of sub-continent- India and Sri Lanka yesterday evening.   

There have been moments of brilliance and accomplishment which have enthralled the whole world to stand on their feet and acknowledge the feat.

Orange all the way

To begin with, Netherlands undoubtedly was the most discussed team in this multi-national event for their records on both sides of the coin. The only surviving associate member in the World T20, Netherlands made history by pulling off a heist when they chased down 190 in 13.5 overs to eliminate Ireland and Group B rival Zimbabwe out of the meet.

To qualify for the super 10, Netherlands needed to accomplish a ‘mission impossible’ task of reaching the target in 14.2 overs to leapfrog from No. 3 to No. 1 in the group on net run-rate, and they did it in splendid fashion. Stephan Myburgh (63 off 23 balls) provided the initial stimuli with a blistering fifty and hit seven sixes and four fours to add 91 runs in just six overs with captain Peter Borren (31 off 15). A late blitz from Tom Cooper contained six sixes in his 45 to aid his team’s cause for an incredible win.  A total of 30 sixes in the match also added another slice of history to it.

However, a few days after that glorious chase, Netherlands found themselves at the wrong end of history against Sri Lanka. The Dutchmen were skittled out for a meagre 39, the lowest ever total in T20Is which Sri Lanka chased down in just five overs.

Netherlands nearly pulled off a historic win against South Africa after Ahsan Malik’s outstanding 5 for 19 helped them restrict the Proteas to 145-9 in 20 overs. They were cruising towards victory at 90 for 3 after 10 overs. But Imran Tahir’s leg spinning act came to SA’s rescue as he took 4-21 that saw the Dutch collapse like a pack of cards to hand South Africa a win which seemed so unlikely for the South Africans. 

Netherlands, finally, saw their impressive displays resulting in a win when they again created history by beating England by 45 runs in their last group match. Defending a modest total of 133, Mudassar Bukhari led a brilliant Dutch attack with a 3-12 as England were bowled out for an embarrassing 88 in 17.4 overs.

Batting Gems - Maxwell tragedy, Hales’ Hailstorm and Yuvi’s timely contribution

Chasing a stiff 192 against Pakistan, Glenn Maxwell scored a heroic 74 off 33 that included 6 sixes and 7 fours. But it failed to see Australia through as they were bowled out for 175.

A swashbuckling century from Alex Hales (the first by an Englishman in T20Is and the first of the 2014 World T20) helped England pull off a sensational chase of 190 against in-form Sri Lanka in Chittagong which kept their hopes alive in the competition.

A classy 60 from Yuvraj Singh helped India post 159 against Australia in their last group match. Indian bowlers produced their best performance of the tournament as they dismissed the Aussies for 86. Apart from these, Ahmed Shezad’s 111 off just 62 deliveries against Bangladesh was also a major highlight of the tournament.

Bowling Pearls Dale Steyn and Rangana Herath mauled the Kiwis

South Africa may have already planned to pack their bags before Dale Steyn was rubbing the ball on his trousers with 7 runs to defend from 6 balls. New Zealand, with five wickets in hand, were en route to an easy win but Steyn had other ideas which probably no one had imagined beforehand.

His fiery and aggressive last over brought two wickets but more importantly he conceded just 4 runs to save the Proteas from choking one more time.

New Zealanders were exposed again against Sri Lanka when left-arm spinner Herath cast a magic spell on them with 5 Kiwi scalps for only 3 runs. The deadly spell from the 36-year-old literally broke New Zealand’s spine as they were bundled out for 60, the third lowest total ever in all T20Is.

Aussies’ Watson factor

Shane Watson clobbered an unbeaten 185 from 96 balls with 15 sixes against Bangladesh in 2011 at Mirpur. But the right-handed Queenslander disappointed the crowd this time, managing only seven runs from the four matches Australia played in the World T20.

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