2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup

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2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup
ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 logo.svg
Dates17 October 2021 – 14 November 2021
Administrator(s)International Cricket Council
Cricket formatTwenty20 International
Tournament format(s)Group stage and knockout
Host(s) UAE
 Oman[a]
Champions Australia (1st title)
Runners-up New Zealand
Participants16[1]
Matches45
Attendance378,895 (8,420 per match)
Player of the seriesAustralia David Warner
Most runsPakistan Babar Azam (303)
Most wicketsSri Lanka Wanindu Hasaranga (16)
Official websitet20worldcup.com
2016
2022

The 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup was the seventh ICC Men's T20 World Cup tournament,[2][3] with the matches played in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from 17 October to 14 November 2021.[4][5] The West Indies were the defending champions,[6][7] but were eventually eliminated in the Super 12 stage.[8]

Originally the event was scheduled to be held in Australia from 18 October to 15 November 2020,[9][10][11] but in July 2020, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that this tournament had been postponed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[12][13][14] In August 2020, the ICC confirmed that India would host the 2021 tournament as planned, with Australia being named as the host for the succeeding 2022 tournament.[15] However, in June 2021, the ICC announced that the tournament had been moved to the United Arab Emirates due to growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic situation in India, and a possible third wave of the pandemic in the country due to the fears of Delta variant.[16] The tournament began on 17 October 2021,[4] with the tournament's final taking place on 14 November 2021.[17] The preliminary rounds of the tournament were played in the UAE and Oman.[18]

New Zealand became the first team to reach the final, after they beat England by five wickets in the semi-finals.[19] It was the first time that New Zealand had qualified for a T20 World Cup final.[20] They were joined in the final by Australia, who beat Pakistan by five wickets in the second semi-final.[21] It was the second time that Australia had qualified for the final of the T20 World Cup, after reaching the final of the 2010 tournament.[22] In the final, Australia beat New Zealand by eight wickets to win their first T20 World Cup.[23] Mitchell Marsh was named the Player of the Match,[24] with David Warner being named the Player of the Tournament.[25]

Background[edit]

In April 2020, the ICC confirmed that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament was still planned to go ahead as scheduled.[26][27] However, the following month a senior ICC official said that it would be "too big a risk" to host the tournament in 2020,[28] The ICC also stated that reports of postponing the tournament were inaccurate, with multiple contingency plans being looked at.[29] A decision on the tournament was originally deferred until the ICC's meeting on 10 June 2020,[30] with a further announcement scheduled to be made in July 2020.[31] In June 2020, Earl Eddings, the chairman of Cricket Australia, said that it was "unlikely" and "unrealistic" that the tournament would take place in Australia as scheduled. Eddings also suggested that Australia could host the event in October 2021, and India stage the tournament a year later in 2022. The ICC also considered moving the tournament to be played around the next Women's ODI World Cup, which was originally scheduled to take place in New Zealand for February 2021.[32]

A month before the official postponement, Australian federal tourism minister Simon Birmingham announced that the Australian government expected that the country's borders would be closed to international travel until 2021.[33] The ICC also confirmed that either Australia or India, the hosts for the tournaments originally scheduled to take place in 2020 and 2021 respectively, would host this tournament.[34][35] In August 2020, the ICC confirmed that India are expected to host the 2021 tournament, with Australia expected to the 2022 tournament.[36] In the same month, the ICC confirmed that Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates were being considered as back-up venues for the tournament.[37] In April 2021, the ICC's CEO Geoff Allardice confirmed that back-up plans were still in place if India were unable to host the tournament due to the pandemic.[38] Later the same month, Dhiraj Malhotra of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that the UAE would be used as a contingency,[39] if the pandemic in India continued to get worse.[40] The BCCI were also in talks with Oman as a potential co-host of the tournament.[41] On 1 June 2021, the ICC gave the BCCI the deadline of 28 June 2021 to make its decision on where the tournament would be played.[42] Regardless of the actual location of the tournament, the ICC also confirmed that the BCCI would remain as the hosts of the competition.[43] Later, the ICC confirmed that the tournament had been moved to the UAE and Oman.[5] It was the first time for both the UAE and Oman to be hosting a global ICC event, and also the first occasion that a cricket World Cup was being held entirely outside of the Test-playing nations.[44]

Less than two weeks before the start of the tournament, Oman was impacted by Cyclone Shaheen which passed only a few miles north of the tournament venue in Al-Amerat. Pankaj Khimji, chairman of Oman Cricket, stated that "we were so close to being virtually wiped out [...] had this had happened over here in this area, I’d have said goodbye to the World Cup".[45]

