T20 World Cup of upsets: Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka… lost to teams weaker than themselves, the road ahead is not easy

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. The T20 World Cup being played in America and West Indies will be remembered for its upsets. It has been just a week since the tournament began but 5 teams have already been victims of upsets. Teams having the status of Test playing nations are losing to teams that are rarely seen in World Cups. If America started the upsets then the biggest upset was Pakistan's defeat.

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The World Cup started with a twist
The T20 World Cup started with an upset. However, no one paid attention to it then. In this match played in Dallas, host USA defeated Canada by 3 wickets. Canada had scored a big score of 194 runs, but USA achieved it in just 17.4 overs. The defeat of the Canadian team, which has been participating in ICC tournaments since the 1970s, was no less than an upset.

The second reversal was also done by America
The second upset of the T20 World Cup was also done by America. This time it shattered the dreams of former champion Pakistan. This match between Pakistan and America was initially tied at 159-159. After this, a super over was played. America scored 18 runs in the super over, in response to which Pakistan's team could score only 13 runs. With this victory, America's team has overtaken India and reached the top of Group A in the points table.

Canada bounced back and defeated the Test playing team
The third upset of the T20 World Cup was done by Canada, which had to face defeat from America. Canada gave Ireland a taste of the same medicine which it is known to give to others. Canada scored 137 runs against Ireland on 7 June. In response, the Irish team could score only 125 runs. Keep in mind that the Irish team has defeated teams like Pakistan and England in ODI and T20 World Cup. It has the status of a Test playing team. In such a situation, its fans will not be able to digest the defeat against Ireland easily.

New Zealand became victim of fourth upset
New Zealand's team became the victim of the fourth upset in the T20 World Cup. In the Group C match played on June 8, Afghanistan defeated New Zealand by 84 runs. In this match, Afghanistan scored 159 runs for 6 wickets. In reply, New Zealand's team was all out by scoring just 75 runs in 15.2 overs.

Sri Lanka became the victim of the fifth upset
Sri Lanka became the victim of the fifth upset in the T20 World Cup. In the match played on June 8, Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka by 2 wickets. Sri Lanka's team batted first and scored 124 runs for 9 wickets. Bangladesh achieved the target by losing 8 wickets in 19 overs. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are included in Group D, which is also being called the Group of Death. This group also includes South Africa, Netherlands and Nepal.

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