Afghanistan celebrate after their 3-0 whitewash against Ireland at Noida © PTI
Afghanistan celebrate after their 3-0 whitewash against Ireland at Noida © PTI

The pitch at the Greater Noida Staidum seemed to be an extension of the highways that connect major north Indian cities. Ireland invited Afghanistan to bat and conceded a massive 233 for 8 from their 20 overs. Following a blitz at the top-order from Mohammad Shahzad, a brutal onslaught from Mohammad Nabi took them there. Ireland battled hard but were always playing the catching up game, losing by 28 runs in the end. The series thus finished 3-0 in favour of Afghanistan. Let us sail into the sea of statistics and fish out some interesting highlights. Full Cricket Scorecard, Afghanistan vs Ireland, 3rd T20 at Greater Noida

Afghanistan’s 233 is the 8th-highest total in T20Is and the highest by an Associate Nation. It was a nice payback from Afghanistan, for the previous highest T20I total by an Associate Nation was Ireland’s 225 for 7 against Afghanistan in the World T20 Qualifier in 2013.

438 runs were scored in this T20I. This is the 6th-highest run aggregate in a T20I, the highest being 489 between India and West Indies at Lauderhill, Florida in 2016.

Irelands 205 is now the 7th-highest score in a T20I defeat. India’s 244 for 5 at Lauderhill (mentioned above) is at the top spot.

The match saw as many as 28 sixes slammed throughout the day, the 3rd-most sixes achieved in a T20I. The Lauderhill T20I between India and West Indies is at the first spot with 32 sixes, 5 of which were slammed by Evin Lewis in a single over from Stuart Binny.

Afghanistan slammed 16 sixes in their innings. This is now the joint 5th-most sixes in a T20I innings alongside Australia, who did the same against India at Barbados in 2010. West Indies is at the top of the list with 21 sixes, once again in the Lauderhill T20I against India.

Putting a cut-off of 75 runs, Nabi’s 30-ball 89 is the best strike rate (296.7) in a T20I. Chris Gayle held the record, with 77 from 31 balls at a strike rate of 248.4 at Newlands in 2015; the third name on the list Aaron Finch, whose 156 from 63 balls came at a strike rate of 247.6.

Highest strike rates for 50 and above scores in T20Is

Batsman Runs Balls SR Opponent
Yuvraj Singh (India) 58 16 362.5 England
Colin Munro (New Zealand) 50* 14 357.1 Sri Lanka
Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan) 89 30 296.7 Ireland

Nabi’s 9 sixes are the joint 5th-most sixes in an innings. He is tied in the spot alongside Loots Bosman (South Africa), Marlon Samuels (West Indies), Lewis (West Indies) and Glenn Maxwell (Australia). Finch is at the top of the list with 14 sixes, en route his 156.

Nabi reached his half-century from 21 balls. This is the fastest fifty from an Afghan cricketer. The previous record was held by Najibullah Zadran, who got to the mark in 22 balls, against UAE in 2016.

Nabi’s 89 is also the 3rd-highest T20I score by an Afghan cricketer. Mohammad Shahzad’s 118 vs Zimbabwe at Sharjah is at the top spot, followed by Najeeb Tarkai’s 90 in the previous game.

Mohammad Shahzad’s 72 is now the 8th-highest second-highest score in a T20I.

Highest second-highest scores in a T20I
Highest score 2nd-highest score Team Vs Venue Season
94 L Bosman 88 G Smith SA Eng Centurion 2009-10
100 E Lewis 79 J Charles WI Ind Lauderhill 2016
77 D Warner 75 G Maxwell Aus SA New Wanderers 2015-16
81 S Jayasuriya 74 T Dilshan SL WI Trent Bridge 2009
73 Salman Butt 73 Kamran Akmal Pak Ban St Lucia 2010
87* M Guptill 72* K Williamson NZ Pak Hamilton 2015-16
74 E Morgan 72* Moeen Ali Eng Aus Cardiff 2015
89* M Nabi 72 M Shahzad Afg Ire Greater Noida 2016-17
Butt and Kamran both scored 73. We have put Kamran at 2nd place for we had to put someone.

Afghanistan scored 104 runs from their last 6 overs, the most in this format. The previous record was held by England, who plundered 87 in the final 6 overs against Afghanistan in the 2012 World T20.

Ireland too have something to smile about. They recorded 91 from their first 6 overs (Powerplay overs), the joint-most in T20Is alongside Netherlands. The Dutchmen scored 91 against Ireland in the 2014 World T20.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan have now won 11 T20Is on a row, and 12th T20. Let us look at the longest T20 winnings streaks for teams.

Teams Consecutive wins
Sialkot Stallions (Pak) 25 (2006-10)
Otago (New Zealand) 14 (2012-13)
Kolkata Knight Riders (India) 14 (2014)
Surrey (England) 13 (2003-04)
Bengal (India) 12 (2009-11)
Sydney Sixers (Australia) 12 (2012)
Afghanistan 12* (2016-17)

The only international side in this list is Afghanistan; 11 of their 12 wins came in international matches.