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T20 World Cup: Pre-tournament favourites yet to win since men's competition began in 2007 – Sky Sports


Benedict Bermange

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Being favourites heading into the Men’s T20 World Cup has been somewhat of a poisoned chalice with the pre-tournament picks yet to triumph in six editions; watch this year’s competition, in the UAE and Oman, live on Sky Sports from October 17

Last Updated: 12/10/21 3:15pm

Australia have been favourites going into three T20 World Cups but have won none of them

Australia have been favourites going into three T20 World Cups but have won none of them

Australia have been favourites going into three T20 World Cups but have won none of them

Much was made during the T20 international series between India and England earlier this year that it was two teams battling it out to be the favourites for the ICC T20 World Cup.

India shaded the closely-fought series 3-2 to at least lay down a marker as potentially the team to beat in the competition.

A look at the current ICC Men’s T20I team rankings shows that England and India will start the World Cup in first and second place respectively.

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That fact is also reflected in the odds, with India the current favourites according to the bookies, closely followed by England.

However, taking a glance through the previous editions of the competition, it has been notoriously difficult to pick a winner.

With the help of Ed Hawkins from Betfair, here is a jaunt through how the other tournaments panned out for the pre-tournament favourites…

2007

Favourites: Australia (15/8)
Winners: India (9/1)

Australia were the shortest-price favourites in competition history before the inaugural event, having just added a third straight 50-over World Cup trophy to their cupboard.

However, they had the worst possible start, losing by five wickets to a Brendan Taylor-inspired Zimbabwe. They sneaked through to the Super 8s, where victories over Bangladesh and Sri Lanka saw them move into the semi-finals. But they couldn’t cope with Yuvraj Singh, who struck 70 from just 30 balls to lead India to 188-5 and a 15-run victory.

Eventual winner India’s progress from the group stage was due to a rain-out against Scotland and then a 3-0 bowl-out victory over Pakistan when their match ended in a tie. However, they came good at the right time, and S. Sreesanth was in the right place at the right time to catch Misbah’s attempted paddle in the final to seal victory.

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2009

Favourites: India (7/2)
Winners: Pakistan (8/1)

Reigning champions India sailed through their two qualifying matches with easy victories over Bangladesh and Ireland but it was a different scenario once they reached the Super 8 stage. They lost to the West Indies at Lord’s by seven wickets and then faced England in a thriller at the same venue two days later.

England posted 153-7 in their 20 overs and despite the presence of big-hitting MS Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan at the crease, India still needed 19 to win from Ryan Sidebottom’s final over. It was too much to ask, and they went down by three runs to seal their elimination from the tournament. A third straight defeat followed to South Africa.

Pakistan qualified for the Super 8s by virtue of a comfortable victory over the Netherlands after an earlier defeat to England. They lost their first game in the Super 8s before wins over New Zealand and Ireland ensured safe passage to the semi-finals. Then it was over to Shahid Afridi, who struck half-centuries in both knockout matches to give Pakistan the title.

Pakistan won the 2009 World Cup, beating Sri Lanka in the final at Lord's Pakistan won the 2009 World Cup, beating Sri Lanka in the final at Lord's

Pakistan won the 2009 World Cup, beating Sri Lanka in the final at Lord’s

2010

Favourites: Australia (5/2)
Winners: England (14/1)

Australia were another short-priced favourite for the 2010 event in the Caribbean and they started well with comfortable wins over Pakistan and Bangladesh. Their perfect record continued in the Super 8 stage with further victories over India, Sri Lanka and the West Indies – all very one-sided affairs. They then faced Pakistan in a memorable semi-final at St Lucia.

Pakistan made an imposing 191-6 in their 20 overs with half-centuries from Kamran and Umar Akmal. Australia needed 70 from five overs and then 18 from the last over. After Mitchell Johnson edged the first delivery from Saeed Ajmal to fine leg for a single, Mike Hussey followed with 6,6,4,6 to stun Pakistan and move Australia into their first final.

Their surprise opponents were England, who sneaked into the Super 8s without winning a game after defeat to the West Indies and a rain-out against Ireland. They then caught fire, winning all three Super 8 games, inspired by Player of the Tournament Kevin Pietersen. Sri Lanka were overcome in the semi-final, before Craig Kieswetter’s 63 ensured they made light work of Australia’s target of 148 in the final.

