New Delhi [India]February 17 (ANI): On February 17, 2005, the first men’s T20I in the history of cricket was played.
Over the years, the shortest format of the game has become a crowd favorite and every stadium has a huge turnout when a T20 game is played.
With the advent of a number of different leagues, the format continues to flourish. The 20-over format took place between Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2005 in Auckland.
In that game, Australia managed to score 214/5 in the allotted twenty overs. Skipper Ricky Ponting scored the first goal for the visitors when he completed 98 runs with only 55 balls with eight fours and five sixes.
The hosts failed to lower the score when they were eliminated for 170. Michael Kasprowicz played for Australia when he took four wickets in his four overs quota.
Ponting was named Man of the Game. So far, six T20 men’s world championships have been played, with West Indies winning the tournament a maximum of times (2).
The Women’s T20 World Cup was held last year and Australia won the trophy after beating India in the final.
The men’s T20 World Cup is expected to be held in India from October to November this year. It was previously scheduled to start in Australia last year but it has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (ANI)
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