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Looking back on some of the most amazing T20 turnarounds ever

India v Pakistan
India v Pakistan
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India’s almost miraculous recovery from 31-4 in the sixth over to chase down Pakistan’s 160 the other week provided just another example of why T20 is such a fascinating form of the game. The phrase “anything can happen” is one of the great sporting clichés, but it truly applies to T20. 

India’s performance set us to thinking about other great and improbable turnarounds that set pulses racing, not to mention giving the cricket and sportsbetting sites at Gamblingsites.org nightmares that would haunt them for the rest of their lives. Here are three of our favorites – what other great turnarounds can you think of?

 

England lose 8-8 in Bangalore

First, we go back to 2017, and an epic England tour with both ODI and T20i series that swung first one way then the other. The final and deciding T20i was like a microcosm of the entire tour. India scored a formidable 202, led by quickfire half centuries from Raina and Dhoni. However, at 119-2 in the 12th over, with Root and Buttler well set, England seemed to be in control of the chase. Then, Yuzvendra Chahal forced a false shot from Buttler. Pant took the catch and it precipitated the most remarkable collapse in T20i history. England added just eight more runs before it was all over, and Chahal’s 6-25 remains one of the best ever returns in T20is.

 

Kane Williamson runs out of partners

Next, we revisit the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. Sri Lanka and New Zealand went into their final Group match both needing a win to ensure progression into the knockout stages. A devastating opening spell from Trent Boult saw Sri Lanka subside to 35-3, and things went downhill from there, bowled out for 119 in the final over. New Zealand started serenely, the openers proceeding at the required run-a-ball for the first three overs. Then Martin Guptill was needlessly run out, and the New Zealand wheels came off spectacularly. Kane Williamson continued gamely and was ultimately the eighth wicket to fall, but at the other end, no other batsman could match Guptill’s 5 and the Kiwis were bundled out for 60.

 

Captain Morgan’s knock in Centurion

Once again, England feature in our next game, although this time, as the heroes of the piece. It was a series decider at Centurion and the first two games of the three match series had gone to the final ball and been shared. South Africa’s Temba Bavuma got things off to an explosive start with 49 from 24, and Klassen maintained the momentum with an even faster 66. That propelled the South Africans to 222, and when England opener Jason Roy skied Ngidi to third man in the second over, the writing was surely on the wall. However, Buttler and Bairstow kept England in it, guiding England into three figures by the 10th over. Still, the required rate was climbing and it took a truly exceptional knock from Captain Eoin Morgan, whose 57 not out from just 22 deliveries saw England home with five balls to spare.