Top 10 Best Performances of the 2016 World T20
From Virat Kohli to Chris Gayle, and Mitchell Santner to Mustafizur Rahman, here’s a look at the best individual performances at the ICC World T20 so far
29 March 2016 15:13
In a rain-reduced six-over shootout in Dharamsala, the 23-year-old Netherlands pacer first removed Kevin O’Brien and Paul Stirling when they attempt to hit big. Van Meekeren then returned for the final over and helped himself to two more wickets to ensure a 12-run win for his team.
2. Tamim Iqbal 103 not out v Oman (March 13)
Tamim Iqbal has been Bangladesh’s best batsman for a while now, and was in the lead with a brilliant century as his team put it past Oman in their first-round clash.
3. Mitchell Santner 4 for 11 v India (March 15)
Mitchell Santner made the most of the dry track in Nagpur, working his way through the Indian batting line-up with a four-wicket haul. Santner accounted for Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya as New Zealand cantered to a 47-run win.
4. Shahid Afridi’s 49 v Bangladesh (March 16)
Shahid Afridi hasn’t been at his best with the bat of late, even admitting he is more bowler than batsman these days, but when up against Bangladesh, he found his old Boom Boom form, smashing a memorable 19-ball 49.
5. Chris Gayle’s 100 not out v England (March 16)
The big man from Jamaica smashed a wonderful century against England early on in the tournament – his second World T20 hundred – and went down on his knees to celebrate, before, prompted by Darren Sammy & Co, breaking into theChampion dance.
6. Joe Root’s 83 v South Africa (March 18)
The England batsman’s magnificent 44-ball 83 helped his side chase down South Africa’s 230-run target at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The innings, studded with six fours and four sixes, helped England pull off the second-highest successful chase in T20 Internationals.
7. Mohammad Shahzad’s 44 v South Africa (March 20)
In a Super 10 Group 1 clash in Mumbai, Mohammad Shahzad feasted on the South African attack to wallop five sixes and three fours in his 19-ball 44 but, despite his heroics, South Africa secured a 37-run win.
8. Mustafizur Rahman’s 5 for 22 v New Zealand (March 26)
The Mustafizur magic cast New Zealand in its spell as the left-arm pacer finished with career-best T20I figures of 5 for 22 to restrict Kane Williamson’s men to 145 for 8, but Bangladesh collapsed to go down by 75 runs.
9. Angelo Mathews’s 73 v England (March 26)
The Sri Lanka captain stood tall in the 10-run defeat, as he put up a lone fight with his 54-ball 73, an innings studded with three fours and five sixes.
10. Virat Kohli’s 82 not out v Australia (March 27)
The target was a tough one, and the equation seemed to have gone out of India’s hands for a while, but Virat Kohli, the master chaseman, made a mockery of the big ask to pull off another memorable win for India.