The cricket fraternity has expanded with the rise of T20 cricket which has led to attracting fans in countries with very little exposure to the game. Countries like Afghanistan, Ireland, Oman and various other associate countries have excelled in the past decade. Batting in International cricket has reached enormous heights in the past decade, and the speed of the game has increased immensely all thanks to the rise of T20 cricket. Besides the highs, T20 cricket has also touched some low team totals in 2017.
The Windies are the T20 World Champions, and despite their downfall in the Test and ODI format, they have always been on the rise in the shortest format. And when a world champion team plays against the likes of Afghanistan, the Caribbean’s will always have the edge. Afghanistan toured West Indies in June and in the first match the Afghans batted first. T20 specialist Sunil Narine took three wickets to bundle out the tourists on a mere 110 runs.
On number four comes the Netherlands, who played Hong Kong in the Desert Cup in Dubai. The much-fancied team the Netherlands stumbled against a lower ranked team. Hong Kong batted first and scored 183/4. The Dutch batted second and were bundled out for a mere 92 runs. Ben Cooper was the top scorer with 22 runs.
The only top-ranked in the list is Sri Lanka, who had dismal run in the limited-overs format. Sri Lanka played four T20 matches against India in 2017 and lost all four. On their tour of India, they were bundled out for just 87 in the first T20 in Cuttack.
Hong Kong dismissed the Netherlands for 92, but before that match, Oman had set the standards for bowling as they dismissed them for a low score of 87 in the Desert Cup in Dubai. The top spot goes to Ireland who were dismissed for a mere 71 while batting first in the final of the Desert Cup. Afghanistan won by 10 wickets and also won the tournament.
|Ireland||71||13.2||5.32||1||v Afghanistan||Dubai (DSC)||20 Jan 2017|
|Hong Kong||87||18.3||4.70||1||v Oman||Abu Dhabi||16 Jan 2017|
|Sri Lanka||87||16.0||5.43||2||v India||Cuttack||20 Dec 2017|
|Netherlands||92||15.3||5.93||2||v Hong Kong||Dubai (DSC)||18 Jan 2017|
|Afghanistan||93||13.3||6.88||2||v West Indies||Basseterre||3 Jun 2017|