The International Cricket Council’s T20 World Cup has just finished and it has proved to be yet another memorable event in the sport’s history.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the most iconic moments from the tournament and review who won and how teams fared.
But first, let’s take a look at how the T20 World Cup works.
About the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
Organised by the world governing body of cricket, the International Cricket Council (ICC), the Twenty20 World Cup (also known as the T20) is a relatively new competition, with the first edition having taken place in 2007.
It consists of 16 teams in total and is held every two years. This year’s event was hosted in Australia. In the past it has been held in Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and India, among others.
Only two teams – England and the West Indies – have won more than one T20 title. England, in fact, won it for the second time in 2022 and we’ll review that dramatic final in more detail below. This title also made England the first men’s team to hold both the T20 and 50-over titles at the same time.
Betting on cricket
Cricket is a sport loved by millions around the world. Many of those people enjoy betting, and as a result, sportsbooks offer broad markets.
There are different types of bets you can make, from simple, outright winner bets (such as calling the winner of a match, Test series or tournament) to over/under bets (like betting on the number of runs a team will score).
There are also cricket-specific bets, like betting on the first ball or first over. The odds can be high, with there being only six balls to get someone out or to score a few runs. However, these bets can be hard to call.
For advice, guidance or tips, you could turn to research by the staff of Cricket Betting Advice. The site is packed with reviews and analysis on all different types of cricket bets.
The most memorable moments from the T20 World Cup 2022
Let’s take a look at some memorable moments from the T20 World Cup 2022:
Zimbabwe stun Pakistan
Against all odds, Zimbabwe managed to beat Pakistan, one of the best teams in the world.
The final moment was dramatic, leaving the Zimbabwean players ecstatic. Zimbabwe bowled and the hit was weak, bouncing straight past the bowler. The Pakistani players went for a run. The Zimbabwean wicket keeper ran, too. The ball was fielded and hurled back toward the wicket, and the keeper caught it and smashed the sticks before the batter could reach the line.
India beat Pakistan with the last ball
Pakistan didn’t enjoy the greatest of tournaments, despite getting to the semi-final. They suffered defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe and in another game were beaten by their fierce rivals India on the last ball.
It was a close match throughout and it was fitting that it came down to the final ball. Nawaz, bowling for Pakistan, tossed a spinning ball for Ravichandran Ashwin, who stepped forward and sent it looping over heads and clear for a four to win the match.
Netherlands knock out South Africa
The Dutch are not well known for their cricketing abilities – but after this T20 World Cup, that might change.
Against the odds, the Netherlands managed to knock out South Africa and again the match was filled with dramatic moments, none more so than an out-of-this-world catch by the Dutchman Roelof van der Merwe.
After a fierce ball from the Netherlands, the South African batter sent the ball way up into sky toward the Australian sun. Van der Merwe backtracked, turned, ran and watched. The ball fell, Van der Merwe slid, stretched out his arms and caught the ball.
Glenn Phillips’ catch
Staying with impressive catches, arguably the best of the tournament came in the match between close rivals New Zealand and Australia.
With Australia batting well, the Kiwi bowler sent a spinner to the right of the wicket and set it up nicely for the Australian batter to smash one toward the perimeter.
Glenn Phillips came from nowhere. The New Zealand fielder watched the ball the whole way, while sprinting. But he still wasn’t fast enough. The last few yards he dived, arms outstretched and feet well off the ground, and caught the white ball in mid-air to crush Australian hearts.