T20 World Cup History: Top 5 Highest Powerplay Totals 

As the curtain falls on this opening group stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, we set ourselves up for chapter two of this event where eight remaining teams seek to capture four semifinal spots.

The eight teams that have made it to the Super Eights are India and the USA from Group A. These are followed by Australia and England from Group B, Afghanistan and the West Indies from Group C, and South Africa and Bangladesh from Group D.

It was on June 18, 2024, at the Gross Islet, St. Lucia Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, where this history was made by the West Indies Cricket Team. The Windies posted a scintillating high score in a Group C thrilling encounter against Afghanistan in the T20 World Cup, eating up 218/5 in 20 overs.

Similarly, we look at the top 5 highest powerplay totals in T20 World Cup history.

Top 5 Highest Powerplay Totals in T20 World Cup History

Since 2007, the T20 World Cup has been a platform that has brought some of the most enthralling, explosive cricketing moments. One of the most critical phases of the game, of course, is setting the tone for the match is the powerplay. It comprises the first six overs of an innings when fielding restrictions allow only two fielders outside the 30-yard circle.

Here, while the field is up, teams look to maximize their scoring; some allegedly eye-popping displays of hard and aggressive batting do appear, with some moments that have left one in awe. 

Let’s examine the top five highest powerplay totals in T20 World Cup history to represent the teams that have maximized their time from those precious overs.

1. West Indies (92/1) vs. Afghanistan, 2024

On Monday, the West Indies thrashed Afghanistan by 104 runs in their final group-stage match of the T20 World Cup. West Indies posted 218/5 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first. This group’s final match saw Nicholas Pooran score 98 off 53 balls.

92/1 was the highest powerplay totals in T20 World Cup history for the West Indies. They bettered the record of 91 put up by the Netherlands versus Ireland in the 2014 edition. Nicholas Pooran and hometown hero Johnson Charles, 43 off 27 balls. The duo then throttled it up to supersonic speed to push the score along to 92-1 by the sixth over.

2. Netherlands (91/1) vs. Ireland, 2014

The Netherlands holds the record for the second-highest powerplay totals in T20 World Cup history – 91 against Ireland, in Sylhet, during the 2014 version. It was a do-or-die fixture, and the Dutch batsmen came out all guns blazing.

Stephan Myburgh smashed 63 off 23 balls (4 x 4 and 7 x 6). The chase was set up nicely with the Netherlands reaching 91/1 in just six overs for an overall successful chase and a famous victory.

3. England (89/3) vs. South Africa, 2016

Probably one of the best chases of the 2016 T20 World Cup history. England scored 89 runs with the loss of 3 wickets against South Africa at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. With a tough target of 230, England needed a fast start. Jason Roy turned up to the occasion, scoring 43 off 16 balls.

Despite losing three wickets in the powerplay, their aggressive strategy worked. They eventually chased down the target with two balls to spare and registered one of the highest successful chases in T20 history.

4. South Africa (83/0) vs. England, 2016

It was South Africa who provided the real impetus. Their explosive powerplay in the very same match where England posted 89/3. The Wankhede cricket ground provided perfect batting conditions for Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla. The duo racked up 83 runs without losing any wickets.

It was this solid start that provided the platform for South Africa to post a massive total of 229/4. They were eventually chased down by England in a high-scoring thriller.

5. India (82/2) vs. Scotland, 2021

India’s dominance during the powerplay came to the fore against Scotland in Dubai in the 2021 T20 World Cup history. After restricting Scotland to a modest total, openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma came out with briefs to get the game over as quickly as possible to improve their net run rate. The pair scored freely, and India got 82/2 in six overs to lay the platform for a huge win.

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