We will now reminisce about a Cricket review and check the most thrilling moments of the T20 World Cup 2021.
After an amazing T20 World Cup, the dust has cleared in the United Arab Emirates. Australia rose to the situation and won the trophy that had escaped them for over a decade, as we had anticipated in our forecast.
We’ll look at the tournament’s highs and lows in this blog, along with our nation’s performance. Let’s go straight to it now.
Remarkable moments of T20 World Cup 2021:
After a slow start to their innings, New Zealand looked to be struggling against the Australians. Kane Williamson then moved to the crease, but even he could not overcome the skill of Cummings and Hazlewood. However, the Black Caps captain was not going down without a fight. Williamson then went on to show why he is considered one of the best hitters in the world by hammering Australian Mitchel Starc for 39 runs off of only 12 balls. He finished his batting masterclass with 85 runs off 48 balls, including three sixes and ten fours.
As soon as Jos Buttler took the batting first against Sri Lanka, wickets started to fall. At 35-3, Buttler threatened to crumble but showed bravery and tenacity to reach 50 off 45 balls. Amazingly, Buttler scored 51 runs in the next 22 balls, reaching 101 runs without getting out. In an incredible demonstration of brute force against bounds, six 6s and six 4s were destroyed.
On their thirteenth attempt, Pakistan eventually triumphed over India in a World Cup for the first time. Shaheen Afridi had a crucial role in this! He dismissed India’s Rohit Sharma with the opening delivery of the game, then in his subsequent over, he dismissed KL Rahul, the first player to open the score, for just three runs. With a career-high three wickets from his bowling, he was instrumental in his country’s historic victory in Pakistani cricket.
Who was let down?
Even though it was hosted in the United Arab Emirates, India’s performance at their home World Cup left much to be desired. They lost their first two games against Pakistan and New Zealand, thus they were not able to go to the knockout stages. They won the next three, but it was insufficient. Virat Kohli will surely be disappointed with his team’s performance and will certainly aim to do better in Australia the following year.
Some teams, such as the West Indies and Bangladesh, struggled to make an impression in this competition and finished in fifth and sixth place in the table, respectively. Nevertheless, one of the most disappointing events of the World Cup was New Zealand’s elimination at the final hurdle. They exacted revenge on England in their semifinal encounter, a rematch of the 2019 50-over World Cup. However, they were soundly defeated by an astonishing eight wickets by Australia, their deadliest opponent. Without a doubt, Kane Williamson will aim to continue his fantastic World Cup performance by winning in their fierce rivals’ turf.
The World Cup Performance of England
Even though England had a number of key players out due to injury before the competition, they looked strong. They immediately made a significant impact by dispatching the West Indies in just eight overs, needing only 55 overs. After this, they easily defeated Bangladesh by eight wickets thanks to runs from Roy and Malan. Eoin Morgan’s team easily overcame an all-star lineup, knocking them out for 125 runs. Australia was the next team to bat. With eight overs left, England’s enforcer Jos Buttler smashed 71 off just 32 balls, displaying his peak productivity and helping his side attain the objective. Buttler’s century gave England a 23-run victory over Sri Lanka, proving once more why he is one of the best players in one-day formats.
With one eye on the semifinals, England’s opponent was South Africa. They unfortunately lost, and one of their key players, Jason Roy, hurt a hamstring. Even though they lost, England’s performance was good enough to top the group and move on to play New Zealand in the semi-final. In the semi-final, England struggled to get going; the fact that our substitute opener, Jonny Bairstow, could not have an impact, showed just how much we missed Roy at the top of the order.
England scored a respectable 166 thanks to half-centuries from Moeen Ali and contributions from Livingstone, Buttler, and Malan. Though it seemed like New Zealand was having difficulties, Devon Conway and Mitchell were instrumental in keeping the ship afloat. The odds seemed to be in favour of England again after Conway and Phillips were dismissed by part-time leg spinner Liam Livingstone, but Jimmy Neesham arrived at the crease and struck 27 off just 11 balls. Daryl Mitchell was able to guarantee his berth in the championship game with only a few more runs, which he did. England should be happy with how they played throughout the competition as they have shown why they are one of the best teams in the world.
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