Teams and qualification[edit]

As of 31 December 2018, the top nine ranked ICC Full Members, alongside hosts India, qualified directly for the 2021 tournament.[46][47] Of those ten teams, the top eight ranked sides qualified for the Super 12s stage of the tournament.[46] Sri Lanka and Bangladesh did not qualify for the Super 12s, instead being placed in the group stage of the competition.[46] They were joined by the six teams who had qualified for the tournament via the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier.[46] Of the teams in the ICC Men's T20I Team Rankings, the United Arab Emirates and Nepal could only qualify through regional competitions.[11] The top four teams from the group stage advanced to the Super 12s.[46]

Papua New Guinea were the first team to secure their position via the Qualifier, after they won Group A of the tournament, finishing above the Netherlands on net run rate.[48] It was the first time that Papua New Guinea had qualified for a World Cup in any format.[49] Ireland became the second team to qualify via this route after they won Group B, also on net run rate.[50]

In the first match in the playoffs, the Netherlands qualified for the T20 World Cup when they beat the United Arab Emirates by eight wickets, after the UAE only scored 80 runs in their innings.[51] The second qualifier match saw Namibia advance to their first T20 World Cup after beating Oman by 54 runs.[52] Scotland beat tournament hosts the United Arab Emirates in the third qualifier by 90 runs to secure their place in the T20 World Cup.[53] Oman became the final team to qualify for the T20 World Cup, when they beat Hong Kong by 12 runs in the last playoff match.[54]

In August 2021, concerns and doubts were raised over the participation of Afghanistan cricket team in the tournament ever since Afghanistan was brought under the control of the Taliban.[55] Afghanistan's team media manager Hikmat Hassan confirmed that Afghanistan would play in the T20 World Cup, despite the political turmoil in the country.[56] On 6 October 2021, the Afghanistan team left Kabul, travelling to Doha, Qatar, for a training camp before the start of the tournament.[57]

Means of qualification Date Venue Berths Qualified
Host nation 7 August 2020
(originally awarded on 10 February 2015)
1  India[b]
ICC Men's T20I Team Rankings
(Top 9 teams in rankings who played in the last WT20, excluding the hosts)[46]
31 December 2018 Various 9  Pakistan
 Australia
 England
 South Africa
 New Zealand
 West Indies
 Afghanistan
 Sri Lanka
 Bangladesh
2019 ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier 18 October–3 November 2019 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 6  Netherlands
 Papua New Guinea
 Ireland
 Namibia
 Scotland
 Oman[c]
Total 16

Match officials[edit]

On 7 October 2021, the ICC named the match referees and the on-field umpires for the tournament.[58][59] For the Super 12 match between India and New Zealand, umpire Michael Gough was replaced by Marais Erasmus after Gough was suspended for six days for breaching the tournament's bio-secure bubble.[60] On 3 November 2021, the ICC confirmed that Gough would not officiate in any further matches in the tournament.[61] On 9 November 2021, the match officials were confirmed for the semi-final matches,[62] with the officials for the final being confirmed on 12 November 2021.[63]

Match referees

Umpires

Squads[edit]

Each team selected a squad of 15 players before 10 October 2021.[64] Each team was also able to select up to seven additional players, if needed, with regards to COVID-19.[65] On 10 August 2021, New Zealand were the first team to announce their squad for the tournament.[66] All the teams announced their preliminary squads by 12 September 2021.[67]

Schedule and broadcasting[edit]

With a total of 45 matches, the T20 World Cup was composed of two rounds. Round 1 had twelve matches played between eight teams (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman and Papua New Guinea), with the top four teams progressing to the Super 12s.[68] The Super 12s consisted of 30 matches between the four teams from Round 1 and the top eight ranked T20I teams. Originally, if Sri Lanka or Bangladesh qualified from their first round groups, they would have retained their respective seedings of A1 or B1 for the Super 12s.[69] However, the ICC later changed this rule, after Scotland topped Group B and progressed as B1.[70] Those teams were then split into two groups of six each. This was then followed by the two semi-finals and then the final.[4] On 16 July 2021, the ICC confirmed the groups for the tournament,[71] which were decided on the rankings of the teams as of 20 March 2021.[72] On 17 August 2021, the ICC confirmed the final fixtures for the tournament including the first round and super 12 matches.[73]

