The T20 World Cup is one of the most exciting and thrilling sports tournaments in the world. The format has now become popular enough to be played across different leagues around the globe. The daring plays, the tense moments and the pinnacle of cricket, makes it one of the most popular sports series in the world. The T20 World Cup is a cricket tournament that brings together all the best teams from across the world to play against each other in a single championship.
It is also a very hectic tournament for players, coaches and support staff. With limited space available for matches, as well as high standards being set by host broadcasters, many games have now reduce to a minimum number of overs with an intent not to take too much time out of broadcasting schedules.
This article will highlight some of the most pressurized T20 World Cup matches that have taken place so far. There are several factors that come into play when determining which are among those even more so than others. These include location, facilities at both home venue and away team’s home ground, weather conditions on match day and opposition strength in depth.
India v Pakistan, 1st T20I – Bengaluru 2017
The first T20I of the India – Pakistan series was play at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Karnataka on 5th February 2017. The contest saw the hosts winning the match by 4 wickets with just five balls left in the contest. The pressure to win this match was immense for India, who were trailing 0-2 in the series and needed to win this fixture to stay in the competition.
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The contest was exciting to say the least and the asking rate was high at the end due to the nature of the contest. The two sides were very evenly match and it was the experience of Indian players that help the visitors come out on top. Pakistan had been the early pace setters in the contest, but the visitors soon found their bearings and began to reel off the boundaries.
They were prevent from going for the kill by a discipline Indian bowling unit, who restrict them to a total just short of 200. The Indian batting unit also played their part in this, folding under pressure and losing their wickets in quick succession to ultimately give India just a small buffer to fall back on.
New Zealand v Australia, 3rd T20I – Sydney 2018
The final match of the New Zealand – Australia series was play at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on 2nd February 2018. The contest was a thriller from the word go and kept the fans on the edge of their seats. New Zealand raced out to a commanding 252-run lead after scoring the first seven boundaries off the bat of Australia’s experienced campaigner Glenn Maxwell.
Australia’s young talent and the experience that they had bought with them after nearly two years in the wilderness were immediately noticeable as they scored an improbable 250. Both teams were exhaust after the hard fought series and the contest was expect to a one-side affair. However, the game was full of twists and turns and the fans were give plenty to cheer about. Both teams were equally match and were equally good in the boundaries department.
The Australians were quick to capitalize on the tired New Zealand unit as they began to claw their way back into the contest. Had the Australians been too far behind, the match could have easily been a walk in the park for them. All this meant that the game was full of excitement and drama.
Everyone in the stands was glue to the contest and saw it through to the end. The final score was 191 all out, which was a far better chase than the Australian total at that point. It was a thrilling contest, which will remember by many for a long time to come.
England v Belgium, 1st T20I – Leeds 2017
The first T20I of the England – Belgium series was play at the Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds on 5th February 2017. This contest was a high scoring one with the teams scoring an equal number of runs. The final score of 204/6 was a far better effort for the home side than the 205/9 that they managed in the first game. A number of high scoring partnerships formed the backbone of the contest, with the final one being the highlight of the game. This one was between Jos Buttler and Ben Foakes and saw them score a fifty-for for the first time in the format.
The English team had the early pace setters in the contest and they were help by the poor show put up by the Belgian batting unit.
The final score was 208/4, which was a far better effort than the 205 that they manage in the first game. The final tally was a far better effort as well as the chase was more than possible considering the position that the visitors were in at that point. It was a thrilling contest and will remember for a long time to come.
England v West Indies, 2nd TEND-A-THON – Birmingham 2018
The second T20 World Cup fixture of the England – West Indies series was play at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham on 9th February 2018. The hosts had well beat in the first fixture and it was the visitors who had the pressure to win this game. A win here would see them overtake the English side in the series, which would have been a huge achievement for them.
The visitors had just come off a batting collapse in the final T20 of the West Indies series, which had seen them collapse from 161/4 to 203 all out against Ireland. This meant that they were in need of a win, which was challenging considering the state of their batsmen. The final score of 205/5 was a far better effort than the 205 that the hosts managed in the first game of the series.
This was a tight and tense contest and it was expect that the visitors would edge out the hosts in the end. However it was the English side that pulled off a big win by a narrow margin of 5 runs. This contest was certainly one that will remember for a long time to come.
India v Pakistan, 2nd T20I – Hyderabad 2018
The final match of the India – Pakistan series was play at the Harman Stadium in Hyderabad on 13th February 2018. The contest was a low scoring one and the final score of 153/5 was much better than the 153 all out that the visitors posted in the first game of the series.
A number of partnerships formed the backbone of the contest, with the highlight being the one between Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Both teams had through a gruelling schedule during the series and it was expect that they would tire out.
The hosts went into the contest with the advantage of having a full-strength side and it was expect that they would win the game by a decent margin. This contest was certainly a thriller and will remember for a long time to come.
England v Ireland, 3rd TEND-A-THON – Leeds 2019
The third and final T20 World Cup fixture of the England – Ireland series was play at the Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds on 15th February 2019. This was an important game for both sides and it was expect that they would play to the best of their ability. The final score of 202/6 was a far better effort than the 203 all out that Ireland posted in the first game of the series.
The visitors had been gallant in their first T20 of the contest and had defend the total with the help of a number of run outs. This meant that they were in a good position to win the match. The hosts had been in a similar position in the second game of the series, which meant that both sides were in a good position to win the game. The contest was certainly a thriller and will remember for a long time to come.