T20 World Cup 2022: 5 Major Upsets in T20 World Cup history

There have been some jaw-dropping upsets in the history of the T20 World Cup.


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Published - Oct 16, 2022, 15:54 IST | Updated - Oct 16, 2022, 15:54 IST


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Some of the best moments in any global event happen to be the monumental upsets that stun the participating players and fans alike. Undoubtedly, an upset is not great for everyone involved, however, neutral fans rooting for an underdog to win relish it whenever it happens.

The T20 World Cup too has seen numerous upsets over the years. There have been some of the moments in the marquee tournament that entirely changed the complexion of the match. An underdog winning a fixture is something that stays with the fans for quite long as these are moments that do not happen too often. 

5 Major Upsets in T20 World Cup history

5. Zimbabwe vs Australia – 2007 ICC World Twenty20

Australia do not often go in any competition without the ‘favourites’ tag, that is the reputation the Aussies have built. The inaugural edition of the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007 saw the first major upset when an African nation, Zimbabwe handed the Aussies a humiliating loss in the first match of their campaign.

It turned out to be a game for cricket fans (other than Australia's) to remember. Australia looked rusty as they posted a low score of 138/9 in their 20 overs. However, it was still expected that the Aussies would fight back and win the game.

But unfortunately for them, Brendan Taylor had other plans as he powered his side to a successful chase with a flamboyant 45-ball 60*. Moreover, to pace spearheads such as Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson in the bowling line-up too could not make any difference as the side eventually faced their fate losing out in the first match.

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