England won their only T20 World Cup title to date in the West Indies in 2010 England won their only T20 World Cup title to date in the West Indies in 2010

England won their only T20 World Cup title to date in the West Indies in 2010

2012

Favourites: India (5/1)
Winners: West Indies (13/2)

India were quick out of the blocks with two comfortable victories to top Group A. However, Group 2 of the Super 8s also was to feature Australia, Pakistan and South Africa and it was to prove a ding-dong three-way fight.

India lost their first game by nine wickets to Australia, who knocked off the target of 141 with more than five overs to spare. The nature of that defeat meant that India would always be playing catch-up on net run-rate. They managed to defeat Pakistan by eight wickets, but, needing a comfortable victory in their final match against Sri Lanka to progress, they could only win a thriller by one run to exit the competition.

West Indies sneaked through to the Super 8s winless after losing to Australia and a no-result with Ireland, and Johnson Charles inspired them to victory over England. However they then suffered a heavy defeat to Sri Lanka before edging to a Super Over win over New Zealand to ease their progress. In the semi-final, their score of 205-4 proved too much for Australia, and they won a low-scoring final with Sri Lanka thanks to a lone hand by Marlon Samuels, who made 78.

Marlon Samuels scored 78 in the 2012 final to help West Indies beat Sri Lanka Marlon Samuels scored 78 in the 2012 final to help West Indies beat Sri Lanka

Marlon Samuels scored 78 in the 2012 final to help West Indies beat Sri Lanka

2014

Favourites: Australia (3/1)
Winners: Sri Lanka (6/1)

Australia’s challenge in the 2014 competition in Bangladesh never got going as they suffered an opening defeat to Pakistan, which was then followed by a loss to West Indies. Any hopes they had of progressing further were cruelly thwarted by India.

Yuvraj Singh’s 60 lifted India to 159-7, but Australia collapsed in reply. Inspired by Ravichandran Ashwin, who took 4-11, the Indian bowlers dismissed their opponents for just 86 to eliminate them from the competition. A consolation victory over hosts Bangladesh in their final match did little to lift the Aussie spirits.

Sri Lanka topped their qualifying group, helped by dismissing the Netherlands for just 39 and New Zealand for 60. Their semi-final with the West Indies was weather-affected, but they managed a reasonably comfortable victory to put themselves in the final with India. Despite Virat Kohli’s 77, India could only post 130-4, which proved no challenge for Kumar Sangakkara, whose unbeaten 52 brought a six-wicket victory.

2016

Favourites: India (5/2)
Winners: West Indies (14/1)

Carlos Brathwaite is mobbed by his West Indies team-mates after striking four sixes in a row to win the 2016 title Carlos Brathwaite is mobbed by his West Indies team-mates after striking four sixes in a row to win the 2016 title

Carlos Brathwaite is mobbed by his West Indies team-mates after striking four sixes in a row to win the 2016 title

India were hot favourites on home soil, but had a bad start as New Zealand bowled them out for just 79 on a vicious turner at Nagpur. However, they were able to turn that around and defeat arch-rivals Pakistan in their next match.

They then faced Bangladesh at Bengaluru and looked on the verge of defeat as Bangladesh needed just two runs from the last three balls. Astonishingly, three wickets then fell from the final three deliveries of the game to give India a one-run victory.

Their final match against Australia at Mohali was in effect a quarter-final with the winner progressing and the loser going home. Virat Kohli’s innings of 82 not out helped the hosts secure a six-wicket victory and a match with West Indies in the semi-finals.

Kohli was again in the runs, as his unbeaten 89 led India to an imposing 192-2. However, Lendl Simmons countered with 82 not out to give the West Indies a stunning victory.

The men from the Caribbean had topped their Super 10 group after victories against England, Sri Lanka and South Africa and faced England in the final at Kolkata. In a never-to-be-forgotten ending, Carlos Brathwaite smashed Ben Stokes for four sixes in the last over to seal the win.

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T20 World Cup 2021, Bangladesh vs Oman: When And Where To Watch Match, Live Telecast, Live Streaming.. – NDTVSports.com

File photo of Bangladesh team in action against Scotland in the Round 1 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021

It is a huge clash in Group B of the Round 1 of ICC T20 World Cup between Bangladesh and co-hosts Oman as a defeat can send group favourites Bangladesh packing. Mahmudullah’s team suffered a shock loss to Scotland in their first match after entering tournament on the back of winning T20I series against Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand this year. Oman are sitting pretty on top of the group after their 10-wicket win over minnows Papua New Guinea. They ensured that Sri Lanka had a wobble in the warm-up games, and will be hoping to use all their learning and preparation from the past few weeks against Bangladesh too. If they manage to surprise the higher-ranked side, they will find themselves on two wins and in an excellent position to go through to the Super 12s. A loss will not be the end of their campaign.

