The T20 World Cup is going full throttle and we are already in the Super 12 stage. The favorites India have lost their first match, while Pakistan have surpassed the levels that was anticipated from them.
Just like this, there have been certain other nations too who fell prey to some underdogs teams/players and lost their chance to lift the ICC Men's T20 World Cup. Today, we will have a look at the 5 upsets in the T20 World Cup so far.
The Dutch were one of the favorites to qualify for the Super 12 but they were far from convincing when the moment arrived. They were in Group A with Ireland, Namibia, and Sri Lanka.
In their first game against the Irish, they failed to bat well and lost the match by seven wickets. Their second match was against Namibia where everyone was expecting the Netherlands to come out strongly.
They batted well but it wasn't enough to curtail Namibia as David Wiese put an end to the Dutch hopes. Their final match was against Sri Lanka where they produced not just their but one of the worst performances in T20Is, getting all out for just 44. Sri Lanka won the match by 8 wickets.
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The Netherlands had tricky competitors in their group but they were strong enough to at least put up a fair fight. However, very few players like Max O'Dowd and Pieter Seelar, their skipper, managed to put up some numbers.
One of the most underwhelming performances in this World Cup.
Ireland also looked like they will be giving all they have to qualify for the latter stages and despite starting well, Ireland did not succeed in winning even one of their last two games which meant that their qualification was unlikely.
Sri Lanka looked great and, understandably, they lost to them but they lost by 70 runs, hurting their NRR. What hurts them more was the game after this as they were vanquished by Namibia after Namibia restricted them to just 125 in 20 overs, chasing the total in 18.3 overs with 8 wickets in hand.
Ireland were better than the Netherlands but still below par, taking nothing away from Namibia who were phenomenal, beating both Ireland and Netherlands in consecutive games.
Coming into the tournament as one of the teams to watch out for, the defending champions were completely off the radar and barely played like how champions should play.
They embarked on the T20 World Cup in a 2016 T20 final replay as they played a well-settled England squad. West Indies were shambolic in their batting and despite having a starting XI incorporating so many big names, West Indies were swept cleanly by the English for just 55 runs.
Chris Gayle was West Indies' highest scorer in the match and he scored 13. England won the match by six wickets. A better performance was expected when they came out to play the Proteas, South Africa.
Once again, the Caribbean batting was below their standards as they contrived to score just 143, with Evin Lewis looking the most impactful player in the side, scoring 56 off 35 balls.
Lendl Simmons, his opening partner played the same number of deliveries but only scored 16, becoming one of the prime reasons why West Indies couldn't accelerate from the very beginning.
After Lewis' dismissal, no West Indies batsman looked comfortable on the crease, and thus, the Proteas had only 144 to chase. South Africa had a shaky start as they lost their skipper, Temba Bavuma on a run out but Reeza Hendricks, Rassie Van Der Dussen, and Aiden Markram steered South Africa to victory comfortably.
West Indies were not a part of an upset but their performance as the defending champions in the world cup was upsetting. Better luck next time!
Losing to Pakistan, especially looking at their track record in the last couple of years in T20Is cannot be labeled as an upset but the fact that Pakistan dominated in all the departments of the match, broke their high-profile top order, and beat India by 10 wickets against the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India would be in agony.
Everything's not lost but they will be under tremendous pressure when they play the Kiwis, a team that has always been the better side when the teams have met in T20 World Cups.
Will the favorites of the World Cup restrict themselves to just being a wrong choice or will they bounce back and take the loss as a match to regroup? We'll find out soon!
They could've been in the same category as Ireland and Netherlands but they were comparatively better as they managed to qualify for the Super 12.
However, they have massively underperformed since getting there. They have lost two out of two matches and their exit from the T20 World Cup is almost certain.
Their first loss came against Afghanistan after they couldn't deal with the Afghanistan spin attack, with Mujeeb Ur Rahman picking 5 wickets, while Rashid Khan picked four to dismantle Scotland for just 60.
Their next match was against Namibia yesterday and once again, people were downplaying Namibia, considering the strength and the individual talent Scotland possesses.
But once again, Namibia came on top, picking their third win in the competition, beating Scotland comfortably by four wickets.
These teams may have not been a part of what you call an upset but considering the standards they set for themselves before the competition, their performances were severely poor.
It is tough on India though as they have lost just one match and they make the list but against New Zealand, they will have to redeem themselves as the favorites again or their exit will almost be ascertained.
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