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Down Memory Lane: Five memorable matches of the World T20

Yash Mittal
ANALYST
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West Indies are the most successful team in the history of World T20

T20 cricket ever since its advent in 2003, has transformed cricket in the 21st century just like Kerry Packer did with the World Series of Cricket back in the late 70s and early 80s of the last century.

Like every new product, T20 cricket too had its detractors who feared the purity of cricket was at stake and that the bowlers would be deemed no more than a bowling machine.

However, the format Magnum opus arrived when it staged its first ever world event named as the World T20 in 2007.

The tournament caught the imagination of the world with some thrilling cricket between bat and ball and has since then had gone on from strength to strength with its last edition being held at India in 2016.

On that note, here's a look at the most memorable matches played at the World T20 over the course of ten years.


 #5 South Africa vs West Indies, Johannesburg, World T20 2007

Gayle lits up the WT20 2007
Gayle lits up the WT20 2007 with a fine hundred

The World T20 couldn't have hoped for a better start than the one it got when the hosts South Africa and the West Indies went head to head in the tournament opener on 12 September 2007.

Chris Gayle (117) gave a glimpse of what we were to witness from him in the following years, as he powered his way to a brutal hundred.

Gayle was specifically severe on the Proteas ace bowler Shaun Pollock taking him for plenty. The Windies amassed 6-205 in 20 years, which in those days was unheard of.

However, Herschelle Gibbs (90) had other plans as he with the able support from Justin Kemp (46) pulverised the Windies bowling barring Fidel Edwards into submission and stroll their way to an outlandish win by eight wickets.

Result: South Africa won by eight wickets

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