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The Top 3 T20 World Cup Finals 

13 Oct 2022

A classic India vs Pakistan in the South African sun, Sri Lanka avenge the past in Mirpur and Marlon Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite pulls off a heist over Ben Stokes and England. 

Here are our three top T20 World Cup finals! Anyone who enjoys cricket betting online will remember these classic moments.

2007 Final - Misbah fluffs his lines in the Jo’burg sun 

  • India v Pakistan 

  • India win by 5 runs 

Rivals in the final 

If you’re the organisers of the first-ever T20 World Cup back in 2007, the best-case scenario is that the host nation make the final. 

But with South Africa crashing out before the semis, the next-best scenario is that two powerhouses contest the final. 

And better still, two rivals. 

And as we know, rivalries in cricket don’t come any bigger than India v Pakistan. 

Up to that point, Pakistan had famously never beaten India in a World Cup match over the decades, though that was admittedly in ODIs rather than T20Is. 

They had already met once in the competition during the Group Stages in a match that had originally ended in a tie, India winning all the all-important bowl out to make it to the next round at the expense of Scotland. 

And now, Pakistan had a second chance to beat them and set the record straight about never getting the better of them in a World Cup match.

It was a sunny day at The Wanderers in Johannesburg and unsurprisingly, there wasn’t a free seat in the house.

Gambhir and Sharma get India to a par score

In a surprise move, India brought in Yusuf Pathan to open for his T20I debut at the expense of the out-of-form Virender Sehwag.

Pathan didn’t last long, just eight balls, but his 15 off just eight was to prove a big contribution in a somewhat low-scoring match. 

A young Rohit Sharma, batting all the way down at number six on the day, showed a glimpse of the player he was to become with a fine unbeaten 30 off just 16. 

With no other contributions of note, it was Gautam Gambhir’s uber-professional 75 off 54 that kept India’s innings together, featuring eight fours and a couple of sixes.

In the end, he was one of three victims of Umar Gul, who also dismissed dangermen MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, going for just 28 runs in the process. 

At the halfway stage, 157-5 looked round about a par score that neither side would have been too unhappy about.

Game on. 

Misbah’s Miss 

The Wanderers in Johannesburg was one of those wickets where you never truly felt like you’d played yourself in, Gambhir aside. 

Pakistani batsmen came and went with a few contributions along the way in a see-saw match that was starting to swing India’s way, before a costly Sreesanth over that went for 18 runs saw the momentum head back Pakistan’s way. 

But the Pakistani wickets kept tumbling, with Irfan Pathan taking three.

And sadly for the men in green, ‘Boom Boom’ Afridi went bust, skying a catch to Sreesanth off the first delivery he faced. 

It wasn’t to be Sreesanth’s only catch that day. 

The unlikely figure of Sohail Tanvir kept Pakistan in the game with two sixes in just four balls but you couldn’t keep Sreesanth out of the game; he clean bowled Tanvir and Pakistan’s hopes seemed to go with him. 

But Misbah Ul-Haq was still there. 

As all those around him were losing their heads, he was keeping his, knowing that if he stuck around they still had a chance. 

In the end it was 13 needed off the last over but with just the one wicket in hand. 

A wide from Joginder Sharma first up gave Pakistan a bonus run but he hit back by bowling a dot ball to Misbah. 

But it was very much advantage Pakistan after the next ball, a full toss being dispatched by Misbah over mid-on for six. 

Five off three needed. 

Quite why Misbah opted to play a premeditated scoop next, only he will know. 

He’d been hitting the ball nice and straight all innings and the scoop wasn’t a shot you often saw him play at all, let alone in these sort of circumstances. 

It was somewhat inevitable that it was Sreesnath once again, positioned at fine leg, who was underneath the ball to take a regulation catch. 

India had won the first-ever T20 world Cup, Pakistan had snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. 

The wait for their first World Cup win over India went on.

2014 Final - Sri Lanka’s Moment of redemption 

  • Sri Lanka vs India

  • Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets 

Now or Never for Aging Stars 

In truth, this wasn’t necessarily one of the T20 World Cup’s great classic matches. 

Instead, it was a tale of vindication. 

Since winning the 1996 (ODI) World Cup against all odds, Sri Lanka had made and lost two ODI finals (2007 v Australia, 2011 v India) and two T20 finals (2009 v Pakistan and 2012 v West Indies). 

For the likes of the aging Kumar Sangakarra, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillekeratne Dislhan, it was surely their last-chance to win a World Cup, given they were too young to have played in that ‘96 win. 

For the likes of Angelo Matthews, Thisara Perera and Lasith Malinga, also part of the sides who had lost in 2011 and 2012, it was also a rare opportunity for redemption and to add a World title to their names.

Now or never.

Sri Lanka had already got revenge over the Windies for that loss in the 2012 final by beating them easily in the semi-final. 