The ICC named all of the official broadcasters for the tournament on its website, including details on television coverage, digital content for in-match clips and highlights, and audio listings.[74] The official anthem of the tournament was released on 14 October 2021, by Sony Music India.[75]

Venues[edit]

On 17 April 2021, the BCCI proposed the name of the cities which are scheduled to be hosting the matches.[76] Bangalore, Chennai, Dharamshala, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, and New Delhi were the venues along with Ahmedabad, hosting the final of the event.[77] On 18 April 2021, it was announced that Pakistan would play two of their group matches in Delhi, while Mumbai and Kolkata would host the semi-finals.[78] On 28 June 2021, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly confirmed that due to the COVID-19 situation in the country the board has officially communicated to the ICC about their decision to move the event from India to the UAE.[79] Some of the preliminary round matches of the event were also set to be held in Oman.[80][81] On 29 June 2021, the ICC confirmed that the T20 World Cup would be played in the UAE and Oman.[82] The tournament took place in four venues: the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground.[83] During July 2021, the Tolerance Oval in Abu Dhabi was awaiting accreditation by the ICC to also be used as one of the venues for the tournament.[84]

United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Oman Oman
Dubai Sharjah Abu Dhabi Muscat
Dubai International Cricket Stadium Sharjah Cricket Stadium Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium Oman Cricket Academy Ground
Capacity: 25,000[85] Capacity: 27,000[86] Capacity: 20,000[87] Capacity: 3,000[88]
Dubai Sports City Pak vs Aussies.jpg SharjahCricket.JPG Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium-01.jpg

Prize money[edit]

On 10 October 2021, the ICC announced the prize money for the tournament.[89]

Stage Prize money (US$) Teams/matches Total
Winners $1.6 million 1 $1,600,000
Runner-up $800,000 1 $800,000
Losing semi-finalists $400,000 each 2 $800,000
Bonus for winning a "Super 12" match $40,000 per match 30 $1,200,000
Teams get knocked out in the "Super 12" stage $70,000 each 8 $560,000
Bonus for winning a "First round" match $40,000 per match 12 $480,000
Teams get knocked out in the "First round" $40,000 each 4 $160,000
Total $5,600,000

Warm-up matches[edit]

First round[edit]

Teams
 Bangladesh
 Ireland
 Namibia
 Netherlands
 Oman
 Papua New Guinea
 Scotland
 Sri Lanka

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR Qualification
1  Sri Lanka 3 3 0 0 6 3.754 Advanced to Super 12
2  Namibia 3 2 1 0 4 −0.523
3  Ireland 3 1 2 0 2 −0.853
4  Netherlands 3 0 3 0 0 −2.460


18 October
14:00
Scorecard
Netherlands 
106 (20 overs)
v
 Ireland
107/3 (15.1 overs)
Max O'Dowd 51 (47)
Curtis Campher 4/26 (4 overs)
Gareth Delany 44 (29)
Pieter Seelaar 1/14 (2.1 overs)
Ireland won by 7 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Curtis Campher (Ire)
  • Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Curtis Campher became the first bowler for Ireland to take a hat-trick in T20Is.[90]
  • Curtis Campher also became the third bowler to take four wickets in four balls in T20Is.[91]

18 October
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
Namibia 
96 (19.3 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
100/3 (13.3 overs)
Craig Williams 29 (36)
Maheesh Theekshana 3/25 (4 overs)
Bhanuka Rajapaksa 42* (27)
JJ Smit 1/7 (1 over)
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Adrian Holdstock (SA) and Paul Reiffel (Aus)
Player of the match: Maheesh Theekshana (SL)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field.

20 October
14:00
Scorecard
Netherlands 
164/4 (20 overs)
v
 Namibia
166/4 (19 overs)
Max O'Dowd 70 (56)
Jan Frylinck 2/36 (4 overs)
David Wiese 66* (40)
Pieter Seelaar 1/8 (2 overs)
Namibia won by 6 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Langton Rusere (Zim)
Player of the match: David Wiese (Nam)
  • Namibia won the toss and elected to field.

