Pakistan’s surprise win over South Africa in the Centurion T20 was the eighth largest victory margin in the history of Twenty20 cricket in terms of runs, and the most handsome victory for Pakistan over South Africa in the format. Incidentally, the margin of defeat at Centurion – 95 run -- was the same when the Aussies defeated the Proteas at Brisbane in January 2006. Here’s a look at the top seven best margins of victories in T20 internationals – allthe wins have been registered by margins of 100 runs or more.
Sept 2007: Sri Lanka beat Kenya by 172 runs at Johannesburg
This was a group game during the inaugural ICC World T20. Batting first, the Lankans slammed 260 in their 20 overs. Sanath Jayasuriya blasted 88 in 44 balls, Mahela Jayawardene smashed 65 in 27 balls while debutant Jehan Mubarak played a blinder – remaining unbeaten on 46 off 13 balls. In reply, Kenya were bundled out for 88, with three of the Lankan bowlers helping themselves to two wickets each.
June 2009: South Africa beat Scotland by 130 runs at The Oval
Inthis group game in the 2009 World Cup, the Proteas smashed 211 batting first. AB de Villiers was the top scorer with an unbeaten 79 off 34 balls. Skipper Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis contributed 38 and 48 respectively. In reply, minnows Scotland managed only 81, 42 of them coming from Kyle Coetzer. Four South African bowlers shared the spoils with two wickets each.
Sept 2012: England beat Afghanistan by 116 runs at Colombo
Another World T20 clash. England managed to amass 196 for 5 during their turn at the crease. Luke Wright remained unbeaten on a magnificent 55-ball 99, a knock which comprised six sixes. In reply, Afghanistan were cleaned up for 81, Gulbodin Naib alone making 44 of those. No other Afghan batsman got into double figures. Again, four bowlers grabbed two wickets each.
Oct 2008: Zimbabwe beat Canada by 109 runs at King City
Batting first, Zimbabweans put up 184 courtesy Hamilton Masakadza’s 79 and Chamu Chibhabha’s 40. Canada could manage only 75 in reply, with only two of their batsmen getting into double figures. Prosper Utseya was the most successful of Zimbabwe’s bowlers, grabbing three wickets.
Dec 2010: Pakistan beat New Zealand by 103 runs at Christchurch
Playing away from home, Pakistan amassed 183 for 6 batting first. Ahmed Shehzad made 54 from 34 balls even as a few others contributed 30’s. The Kiwis were bowled out for 80 in return, Scott Styris making 45 of those. Shahid Afridi grabbed four wickets while Abdul Razzaq picked up three.
Apr 2008: Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 102 runs at Karachi
Misbah-ul-Haq blasted an unbeaten 87 off 53 balls while Younis Khan made 47 and Shoaib Malik contributed 35 as Pakistan notched up 203 for 5. Bangladesh replied with only 101. Nazimuddin was the top scorer with 42. For Pakistan, Mansoor Amjad picked up three wickets in one over.
June 2005: England beat Australia by 100 runs at Southampton
In the second ever T20, England made 179 batting first. Paul Collingwood was the top scorer with 46 and Marcus Trescothick made 41. Chasing the target, the Aussies were bowled out for 79. In a major embarrassment, Jason Gillespie was the top scorer with 24. Jon Lewis and Darren Gough shared seven wickets for England.
--By A Cricket Analyst