Romania record biggest T20I win after Indian-origin Sivakumar Periyalwar’s blistering century

Romania have broken the record for the biggest win (by run-margin) in Twenty20 Internationals when they crushed Turkey by a massive 173 runs at the ongoing Romania Cup 2019 on Thursday.

Romania posted a mammoth 226/6 thanks to Sivakumar Periyalwar who blasted an unbeaten 105 off 40 deliveries. In reply, Turkey crumbled under the pressure and were skittled for a mere 53 runs in 13 overs with Cosmin Zaviou of Romania claiming 3/4 in an over.

Periyalwar was born in Tamil Nadu and is an engineer by profession. He moved to Romania where he now works in a software company.

In an interview to The Indian Express, the 31-year-old said he played in age-group cricket tournaments before shifting overseas after completing his studies.

“Actually, when I was a child I participated in Under-15, Under-22 and Under-25 tournaments back home. After completion of my graduation I shifted to Romania in 2015. But I still had passion for cricket and wanted to play the game again. I got to know about the cricket matches in Romania and joined the Cluj Cricket Club,” he said,” he told the English daily.

S. no. Winner Opposition Victory-Margin Year
1 Romania Turkey 173 runs 2019
2 Sri Lanka Kenya 172 runs 2007
3 Pakistan West Indies 143 runs 2018
4 India Ireland 143 runs 2018
5 England West Indies 137 runs 2019

Top-five biggest victories (run-margin) in T20I history

The previous record of the biggest wins (by run-margin) was held by Sri Lanka who beat Kenya by 172 runs at the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2007.

Having posted a massive 260/6, Sri Lanka bowled out Kenya for 88 in 19.3 overs to set the record which stood for 12 years. The second place in this list is jointly held by India and Pakistan who recorded 143-run wins against Ireland and West Indies respectively, both coming in 2018 in the space of three months.