20 October
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
171/7 (20 overs)
v
 Ireland
101 (18.3 overs)
Wanindu Hasaranga 71 (47)
Josh Little 4/23 (4 overs)
Andrew Balbirnie 41 (39)
Maheesh Theekshana 3/17 (4 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 70 runs
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Nitin Menon (Ind) and Paul Wilson (Aus)
Player of the match: Wanindu Hasaranga (SL)
  • Ireland won the toss and elected to field.
  • Sri Lanka qualified for the Super 12 stage of the tournament as a result of this match,[92] while the Netherlands were eliminated.[93]

22 October
14:00
Scorecard
Ireland 
125/8 (20 overs)
v
 Namibia
126/2 (18.3 overs)
Paul Stirling 38 (24)
Jan Frylinck 3/21 (4 overs)
Gerhard Erasmus 53* (49)
Curtis Campher 2/14 (3 overs)
Namibia won by 8 wickets
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Chris Brown (NZ) and Aleem Dar (Pak)
Player of the match: David Wiese (Nam)
  • Ireland won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Namibia qualified for the Super 12 stage of the tournament as a result of this match,[94] while Ireland were eliminated.[95]

22 October
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
Netherlands 
44 (10 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
45/2 (7.1 overs)
Colin Ackermann 11 (9)
Lahiru Kumara 3/7 (3 overs)
Kusal Perera 33* (24)
Brandon Glover 1/12 (3 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Joel Wilson (WI)
Player of the match: Lahiru Kumara (SL)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field.

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR Qualification
1  Scotland 3 3 0 0 6 0.775 Advanced to Super 12
2  Bangladesh 3 2 1 0 4 1.733
3  Oman 3 1 2 0 2 −0.025
4  Papua New Guinea 3 0 3 0 0 −2.655


17 October
14:00
Scorecard
Papua New Guinea 
129/9 (20 overs)
v
 Oman
131/0 (13.4 overs)
Assad Vala 56 (43)
Zeeshan Maqsood 4/20 (4 overs)
Oman won by 10 wickets
Oman Cricket Academy Ground Turf 1, Muscat
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Chris Gaffaney (NZ)
Player of the match: Zeeshan Maqsood (Oma)

17 October
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
Scotland 
140/9 (20 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
134/7 (20 overs)
Chris Greaves 45 (28)
Mahedi Hasan 3/19 (4 overs)
Mushfiqur Rahim 38 (36)
Brad Wheal 3/24 (4 overs)
Scotland won by 6 runs
Oman Cricket Academy Ground Turf 1, Muscat
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (Eng) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Chris Greaves (Sco)

19 October
14:00
Scorecard
Scotland 
165/9 (20 overs)
v
 Papua New Guinea
148 (19.3 overs)
Richie Berrington 70 (49)
Kabua Morea 4/31 (4 overs)
Norman Vanua 47 (37)
Josh Davey 4/18 (3.3 overs)
Scotland won by 17 runs
Oman Cricket Academy Ground Turf 1, Muscat
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Richard Kettleborough (Eng)
Player of the match: Richie Berrington (Sco)
  • Scotland won the toss and elected to bat.

19 October
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
153 (20 overs)
v
 Oman
127/9 (20 overs)
Mohammad Naim 64 (50)
Bilal Khan 3/18 (4 overs)
Jatinder Singh 40 (33)
Mustafizur Rahman 4/36 (4 overs)
Bangladesh won by 26 runs
Oman Cricket Academy Ground Turf 1, Muscat
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZ) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Shakib Al Hasan (Ban)
  • Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat.

21 October
14:00
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
181/7 (20 overs)
v
 Papua New Guinea
97 (19.3 overs)
Mahmudullah 50 (28)
Assad Vala 2/26 (3 overs)
Kiplin Doriga 46* (34)
Shakib Al Hasan 4/9 (4 overs)
Bangladesh won by 84 runs
Oman Cricket Academy Ground Turf 1, Muscat
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Richard Kettleborough (Eng)
Player of the match: Shakib Al Hasan (Ban)
  • Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat.
  • This was the biggest winning margin for Bangladesh in T20Is, in terms of runs.[97]
  • Bangladesh qualified for the Super 12 stage of the tournament as a result of this match,[98] while Papua New Guinea were eliminated.[99]

21 October
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
Oman 
122 (20 overs)
v
 Scotland
123/2 (17 overs)
Aqib Ilyas 37 (35)
Josh Davey 3/25 (4 overs)
Kyle Coetzer 41 (28)
Fayyaz Butt 1/26 (3 overs)
Scotland won by 8 wickets
Oman Cricket Academy Ground Turf 1, Muscat
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZ) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Josh Davey (Sco)
  • Oman won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Scotland qualified for the Super 12 stage of the tournament as a result of this match,[100] while Oman were eliminated.[101]

Super 12[edit]

