In cricket, wides, no-balls, leg byes, byes, penalties are all considered as ‘extra’ runs. Often, these extras turn out to be the difference between a win and a loss for a team. Especially in a low-scoring game, extras can shift the pressure and momentum as every run matters. In a T20 World Cup, one loss can derail a team’s campaign and throw it in a precarious position. In the following list, we are presenting you the Top 10 Most Extras Conceded In A Men’s T20 World Cup Innings-
1. 28 (West Indies against South Africa)
It was the first match of the inaugural Men’s T20 World Cup 2007 in Johannesburg. South Africa invited West Indies to bat first. The Caribbean team posted a strong 205/6, with Chris Gayle hitting a 57-ball-117. In reply, South Africa started strong, posting 54/0 in 5.1 overs. Opener Herschelle Gibbs scored an unbeaten 90 to guide South Africa to an 8-wicket victory. South Africa was helped by 28 extras (including 23 wides) conceded by West Indies. These extras proved to be decisive.
2. 26 (South Africa against England)
South Africa and England clashed in a 2016 T20 World Cup match in Mumbai. South Africa rode on three half-centuries to score a strong 229/4. In reply, England was 183/4 in 15 overs. As many as 20 runs of those came through wide balls. England needed 47 runs from 30 balls. The Proteas tried their best to reclaim the match, but it was too late. England won the match by only 2 wickets with only 2 balls to spare. The 26 extra runs proved to be too costly.
3. 25 (Zimbabwe against Afghanistan)
The first round of the 2016 T20 World Cup was in progress. In a match between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan in Nagpur, Afghanistan batted first. Mohammad Nabi’s half-century powered Afghanistan to 186/6. Apart from conceding runs off the bat, the Zimbabweans were also guilty of leaking extra runs. The 25 runs (17 wides) were conceded for free. Zimbabwe eventually had to face a defeat by 59 runs.
4. 24 (India against South Africa)
In 2007, hosts South Africa fought against India in Durban. India’s fifth-wicket pair of Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni added 85 runs in 55 balls. India posted a decent 153/5. In the second innings, India had South Africa in trouble on 31/5 within powerplay. In the end, India won the match by 37 runs. RP Singh grabbed 4 wickets. India was lucky to win the match despite conceding 24 extras (9 leg byes, 15 wides).
5. 22 (Sri Lanka against West Indies)
In the 2009 World Cup, Sri Lanka played against West Indies in a match in Nottingham. In the first innings, Sri Lanka’s opening pair of Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya added 124 in just 12.3 overs. Sri Lanka posted 192/5. West Indies failed to chase the target down despite Dwayne Bravo’s 51 and 22 extra runs they got. Sri Lanka conceded 4 leg byes, a no-ball, and 17 wides.
6. 20 (Pakistan against Sri Lanka)
Pakistan clashed with Sri Lanka at Lord’s Cricket Ground in the 2009 T20 World Cup. Sri Lanka batted first to post 150/7. 20 (7 leg byes, 3 no-ball, 10 wides) of those runs came as extras. Pakistan eventually lost the match despite Younis Khan’s 50. And can you guess the margin of that loss? It was 19 runs. Those 20 extras became the difference in the match.
7. 20 (Australia against Pakistan)
In a 2010 T20 World Cup, Pakistan clashed with Australia in the semi-final in Gros Islet. A lot was at stake. Pakistan displayed a brilliant batting display to post a competitive 191/6. They were helped by the 20 extras (10 byes, 1 leg bye, 9 wides) conceded by Australia. Australia took up the challenge and rode on Michael Hussey’s explosive 24-ball-60*. The Kangaroos booked a berth in the final after winning this match by 3 wickets.
8. 20 (Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka)
Hosts Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe clashed in a match in 2012 in Hambantota. Batting first, Sri Lanka posted 182/4 in 20 overs. The 20 extras (4 byes, 6 leg byes, 3 no-balls, 7 wides) conceded by Zimbabwe only made the score look more formidable. Zimbabwe couldn’t match their opponents and lost the match by 82 runs. Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis took 6 wickets for 8 runs.
9. 20 (Scotland against New Zealand)
Dubai hosted a 2021 T20 World Cup match between New Zealand and Scotland. Despite Martin Guptill’s 93, New Zealand could post only 172/5. The Scottish players were found guilty of conceding 20 extras (including 15 wides). Despite decent contributions by most of the batters, Scotland lost the match by 16 runs. They lost a brilliant opportunity to stun the New Zealand team thanks to the ‘extras’ they conceded.
10. 19 (West Indies against Ireland)
West Indies batted first in this 2010 T20 World Cup match in Providence Stadium (Guyana). Irish bowlers did well to restrict explosive West Indies to 138/9. In reply, Ireland couldn’t grab the opportunity to defeat the T20 experts West Indies. Ireland crumbled to 68 all out. So poor was the Irish batting that 19 of those 68 runs came off extras.