And this on the back of defending just 119 against New Zealand in their final Group match, a game that would have seen them crash out if they’d lost it. 

India had breezed their way into the final, winning all four Group games and getting home pretty comfortably against South Africa in the semi in a seemingly tough chase of 172, mostly due to a flawless knock from Virat Kohli. 

So India went in as favourites with Sri Lanka looking for a second dose of revenge in a few days, after losing that 2011 World Cup final to India. 

Warhorses Jayawardene and Sangakarra see Sri Lanka home 

Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bowl, wanting to know what they had to chase and looking to be on the right side of the dew factor in Mirpur. 

This had been Virat Kohli’s tournament so far and one where he ended up being the top run scorer and also the Player of the Tournament. 

So it was no surprise when his 77 was the standout knock for India. 

But he got little in the way of support and Yuvraj Singh was heavily criticised in the aftermath for a somewhat pedestrian and selfish 11 off 21. 

Singh’s inability to hit boundaries or even get off strike left India a good 20-25 runs short of a par score as they posted just 130/4. 

Stll, this being a final, the pressure was on. 

But not for too long. 

Mahela Jayawardene played a patient 24 from 24 and his old partner in crime, Kumar Sangakarra, went one better with an unbeaten 52.

Just as things started to get a big tense, the big bat of Thisara Perera came in and Thisara smashed three sixes off just 14 balls, Sri Lanka winning pretty easily in the end. 

It was the last T20I that Sangakarra and Jayawardene, two of cricket’s greats, were ever to play. They retired from T20I cricket on the spot. 

But they did so on a high, with legendary fast bowler and skipper Lasith Malinga leading the side in the celebrations, which were as much about vindication as anything. 

2016 Final - Brathwaite’s blows, Stokes’ tears 

  • England vs West Indies

  • West Indies won by 4 wickets 

Root puts England in the driving seat 

West Indies had come from nowhere to beat India in the semi-final thanks to a brilliant knock from Lendl Simmons. 

England had beaten New Zealand comfortably in their own semi final and it was hard to split the pair in terms of betting odds going into the big one. 

But it was very much advantage West Indies at the break. 

They'd reduced England to a total of 155/9 that at best, looked like a par score. 

Only a good hand of 54 from Joe Root and a bright cameo of 21 off 14 from David Willey made the score competitive at all. 

But England were ready to spring a surprise. 

Root, a part-time spinner at best but fresh from batting so well, was given the task of bowling the second over of the chase.

Smelling blood, openers Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle both went after him in a bid to find some cheap, quick, early runs. 

Big mistake. 

Both were caught by Ben Stokes at long off going for big shots. All of a sudden, England were favourites. 

Marlon Samuels, a divisive figure at best in cricketing circles, entered the scene. 

Simmons, the semi-final hero, was dismissed first ball. 

Samuels Steadies the Ship 

Samuels played a brilliant knock under the circumstances, rotating the strike well and going for the odd big shot when needed. 

More importantly, he was still there as we reached the business end of proceedings.

Dwayne Bravo was good for his 25 but big-hitters Andre Russell and Daren Sammy came and went without bothering the scorers too much.

And it was now just the slightly unknown Carlos Brathwaite who could pull off a heist alongside Samuels, with the West Indies well behind the required run rate. 

27 needed off two overs. 

Samuels managed to get an important boundary at the start of the 19th over but that’s as good as it got for them, with just four more singles from the over. 

Worse still, Samuels lost the strike for the start of the 20th over. 

19 off six needed. 

What happened next is a bit of a blur for most cricket fans. So let’s go through it again. 

Brathwaite goes Ballistic 

Stokes’ first delivery was on middle and leg and got the treatment it deserved, a huge legside six from Brathwaite. 

The next delivery was a better one. But the result was the same. 

Just seven off four needed. 

Stokes is practically on his knees by now, both literally and figuratively, watching a tragedy unfold in front of his very eyes with the world watching. 

The Windies could probably have got there in singles and twos.

But Brathwaite wasn’t in the mood to crawl over the line, he was in the mood to trample all over it with both feet.

Stokes’ third delivery ended up in the crowd once again and the West Indies were all but home for a second T20 World Cup win. 

Just one is needed, with the scores tied. But there was to be no tie as Brathwaite went big again for his fourth six in a row. 

For Brathwaite it was a career-defining five minutes, leading to a big IPL contract and later, the West Indies T20I captaincy.

For Ben Stokes, it was probably the lowest point of all in a career full of massive highs and a few lows along the way as well. He was practically in tears as his teammates consoled him. 

For the West Indies fans, it was jubilation, for England players and fans, a sickening blow, having come so close. 

Here at Pure Win, we will be providing free cricket betting tips on all T20 World Cup games so make sure to check back regularly for the best predictions and odds in India!

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