T20 cricket is largely about batsmen dominating the game. With this format, batters are given the license to go and play their shots from the ball. Due to short boundaries and field restrictions, it is very hard for any bowler to restrict the batsman from scoring free runs with the short boundaries and field restrictions. In some cases, this also leads to difficult batting conditions for the opposition.
In such circumstances, the bowler is under a great deal of pressure and as a result, he concedes more runs than is usual. All bowlers have experienced a tough phase in their career, and that does not mean that they will never do it again.
It is certain that there will always be a day when nothing will go in your favor and you will be smacked for a lot of runs. It is something that happens to everyone. As a result, we will discuss some of the most expensive overs ever bowled in the history of the T20I World Cup in this article.
Stuart Broad against India in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007
If you are an Indian fan, this is the moment that you will remember for the rest of your life. The moment is easily one of the biggest moments of Indian cricket history. The match between India and England in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup was played in South Africa during this time.
In the middle overs after a good start from both openers, India struggled a bit in the middle overs of the innings. Yuvraj Singh, who has struggled in previous matches, came to bat in the last few overs of this match.
But after that, the rest of the story is history. In particular, Yuvraj’s argument with Flintoff enraged him in the very next over, when he smacked Stuart Broad to all parts of the ground. It was Broad that bowled the 19th over, and that was the over that became a nightmare for him.
As a result of Yuvraj’s six consecutive sixes, India went beyond the 200-run mark and was able to reach the World Cup quarterfinals. A half-century in only 12 balls was also the fastest half-century in the T20 World Cup. As a result of Broad’s 36 runs in that over, it is still the most expensive over ever bowled in an ICC tournament.
Izatullah Dawlatzai against England in the 2012 T20 World Cup
This was the sixth fixture between England and Afghanistan which took place at Colombo on the 6th day of the 2012 T20 World Cup. It was England who won the toss and elected to bat first. There were some good runs scored by the English team’s top order, and the team’s start was promising.
The 19th over of the match was bowled by Izatullah Dawlatzai in the middle of the field. At the beginning of the over, Buttler got off to a good start with a four, but he was out very soon after that, which brought Bairstow to the crease. The next ball was then smashed by Bairstow to six, which was a no-ball.
The next delivery was a no-ball from Dawlatzai, and Bairstow hit a single to bring Luke Wright to the crease. After hitting three back-to-back sixes off of the three next balls, the batter made the score 31 runs. In the end, the last ball was hit for a single, and the over ended with 32 runs. The over which was bowled in this T20I World Cup was the second most expensive over bowled in this tournament.
Bilawal Bhatti against Australia in the 2014 T20 World Cup
The 16th match of the 2014 World Cup between Australia and Pakistan took place at Mirpur stadium. When the Men in Green batted first, they scored 191/5 in their 20 overs, a really good total. The highest scorer was Umar Akmal, who scored 95 runs.
In pursuit of such a large target, Australia lost their first two wickets for eight runs as they chased a big target. After that, Maxwell and Finch added 118 runs for the third wicket and both players reached their half-centuries soon after.
The nature of both batters is aggressive by nature, and that is the way they started out the game. The 8th over was bowled by Bilawal Bhatti who was able to go for plenty in that over. After Finch scored a boundary on the first ball of the over, he was able to give a single on the second ball. However, Maxwell then completely destroyed him and left him stranded.
Two of the next four balls were hit for sixes and two were hit for fours as well. Bhatti made it a 30-run over with his last delivery of the over, bowling a no-ball that went for four and making this over a 30-run over as well. The Aussies, however, we’re unable to make up the run difference and ended up losing by 16 runs.
Most Runs in an Over in T20 World Cup
|Yuvraj Singh (India)||36||Stuart Broad||England||2007|
|Jonny Bairstow, Luke Wright (England)||32||Izatullah Dawlatzai||Afghanistan||2012|
|Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch (England)||30||Bilawal Bhatti||Pakistan||2014|
|Jehan Mubarak (Sri Lanka)||29||Lameck Onyango||Kenya||2007|
|AB de Villiers (South Africa)||29||Rashid Khan||Afghanistan||2016|
|David Hussey (Australia)||27||Mohammad Sami||Pakistan||2010|
|Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright (England)||27||Ravi Rampaul||West Indies||2010|
|AB de Villiers, David Miller (South Africa)||26||Jade Dernbach||England||2014|
|Chris Gayle (West Indies)||26||Brett Lee||Australia||2009|
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