Team India registered their first-ever win in T20Is against New Zealand in the sixth attempt. They defeated the visitors in the first T20I of the 3-match series at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Wednesday.
With the win, men in blue now have a win against every T20I team they have played against. This was also the farewell match for veteran pacer Ashish Nehra. India posted a huge score of 202 for 3 against New Zealand which was their seventh total of 200 or more in T20Is.
Here are some of the other statistical highlights from the first T20I between India and New Zealand played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.
- India recorded their first win against them in six matches in T20Is – winning % 16.66. Now, India have recorded wins against every full member team in T20Is.
- India’s 53-run victory was their sixth biggest in terms of runs in T20Is – their largest being 90 runs vs England at Colombo (RPS) on September 23, 2012.
- Men in Blue’s total of 202 for three is their highest vs New Zealand in T20Is, surpassing the 180 for nine at Johannesburg on September 16, 2007.
- It was also India’s seventh score of more than 200 runs in T20Is.
- Shikhar Dhawan recorded his career-best innings of 80 by surpassing the 60 vs Bangladesh at Dhaka on March 6, 2016.
- Dhawan’s first Man of the Match award vs New Zealand is his third in T20Is.
- Rohit Sharma’s first half-century vs New Zealand is his 12th in T20Is.
- Rohit’s 80 off 55 balls is his third highest score in T20Is – the highest being 106 off 66 balls vs South Africa at Dharamsala on October 2, 2015.
- Rohit has become the second Indian batsman to complete 1,000 runs in a winning cause in T20Is – his tally being 1010 at 37.40, including ten half-centuries, in 41 matches.
- Virat Kohli has amassed 1322 runs at an average of 69.57 in 34 matches, including 13 fifties, in a winning cause.
- Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan built a partnership of 158 runs for the first wicket – India’s highest partnership for any wicket in Twenty20 Internationals, eclipsing the 138 for the second wicket between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma vs South Africa at Dharamsala on October 2, 2015.
- India’s previous highest opening stand in T20Is was 136 between Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag vs England at Durban on September 19, 2007.
- Overall, the 158-run stand is the third highest opening partnership in T20Is – the highest being 171* between Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson for New Zealand vs Pakistan at Hamilton on January 17, 2016.
- The above-mentioned partnership is also the highest by any pair for any wicket vs New Zealand in T20Is, surpassing the 143* for the first wicket between Michael Lumb and Alex Hales for England at Wellington on February 15, 2013.
- Rohit and Dhawan had played 98 balls during their above-mentioned partnership – the highest by any pair and the second highest for any wicket next only to the 99 balls faced by Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara during their stand of 166 for the second wicket for Sri Lanka vs West Indies at Bridgetown on May 7, 2010.
- Rohit Sharma took his sixes’ tally to 268 in 257 matches, creating an Indian record in Twenty20, overtaking Suresh Raina’s tally of 265 in 259 matches.
- Chahal’s bowling record is excellent in T20Is, he has scalped 17 wickets in ten matches at an average of 17.35, including a six-wicket haul – 6 for 25 vs England at Bengaluru on February 1, 2017.
- For the first time, New Zealand could not get a wicket of their opponent in the first ten overs while bowling first in T20Is.
- Trent Boult (4-0-49-1) was his worst bowling spell in T20Is.