Today we discuss 10 facts about T20 World Cup 2014. The 2014 T20 World Cup was an Asian extravaganza of sorts. It was a big win for the game of cricket since it was the first time that a smaller nation in terms of finances and administrative capacity in Bangladesh had won the right to hold the tournament. The tournament was held between 16th March to 6th April 2014. The previous editions of the tournament were in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2012. South Africa, England, West Indies, and Sri Lanka had been the destinations selected for the previous world cups respectively. Following are a few essential facts regarding the T20 World Cup 2014 in general.
T20 World Cup 2014: Format & Key facts
- The Tournament was organized in three different stadiums in Bangladesh. The three stadiums which won the rights of hosting the 31 games of the tournament were Dhaka, Chittagong, and Sylhet.
- Graded Point systems were introduced during the campaign of the T20 World Cup 2014. 4 points were allotted to the team who won the match. 2 points have designated the forties and no result games, which accidentally would have washed out due to rain or any other weather increments. No points were awarded to teams if they lost a particular match.
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- In case if two teams finished on the same number of points there was the system of holding a tiebreaker. In this system, several points like head to head record, net run rate, and most wins were taken into consideration according to the appropriate chronology. After considering these criteria, the decision was arrived at by the match officials in charge of conducting the T20 World Cup 2014.
- This was the first time in the tournament that 16 teams participated. This includes the 10 test playing nations along with host Bangladesh, India, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia, South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Pakistan. Along with them, six nations qualified to participate through the 2013 Tournament Qualifiers. The teams at T20 World Cup 2014 were Afghanistan, Netherlands, Hong Kong, UAE, Nepal, and Ireland.
- A Flurry of Runs was scored in the T20 World Cup 2014 with Virat Kohli emerging as the top run-scorer with 319 runs. Others who followed suit were Tom Cooper, Stephan Myburgh, Rohit Sharma, and Jean-Paul Duminy. The pitches offered for batting were flat tops with short boundaries which made stroke-making very easy and elegant as well.
- Spinners dominated the T20 World Cup 2014 with a majority of wickets being bagged up by them during the game. Imran Tahir emerged as the top wicket-taker with 12 wickets. Others in that list included Ahsan Ali, Samuel Badree, Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra.
- Two centuries were scored in the tournament with one coming from the bat of Alex Hales from England and the other one coming from Ahmed Shahzad of Pakistan. Hales struck an unbeaten 116* against eventual champions, Sri Lanka, with 11 fours and 6 sixes. Shahzad beat the pulp out of Bangladesh bowling with a stunning 111*.
- The knock featured 10 fours and five sixes. The other high scores of the tournament were 94, 89, and 86. They came from the bat of Umar Akmal, Mahela Jayawardene, and Jean-Paul Duminy respectively.
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- A lot of high scores were scored during the span of the entire tournament. The five highest scores that were recorded include 196/5 made by South Africa against England, 193/4 made by the Netherlands against Ireland, 193/7 made by England against South Africa, 191/5 made by Pakistan against Australia and 190/4 made by England against Sri Lanka.
- Virat Kohli was adjudged the Man of the Tournament for his incredibly consistent performances which paved the way for India to the final against Sri Lanka.
- In the T20 World Cup 2014 final, Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl first. They restricted the strong Indian batting line up to a score of 130/7 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Virat Kohli top-scored for his team with a majestic 77 from 58 balls which gave the Indian total a respectable look.
- Chasing a meager score under intense pressure, Sri Lanka lost crucial wickets. However, Kumar Sangakkara stayed there till the end and scored a patient 52* which propelled Sri Lanka to a win with six wickets remaining. This was Sri Lanka’s second triumph at the world stage after their 1996 world cup win led by Arjuna Ranatunga.
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