Qualification Country
Host  India
Rankings  Afghanistan
 Australia
 England
 New Zealand
 Pakistan
 South Africa
 West Indies
Advanced from first round  Bangladesh
 Namibia
 Scotland
 Sri Lanka

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR Qualification
1  England 5 4 1 0 8 2.464 Advanced to knockout stage
2  Australia 5 4 1 0 8 1.216
3  South Africa 5 4 1 0 8 0.739
4  Sri Lanka 5 2 3 0 4 −0.269
5  West Indies 5 1 4 0 2 −1.641
6  Bangladesh 5 0 5 0 0 −2.383


23 October
14:00
Scorecard
South Africa 
118/9 (20 overs)
v
 Australia
121/5 (19.4 overs)
Aiden Markram 40 (36)
Josh Hazlewood 2/19 (4 overs)
Steve Smith 35 (34)
Anrich Nortje 2/21 (4 overs)
Australia won by 5 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Nitin Menon (Ind)
Player of the match: Josh Hazlewood (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.

23 October
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
West Indies 
55 (14.2 overs)
v
 England
56/4 (8.2 overs)
Chris Gayle 13 (13)
Adil Rashid 4/2 (2.2 overs)
Jos Buttler 24* (22)
Akeal Hosein 2/24 (4 overs)
England won by 6 wickets
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Marais Erasmus (SA)
Player of the match: Moeen Ali (Eng)
  • England won the toss and elected to field.
  • The West Indies' total was the lowest by a Full Member team in a men's T20 World Cup match.[102]

24 October
14:00 (N)
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
171/4 (20 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
172/5 (18.5 overs)
Mohammad Naim 62 (52)
Chamika Karunaratne 1/12 (3 overs)
Charith Asalanka 80* (49)
Shakib Al Hasan 2/17 (3 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Adrian Holdstock (SA) and Joel Wilson (WI)
Player of the match: Charith Asalanka (SL)

26 October
14:00
Scorecard
West Indies 
143/8 (20 overs)
v
 South Africa
144/2 (18.2 overs)
Evin Lewis 56 (35)
Dwaine Pretorius 3/17 (2 overs)
Aiden Markram 51* (26)
Akeal Hosein 1/27 (4 overs)
South Africa won by 8 wickets
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Paul Reiffel (Aus)
Player of the match: Anrich Nortje (SA)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to field.

27 October
14:00
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
124/9 (20 overs)
v
 England
126/2 (14.1 overs)
Mushfiqur Rahim 29 (30)
Tymal Mills 3/27 (4 overs)
Jason Roy 61 (38)
Nasum Ahmed 1/26 (3 overs)
England won by 8 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Nitin Menon (Ind) and Langton Rusere (Zim)
Player of the match: Jason Roy (Eng)
  • Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat.

28 October
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
154/6 (20 overs)
v
 Australia
155/3 (17 overs)
Kusal Perera 35 (25)
Adam Zampa 2/12 (4 overs)
David Warner 65 (42)
Wanindu Hasaranga 2/22 (4 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Richard Illingworth (Eng)
Player of the match: Adam Zampa (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.

29 October
14:00
Scorecard
West Indies 
142/7 (20 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
139/5 (20 overs)
Nicholas Pooran 40 (22)
Shoriful Islam 2/20 (4 overs)
Litton Das 44 (43)
Jason Holder 1/22 (4 overs)
West Indies won by 3 runs
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Adrian Holdstock (SA) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Nicholas Pooran (WI)
  • Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field.
  • Roston Chase (WI) made his T20I debut.

30 October
14:00
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
142 (20 overs)
v
 South Africa
146/6 (19.5 overs)
Pathum Nissanka 72 (58)
Dwaine Pretorius 3/17 (3 overs)
Temba Bavuma 46 (46)
Wanindu Hasaranga 3/20 (4 overs)
South Africa won by 4 wickets
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Joel Wilson (WI) and Paul Wilson (Aus)
Player of the match: Tabraiz Shamsi (SA)

30 October
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
Australia 
125 (20 overs)
v
 England
126/2 (11.4 overs)
Aaron Finch 44 (49)
Chris Jordan 3/17 (4 overs)
Jos Buttler 71* (32)
Ashton Agar 1/15 (2.4 overs)
England won by 8 wickets
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Nitin Menon (Ind)
Player of the match: Chris Jordan (Eng)
  • England won the toss and elected to field.

