Top 10 T20I matches of 2021
2021 witnessed top-notch action and games that will be remembered forever. On that note, here are 10 best from the year.
Updated - Jan 1, 2022 5:39 pm
2021 has come to an end and this year has been of the shortest format. There were some quality T20I matches held in 2021. With so many bilateral series and the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, the level of T20I cricket was redefined. Australia managed to win the T20 World Cup final for the first time.
We witnessed top-notch team and individual performances that will be remembered forever. The matches took place one after another and each of them was as better as the others. Some extraordinary individual performers were all over the headlines. One of them was Mohammad Rizwan and the way he batted throughout the year.
Wanindu Hasaranga and Tabraiz Shamsi had a year to remember. Some teams having higher expectations underperformed whereas some underdogs stole the show. The format is very demanding and currently most popular one. Hopefully, the format will grow in upcoming fixtures.
Here are the best T20I matches of 2021:
10. Pakistan chased 204 in South Africa
A few times ago, a 200 runs were considered as a match-winning total in 20-over cricket but now the scenarios have changed. There is no safe total in the shortest format. Pakistan gave an example when they chased 204 with two overs to spare against South Africa.
In April 2021, during the third T20I, the hosts batted first and put a total of 203 on the board featuring good knocks from Aiden Markram and Janneman Malan. Markram scored 63 and Malan added 55 runs, while Rassie Van der Dussen also played a good cameo.
Babar Azam scored a classy 122 of just 59 deliveries, smashing 15 fours and four maximums. Rizwan also played a beautiful knock and remained not out on 73. Even in-form Tabraiz Shamsi was clueless in front of the Pakistani duo. Pakistan continued with this opening duo throughout the year.