The ICC T20 World Cup has given us several top moments in the six editions that have been held so far. Teams and individuals have recorded top feats in terms of stamping their authority. With the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 currently underway before the Super 12s kicking off this Saturday, one expects to see some cracking matches as the tournament progresses. Not all matches often go close in these big events and the World T20 has often highlighted the same. There have been some big wins by teams over the years in terms of both runs and wickets. These matches have rather been one-sided in nature. On the same note, we highlight the largest victories recorded in the ICC T20 World Cup.
Sri Lanka beat Kenya by 172 runs
The largest victory in terms of runs has been scripted by Sri Lanka in the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup in 2007. They overcame Kenya by a staggering 172 runs in Johannesburg. The Lankans managed to score a whopping 260/6 in 20 overs. Sanath Jayasuriya (88) and Mahela Jayawardene (65) were the chief tormentors. In response, minnows Kenya folded for a paltry total of 88, handing Sri Lanka a massive win. Lasith Malinga, Chaminda Vaas, and T Dilshan claimed two wickets each. Notably, the score of 260/6 by SL is the highest World T20 total and also the fourth-highest in T20Is.
South Africa defeated Scotland by 130 runs
The second-largest victory belongs to South Africa, who scripted a famous 130-run victory over Scotland in the ICC T20 World Cup in 2009 at The Oval. Batting first, the Proteas managed 211/5 in 20 overs. Graeme Smith (38) and Jacques Kallis (48) gave SA the perfect start before AB de Villiers shined with a superb 34-ball 79*. His exploits included five fours and six sixes. ABD had a strike rate of 232.35 to help SA post 211. In response, Scotland could only manage 81 runs. Albie Morkel (2/15) was the pick of SA bowlers.
England thumped Afghanistan by 116 runs
In the 2012 edition of the World T20, England handed Afghanistan a 116-run defeat. The Three Lions posted a massive 196/5 in 20 overs in Colombo. Luke Wright scored a brilliant 55-ball 99* to help England amass a formidable total. Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan made contributions as well. England went on to dismiss the Afghans for 80 runs, with only Gulbadin Naib getting to double digits. Samit Patel (2/6) was the pick of England bowlers as they sealed a comfortable win.
Three teams have enjoyed 10-wicket wins in the World T20
In terms of wickets, three teams have secured 10-wicket wins in the ICC T20 World Cup. Australia beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the 2007 edition after being asked to chase 102. Matthew Hayden scored 58* for the Aussies. In the 2012 edition, SA beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in Hambantota. Batting first, Zimbabwe could only manage 93/8 and in response, SA tamed the African side. Richard Levi scored a 44-ball 50*. Recently, Oman became just the third side to repeat this feat of winning by 10 wickets. They beat PNG in the Round 1 Group B match. PNG managed 129/9 in 20 overs before Oman chased the target in style. Openers Aqib IIyas (50*) and Jatinder Singh (73*) handed Oman the win in just 13.4 overs.
Largest wins in terms of balls remaining
Sri Lanka have the record for posting the largest win in terms of balls remaining. They dismissed Netherlands for just 39 in the 2014 edition in Chattogram and sealed a nine-wicket victory, taking five overs. They had 90 balls (15 overs) remaining. In the 2007 World T20, New Zealand beat Kenya by nine wickets. Kenya posted 73/10 and the Kiwis chased the total in just 7.4 overs. They had 74 balls remaining (12.2 overs).
Australia, who beat Lanka by 10 wickets in the 2007 World T20 chasing 102, got the job done in just 10.2 overs. They had 58 balls remaining (9.4 overs).