Best Moments From Super 12 T20 WC 2022
The T20 World Cup 2022 has already proven to be one of the best-ever World Cups. It has been a closely contested affair with very little separating the top sides from less popular ones. Let us look at the Best Moments From Super 12 T20 WC 2022 in detail.
The rise of the less fancied sides added a wonderful dimension to the World Cup. It is in the large interest of world cricket that the gap between the sides is narrowed. This allows for a more inclusive World Cup where members are not just making up numbers.
We look at the Best Moments From Super 12 T20 WC 2022:
#5 The David vs Goliath story
Australia was runway favourites heading into the World Cup. They boasted an assembly of power hitters at their disposal. The hosts and defending champions were expected to dismiss all oppositions that came their way. It didn’t take more than the opening game to shock the Aussie juggernaut. New Zealand, their Trans-Tasman rivals completely caught them off guard. They inflicted an 89-run defeat on Australia.
The hosts couldn’t recover from the loss. They limped off the tournament failing to qualify for the semis despite being the hosts. New Zealand though once again showed their steely reserve to march into knockouts.
#4 Zimbabwe stun Pakistan
This contest had a bit of history to it. Zimbabwe was one side that Pakistan had been playing often in recent times. Pakistan was supposed to brush aside the Zimbabwean challenge. On a seamer-friendly wicket, Zimbabwe posted 131 batting first. Their bowlers in reply put up a show for the ages.
Zimbabwe fielded brilliantly and hit the hard lengths to upset Pakistani batters. In a game filled with ebbs and flows, Zimbabwe won the game by a single run. Their win over Pakistan threw the otherwise predictable group wide open.
#3 Ireland gets the better of England
England has the most balanced squad of all teams in the competition. Their progress into the semifinal is a testimony to this fact. But England suffered a shock upset at the hands of the Irish. Ireland posted a competitive total batting first. They then bowled brilliantly upfront dismissing half the English side for pretty much nothing.
Rains made their impending appearance in the 14th over of the chase. They had the final say. Ireland won the game according to the D/L method. It was a day to remember for the Irish fans.
#2 The Netherlands ousts South Africa
South Africa shot themselves in the foot opting to field on a two-paced track against the Netherlands. The Dutch went on to post a par score of 158 batting first. In response, the Proteas could never get going. They fell prey to their age-old baggage of failing to handle the pressure of a big occasion. It was an iconic moment in Dutch cricketing history. South Africa’s ICC World Cup dream once again went up in flames.
#1 King Kohli lights up MCG
It was arguably the biggest cricketing theatre of all time. An audience of 90,263 assembled at the MCG to see India go against arch-rivals, Pakistan.
India was in all kinds of trouble at 31-4 chasing a score of 160 against a solid Pakistan bowling unit. It was at this moment Virat Kohli channeled the inner beast in him. He forged a memorable 113-run stand with Hardik Pandya to renew hopes of an Indian win. Kohli took on himself with the side needing 28 off 8 to muster two of the most iconic sixes hit in the modern day.
India won the game on the last ball. The collective reverberation of 90,000 people was something that was unheard of in cricketing folklore. It was a night to remember. King Kohli dazzled and the MCG sparkled!