1 November
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
England 
163/4 (20 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
137 (19 overs)
Jos Buttler 101* (67)
Wanindu Hasaranga 3/21 (4 overs)
Wanindu Hasaranga 34 (21)
Moeen Ali 2/15 (3 overs)
England won by 26 runs
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Adrian Holdstock (SA) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Jos Buttler (Eng)

2 November
14:00
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
84 (18.2 overs)
v
 South Africa
86/4 (13.3 overs)
Mahedi Hasan 27 (25)
Anrich Nortje 3/8 (3.2 overs)
Temba Bavuma 31* (28)
Taskin Ahmed 2/18 (4 overs)
South Africa won by 6 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Paul Reiffel (Aus)
Player of the match: Kagiso Rabada (SA)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to field.
  • Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were both eliminated as a result of this match.[108]

4 November
14:00
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
73 (15 overs)
v
 Australia
78/2 (6.2 overs)
Shamim Hossain 19 (18)
Adam Zampa 5/19 (4 overs)
Aaron Finch 40 (20)
Shoriful Islam 1/9 (1 over)
Australia won by 8 wickets
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Nitin Menon (Ind)
Player of the match: Adam Zampa (Aus)

4 November
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
189/3 (20 overs)
v
 West Indies
169/8 (20 overs)
Charith Asalanka 68 (41)
Andre Russell 2/33 (4 overs)
Shimron Hetmyer 81* (54)
Wanindu Hasaranga 2/19 (4 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 20 runs
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Langton Rusere (Zim)
Player of the match: Charith Asalanka (SL)
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to field.
  • West Indies were eliminated as a result of this match.[110]

6 November
14:00
Scorecard
West Indies 
157/7 (20 overs)
v
 Australia
161/2 (16.2 overs)
Kieron Pollard 44 (31)
Josh Hazlewood 4/39 (4 overs)
David Warner 89* (56)
Chris Gayle 1/7 (1 over)
Australia won by 8 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Langton Rusere (Zim)
Player of the match: David Warner (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.

6 November
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
South Africa 
189/2 (20 overs)
v
 England
179/8 (20 overs)
Rassie van der Dussen 94* (60)
Moeen Ali 1/27 (4 overs)
Moeen Ali 37 (27)
Kagiso Rabada 3/48 (4 overs)
South Africa won by 10 runs
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Chris Brown (NZ) and Joel Wilson (WI)
Player of the match: Rassie van der Dussen (SA)
  • England won the toss and elected to field.
  • Kagiso Rabada became the first bowler for South Africa to take a hat-trick in T20Is.[111]
  • England and Australia both qualified for the semi-finals as a result of this match,[112] while South Africa were eliminated.[113]

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR Qualification
1  Pakistan 5 5 0 0 10 1.583 Advanced to knockout stage
2  New Zealand 5 4 1 0 8 1.162
3  India 5 3 2 0 6 1.747
4  Afghanistan 5 2 3 0 4 1.053
5  Namibia 5 1 4 0 2 −1.890
6  Scotland 5 0 5 0 0 −3.543


24 October
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
India 
151/7 (20 overs)
v
 Pakistan
152/0 (17.5 overs)
Virat Kohli 57 (49)
Shaheen Afridi 3/31 (4 overs)
Pakistan won by 10 wickets
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Chris Gaffaney (NZ)
Player of the match: Shaheen Afridi (Pak)

25 October
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
190/4 (20 overs)
v
 Scotland
60 (10.2 overs)
Najibullah Zadran 59 (34)
Safyaan Sharif 2/33 (4 overs)
George Munsey 25 (18)
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 5/20 (4 overs)
Afghanistan won by 130 runs
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Paul Wilson (Aus)
Player of the match: Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afg)

26 October
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
New Zealand 
134/8 (20 overs)
v
 Pakistan
135/5 (18.4 overs)
Daryl Mitchell 27 (20)
Haris Rauf 4/22 (4 overs)
Mohammad Rizwan 33 (34)
Ish Sodhi 2/28 (4 overs)
Pakistan won by 5 wickets
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Michael Gough and Richard Kettleborough (Eng)
Player of the match: Haris Rauf (Pak)

27 October
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
Scotland 
109/8 (20 overs)
v
 Namibia
115/6 (19.1 overs)
Michael Leask 44 (27)
Ruben Trumpelmann 3/17 (4 overs)
JJ Smit 32* (23)
Michael Leask 2/12 (2 overs)
Namibia won by 4 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Adrian Holdstock (SA) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Ruben Trumpelmann (Nam)
  • Namibia won the toss and elected to field.

