ibnlive » Cricket

Top seven moments of 2014 World Twenty20


Jaspreet Sahni,Cricketnext
Apr 08, 2014 at 01:37pm IST

It's over, but memories will stay. The 2014 ICC World Twenty20 delivered unbridled joy and also distressing heartbreaks that will shape up into bedtime stories the players will narrate to their grandchildren one day.

Whether it was Hong Kong's win over Bangladesh, Dale Steyn's last over against New Zealand or version 1.2 of Chris Gayle's gangnam, such moments make a cricket fan long for more.

ALSO SEE Gilchrist hails T20 ball of the century

The fifth edition of the World Twenty20 is full of stories you want to visit again and again. Cricketnext hand-picked seven of those.

Top seven moments of 2014 World Twenty20

Chris Gayle did an angry version of the gangnam after West Indies beat Australia at the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh. (AFP)

The angry Gangnam

ALSO SEE Sri Lanka won their maiden World T20 title

"You don't want to upset a team like West Indies," Dwayne Bravo said targeting Australia fast bowler James Faulkner, whose pre-match sneer at the Windies set the game up. West Indies wanted nothing but a win out of that game. And when they achieved it, thanks to skipper Darren Sammy punching the Aussies in a close finish, Chris Gayle put all his anger into a gangnam celebration that Faulkner would never want to see again.

T20 ball of the century?

ALSO SEE Dhoni to captain Team of the Tournament

It was an offspinner bowling. The ball pitched on leg stump, spun across the right-handed batsman and pegged his off-stump back. Ravichandran Ashwin did a Shane Warne to Hashim Amla and had Adam Gilchrist talking. "T20 ball of the century," Gilchrist tweeted, and the carrom ball went viral.

Steyn gunned down the Kiwis

ALSO SEE Hafeez quits Pakistan captaincy

Not often do bowlers win a last-over battle in T20 cliffhangers, but when the name is Dale Steyn, you never count the bowling side out. A senior ICC trophy remained out of South Africa's grasp, but Steyn's decisive over in the game against New Zealand won him and the team many more admirers. Steyn had just seven runs to defend and the New Zealand dug out was relaxed with Ross Taylor at the crease. But two wickets, a couple of dot balls and a run-out pour cold water over the Kiwi hopes.

Hong Kong, Netherlands carried Associates' flag

The tournament began with a new format where six qualifiers were grouped with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, from where two moved into the Super10 stage. Hong Kong wasn't one of those two, but they got the best out of their outing with a two-wicket, last-over win over hosts Bangladesh. Netherlands edged Ireland to move into Super10 and did some damage there as well, bowling out England for just 88 to win by 45 runs.

Herath bamboozled Black Caps

3.3 overs, 2 maidens, 3 runs 5 wickets. Rangana Herath explained New Zealand what the term "unplayable" means. Three of the batsmen couldn't score against the Sri Lankan left-armer, who ran through the Kiwi line-up to bowl them out for just 60 in a match that was a straight shootout for a place in the semi-finals.

De Villiers' buried England

South Africa edged the English team by just 3 runs to stay alive in the semis race, but they owed it to one man - AB de Villiers, whose 28-ball unbeaten blitz took 69 runs off the bowlers to push the score to 196. At a strike rate of 246.42, de Villiers hit 9 fours and 3 sixes in his blistering knock.

In the final, without hitting a six

England ended up as the runners-up of the Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, and throughout their campaign they didn't hit even a single six. T20 cricket can not only surprise you with 'power hitting' but also with 'no hitting'.

Latest

More from this section

Bleacher Report