T-20 cricket, more often than not, produces enthralling contests as the fans get to see their favourite players from both sides exhibit great show.
However, there have been times when teams have been outplayed completely which resulted in producing a dull contest.
India in T20 World Cup has often outplayed their opposition and won the game by big margins.
On that note, let’s have a look at India’s top 5 victories with the biggest margins in T20 World Cup.
#1. India vs England in 2012, Margin- 90 runs
India’s biggest win in T20 World Cup to date has come against England where they defeated the side by as many as 90 runs in the 2012 T20 World Cup.
Vital contributions from Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma helped India notch a competitive 170-run total on the board in the first innings. England failed to produce a good contest as they succumbed to a tally of just 80 runs in the second innings, giving India a win by a huge margin.
Harbhajan Singh took away the man of the match award for his exceptional figures of 4 for 12 in his four overs.
#2. India vs Australia in 2014, Margin 73 runs
Often deemed as Australia’s worst performance in T20 World Cup, India bundled out Australia for just 86 runs and won the game by a big margin of 73 runs.
Riding on Yuvraj Singh’s 63-run knock off 43 deliveries, India posted 159 runs in the first innings, setting a target of 160 to the Kangaroos to win the game. Australia, on the other hand, in pursuit of the run-chase looked clueless as the spin duo of Ravi Ashwin and Amit Mishra went through Australia’s line up, picking 6 wickets between them.
#3. India vs South Africa in 2007, Margin- 37 runs
A young prodigy in Rohit Sharma hit his first T20 half-century against South Africa in what was an important game for India in the inaugural T20 World Cup. His knock helped India reach 153 runs in the first innings. Rohit Sharma scored 50 runs off 40 deliveries, while MS Dhoni too played a handy 45 run knock off 33 balls.
For India to win the game they needed early wickets and the seamers in RP Singh and Sreesanth did exactly that as Proteas were left reeling at 3-12 in just 2.3 overs.
Wicket-keeper Mark Boucher and Albie Morkel did put up some fight but to no avail, as South Africa could only end up scoring 116 runs in their quota of overs.
#4. India vs Bangladesh in 2009, Margin 25 runs
India-Bangladesh contest has always been a crowd puller. Though Bangladesh hasn’t had a lot of success against India in the perennial tournament, but they have never shied away from giving tough fights.
In the 2009 edition of the T20 World Cup, India-Bangladesh game too was one such contest.
Opener Gautam Gambhir top scored in the game as he laid the foundation for a big total. He scored 50 off 46 balls, while Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh made vital contributions with 36 and 41 to their name respectively.
India posted 180 runs on the board in the first innings. Bangladesh did manage to put up a decent show with the bat in the second innings, however, could only reach 155 in their 20 overs. India won that game by 25 runs.
#5 India vs Afghanistan in 2012, Margin- 23 runs
India’s fifth-biggest win came against Afghanistan where they beat them by a margin of 23 runs.
Batting first, India put on a decent 159-run total on the board, thanks to a brilliant knock by Virat Kohli who notched 50 runs off 39 deliveries which was laced with 4 fours and 2 sixes.
Afghanistan’s batting has never been their strong point and it was evident in that game as well. Having played well in the early overs, they lost too many wickets in the middle overs and end up bundling out for just 136 runs. India won that game by 23 runs.