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Sri Lanka’s two records of the first T20 World Cup are still intact, will they be broken this time?


New Delhi. As the date of ICC T20 World Cup approaches, cricket fever has started rising among the fans. Most of the countries have announced their 15-member teams for this important tournament to be held in West Indies and America. The inaugural match of the T20 World Cup will be played between America and Canada on June 1, a week after the final of IPL 2024 to be held on May 26. This time 20 teams are taking part in the tournament, which have been divided into four groups of 5 teams each. While West Indies, USA, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Netherlands have got direct entry, Ireland, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Nepal, Oman, Namibia and Uganda have got direct entry. Made a place in the tournament through qualifiers.

However, the character of T20 cricket is full of uncertainty and within a few overs the course of the match shifts from one team to another. But apart from Rohit Sharma’s Team India, Australia and the host Indies team are being considered as contenders for the title. Talking about T20 World Cup, it was first organized in South Africa in 2007 and the Indian team became the champion. The last T20 World Cup was held in Australia in 2022, in which England became the winner by defeating Pakistan in the final.

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The nature of T20 cricket has changed a lot since the 2007 World Cup. Till a few years ago, in very few matches of T20 format, a score of more than 200 was scored, but now even a score of 250 is being scored easily amidst a flurry of fours and sixes. It is possible that we may also see a score of 300 in the T20 World Cup 2024. Let us tell you, so far in the history of T20I, a score of more than 300 has been made only once (314/3, Nepal Vs Mongolia).

Although many new records are made in every ICC T20 World Cup, some records made in the first tournament in 2007 have not been broken till now. Two of these records are in the name of Sri Lankan team. In the first T20 World Cup, on 14 September 2007 in Johannesburg, Sri Lanka scored 260 runs for 6 wickets (run rate 13.00) against Kenya, which is the highest score so far in the T20 World Cup. Not only this, the Sri Lankan team had won this match by 172 runs, which is the biggest win in terms of runs of the tournament. Fans are hoping that both these records will be broken in the World Cup 2024.

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Jayasuriya and Jayawardene’s ‘Jai-Jai’
In this match against Kenya, Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya and Mahela Jayawardene scored stormy half-centuries. Jayasuriya had scored 88 runs (strike rate 200.00) in 44 balls with the help of 11 fours and four sixes, while Jayawardene had scored 65 runs (strike rate 240.00) in just 27 balls with the help of 9 fours and two sixes. In the last moments of the innings, Jehan Mubarak also scored unbeaten 46 runs (strike rate 353.84) with the help of three fours and five sixes in 13 balls, taking the team to the score of 260.

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Kenyan team was bundled out for 88 runs.
Burdened by Sri Lanka’s huge score, the Kenyan team kept losing wickets from the beginning and the entire team was bundled out for 88 runs in 19.3 overs. The match was so one-sided that Kenya could score 50 runs only after losing 4 wickets in 10.3 overs. In the match, Steve Tikolo’s team had lost by 172 runs, which is the biggest defeat in terms of runs in the T20 World Cup so far. However, the biggest defeat in terms of runs in T20I is 273 runs. In the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou, Nepal had defeated Mongolia by this big margin.

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These two records of 2007 have not been broken yet

Two other records of T20 World Cup 2007 have also not been broken yet. These are the records of ‘looting’ the most runs in four overs of bowling and giving the most runs as extras in a match. In the T20 World Cup 2007, Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya gave 64 runs in four overs in the match against Pakistan on 17 September 2007, which is the most ‘expensive’ bowling analysis of the T20 World Cup so far. Similarly, in the match of 11 September 2007, during South Africa’s innings, the West Indies team gave 28 runs as extras, which included four legbyes, one no ball and 23 wides. In other words, after giving away 28 runs, the Indian team had gifted the additional four overs to the South African team as a gift. This match was won by the South African team by 8 wickets but Chris Gayle of West Indies, who scored 117 runs in 57 balls (7 fours and 10 sixes), was the ‘Player of the Match’.

However, the record of most extras (45) in an innings of T20I is in the name of Philippines. In the match between ICC Associate Member Indonesia and Philippines held in Bali on 22 December 2023, the Philippine team gave 45 runs as extras which included 13 byes, 4 legboys and 28 wides. However, despite giving 45 runs as extras, Philippines won this match by 2 runs.

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