Batting under pressure in T20

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2) DJ Hussey 59 off 54 v England in Barbados, 2010 - Pressure IMPACT 1.64

At the biggest stage of them all, England and Australia squared off in the finals of the third edition of the T20 World Cup at Barbados. Having been put into bat by Paul Collingwood and his English brigade, Australia struggled from the word 'go' and were soon writhing at 7-2 after 1.5 overs. It needed a player of some quality and experience to step into such a situation and Australia got their answer in the form of David Hussey, one of the most successful players in the history of T20 cricket. He absorbed pressure in an incredible fashion and even though wickets kept falling around him (It was soon 8-3) he shepherded Australia's innings right through to the end of their innings.

By the time he got out he had scored 57 runs and more importantly had given Australia's total a sense of respectability. He got out of the last over of the innings and even though he got a negative Strike Rate IMPACT in this innings (a very common thing when a batsman registers Pressure IMPACT), his primary job was to make sure Australia played out the full 20 overs in the first place, which he effectively did. Unluckily for him though it was not enough for Australia to win the title as England chased down the score with seven wickets to spare.

3) MJ Clarke 27 off 27 v England in Barbados, 2010 - Pressure IMPACT 1.64

Michael Clarke's personal best Pressure IMPACT innings came in the same aforementioned match where David Hussey saved Australia the blushes against England in the T20 finals. When Michael Clarke stepped into bat, Australia were 8-3 off 2.1 overs and were in dire need of a partnership. Even though Clarke's innings was by no means electrifying, his 37 runs partnership (best way to absorb pressure) with David Hussey in 43 balls at least made sure that Australia didn't collapse any further and also effectively gave them a platform to attack the English bowlers in the last 10 overs.

4) SL Malinga 27 off 25 v New Zealand in Auckland, 2006 - Pressure IMPACT 1.62

Of all the batsmen that one may come to associate with pressure, Lasith Malinga's name would definitely not feature in any one of them. However in this T20I match against New Zealand at Auckland, the Sri Lankan top order failed miserably and collapsed to 61-7 off only 11.4 overs. It was up to Malinga to give Sri Lanka and himself a score to defend on a fast bouncy track at Auckland and he did his best with his batting skills as he mustered up 27 runs off 25 balls to give Sri Lanka a total of 115 runs. His was the last Lankan wicket to fall and the tail (last three wickets) scored 54 runs off the last 50 balls of the innings to at least provide New Zealand a challenging total.

His Strike Rate IMPACT was the highest amongst all the batsmen in this match and his Runs Tally IMPACT was also the highest amongst all the Sri Lankan batsmen in this match. One more point that needs to be mentioned is that all his runs came through proper stroke play rather than the typical tail ender hoicks and slogs. Unfortunately for Sri Lanka though, New Zealand chased down the total with 5 wickets and 9 balls to spare.

5) CRD Fernando 21 off 14 v New Zealand in Auckland, 2006 - Pressure IMPACT 1.62

In the same match as discussed above, Fernando stepped in when Sri Lanka were 71-8 and alongwith Malinga conjured up a partnership of 44 runs off only 23 balls for the 9th wicket. However unlike Malinga most of his scoring shots came from favorable outside and inside edges which were effective nonetheless.


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