Cricket fans are most passionate about the T20 world cup because it is the most popular form of cricket. The fans get more thrills and excitement in a short period of time because the game lasts for a couple of hours. All the teams are prepping for the upcoming mega event, the T20 World Cup, which is just half a month away.
Throughout the history of the game of cricket, every player and every team has dreamed of winning one of the most prestigious trophies. The Men in Yellow have won their first-ever World Cup T20I title last year. The tournament will now take place in their country, and they will be hosting it.
The players and the team have to put in a lot of effort in order for this feat to be achieved. A strong middle-order is one of the factors that contribute to the success of a team in the long run. When a team has a strong middle-order, it always gives them the best chance of going for a win at the end.
The importance of batsmen who are batting at fourth and fifth positions becomes even greater as the season progresses. In this article, we are going to discuss the top ten highest fourth-wicket partnerships from the T20 World Cup in terms of their runs scored per wicket.
List of highest fourth wicket partnerships in T20 World Cup
|PWH de Silva and P Nissanka (Sri Lanka)||123||Ireland||Abu Dhabi||2021|
|Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan (England)||112||Sri Lanka||Sharjah||2021|
|Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales (England)||107||West Indies||Pallekele||2012|
|Martin Guptill and Glenn Phillips (New Zealand)||105||Scotland||Dubai||2021|
|Shoaib Mallik and Younis Khan (Pakistan)||101||Sri Lanka||Johannesburg||2007|
|K. Brian and A. Poynter (Ireland)||101||Netherlands||Syllhet||2014|
|Paul Collingwood and Kevin Pietersen (England)||100||Zimbabwe||Capetown||2007|
|B. Mendis and Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)||94||Zimbabwe||Hambantota||2012|
|MG Erasmus and David Wiese (Namibia)||93||Netherlands||Abu Dhabi||2021|
|P Khadka and S Vesawkar (Nepal)||85||Bangladesh||Chittagong||2014|
In the 2021 T20 World Cup, PWH de Silva and P Nissanka (123) were against Ireland.
The T20 World Cup has been around for almost 15 years now since it was first held in 2007. The highest fourth-wicket partnership came at the last event held in the United Arab Emirates, though. There was a match between Sri Lanka and Ireland in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, which was the 8th match in the tournament.
As a result of losing the toss, Sri Lanka batted first. With the first three wickets of the match taken for just 8 runs within the first two overs, Ireland had a great start to the game. For a while, it appeared as though it would be a big upset for the Lankan Lions.
In the end, it was a match-turning partnership between Pathum Nissanka (61) and all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga that turned things around. As a result, Sri Lanka was able to pull out of the mess with a fourth-wicket partnership of 123 runs. They both scored their respective half-centuries as well, and in 20 overs they managed to score 171/7 for the team.
When Ireland was trying to chase the target, they never looked in control and were all out for 101, handing Sri Lanka a big 70-run victory over them. With a score of 71 runs and a wicket in four balls, Hasaranga was named Man of the Match for the match.
World Cup T20I 2021: Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler (112) against Sri Lanka
A second-highest partnership occurred in the 29th match of the same World Cup as well. After losing the toss, England took on Sri Lanka in a game of cricket and opted to bat first. Throughout the tournament, Sri Lankan bowlers looked impressive as they took the first three English wickets for a mere 35 runs, which was a good start for them.
Luckily, Jos Buttler and skipper Eoin Morgan (40) put on a tremendous partnership to halt the drop of wickets and win the match. England posted a score of 163/4 as a result of 112 runs being added by both batters for the fourth wicket. There was also an unbeaten century by Buttler.
While Sri Lanka was looking to defend the target, English bowlers were all over the pitch and began to take wickets from the very first over of the match. Therefore, they were bowled out for 137 runs as a result of which they lost the match by 26 runs. It was Buttler’s knock of 101 that earned him the label “Man of the Match” for the match.
T20I World Cup 2012: Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales (107) against West Indies
West Indies and England played their 14th match in the tournament between both teams. As the first team to bat, West Indies set a target of 180 runs for themselves to chase. Among the top scorers of the game were Johnson Charles (84) and Chris Gayle (58).
As England chased the target, they lost their first two wickets in a row without scoring in the first three balls of the innings. After struggling to make 18 off 29 balls, Jonny Bairstow fell for the third wicket of the English innings. In response, Eoin Morgan came to the crease.
Both batters played their roles according to the situation and scored some important runs for the team in the end. It was a partnership of 107 runs between the two of them that brought England back into the chase. As a result, the English team fell short of the target by 15 runs, and as a result, it was too big a target for them to reach. Finally, the West Indies were the ones who took home the T20 World Cup as well.
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