Where will the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Bangladesh vs Oman match be played?

The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Bangladesh vs Oman match will be played at the Oman Cricket Academy Ground in Al Amerat.

When will the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Bangladesh vs Oman match be played?

The ICC T20 World Cup Bangladesh vs Oman match will be played on Tuesday, October 19.

What time will the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Bangladesh vs Oman match begin?

The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Bangladesh vs Oman match will begin at 7:30 PM IST.

Which TV channels will broadcast the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Bangladesh vs Oman match?

The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Bangladesh vs Oman match will be broadcast live on Star Sports network.

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Bangladesh look to get back on track against confident Oman – International Cricket Council

After a loss in their opening game, Bangladesh have another challenge coming up against co-hosts Oman in their Group B fixture.

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Bangladesh were left with some difficult questions about their batting after Scotland consigned them to a loss on the opening day of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. They have little time to get their campaign back on track, as a defeat on Tuesday to Oman could knock a proud cricketing nation out of the tournament in the First Round.

Bangladesh were found lacking on a number of factors on Sunday: down on boundaries, chewing up dot balls and lacking in ways to attack both in the Powerplay and the death. They were just 25/2 in the Powerplay – a period of play that is proving to be key in matches in the region in recent weeks.

The team have won series against Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand this year, though, so will be backing themselves to bounce back quickly.

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Oman will be wary of the wounded Tigers, with the co-hosts themselves riding high after a dominant 10-wicket win against PNG in front of a home crowd. They ensured that Sri Lanka had a wobble in the warm-up games, and will be hoping to use all their learning and preparation from the past few weeks against Bangladesh too.

If they manage to surprise the higher-ranked side, they will find themselves on two wins and in an excellent position to go through to the Super 12s. A loss will not be the end of their campaign, though Oman were defeated by Scotland in the 2019 Qualifier, and won’t want to rely on a result in the third match.

  • Match: Oman v Bangladesh
  • Time: 18:00 local time on Tuesday 19 October
  • Venue: Oman Cricket Academy Ground, Al Amerat

Bangladesh‘s bowlers did a good job to reduce Scotland to 53/6, and came in for praise from their skipper. Spinners Mahedi Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan were especially effective in drying up the runs and shared five wickets. However, there might be some shuffling in their batting order, with the opening pair coming under pressure.  

Possible Bangladesh XI: Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman.

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Oman‘s mild concern will be that their middle order didn’t get a hit in the first match. Ayaan Khan, who did not bowl in the first game, could give them another left-arm spin option, with off-spinner Nestor Dhamba also on the bench.  

Possible Oman XI: Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Aqib Ilyas, Jatinder Singh, Khawar Ali, Kashyap Prajapati, Naseem Khushi (wk), Mohammad Nadeem, Ayaan Khan, Sandeep Goud, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan 

Jatinder Singh: The Oman opener top-scored for his side with 73* off 42 balls against PNG. The knock included four sixes. He is also good on the sweep shot, so he will have a job to do against Bangladesh’s spin attack.  

Liton Das: The Bangladesh opener’s strike-rate is especially high in the Powerplay, coming in at around 142 as against a career strike-rate of 125 in all T20s. In the UAE, where a good start has been key, his team will expect him to take on the responsibility. His role will also be important if Bangladesh are playing with an eye on the run-rate.

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Captaincy pick – Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan surpassed Lasith Malinga’s record to become the leading wicket-taker (108) in Men’s T20Is during the opening encounter of the group stage of the 2021 T20 World Cup. The last time he played against Oman in 2016, Shakib bagged four wickets and gave away just 15 runs. 

Despite his failure against Scotland, he will continue to bat in the top order and he can be backed to come good. The in-form Bangladesh all-rounder has picked 16 wickets in 13 T20I innings this year at an economy of 6.1 and his all-round threat makes him the top captaincy pick for this match.

Must-have – Bilal Khan 

The left-arm pacer has been one of the most consistent players for Oman in recent times and he is definitely a must-have in all fantasy teams given his form and the context of the tournament. Bilal Khan picked up a couple of wickets in the tournament opener against Papua New Guinea and has an impressive bowling strike rate of 14.2 in 35 T20I innings.

