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Top 10: Most Runs by a Team in Last 4 Overs in a T20 World Cup Innings

A T20I innings reaches its peak in the last 4 overs, as teams aim to put up a daunting total or chase down a challenging target. Thus, we often see teams using an attacking approach to maximise their run-scoring.

In the high-octane T20 World Cup, teams have displayed sheer power hitting, accumulating significant runs by attacking the opponent bowlers.

In this article, we’ll look at the top 10 instances of teams scoring the most runs in the last 4 overs in a T20 World Cup innings.

Most Runs by Teams in Last 4 Overs in a T20 World Cup Innings

TeamRuns in Last 4 OversAgainstVenueDate
West Indies71PakistanMirpur1 Apr 2014
South Africa71AfghanistanWankhede20 Mar 2016
India70EnglandDurban19 Sep 2007
South Africa68EnglandChattogram29 Mar 2014
New Zealand67NamibiaSharjah5 Nov 2021
Sri Lanka66KenyaJohannesburg14 Sep 2007
England65AfghanistanColombo (RPS)21 Sep 2012
India65AfghanistanAbu Dhabi3 Nov 2021
Pakistan65ScotlandSharjah7 Nov 2021
South Africa65ScotlandThe Oval7 Jun 2009

Key Insights

The West Indies and South Africa hold the joint record for scoring the most runs in the last 4 overs in an innings in the T20 World Cup. The Windies scored 71 runs against Pakistan in 2014, and South Africa levelled the record in 2016 against Afghanistan.

In 2007, India became the first team to accumulate 70 runs in death overs in a T20 World Cup innings.

Out of the 70 runs, 58 alone came off the bat of Yuvraj Singh, making it the most runs by a batter in the last 4 overs in an innings. What’s fascinating is that Yuvraj came to bat at 16.5 overs and completed his fifty in just 12 balls — the fastest fifty in the T20 World Cup. His blazing knock also included 6 sixes in an over.

120 runs aggregated by Australia and Pakistan in the last 4 overs of the same match. In the second semi-final of the 2010 edition, Pakistan scored 59 runs in the first innings, and Australia amassed 61 runs while successfully chasing the target.

There are 2 more instances of both teams scoring 50 or more runs in the death overs of a match. In 2014, South Africa (68) and England (51) accumulated a combined 119 runs, while in 2021, Pakistan (54) and Australia (50) aggregated 104 runs.

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