29 October
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
147/6 (20 overs)
v
 Pakistan
148/5 (19 overs)
Gulbadin Naib 35* (25)
Imad Wasim 2/25 (4 overs)
Babar Azam 51 (47)
Rashid Khan 2/26 (4 overs)
Pakistan won by 5 wickets
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Chris Brown (NZ) and Joel Wilson (WI)
Player of the match: Asif Ali (Pak)
  • Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Rashid Khan (Afg) became the fastest bowler, in terms of matches, to take 100 wickets in T20Is (53).[120]
  • Babar Azam (Pak) became the fastest player, in terms of innings, to score 1,000 runs as captain in T20Is (26).[121]

31 October
14:00
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
160/5 (20 overs)
v
 Namibia
98/9 (20 overs)
David Wiese 26 (30)
Hamid Hassan 3/9 (4 overs)
Afghanistan won by 62 runs
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZ) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Naveen-ul-Haq (Afg)

31 October
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
India 
110/7 (20 overs)
v
 New Zealand
111/2 (14.3 overs)
Ravindra Jadeja 26* (19)
Trent Boult 3/20 (4 overs)
Daryl Mitchell 49 (35)
Jasprit Bumrah 2/19 (4 overs)
New Zealand won by 8 wickets
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Richard Kettleborough (Eng)
Player of the match: Ish Sodhi (NZ)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.

2 November
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
Pakistan 
189/2 (20 overs)
v
 Namibia
144/5 (20 overs)
Mohammad Rizwan 79* (50)
David Wiese 1/30 (4 overs)
David Wiese 43* (31)
Imad Wasim 1/13 (3 overs)
Pakistan won by 45 runs
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Chris Brown (NZ) and Chris Gaffaney (NZ)
Player of the match: Mohammad Rizwan (Pak)
  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Pakistan qualified for the semi-finals as a result of this match.[123]

3 November
14:00
Scorecard
New Zealand 
172/5 (20 overs)
v
 Scotland
156/5 (20 overs)
Martin Guptill 93 (56)
Safyaan Sharif 2/28 (4 overs)
Michael Leask 42* (20)
Trent Boult 2/29 (4 overs)
New Zealand won by 16 runs
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Martin Guptill (NZ)

3 November
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
India 
210/2 (20 overs)
v
 Afghanistan
144/7 (20 overs)
Rohit Sharma 74 (47)
Karim Janat 1/7 (1 over)
Karim Janat 42* (22)
Mohammed Shami 3/32 (4 overs)
India won by 66 runs
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (Eng) and Paul Reiffel (Aus)
Player of the match: Rohit Sharma (Ind)
  • Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field.

5 November
14:00
Scorecard
New Zealand 
163/4 (20 overs)
v
 Namibia
111/7 (20 overs)
Glenn Phillips 39* (21)
Bernard Scholtz 1/15 (3 overs)
Michael van Lingen 25 (25)
Tim Southee 2/15 (4 overs)
New Zealand won by 52 runs
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Paul Reiffel (Aus) and Paul Wilson (Aus)
Player of the match: James Neesham (NZ)
  • Namibia won the toss and elected to field.
  • Namibia were eliminated as a result of this match.[126]

5 November
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
Scotland 
85 (17.4 overs)
v
 India
89/2 (6.3 overs)
George Munsey 24 (19)
Mohammed Shami 3/15 (3 overs)
KL Rahul 50 (19)
Mark Watt 1/20 (2 overs)
India won by 8 wickets
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Ravindra Jadeja (Ind)
  • India won the toss and elected to field.
  • KL Rahul (Ind) scored the joint-fastest fifty of the tournament (18 balls).

7 November
14:00
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
124/8 (20 overs)
v
 New Zealand
125/2 (18.1 overs)
Najibullah Zadran 73 (48)
Trent Boult 3/17 (4 overs)
Kane Williamson 40* (42)
Rashid Khan 1/27 (4 overs)
New Zealand won by 8 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Langton Rusere (Zim)
Player of the match: Trent Boult (NZ)
  • Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Rashid Khan (Afg) took his 400th wicket in Twenty20 cricket.[127]
  • New Zealand qualified for the semi-finals as a result of this match,[128] while India and Afghanistan were both eliminated.[129]

7 November
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
Pakistan 
189/4 (20 overs)
v
 Scotland
117/6 (20 overs)
Babar Azam 66 (47)
Chris Greaves 2/43 (4 overs)
Richie Berrington 54* (37)
Shadab Khan 2/14 (4 overs)
Pakistan won by 72 runs
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Rod Tucker (Aus) and Paul Wilson (Aus)
Player of the match: Shoaib Malik (Pak)
  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Shoaib Malik (Pak) scored the joint-fastest fifty of the tournament (18 balls).

