T20 Records: Highest Team Scores in the T20 World Cup

In the history of the T20 World Cup, who had the highest score? Find out! An analysis of the historic innings by South Africa, England, India, and Sri Lanka.

T20 Cricket is all about big hitting it is a format made for batters who have flat pitches and small ground to showcase their power-hitting abilities resulting in teams ending up posting big scores on the board. In this article, we will look at the highest team total in the T20 World Cup.

Sri Lanka: 260-6 vs Kenya (2007 T20 World Cup)

Sri Lanka holds the record for the highest team total in the history of the T20 World Cup. The Lankan Lions scored 260 runs for the loss of six wickets during the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup held in South Africa in 2007. The Sri Lankan batters made the most of an inexperienced bowling lineup that Kenya had at their disposal. The assault on Kenya’s bowlers by the Sri Lankan batters was led by Sanath Jayasuriya. The experienced batter led the way by scoring a quickfire 88 of just 36 balls. Jaisurya was well supported by other batters like Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, and Jehan Mubarak all of whom made a significant contribution.


England: 230-8 vs South Africa (2016 T20 World Cup)

The league stage match between South Africa and England during the 2016 T20 World Cup held in India was a run-fest with both teams scoring more than 200 runs and England emerging as the eventual winner. Chasing a daunting target of 230 runs England started the innings in the way the then Eoin Mogan-led side was associated with an aggressive manner attacking every ball and playing to clear the boundary on every occasion. The onslot was led by Joe Root who played some unorthodox shots he wasn’t known for and ended up scoring 83 runs off 44 balls. The right-hander was well supported by other batters like Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan all of whom also played their part by scoring runs at a rapid rate helping England chase down a record total in the T20 World Cup.

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South Africa: 229-4 vs England (2016 T20 World Cup)

Nobody had any idea of what was on offer when South Africa came out to bat against England in the league stage match of the 2016 T20 World Cup. Batting first South Africa got off to a flying start as the openers added 96 runs for the first wicket in 7.1 which meant that a perfect platform for a big score was set for the South African batters to pounce on and they did just that as middle order batters flaxed there muscles to take the teams past the 200 run mark. Although the score didn’t prove to be enough as the Eoin Morgan-led side chased down the target of 230 runs with two wickets in hand the match displayed the batting power that the two nations possessed.

India: 218-4 vs England (2007 T20 world cup)

The match against England in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup held in South Africa witnessed India register their first ever 200 run score when the MS Dhoni-led side took the field in a must-win encounter. Batting first Indian openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag added 100 runs for the first wicket which laid the platform for India to post a big score and the Men in Blue did just that led by Yuvraj Singh who scored the then fastest fifty in T20 cricket including the world record of six sixes in an over which helped India reach a total of 218-4 at the end of 20 overs. A score which proved a little too many for England as India won the match by 18 runs.

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South Africa: 211-5 vs Scotland (2009 T20 World Cup)

Batting first against an inexperienced Scotishbowling lineup the South African batters took full advantage of loose balls that were offered to them during the 2009 T20 World Cup in England. South Africa who had a plethora of experienced batters with the likes of Jacques Kallis Graeme Smith Herschelle Gibbs and Ab de Villiers posted a mammoth total of 11 runs on the board led by AB de Villers who scored 79 runs off 34 balls and was well supported by other batters. The score proved to be enough as South Africa won the match by 130 runs.