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Top 5 T20 innings of 2021

The year 2021 has been a fulfilling year for T20 aficionados, which makes the picking of top 5 batting performances a tricky proposition. The 2021, which was scheduled for 2020, took place this year owing to the outbreak of China-origin coronavirus, causing the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide. India took on England and in different T20 series while Australia toured Bangladesh and New Zealand for the shortest format series as well.

The Pakistan Cricket Team played a T20 series against South Africa and also against West Indies after the 2021. The cricket-crazy crowds witnessed some fascinating T20 encounters this year. Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman, Mohammad Rizwan was the standout batsman in the shortest format. In 29 T20 internationals, he has scored 1326 runs at an average of 73.66.

Besides, the likes of Babar Azam, Martin Guptill, Mitchell Marsh and Jos Buttler enjoyed a terrific year in the shortest format of cricket games. As the year comes to a close, here are the top 5 T20 innings of 2021.

Devon Conway: 99 off 59 against Australia, First T20I

The year 2021 saw the rise of Devon Conway in International Cricket. Playing his first T20 international against Australia and sixth overall in the first of the five-match T20 series at Hagley Oval, Devon Conway ripped apart Australia’s bowling unit. New Zealand were in dire straits when Devon Conway walked out to bat: 11 for 2 soon became 19 for 3 and Devon Conway had a huge responsibility on his shoulders.

He then stitched a valuable 74-run partnership with Glenn Phillips to lift New Zealand back into the game. Glenn Phillips got out in the 13th over but Conway played right till the end. He scored an outstanding 99-run knock off 59 balls, propelling the side to a formidable 184-run total at the end of the first innings. Conway’s unbeaten knock was laced with 10 fours and 3 sixes. New Zealand went on to win that game by 53 runs, thus making the innings the foremost contender in our list of top 5.

Virat Kohli: 80 off 52 against England, 5th T20I

England toured India for a five-match T20 series in March. The series saw the home team experimenting with different opening combinations. The fifth and final T20I saw Virat Kohli promoting himself to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma. Batting first, the duo stitched a sensational 94-run partnership in just 9 overs. Rohit Sharma got out but Virat Kohli carried on and didn’t allow England to get back into the game.

Virat Kohli looked sublime during his knock. Striking at 153.85, Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 80-run knock off 52 balls, including 7 fours and 2 sixes. His knock helped India post a mammoth 224-run total, which was also their best-ever total against England. India won that game by 36 runs and also won the series by a 3-2 margin.

Mohammad Rizwan: 79 of 55 against India, 2021, 16th Match

Pakistan and India began their 2021 campaign against each other in the 16th match on 24th October. The Pakistan Cricket Team bowled exceptionally well to restrict India to 151 runs in the first innings.

Pakistan and India began their 2021 campaign against each other in the 16th match on 24th October. The Pakistan Cricket Team bowled exceptionally well to restrict India to 151 runs in the first innings.

Kane Williamson: 85 off 48 against Australia, final

Kane Williamson, the captain of the New Zealand Cricket Team, yet again stepped up with the bat when it needed the most. New Zealand played the final of the 2021. They didn’t get to a great start as the in-form Daryl Mitchell got out in the fourth over of the innings. Skipper, Kane Williamson was watchful during the first half of the innings.

He struggled to get going as he amassed 18 runs off just 19 balls. However, the second half of the innings saw him shifting gears in the most fascinating way. Williamson scored 51 runs in his next 20 deliveries and singlehandedly took the team to a competitive 171-run total in 20 overs.

He finished his innings on 85 off 48 deliveries, a knock which was laced with 10 fours and 3 sixes. Sadly, his knock went in vain as New Zealand lost the final of the tournament by 8 wickets. In this list of top 5, the performance of Williamson lost in the competition with Rizwan as a result.

Mitchell Marsh: 77 off 50 against New Zealand, 2021 final

Australian all-rounder ruined New Zealand’s hopes of winning the T20 World Cup as he outclassed Kane Willaimson’s knock in the final of the 2021. In pursuit of the 172-run total in the final, Marsh walked out to bat after Australia had lost Finch in the 3rd over of the innings. He came out with an intent to rip apart the opposition with his brutal power.

His very first ball was sent to deep backward square leg for a six off Adam Milne. The following two deliveries were also sent to the boundary ropes. He struck boundaries against every bowler he faced and remained unbeaten on 77 off 50 deliveries. Mitchell Marsh’s knock should go do down as one of the best knocks in the history of the T20 World Cup.

His special knock helped Australia chase down 173 in just 18.5 overs. Australia, thus, lifted their first-ever T20 World Cup title, earning a place in our top 5 list.

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