Upsets of T20 World Cup are those matches in which the lower ranked teams aka underdogs were the talking point of ICC T20 World Cup. There’s been a number of upsets of T20 World Cup this season, some of the massive upsets are –
This T20 season started with a clash between Namibia and Sri Lanka in group stages. This match was supposed to be easy 2 points for the Lankans to kick off their tournament. But the fate didn’t favor them as Namibia launched a target of 164 on Geelong pitch, the Namibian bowling wrecked the Sri Lankan batting line-up and bundled them for 108. This start hammered the World Cup confidence of Sri Lanka to a great extent. Resulting in a major upset of T20 World Cup.
Scotland defeating West Indies by 42 runs
For two-time World Cup winning team West Indies, the least they expected was a defeat by the hands of Scotland. It was now Scotland’s turn after Namibia easily defeated Sri Lanka. West Indies chose to field after winning the toss, as observed in Hobart. Scotland scored 160 for the loss of five wickets thanks to George Munsey’s valiant 66 from 53 balls as the opener. West Indies made a good start to their chase, scoring 53 runs in just 5.4 overs with the loss of just one wicket. But what happened next couldn’t have been scripted by anyone. The Caribbeans only managed to score 118 runs after losing seven wickets for just 26 runs. Resulting in one of the most unexpected upsets of T20 World Cup.
Ireland defeating West Indies by 9 wickets
West Indies rebounded from their opening-game defeat to Scotland by defeating Zimbabwe by a score of 35 runs. But when they encountered a strong opponent in associate nation Ireland, their victory lap was cut short. West Indies won the toss and chose to bat first, but they struggled on the Hobart surface and only managed to set a target of 147. Ireland launched their chase with vigor and courage, blasting the West Indies bowlers with contempt throughout the entire field. What was meant to be a tight game ended very easily once more as Ireland cruised to 150 with 15 balls to spare and only one wicket lost. The victory also guaranteed Ireland’s entry into the Super 12.
Ireland defeating England by 5 runs (DLS)
It was a cloudy, rainy day in Melbourne, but Ireland managed to find some good in the situation. After being put in to bat, Balbernie led the Irish innings and posted a dominant score of 157. Before dismissing Alex Hales in his second over, Little began Ireland’s defense by removing Buttler in the opening over. Ireland was still able to stymie England’s run-chase despite two dropped catches, preventing them from getting going. In hindsight, England was also fairly slow off the blocks, with their top order toiling away at the objective despite the threat of rain. It was already too late when England changed their strategy. With England scoring 105/5, it was game over as they were 5 runs short as per DLS par score. England would have never imagined that they would face such an upsets in T20 World Cup.
Zimbabwe defeating Pakistan by 1 run
It was Zimbabwe’s turn to change the course of the World Cup, where the underdogs brought the big dogs to task. The pacers from Zimbabwe bowled out the Pakistani openers for 130 runs, which was a rather modest total to defend. Iftikhar quickly followed, leaving Pakistan in trouble at 36/3 after 7.4 overs. With just 43 needed from 38 balls, Shan Masood and Shadab Khan’s 44-run partnership stabilized the innings. However, Sikander Raza and Brad Evans’ excellent bowling resulted in Pakistan needing 10 from the final over. Nawaz is caught by Evans with Pakistan needing three runs from one ball in the penultimate over. To give Zimbabwe a one-run victory, Raza and keeper Chakabva ran out Shaheen Shah Afridi as he attempted to sneak a second.
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Netherlands defeating South Africa by 13 runs
Undoubtedly, that was the biggest shock of the 2022 T20I World Cup. The Proteas were predicted to cruise through Netherlands since the outcome of the match would have a significant impact on Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India, who were in the same group as them. It was yet another game that South Africa ought to have won, but they once again found themselves on the losing end of the rope. The Netherlands added 158/4 thanks to Colin Ackermann’s valiant innings (41* off 26). However, South Africa’s demise was sealed by Glover, Leede, and Klassen, who held them to just 145/8 at the close of the innings. The outcome saw Pakistan and India both advance to the semifinals. this resulted in one of the biggest upsets of T20 World Cup.