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ICC World Twenty20 2016
By Brodey Sheppard - July 13, 2016
After 35 matches and 22 thrilling days, West Indies were crowned the victors of the International Cricket Council World Twenty20 2016. Carlos Brathwaite set great sports betting heights and hit four consecutive sixes off the last over of the tournament and secured the silverware for the second time since the ICC Under-19 World Cup. The West Indies secured the Women's World Twenty20 as well.
ICC WT20 2016: The Action-Packed Tournament
In terms of suspense and entertainment, the ICC WT20 was one of the best cricket betting events of 2016. It was filled with close encounters, turns and twists. Here are some of the most memorable matches of the tournament.
Oman Vs. Ireland (Qualifier)
One of the most exciting developments of any kind of match is when underdogs are able to topple favourites because of skill and hard work. This was exactly the case between Oman and Ireland. Oman found the opportunity to showcase their rapid rise in world cricket by beating the established Irish players.
Oman got off to a good start, but slowed down from 78 for 1 to 90 for 5. It was Amir Ali resolve that turned the tides and helped Oman get through with two wickets and many balls to spare.
India Vs. Bangladesh (Super 10)
Bangladesh have come a long way in the international cricket scene. They have certainly emerged as a skilled team that can take on serious game, but unfortunately they let the pressure get to them when they faced India.
Bangladesh needed a target of 147 runs to beat India, and were able to bring it down to two runs off three deliveries. But they lost momentum when MS Dhoni took advantage of Bangladesh's over-zealousness, and helped India turn the sports betting odds with a one-run win.
India Vs. Australia (Super 10)
Playing the last match of Super 10, it was a do-or-die clash between Australia and India for a spot at the semifinal. Fans who bet on cricket live watched as Virat Kohli gave a standout performance by outperforming the best of Australian fielders with their running between wickets.
Australia did not bring the same level of performance as for past years. The Australian team faltered under pressure. India needed 39 runs off the last three overs, and were able to finish off Australia with five balls to spare.
England Vs. South Africa (Super 10)
Many of the new sports bookmakers featured England Vs. South Africa and for good reason. South Africa started with a huge 229 for 4, but they were well aware that that massive total could be chased down. Unfortunately, in the match against England, South Africa self-destructed. They played many risky shots even when wickets were falling at one end. In addition, the loss of JP Duminy didn’t help their cause. After a 16-ball 43 from Jason Roy, Joe Root stroked a masterful 83 to put England in a comfortable position. Moeen Ali was able to squeeze a yorker off the third ball to short cover. England decided against taking a run and eventually did off the fourth ball of the over, leading to a nail-biting conclusion.
England Vs. West Indies (Final)
The ICC WT20 2016 final was an edge-of-the-seat thriller that saw the faceoff between England and West Indies. The match took four hours and the momentum kept swinging from one team to another, leaving in-game betting fans in suspense. In the end, West Indies triumphed with a dramatic four-wicket victory over England at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. West Indies needed a 19 off the final over in pursuit of 156 to win, and Brathwaite ensured they reached this target.
It seemed as though England had the game until the first ball of the 20th over. Brathwaite heaved four straight deliveries into the stands, lighting the audiences on fire. In the end, West Indies won by four wickets and held their second World Twenty20 title. Their first was a triumph over Sri Lanka four years ago.
The men’s victory came after their counterparts won the women's ICC World Twenty20 title. The women’s team defeated Australia with an eight-wicket win.
ICC WT20 2016 Milestones
Here are a few milestones and records that were achieved during this year’s ICC WT20. If you are already excited for next year, check out BetVictor online or visit the Paddy Power Sports website for the best sports betting bonuses!
- MS Dhoni is the only player to reach 1000 runs in Twenty20 International without scoring a single half-century. Dhoni is followed by Gary Wilson of Ireland with 673 runs.
- Chris Gayle hit two hundreds in the World T20s. He is the only player to hit more than one. There are six other players that have hit one century each in the World T20s.
- Suresh Raina took 10 catches off R Ashwin. This is the most catches taken by a bowler-fielder combination in T20 International.
- 28 sixes hit off Ravindra Jadeja in his 17 matches in World T20s. This is the most off any bowler.
- 39 wickets were taken by Shahid Afridi in 34 matches in World T20. He is followed by Lasith Malinga with 38 wickets in 31 matches.
- Virat Kohli scored 625 runs in the T20 International – the most by any player in a calendar year. The next best is 472 runs by Martin Guptill in 2012.
From Chris Gayle's breathtaking 48-ball ton against England to Carlos Brathwaite's four consecutive sixes in the final, we saw plenty of great feats in the ICC World Twenty20 2016. Are you ready for what the next tournament has to offer? Keep up with HitYah’s list of sports betting sites for the best offers in the cricket world!