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All the Tied Matches in Men’s T20 World Cup History

All the Tied Matches in Men's T20 World Cup History

The T20 World Cup, known for thrilling finishes, features tied matches, adding excitement with Super Overs. These encounters reveal tense moments and pivotal outcomes in the tournament’s history. Such historical matches are described in this article.


Oman vs Namibia, 2024 


The most recent addition to the list of tied matches came in the 2024 T20 World Cup, with a low-scoring thriller between Oman and Namibia.


Namibia’s decision to bowl first paid off as Rubel Trumplemann’s fierce opening spell reduced Oman to 0/2. Despite Khalid Kail and Zeeshan Maqsood’s efforts, Oman managed only 109 runs. In their chase, Namibia faced early setbacks against Bilal Khan’s breakthroughs and Mehran Khan’s economical bowling, struggling to maintain the required rate. The match ended in a tie, with Oman’s brilliant death bowling contributing to the tense finish.


Namibia batted first in the Super Over, with David Wiese smashing a four and a six, and Gerhard Erasmus adding a couple of boundaries to set a daunting target of 22. Wiese then delivered with the ball, executing perfect yorkers to restrict Oman and secure a thrilling win for Namibia.


New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2012 


The 2012 edition of the T20 World Cup saw its fair share of thrilling finishes, including the group-stage match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. This match not only ended in a tie but also highlighted the drama and unpredictability of the Super Over.


New Zealand, choosing to bat after winning the toss, set a challenging target of 174 runs. Rob Nicol, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, and Ross Taylor contributed strongly to their total. Sri Lanka responded aggressively, with Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene providing a solid start. However, tight bowling from Daniel Vettori, James Franklin, and Nathan McCullum in the later stages led to a tie.


Sri Lanka batted first in the Super Over and set New Zealand a target of 14 runs. Lasith Malinga, with his trademark yorkers, bowled brilliantly to defend the score, ensuring a thrilling win for Sri Lanka.


West Indies vs New Zealand, 2012 


New Zealand found themselves in another tied match in the same tournament, this time against the West Indies in a low-scoring thriller at Pallekelle.


West Indies, batting first, faced a formidable challenge from Doug Bracewell and Tim Southee’s disciplined bowling, scoring just 139 runs. Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, and Kieron Pollard made crucial contributions. New Zealand, in reply, struggled initially but Ross Taylor’s resilient unbeaten 62 kept them competitive. Despite Taylor’s efforts, they fell short, leading to another tie.


In the Super Over, Taylor continued his fine form, hitting a four and a six to set a target of 18 for the West Indies. However, Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels rose to the occasion, each hitting a six to secure a victory for the West Indies with a ball to spare.


India vs Pakistan, 2007


The first tied match in T20 World Cup history came during the inaugural edition in 2007, a historic encounter between arch-rivals India and Pakistan. Played at the Kingsmead in Durban, this match set the stage for what would become one of the most thrilling formats in cricket.


Pakistan, in response, navigated a tense chase, losing wickets steadily but keeping the target within reach. The match crescendoed to a gripping final delivery, where Misbah-ul-Haq’s attempt to secure victory ended in a tie. With the Super Over concept absent, the contest was decided by a bowl-out.


India’s meticulous preparation for such a scenario paid dividends as Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, and Robin Uthappa all found the stumps. In contrast, Pakistan faltered, missing all three attempts. 


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