Top 10 highest powerplay scores in the T20 World cup history

Jun 6, 2024

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In ICC tournaments especially in T20 World Cup, the Powerplay overs hold immense significance from a batting perspective. These initial six overs provide a window of opportunity for batting teams to amass runs aggressively while fielding restrictions are in place, setting the stage for a formidable total.

Explosive start and run accumulation

For batting teams, the Powerplay represents a critical phase to seize momentum and accumulate runs briskly. Openers are tasked with capitalizing on the fielding restrictions by playing aggressive shots, targeting boundaries, and rotating the strike effectively to maximize scoring opportunities.

A strong Powerplay performance not only boosts the team’s run rate but also lays a solid foundation for the middle overs. It allows subsequent batters to build on the initial momentum, facilitating calculated risks and strategic shot selection to maintain or accelerate the scoring rate throughout the innings.

Top 10 peak powerplay scores in T20 World Cup history:

1. Netherlands vs. Ireland: The blitzkrieg of 91 runs

Openers: Stephan Myburgh and Peter Borren
Powerplay Score: 91 runs

The highest powerplay score in T20 World Cup history stands at 91 runs, achieved by the Netherlands against Ireland on March 21, 2014 in Sylhet. The Dutch batters came out all guns blazing in the second innings, exhibiting an explosive display of strokeplay. They amassed 91 runs in just 36 balls, showcasing an incredible strike rate of 244.44.

Their innings was adorned with 8 fours and an equal number of towering sixes. Despite their aggressive approach, they lost just one wicket during the powerplay. This remarkable start set the stage for a commanding total and propelled the Netherlands to a memorable victory.

2. England’s aggression: 89 runs against South Africa

Openers: Jason Roy and Alex Hales
Powerplay Score: 89 runs

The second-highest powerplay score belongs to England, who scored 89 runs against South Africa on March 18, 2016 at Wankhede. In pursuit of a formidable target, England’s batters went on the offensive from the outset. Their innings was characterized by aggressive strokeplay, as they smashed 10 boundaries and 4 sixes in just 36 deliveries. However, their attacking intent resulted in the loss of three wickets during the powerplay. Nonetheless, England’s explosive start laid the foundation for a thrilling encounter, which ultimately culminated in a hard-fought victory for them.

3. South Africa’s dominance: 83 runs against England

Openers: Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock
Powerplay Score: 83 runs

South Africa, in the same match against England, registered the third-highest powerplay score in T20 World Cup history by amassing 83 runs without losing a wicket. Their batters exhibited exemplary skill and aggression, dispatching the ball to all parts of the ground with ease. With 13 boundaries and 4 sixes in their 36-ball onslaught, South Africa set a daunting target for their opponents. Their formidable batting display couldn’t proved enough in the end as England eventually won in a high-scoring encounter.

4. India’s commanding chase: 82 runs against Scotland

Openers: Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul
Powerplay Score: 82 runs

India’s powerplay score of 82 runs against Scotland on November 5, 2021 at Dubai (DICS) also deserves mention. Batting second, India’s top order showcased their prowess with the bat, laying siege to the Scottish bowlers right from the outset. Their innings was highlighted by a flurry of boundaries, including 11 fours and 4 sixes in just 36 deliveries. Despite losing two wickets, India’s aggressive start provided them with the momentum they needed to chase down the target comfortably, securing a comprehensive victory.

5. England’s fierce assault: 70 runs against Sri Lanka

Openers: Jos Buttler and Alex Hales
Powerplay Score: 70 runs

In a high-stakes clash against Sri Lanka at Sydney on November 5, 2022, England’s batting juggernaut displayed their dominance by amassing a formidable 70 runs during the powerplay. Their top-order batters orchestrated a relentless assault, punctuating the innings with 9 boundaries and 2 sixes in just 36 deliveries. With a commendable strike rate of 181.08, England showcased their intent early on, setting a challenging target for Sri Lanka.

Despite a promising start, Sri Lanka’s bowlers managed to rein in England’s explosive batting lineup, restricting them from capitalizing further. In a closely contested encounter, England’s impressive powerplay performance laid the groundwork for a compelling match and as they won the thriller by four wickets in hand.

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6. Sri Lanka’s home turf dominance: 68 runs against New Zealand

Openers: Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan
Powerplay Score: 68 runs

In a fiery encounter against New Zealand at Pallekele on September 27, 2012, Sri Lanka blazed through the powerplay, accumulating a robust 68 runs. Their batters exhibited sheer aggression, peppering the boundaries with 4 fours and launching the ball into the stands with 5 towering sixes in just 36 deliveries. With a striking strike rate of 186.11, Sri Lanka almost chased down daunting target set by New Zealand, but could only tied the game in the end.

7. England’s spirited effort: 67 Runs Against New Zealand

Openers: Jason Roy and Alex Hales
Powerplay Score: 67 runs

In a pulsating clash against New Zealand at Delhi on March 30, 2016, England showcased their aggressive batting prowess, accumulating a strong total of 67 runs in the powerplay. With 10 boundaries and 2 towering sixes in just 36 deliveries, England’s top-order batters unleashed a relentless assault, demonstrating their intent from the outset.

Their formidable strike rate of 180.55 set a challenging target for New Zealand, laying the groundwork for a thrilling encounter. England  maintain their momentum throughout the innings, eventually winning against a determined New Zealand side.

8. Netherlands’ fierce start: 67 Runs Against UAE

Openers: Stephan Myburgh and Michael Swart
Powerplay Score: 67 runs

In a T20 World Cup match against the United Arab Emirates at Sylhet on March 17, 2014, the Netherlands showcased their batting prowess, accumulating a robust total of 67 runs in the powerplay. With 9 boundaries and 3 massive sixes in just 36 deliveries, the Dutch batters exhibited a fine balance of aggression and skill, setting a challenging target for their opponents.

Their formidable strike rate of 180.55 reflected their intent to dominate from the outset. The Netherlands capitalize on their strong start and ultimately defeated the UAE side by six wickets.

9. Australia’s aggression: 67 Runs against Bangladesh

Openers: Aaron Finch and David Warner
Powerplay Score: 67 runs

In a one-sided contest against Bangladesh at Dubai (DICS) on November 4, 2021, Australia exhibited their aggressive batting prowess, accumulating a formidable total of 67 runs during the powerplay. With 6 boundaries and 4 towering sixes in just 36 deliveries, the Australian batters showcased their intent to dominate from the outset.

Despite losing 2 wickets during this phase, their aggressive approach reflected in a commendable strike rate of 172.97. Australia ultimately chased down the narrow target of 73 in just 6.2 overs with eight wickets in hand.

10. Pakistan’s competitive total: 66 Runs Against New Zealand

Openers: Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad
Powerplay Score: 66 runs

In a tense encounter against New Zealand at Mohali on March 22, 2016, Pakistan showcased their batting prowess, accumulating a competitive total of 66 runs during the powerplay. With 11 boundaries and 1 towering six in just 36 deliveries, the Pakistan batters demonstrated a mix of aggression and calculated strokeplay.

Despite losing 1 wicket during this phase, their aggressive approach resulted in a commendable strike rate of 163.88. Nevertheless, New Zealand’s disciplined bowling performance limited Pakistan from maximizing their strong start. Despite their formidable efforts, Pakistan faced a convincing performance from New Zealand, ultimately leading to a well-deserved victory for the Kiwi side by 22 runs.

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