8 November
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
Namibia 
132/8 (20 overs)
v
 India
136/1 (15.2 overs)
David Wiese 26 (25)
Ravindra Jadeja 3/16 (4 overs)
Rohit Sharma 56 (37)
Jan Frylinck 1/19 (2 overs)
India won by 9 wickets
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Chris Brown (NZ) and Richard Illingworth (Eng)
Player of the match: Ravindra Jadeja (Ind)

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals Final
      
1  England 166/4 (20 overs)
4  New Zealand 167/5 (19 overs)
 New Zealand 172/4 (20 overs)
 Australia 173/2 (18.5 overs)
3  Pakistan 176/4 (20 overs)
2  Australia 177/5 (19 overs)

Semi-finals[edit]

10 November
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
England 
166/4 (20 overs)
v
 New Zealand
167/5 (19 overs)
Moeen Ali 51* (37)
James Neesham 1/18 (2 overs)
Daryl Mitchell 72* (47)
Liam Livingstone 2/22 (4 overs)
New Zealand won by 5 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Marais Erasmus (SA)
Player of the match: Daryl Mitchell (NZ)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.

11 November
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
Pakistan 
176/4 (20 overs)
v
 Australia
177/5 (19 overs)
Mohammad Rizwan 67 (52)
Mitchell Starc 2/38 (4 overs)
David Warner 49 (30)
Shadab Khan 4/26 (4 overs)
Australia won by 5 wickets
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZ) and Richard Kettleborough (Eng)
Player of the match: Matthew Wade (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.

Final[edit]

14 November
18:00 (N)
Scorecard
New Zealand 
172/4 (20 overs)
v
 Australia
173/2 (18.5 overs)
Kane Williamson 85 (48)
Josh Hazlewood 3/16 (4 overs)
Mitchell Marsh 77* (50)
Trent Boult 2/18 (4 overs)
Australia won by 8 wickets
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Richard Kettleborough (Eng)
Player of the match: Mitchell Marsh (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.
  • Australia won their maiden T20 World Cup title.

Statistics[edit]

Most runs[edit]

Player Matches Innings Runs Average SR HS 100 50 4s 6s
Pakistan Babar Azam 6 6 303 60.60 126.25 70 0 4 28 5
Australia David Warner 7 7 289 48.16 146.70 89* 0 3 32 10
Pakistan Mohammad Rizwan 6 6 281 70.25 127.72 79* 0 3 23 12
England Jos Buttler 6 6 269 89.66 151.12 101* 1 1 22 13
Sri Lanka Charith Asalanka 6 6 231 46.20 147.13 80* 0 2 23 9
Source: Cricinfo[131]

Most wickets[edit]

Player Matches Innings Wickets Overs Econ. Ave. BBI S/R 4WI 5WI
Sri Lanka Wanindu Hasaranga 8 8 16 30 5.20 9.75 3/9 11.2 0 0
Australia Adam Zampa 7 7 13 27 5.81 12.07 5/19 12.4 0 1
New Zealand Trent Boult 7 7 13 27.4 6.25 13.30 3/17 12.7 0 0
Bangladesh Shakib Al Hasan 6 6 11 22 5.59 11.18 4/9 12.0 1 0
Australia Josh Hazlewood 7 7 11 24 7.29 15.90 4/39 13.0 1 0
Source: Cricinfo[132]

Team of the tournament[edit]

Player Role
Australia David Warner Batsman
England Jos Buttler Batsman / Wicket-keeper
Pakistan Babar Azam Batsman / Captain
Sri Lanka Charith Asalanka Batsman
South Africa Aiden Markram Batsman
England Moeen Ali All-rounder
Sri Lanka Wanindu Hasaranga Bowling all-rounder
Australia Adam Zampa Bowler
Australia Josh Hazlewood Bowler
New Zealand Trent Boult Bowler
South Africa Anrich Nortje Bowler
Pakistan Shaheen Afridi Bowler / 12th man

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) retained the hosting rights to the tournament, with the matches taking place in the UAE and Oman.
  2. ^ Originally automatically qualified as original host.
  3. ^ Replacement co-host with United Arab Emirates.

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