Team India won the second T20I by 69 runs. Image courtesy: Twitter
Team India won the second T20I by 69 runs. Image courtesy: Twitter

With yet another victory in the second Twenty20 International (T20I), India have managed to level the series 1-1 with one deciding match to go. Indian captain MS Dhoni and his men defeated Sri Lanka in every department and won the match by a big margin of 69 runs at Ranchi on Friday. This match vastly dissimilar to the first T20I, as India managed to score a big total of 196 for 6. Shikhar Dhawan lit up Ranchi with a 25-ball 51 before Suresh Raina and Hardik Pandya played some big shots in the death overs. Sri Lanka did have some small reason to celebrate though, as Thisara Perera became the fourth man to take a T20I hat-trick.Abhishek Kumar brings to you 10 interesting statistical facts from the second T20I.

1.  Shikhar Dhawan scored his maiden fifty in T20Is, and that too in just 22 balls. This was the fourth fastest half-century by an Indian batsman in this format of the game.

2.  Indian openers Dhawan and Rohit Sharma put on 75 runs together for the first wicket, which is now the second-highest opening partnership for India on their home soil, and the fourth-highest overall for India for the first wicket.

3.  Rohit (43), Dhawan (51), Ajinkya Rahane (25), Suresh Raina (30), and Hardik Pandya (27), all scored over 25. This is the second instance in T20Is when each of the top five batsmen scored 25 or above. The first time this happened was on November 9, 2015, by Sri Lanka’s top order against West Indies in the first T20I at Pallekele.

4.  Thisara Perera took a hat-trick, thereby becoming the first cricketer to do so from Sri Lanka, and the fourth overall. This was also the first T20I hat-trick taken by any bowler on Indian soil.

5.  India’s total of 196 is now their fourth-highest total in T20Is at home and fifth-highest overall.

6.  Indian captain MS Dhoni affected two stumpings during the match, and became the fifth-highest in terms of stumping in T20Is. The top four are Kamran Akmal (32), Mushfiqur Rahim (21), Kumar Sangakkara (20), and Denesh Ramdin (18).

7.  Yuvraj Singh got out for a golden duck for the first time in his T20I career. It took him 39 innings to get out for a duck, which is the second best by any batsman after Shoaib Malik, with 40 innings.

8.  India won the match convincingly by 69 runs, which is their third-biggest victory in T20Is in terms of runs. It is also their biggest win in India.

9.  Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets, conceding only 14 runs. These are his best bowling figures in India and second best overall.

10.  With this hat-trick, Perera becomes the second bowler in the history of cricket to take a hat-trick in both One-Day Internationals and T20Is. The first was Brett Lee.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed at abhicricket.kumar and @abhishekkr2593)