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Bangladesh win

If Bangladesh win they can move level on points with Oman and will very much be alive going into the final match of the round. If Scotland lose their earlier match against Papua New Guinea, all four teams would be level on two points, bringing net-run-rate firmly into the equation.

Oman win

If Oman win they should have done enough to secure themselves a spot in the Super 12s. Bangladesh would require Scotland to lose their final two matches while they themselves beat PNG to reach the next round.

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What They Said

Mahmudullah, Bangladesh captain: “Our batting is a concern. We have to bat better. We have to play aggressive cricket, regardless of the situation. We have a deep batting line-up, with Mohammad Saifuddin at No.9. We may need to think over some changes.”

Zeeshan Maqsood, Oman captain: “We have to look at our fielding, and minimise our mistakes. Our catching is alright, but ground fielding has to be better, [we struggled] due to nerves. We can’t take it easy and we need to correct our mistakes.”

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From Scotland’s Win Over Bangladesh to Zimbabwe Toppling Australia, Here Are Five Memorable Upset Wins in T20 World Cup History – Yahoo Eurosport UK

Cricket fans are already swooning to Scotland upsetting Bangladesh in a Round 1 fixture on Sunday, October 17. An upset is always entertaining more so because it is something that happens against expectations. On one side, the winning team erupts into jubilation, ecstasy and joy while shock runs through the veins of the side who unfortunately find themselves on the wrong side of the result. ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Round 1: Chris Greaves’ All-Round Performance Helps Scotland Stun Bangladesh in Group B

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Upsets are always something entertaining and T20 World Cups in the past have witnessed similar results in the past. Let us take a look at the five such thrilling upsets in the past T20 World Cups as they continue to remain etched in the history of the competition.

1) Zimbabwe beat Australia (T20 World Cup 2007): It was one of the first known upsets in the very first edition of the T20 World Cup. The South Africa edition of the tournament had its own excitement and uncertainty and Zimbabwe added to the thrill by beating the reigning 50-over champions Australia. The African side put up a good bowling performance, restricting the batting-heavy Australian side to just 138/9 in their 20 overs. Brendan Taylor then led the chase for Zimbabwe, scoring 60 runs off just 45 balls, hitting four fours and two sixes to ensure his side went home with full points and a memorable win, which would go down in Zimbabwe’s cricket history as being one of the best. Scotland Beat Bangladesh by 6 Runs: Netizens Congratulate Scottish Side for Pulling Off Upset Win in First Round of T20 World Cup 2021

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2) Afghanistan beat West Indies (T20 World Cup 2016): Competing in their second T20 World Cup, Afghanistan gave the world a taste of the surprise they brought into cricket by defeating heavyweights West Indies. The victory was all the more special and comprehensive as it was a low-scoring total and a team effort saw Rashid Khan and co pull off a sensational win against the eventual champions of the competition. Batting first, they could manage just 123/7 and West Indies were firmly on top to clinch the win in Nagpur. But that wasn’t part of the Afghanistan script as they took wickets in regular intervals, eventually restricting the T20 specialists 117/8 winning the contest by six runs.

3) Hong Kong beat Bangladesh (T20 World Cup 2014): Well, Scotland’s win over Bangladesh wasn’t the first time that the Asian side has been handed an upset defeat. Earlier in the 2014 T20 World Cup, Bangladesh were surprised by a Hong Kong side, who went on to win a contest by the narrowest of margins (two wickets). Batting first, Bangladesh were shot out for 108 runs with Hong Kong’s Nadeem Ahmed scalping four wickets for just 21 runs. In response, Hong Kong found themselves in trouble at 50/5, but they held their nerve to ensure that they got over the line at the end.

4) Netherlands beat England (T20 World Cup 2009): In just the second T20 World Cup in 2009, Netherlands went on to inflict an upset defeat on hosts England. England got off to a good start batting first, eventually posting 162/5 in their 20 overs. Netherlands though, made things interesting by losing wickets regularly in their chase, What they did well was to never fall behind and kept fighting, eventually winning the match in the last over with four wickets.

5) Scotland beat Bangladesh (T20 World Cup 2021): Well, this would not be forgotten soon. Bangladesh walked into this clash as the overwhelming favourites to win this one and even go through easily to the Super 12 stage. But a certain Chris Greaves stood in their way. He blasted 45 quick runs off just 22 balls and helped Scotland reach a decent 140/9 at the end of 20 overs, He was not done for the night yet. Returning with the ball, he scalped the crucial wickets of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim to derail Bangladesh and eventually thwart their run-flow, choking them out by six runs.

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