T20 is the shortest and most dynamic form of cricket because of how thrilling, exciting, and entertaining it is for cricket fans all across the globe. In this format, a team gets 20 overs to score as many runs as possible against their opponents, who will then have to chase that total. The T20 World Cup is an international cricket tournament organized by the International Cricket Council. The competition has witnessed just a handful of huge totals. Although teams have been able to cross the 200 runs a bunch of times, the 250 runs mark has been crossed only once. This ordeal was achieved by none other than Sri Lanka in the very first edition of the competition back in the year 2007 against Kenya. They are the team with the most runs in the t20 world cup. The team with the second highest t20 score is England when they chased South Africa whereas the team with the third highest runs in t20 is South Africa which set the target for England. India is the fourth t20 highest score team and South Africa takes the fifth spot for a second time.
If you are inquisitive to know more about the teams who have the highest scores in the T20 World Cup, take a look at the list below.
List of Top 5 Teams Who Scores Highest Runs in T20 World Cup
Let’s look at all the other highest team scores in the T20 World Cup from 2007 to 2021.
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Sri Lanka: 260/6
The highest t20 score astonishingly came in the first edition of the World Cup in 2007 where Sri Lanka defeated Kenya brutally in the Johannesburg stadium. They scored an unbelievable total of 260 runs in 20 overs with an electrifying start provided by batsman Sanath Jayasuriya. He struck a fabulous 88 runs off 44 balls to set his team on the front foot.
Sri Lanka managed to cross 100 runs in the first 10 overs itself. Mahela Jayawardene, who was the captain, contributed with a blissful knock of 65 runs off just 27 balls. Although reaching that 260 runs mark still seemed impossible until Jehan Mubarak came on and played an unforgettable inning. He scored a stupendous 46 runs off the 13 balls that he faced in the last overs at a staggering strike rate of 353.84. This was also the most runs in t20 world cup scored by Mubarak. Sri Lanka obviously ended up winning that match with ease by a large difference of 172 runs. This was the highest score in world cup history ever.
In the 2016 edition of the T20 World Cup, England went against South Africa to produce one of the thrilling matches that went all the way to the final over and became the second t20 highest score team. South Africa batted first and set a total of 229 runs for England to chase which looked seemingly impossible. Little did South Africa know that Joe Root was about to pull off a world-class performance and play a vital role in the run chase. Despite wickets falling at one end, Root kept smashing the ball and collecting runs. He managed to strike a total of 83 off just 44 deliveries and made a crucial difference in the run chase since it came down to just one ball remaining in the end. His 83 runs included six 4s and four 6s. The opener Jason Roy’s massive knock of 43 runs off just 16 balls also was an important contribution to the run chase overall. Their 230 runs total against South Africa is still the second highest runs in t20 world cup history.
South Africa: 229
South Africa scored a total of 229 runs in the first innings of the exact same match discussed above against England. This thriller resulted in South Africa scoring the third most runs in t20 world cup history. In spite of three of their key players scoring half centuries, they ended up losing the match to England in the very last over of the match.
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, and JP Duminy scored a total of 58, 52, and 54 respectively which contributed to the massive total of 229 runs scored by South Africa. Amla and de Kock gave them a ferocious start to the game as they managed to reach 96 runs of partnership in less than 8 overs. De Kock lost his wicket to Moeen Ali shortly after that. A tremendous partnership of 60 runs off just 27 balls was achieved together by JP Duminy and David Miller. Although South Africa wasn’t able to clench the victory, they became the team with the third highest t20 score in World Cup history.
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The fourth highest t20 score came by India against England in the 21st match of the 2007 World Cup. This was the renowned match where Yuvraj Singh smashed six glorious sixes in an over against Stuart Broad. Yuvraj went on to score the fastest half-century in cricket history after achieving the feat in just 12 balls and made a total of 58 runs to his name off the 16 balls that he faced. He had a stunning strike rate of 362.50 and had a total of three 4s and seven 6s to his name. Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag also provided a valuable starting partnership of 136 runs which played a vital role in India reaching the 218-run target that they set. England tried their best to chase down the target but only managed to reach 200 runs as India won that match by 18 runs. This was also India’s highest score in world cup as well as the second t20 highest score team in the first edition of the tournament.
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South Africa: 211/8
This is the second time South Africa has come on the list of the highest score in world cup. The 211 runs that they scored against Scotland at the Oval Stadium in 2009 was the fifth highest run in t20 world cup. South Africa started out hot with a remarkable partnership between Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis. They both had hit the ball over the boundary plenty of times. However, AB De Villiers took the match to a whole new level with his exceptional performance. He grabbed a total of 79 runs to his name in the 34 deliveries he faced with a strike rate of 232.35. His knock included five boundaries and six gigantic sixes as well. He went on to become the Player of the Match. Albie Morkel came on in the end with a 24-run contribution in the 11 deliveries that he faced which consisted of a couple of 6s and a boundary. This was by far their second highest runs in t20. Scotland was dismissed after scoring just 81 runs leading to South Africa winning the game by an enormous difference of 130 runs.
On a final note, it may not seem easy for a team to beat the record set by Sri Lanka for the highest score in World Cup but it is very possible. This is because there have been other teams in various competitions to have scored more than the 260 runs made by Sri Lanka. Afghanistan is the t20 highest score team along with the Czech Republic with an astounding score of 278 runs. India has also reached the 260-run mark against Sri Lanka in 2017 but hasn’t managed to do so in the t20 world cup.
Nobody has scored more runs than Rohit Sharma in t20Is. He has a massive total of 3620 runs to his name in the 135 matches that he has played which include 28 half centuries and 4 centuries. Whereas Aaron Finch’s 172 against Zimbabwe is the highest score in t20Is.
Chris Gayle’s unstoppable knock of 175 runs off just 66 balls in the IPL is still the highest score by an individual in T20 Cricket history. He thrashed the ball for a series of thirteen 4s and seventeen 6s. It may take a while for someone to score the most runs in t20 world cup and beat Sri Lanka’s record, but it will come very soon.
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