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ICC World T20 Finals: Statistical Preview

This is India's second entry to the World T20 final and a win here would mean they will become the only team to have bagged it twice © Getty Images
This is India’s second entry to the World T20 final and a win here would mean they will become the only team to have bagged it twice © Getty Images

India and Sri Lanka will be playing in the finals of the ICC World T20 2014 at Dhaka. Bharath Seervi brings out a statistical compilation of the previous four finals of ICC World T20.

Results of ICC World T20 Finals

In this edition, both the finalists are Asian teams like in the first 2 editions when India & Pakistan and Pakistan & Sri Lanka were the finalists respectively. The 2010 edition is the only one in which no Asian team managed to reach the finals of the tournament.






Winning Captain






MS Dhoni





Sri Lanka

Younis Khan






Paul Collingwood



Colombo (RPS)

West Indies

Sri Lanka

Darren Sammy

The inaugural World T20 was won by India beating their neighbours, Pakistan, in a thriller by 5 runs at Johannesburg. Pakistan being the runner up in the first edition, reached the finals once again in the second edition in England and defeated Sri Lanka easily by 8 wickets at Lord’s. In the third edition, there was no subcontinent team to reach the finals. Australia and England were competing for the T20 crown and the latter were crowned as they beat the former by seven wickets at Bridgetown. Sri Lanka having been the runner ups in 2009, reached their second  final in 2012 against West Indies in their home country, but couldn’t chase the target set by West Indies and lost the final by 36 runs at Colombo.

Top performances in ICC World T20 Finals


Below is the table listing all the 50+ scores in the finals.

Runs Batsman For Opp Fours Sixes Venue Final
78 (56) Marlon Samuels WI SL 3 6 Colombo (RPS) 2012
75 (54) GautamGambhir Ind Pak 8 2 Johannesburg 2007
64* (52) Kumar Sangakkara SL Pak 7 0 Lord’s 2009
63 (49) Craig Kieswetter Eng Aus 7 2 Bridgetown 2010
59 (54) David Hussey Aus Eng 2 2 Bridgetown 2010
54* (40) ShahidAfridi Pak SL 2 2 Lord’s 2009

Sangakkara’s 64* (52) and D Hussey’s 59 (54) came in their team’s loss. Sangakkara is the only captain to have scored a half century in ICC World T20 finals.

Highest strike rate in an innings of 20+ in the finals.










33 (14)


Imran Nazir







26 (13)







Colombo (RPS)


30* (16)


Rohit Sharma







26* 15)


Darren Sammy





Colombo (RPS)


30 (19)


Cameron White







Only Rohit Sharma’s and Darren Sammy’s innings resulted in their team victories.


Three or more wickets by a bowler in World T20 final

Figures Bowler For Opp Venue Final
4/12 Ajantha Mendis SL WI Colombo (RPS) 2012
3/9 Sunil Narine WI SL Colombo (RPS) 2012
3/16 Irfan Pathan Ind Pak Johannesburg 2007
3/20 Abdul Razzaq Pak Ind Lord’s 2009
3/26 RP Singh Ind Pak Johannesburg 2007
3/28 Umar Gul Pak Ind Johannesburg 2007

Mendis’ and Gul’s figures couldn’t produce a victory for them.

Best economy rates in the World T20 finals (2 or more overs)

Figures Eco Bowler For Opp Venue Final
3/9 2.45 Sunil Narine WI SL Colombo (RPS) 2012
1/11 2.75 Angelo Mathews SL WI Colombo (RPS) 2012
4/12 3.00 Ajantha Mendis SL WI Colombo (RPS) 2012
2/6 3.00 Darren Sammy WI SL Colombo (RPS) 2012
1/12 3.75 Marlon Samuels WI SL Colombo (RPS) 2012

All the above instances were in the same Finals – 2012 between Sri Lanka and West Indies.

Brief Scores of the World T20 finals

1) India vs Pakistan, Johannesburg, September 24, 2007

India won the toss and chose to bat.

India 157/5 (20.0) – GautamGambhir 75 (54), Rohit Sharma 30* (16), Umar Gul 3/28

Pakistan 152/10 (19.3) – Misbah-ul-Haq 43 (38), Imran Nazir 33 (14), IrfanPathan 3/16, RP Singh 3/26

India won by 5 runs.

Man of the Match: IrfanPathan

2) Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, Lord’s, June 21, 2009

Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat.

Sri Lanka 138/6 (20.0) – Kumar Sangakkara 64* (52), Angelo Mathews 35* (24), Abdul Razzaq 3/20

Pakistan 139/2 (18.4) – ShahidAfridi 54* (40), Kamran Akmal 37 (28), SanathJayasuriya 1/8

Pakistan won by 8 wickets.

Man of the Match: Shahid Afridi


3) Australia vs England, Bridgetown, May 16, 2010

England won the toss and chose to bowl.

Australia 147/6 (20.0) – David Hussey 59 (54), Cameron White 30 (19), Ryan Sidebottom 2/26

England 148/3 (17.0) – Craig Kieswetter 63 (49), Kevin Pietersen 43 (31), Steve Smith 1/21

England won by 7 wickets.

Man of the Match: Craig Kieswetter

4) West Indies vs Sri Lanka, Colombo (RPS), October 7, 2012

West Indies won the toss and chose to bat.

West Indies 137/6 (20.0) – Marlon Samuels 78 (56), Darren Sammy 26* (15), AjanthaMendis 4/12

Sri Lanka 101/10 (18.4) – MahelaJayawardene 33 (26), NuwanKulsasekara 26 (13), Sunil Narine 3/9

West Indies won by 36 runs.

Man of the Match: Marlon Samuels



2 finals won by team batting first

3 finals won by the team winning the toss

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)

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