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Under the captaincy of Younis Khan, Pakistan lifted the T20 World Cup 2009 trophy after defeating Sri Lanka in the grand-finale. The Green Army was dominant in all the departments. In the final of that tournament, they halted Sri Lanka to set up huge targets as the Islanders were restricted to 138/6 in 20 overs. In reply, the all-rounder Shahid Afridi scored match-winning runs and guided the team to lift the ICC trophy.
India were the defending champions but they even failed to get qualify for the knock-out rounds in the second edition of the T20 World Cup.
During the tournament, batsmen and bowlers build several records. And on that note, in this article, we have mentioned the players who were the highest scorer in the T20 World Cup 2009.
Chris Gayle and Andre Fletcher: 133 runs against Australia:
West Indies started their ICC T20 World Cup 2009 campaign by winning against Australia. Ricky Ponting-led Australia had set a fighting target of 170 runs but it felt short in front of the explosive batsman Chris Gayle.
The Windies opening batsmen Chris Gayle and Andre Fletcher led the team to chase down the target. The duo set up 133 runs partnership which became the highest partnership of this particular tournament. Gayle smashed Australia’s bowling line up with the likes of Mitchell Jonson, Shane Watson, Nathan Bracken and Bret Lee. He amassed 88 runs off 50 balls, striking six gigantic sixes and six boundaries, before losing the wicket to Bret Lee. His opening partner Fletcher scored 53 runs off 32 balls and hit seven fours and one six.
In the end, Ramnaresh Sarwan scored match-winning runs to guide the team to victory by seven wickets.
Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya: 124 runs against West Indies
Sri Lanka was asked to bat first as they lost the toss. The openers Dilshan and Jayasuriya thrashed the Caribbean bowlers and registered 124 runs partnership before the end of that partnership. Dilshan scored 74 off 47 balls, striking 11 fours and a six while Jayasuriya scored 81 off 47 balls, striking 10 boundaries and three sixes. Sri Lanka set up the target of 193 runs with the help of their partnership.
Finally, the West Indies faced defeat as they lost the game by 15 runs.
Ravi Bopara and Luke Wright: 102 runs against the Netherlands
This was the opening match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 where the host England faced a shocking defeat against the Netherlands though Ravi Bopara and John Wright set the third-highest partnership of the tournament.
Put in to bat, England got off to a great start with Ravi Bopara (46) and Luke Wright (71 off 49) adding 102 for the opening wicket in 11.2 overs. Once Netherlands’ pacer Ryan ten Doeschate got Bopara, things went downhill for England. Wright kept them going at one end but the others collapsed as England settled for only 162/5 in 20 overs.
In reply, the underdog Netherlands chased down the target on the last ball of the match as they won the match by four wickets.
Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis: 87 runs against Scotland
Scotland played the second match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 tournament against South Africa. It was important for them to win the match to be alive in the competition as they had already lost the first match against New Zealand. However, the Proteas skipper Graeme Smith ended Scotland’s hope after setting up a partnership with the all-rounder Jacques Kallis.
Asked to bat first, Kallis made a 31-ball 48 and added 87 runs in 9.3 overs for the first wicket with Smith who scored 38 runs. AB de Villiers’s blistering knock of unbeaten 79 runs led South Africa to set the highest total of the tournament, 211 runs (211/5).
In reply, Scotland were folded up for just 81 runs at the Oval as Proteas crushed them by 130 runs.
Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya: 81 runs against Pakistan
Sri Lanka opening pair Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya once again set up the match-winning partnership for the first wicket. Dilshan smacked the likes of Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul and went on to score 46 runs off 39 balls, striking eight boundaries. Jayasuriya who made 26 off 24 balls, stitched up 81 runs partnership with Dilshan before losing his wicket. Their partnership became the fifth highest partnership in the ICC T20 World Cup 2009.
Sri Lanka put up 150 at the loss of seven wickets on the board. In reply, Pakistan could not chase down the target and were restricted to 131/9.