Highest Target by Teams in T20 World Cup History – (All Times)

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T20 is the fastest cricket format in international cricket. In this format, each team have to set up a huge total to win against their opponents. T20 World Cup is no exception as well. We have seen some of the top teams score highest total against their opponent sides. Here is the list of ICC T20 World Cup highest total in T20 WC history.

 

ICC T20 World Cup Highest Total

Team Score Overs RR Opposition Ground Match Date
Sri Lanka 260/6 20.0 13 v Kenya Johannesburg 14 Sep 2007
England 230/8 19.4 11.69 v South Africa Mumbai 18 Mar 2016
South Africa 229/4 20.0 11.45 v England Mumbai 18 Mar 2016
India 218/4 20.0 10.9 v England Durban 19 Sep 2007
South Africa 211/5 20.0 10.55 v Scotland The Oval 7 Jun 2009
India 210/2 20.0 10.5 v Afghanistan Abu Dhabi 3 Nov 2021
South Africa 209/5 20.0 10.45 v Afghanistan Mumbai 20 Mar 2016
South Africa 208/2 17.4 11.77 v West Indies Johannesburg 11 Sep 2007
West Indies 205/6 20.0 10.25 v South Africa Johannesburg 11 Sep 2007
West Indies 205/4 20.0 10.25 v Australia Colombo (RPS) 5 Oct 2012

Sri Lanka 260/6 

Sri Lanka was once a dominating side in the T20 format with the likes of Dilshan, Sangakkara, and Jayawardene. In T20 World Cup 2007, Sri Lanka posted a huge total of 260/6 while batting first against Kenya in 20 overs at Johannesburg on 14th September 2007.

It was the 8th Group C match in the Round 1 phase of the T20 World Cup. SanathJaysuria with the fastest 88 and Mahela Jayawardene with quick 65 lead the foundation of this big target.

In return, Kenya were all out at a short sum of 88. Therefore, Sri Lanka won the match by 172 runs. This now holds the highest Total in T20 World Cup history.

England 230/8

England was fearsome in T20 World Cup 2016. They posted the 2nd highest total of the T20 World Cup history in the tournament against South Africa in a chase.

This was the 18th T20 World Cup 2016 match when South Africa set a mountainous sum of 229 for 4 while batting first against England. England in return, chase down the target by posting the 2nd highest total of the T20 World Cup history of 230/8.

England’s innings were powered by the mighty Joe Root’s 83 which lead England to the victory by 2 wickets against South Africa. This now stands as the 2nd highest total in T20 World Cup history.

South Africa 229/4

South Africa was once among the top side in T20 format. In 2016, they posted the 3rd highest total of T20 world Cup history while batting first against England.

The 18th match of T20 World Cup 2016 witnessed a total of 450+ runs altogether in both innings. Though England chased down the target in the 2nd innings, South Africa still has the 3rd highest total in T20 World Cup history.

A hundred runs stand between Hashim Amla and Quinton De Cock laid the foundation of this mighty total. Unfortunately, England chased down the total and won the match by 2 wickets.

India 218/4

No matter the season, you will always have a strong batting lineup in the Indian cricket team. The same goes for T20 World Cup as well. In the inaugural season of the T20 World Cup 2007, India posted a huge target of 218/4 while batting first against England at Durban on 19th September 2007. This was the 21st Group and night match between India and England.

With the fastest fifties from Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh India were able to post 218/4 while batting first against England in 20 overs.

Yuvraj struck 6 sixes in an over in that match and made a record as well. In return, England finished their chase at 200. Hence, India won the match by 18 runs.

South Africa 211/5

South Africa becomes the first team to appear twice on our countdown. They had a splendid season in T20 World Cup 2009. Therefore, they posted the 5th highest total in the history of the T20 World Cup against Scotland.

This was the 5th Group D match in T20 World Cup 2009 that took place at The Oval on 7th June 2009 between South Africa and Scotland. There, South Africa posted a large sum of 211/5 while batting first against Scotland. South African innings were powered by Ab De Villier’s fastest 79 innings.

In return, Scotland managed to crawl to 81 in 15 overs. As a result, South Africa won the match by 130 runs.

India 210/2

India had the most powerful batting lineup in T20 World Cup 2021. It’s a pity they could not qualify for the knockouts. However, this could not stop them from recording one of the highest Totals in T20 World Cup 2021. In T20 WC 7, they posted 210/2 against Afghanistan in the Group 2 of the Super 12 stage.

Indian Opener KL Rahul smashed 69 runs in that innings. Whereas, his partner Rohit Sharma achieved 89 runs in return. As a result, India was able to post the 6th highest total in T20 World Cups.

South Africa 209/5

South Africa is the only team to appear not only twice but thrice on our list of highest totals in T20 World Cups. What a glorious past they had in T20 format.

In T20 World Cup 2016, South Africa posted the 7th highest total in T20 World Cup history while batting first against Afghanistan. This was the 20th Super 10 match between South Africa and Afghanistan that took place at Mumbai Cricket Stadium India.

With Ab De Villiers handy 64, South Africa recorded a huge total of 209/5 while batting first against Afghanistan. However, Afghanistan became unlucky in the chase and finished their innings at 172. As a result, South Africa won the match by 37 runs.

South Africa 208/2

 

Guess what? It’s South Africa again posting the 8th highest total in T20 World Cup history. This time, Proteas took on West Indies in the 1st match of the T20 World Cup 2007 that took place at Johannesburg on 11th September 2007.

When West Indies posted a large target of 205/6 while batting first against South Africa. The protease replied by posting the 7th highest total in T20 World Cups of 208/2.

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South African innings was powered by Herschelle Gibbs 90. As a result, South Africa won the match by 5 wickets.

West Indies 205/6

At number 8, we have West Indies posting the 9th highest total in T20 World Cup history. They achieved this record against South Africa in the inaugural match of T20 World Cup 2007 that took place at Johannesburg on 11th September 2007.

West Indies recorded one of the highest totals in T20 World Cups by posting 205/6 against South Africa. Chris Gayle was the star of the match with his first T20 World Cup hundred of 117.

However, South Africa run down the target in the 17th overs with eight wickets to spare. As a result, Proteas won the match by eight wickets.

West Indies 205/4

West Indies are the only team to make twice on our list apart from South Africa. They recorded 10th highest total in T20 World Cups against Australia in T20 World Cup 2012.

This was the 2nd semi-final match of T20 WC 2012 when West Indies recorded 205/4 while batting first against Australia at Colombo cricket stadium on 5th October 2012. Chris Gayle was the highest scorer for West Indies in that match with his quick 75.

In return, Australia were all out at 131 in the chase. As a result, West Indies won the match by 74 runs and qualified for the finals.

Conclusion

So here is our list. Which Team do you think should be able to make it on our list in T20 World Cup 2021. Let us know in the comments.