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T20 World Cup 2022: Top 10 best individual performances

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After a tournament that saw an abundance of individual brilliance, we look back on the ten best performances that played a key role in deciding a contest at the T20 World Cup.

Curtis Campher 72* and 2/9 vs Scotland

At 61/4 chasing 177 for a win in the First Round, Ireland looked down and out until Curtis Campher injected some adrenaline into the run chase, slamming a brilliant 32-ball 72 in a partnership of 119 with George Dockrell that came in less than 10 overs. 

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Curtis Campher fires with bat and ball in Ireland triumph | POTM Highlights | T20WC 2022

Campher lit up the Bellerive Oval with some outrageous stroke play as Ireland smashed more than 10 runs off every over starting from the 12th. With the pressure of wickets and required run rate, Campher's sizzling knock remains one of the tournament's highlights. The knock overshadowed his spell of 2/9 with the ball earlier in the game that put a leash on Scotland's attack.

Virat Kohli 82* vs Pakistan

With questions around his form still floating around despite a hundred in the Asia Cup leading up to the tournament, Virat Kohli silenced his critics with a mind-blowing innings against arch-rivals Pakistan, headlined by two stunning sixes off Haris Rauf in the penultimate over of the run chase.

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Highlights of Virat Kohli's all-time great knock against Pakistan | T20WC 2022
Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 53-ball 82* to help India secure an opening victory against Pakistan in their ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 encounter.

At 31/4 chasing 160, India had lost their way until Kohli and Hardik Pandya resurrected the innings with a defiant stand. The required run rate still made India's chase highly improbable until Kohli's twin sixes off Rauf changed the course of the game. He finished on a 53-ball 82* to lead India to a memorable win.

Lungi Ngidi 4/29 vs India

The South African seamer sent back India's top three batters and then added the scalp of Hardik Pandya to produce one of the best spells of the tournament in the clash against India.

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Lungi Ngidi takes brilliant four-for for South Africa against India | POTM Highlights | T20WC 2022
South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi wins the Player of the Match after his four-for dismantled India in their ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 clash.

Ngidi reduced India to 41/3 after his first two overs produced the wickets of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. He returned after the Powerplay to dismiss Pandya too to dent India's fight significantly. 

Sikandar Raza 3/25 vs Pakistan

A game-changing spell from Sikandar Raza produced one of the greatest upsets in the tournament. Chasing 131, Pakistan were 88/3 when Raza landed a double blow that turned the game on its head.

He sent back Shadab Khan and Haider Ali off successive deliveries to reduce Pakistan to 88/5. Shan Masood had held the innings together until then, but Raza sent him back as well in his next over to nearly seal Pakistan's hopes. 

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Sikandar Raza stars in Zimbabwe's historic win | POTM Highlights | T20WC 2022
All-round brilliance from Sikandar Raza helped Zimbabwe beat Scotland to book a berth in the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022.

To top it all, he showed appreciable game awareness off the final ball with Pakistan needing three runs to win (and two to tie) by identifying the right end to throw the ball to effect the crucial run out that saw Zimbabwe through by one run.

Marcus Stoinis 59* vs Sri Lanka

An 18-ball 59* from Marcus Stoinis blew Sri Lanka away in Perth in the Super 12 clash. The fifty that came off 17 balls, the joint-second-quickest in the men's T20 World Cup, was an audacious display of stroke-making that included a hat-trick of boundaries off the tournament's highest wicket-taker, Wanindu Hasaranga.

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Stoinis records fastest men's T20I fifty for Australia | Highlights | T20WC 2022
Marcus Stoinis recorded the fastest men's T20I fifty for Australia, also the second joint-fastest in men's T20 World Cups.

Glenn Phillips 104 vs Sri Lanka

Phillips made a whopping 62% of his team's runs in this SCG match that saw the second hundred of the tournament. 

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Phillips wins POTM for brilliant century | Highlights | T20WC 2022
Glenn Phillips smashes 64-ball 104 to help New Zealand post a good total against Sri Lanka in their ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 clash.

The New Zealand middle-order batter slammed four sixes and ten fours to make a 64-ball 104 with the next highest score in the team being 22.

Shadab Khan 52 and 2/16 vs South Africa

A knock that turned the tournament around, Shadab Khan's innings against South Africa was one of the turning points of Pakistan's campaign. At 95/5 in 23 overs, Pakistan were seemingly going nowhere when Shadab walked in.

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Sensational Shadab stuns South Africa | POTM Highlights | T20WC 2022
POTM Highlights: Shadab Khan smashed 22-ball 52 and then followed it up with

He went on to smash the Proteas quicks with disdain to make 52 off 22 balls and take Pakistan to 185, a total that appeared well out of their reach before he came in. Shadab went on to take two wickets with the ball in Pakistan's big win.

Brandon Glover 3/9 vs South Africa

You could look back at the Super 12 match between Netherlands and South Africa as a course-defining one in the tournament. The Proteas were set to take a semi-final spot and knock Pakistan out of the tournament on the final day of the Super 12, but Netherlands produced a brilliant all-round showing that sent the Proteas packing instead.

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Netherlands pacer Brandon Glover turned the clash with South Africa in a devastating spell | Highlights | T20WC 2022
Bowling Highlights: Netherlands pacer Brandon Glover turned the clash with South Africa in a devastating spell that set up a huge upset at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022

The star of the show with the ball against a formidable middle-order was Brandon Glover, the Netherlands seamer, who returned figures of 3/9, including the wickets of Rilee Rossouw, David Miller and Wayne Parnell, to play a key role in the win. 

Alex Hales 86* vs India

The high point of Alex Hales' eye-catching comeback story in the tournament was his unbeaten 86 against India in the semi-final that saw England scale a target of 169 with ease. 

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Hales half-century diminishes India's hopes | T20WC 2022
Alex Hales scores a quickfire half-century as England start brilliantly in their semi-final chase against India.

Hales' unbeaten 86 came off 47 balls and was studded with seven maximums. He set the tone in the run chase, racing to a 28-ball fifty in the 8th over.

Sam Curran 3/12 vs Pakistan in the final

While the England all-rounder had excelled through the tournament, including a career-best 5/10, his most telling contribution came in the final against Pakistan.

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Sam Curran is named Player of the Final after three-for | Highlights | T20WC 2022
Sam Curran is named the Player of the Final after his 3/12 helped England secure the T20 World Cup title.

With Pakistan openers putting on a dangerous stand, Curran sent back Mohammad Rizwan to break the partnership. He went on to dismiss Shan Masood, Pakistan's top-scorer, and Mohammad Nawaz to finish with figures of 3/12.

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