Australia’s limited-overs tour of India commenced with a nail-biting encounter in the first game of the two T20I matches played in Vizag. The Indian opener, KL Rahul scored 50 off 36 balls on his comeback before India suffered a collapse. From 76/1 after 9 overs, India managed to post only 126/7 in their 20 overs. The flamboyant Australian all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell’s half-century put the Aussies on top in the chase by bringing down the required rate under six.
However, the Indian bowlers conceded only 15 runs between 16-19 overs without allowing the visitors to score any boundary. But the Australian lower order got the required 14 runs required in the final over by hitting a couple of boundaries.
Meanwhile, a plethora of records were made in the game, hence, here are some numbers recorded during a close win for the Australians:
- It has only happened for the 2nd time that the Aussies have chased down a target in a T20I on the final delivery of the game. They completed the 205-run chase against South Africa in the 2016 Johannesburg T20I on the last ball. On the other hand, it has happened for the 4th time India lost a T20I with the opposition reaching the target on the final ball.
- Jasprit Bumrah became the second Indian bowler to claim more than 50 T20I wickets. Ahead of the game, he needed two more wickets to surpass the landmark as now he just one wicket behind Ravichandran Ashwin (52) as he ended up picking up three wickets.
- Virat Kohli became the first T20I cricketer to score 500 runs against an opposition. He has now amassed a tally of 512 runs against the Aussies from 14 innings at an average of 56.88.
- India’s total of 126/7 is their lowest in a completed T20I match to involve a fifty-plus partnership. India posted only 130/4 in 20 overs against Sri Lanka in 2014 WT20 final despite two fifty-run stands.
- It was also the lowest total for men in blue to include an individual fifty in a completed T20I match. Virat Kohli scored 77 during the 2014 WT20 final against Sri Lanka where India finished with only 130/4.
- Even for the Australians, their total of 127/7 is their lowest in a completed T20I match to involve a fifty-plus partnership. They were bowled out for 131 in the 2012 WT20 game against the Windies that included a 68-run stand.
- MS Dhoni (29 off 36 balls) also registered an unwanted record as he played the most number of balls faced by an Indian in a T20I innings for hitting one or fewer boundaries. The previous highest was 35 balls by Ravindra Jadeja during the 2009 WT20 game against England. He hit only one four during his 35-ball stay for 25 runs.
- D’Arcy Short’s run-a-ball batting is the 2nd lowest strike rate in a T20I inning of 30+ for Australia. Brad Haddin’s 46-ball 42 against the Windies in the 2010 WT20 came at an S/R of 91.3.