T20 WC 2024: New teams dominate in scoring half-centuries, 3 Asian countries waiting for 50

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. The T20 World Cup 2024 being held in West Indies and America is proving to be a 'drought' of runs for teams and batsmen. Due to the presence of many 'novice' teams in the tournament, it was expected that many scores of 250+ could be seen this time, but so far this has not happened. In the 24 matches played so far, only one team – Australia has been able to cross the 200-run mark. Not only this, there have been very few opportunities to score more than 50 runs in the tournament.

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Batsmen are struggling to score runs on wickets with uneven bounce. The number of boundaries has also decreased due to slow outfield on many grounds. The dominance of the bowling department can be gauged from the fact that so far no bowler has conceded 50 or more runs in an innings. Amidst the 'drought' of runs, it would be no less than a 'miracle' for a batsman to score a century in this T20 World Cup. Let us tell you, so far 11 centuries have been scored in 8 T20 World Cups. Two centuries were scored in the 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2022 World Cups. 2009 is the only World Cup in which no batsman could score a century.

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3-3 half-centuries from USA, Canada and Afghanistan
So far 19 half-centuries have been scored in the T20 World Cup 2024 (figures till Australia-Namibia match). The list is dominated by batsmen from new teams while surprisingly the names of veterans like Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, Kane Williamson and Jos Buttler are missing. Kohli has scored only 5 runs in two matches so far. Fans are expecting runs from the bat of 'King Kohli' in the upcoming matches of Team India. Apart from America and Canada, who are learning the basics of cricket, three half-centuries have been scored by Afghanistan while two batsmen from Australia have touched the 50-run mark. So far one half-century has been scored by India, Pakistan, South Africa, Scotland, Netherlands, Oman, Namibia and Papua New Guinea. Rohit Sharma from India and Mohammad Rizwan from Pakistan have scored half-centuries.

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Two-time champions England and Indies are waiting for half-centuries
No batsman of defending champion England has been able to score a half-century in this T20 World Cup so far. However, the team was unlucky that one of its two matches against Scotland was washed out due to rain. Similarly, apart from two-time champion West Indies, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Nepal, Uganda and Ireland are also waiting for a batsman who can score a half-century in the tournament. In this, the teams of Sri Lanka and Uganda have played three matches each. New Zealand has played only one match while the other teams have played two matches each.

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Afghanistan's Gurbaz is the only batsman to score two half-centuries

So far, only Afghanistan's Rahmatullah Gurbaz has scored two half-centuries in the tournament. After scoring 76 runs in the team's first match against Uganda, he played an innings of 80 runs against New Zealand. Gurbaz is the only batsman to cross the 150-run mark in the current T20 World Cup. Surprisingly, America's Aaron Jones is currently the highest individual scorer. Jones scored an unbeaten 94 against Canada in the opening match of the tournament. (Statistics till Australia-Namibia match)

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Batsmen who have scored half-centuries in T20 World Cup 2024 so far
1. Aaron Jones (94*) : USA vs Canada
2. Rahmatullah Gurbaz (80): Afghanistan vs New Zealand
3. Rahmatullah Gurbaz (76): Afghanistan vs Uganda
4. Ibrahim Zadran (70): Afghanistan vs Uganda
5. Marcus Stoinis (67*) : Australia vs Oman
6. Andris Gauss (65): USA vs. Canada
7. Brendan McMullan (61*) : Scotland vs Oman
8. Navneet Dhaliwal (61): Canada vs. USA
9. David Miller (59*) : South Africa vs Netherlands
10. David Warner (56) : Australia vs Oman
11. Max O'Dowd (54*) : Netherlands vs Nepal
12. Pratik Athawale (54) : Oman vs Scotland
13. Mohammad Rizwan (53*) : Pakistan vs Canada
14. Rohit Sharma (52*) : India vs Ireland
15. Gerhard Erasmus (52) : Namibia v Scotland
16. Aaron Johnson (52) : Canada vs Pakistan
17. Nicholas Kirton (51) : Canada vs. USA
18. Sese Bau (50): Papua New Guinea v West Indies
19. Bhikshu Patel (50): US vs Pakistan

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