India hammered UAE by 9 wickets with 59 balls remaining © AFP
India hammered UAE by 9 wickets with 59 balls remaining © AFP

The ninth match of Asia Cup T20 2016 was played between India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) at Dhaka. UAE captain Amjad Javed won the toss and opted to bat first, but UAE could only score 81 for the loss of 9 wickets from their 20 overs. Shaiman Anwar was the top-scorer for UAE as he made 43 runs while for India Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 2 wickets while the rest of the bowlers picked up one wicket each. In reply, Rohit Sharma scored a quick-fire 39 runs, Shikhar Dhawan spent remained not out to take India home, and Yuvraj Singh — who was promoted to No. 3 — scored a quick 25 not out from 14 balls. Umang Pabari looks at some of the statistical highlights of the match. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs UAE, Asia Cup T20 2016 Match 9 at Dhaka

17 – Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the 17th bowler in world cricket to bowl 2 maiden overs in a T20I. Other bowlers who have achieved this feat in T20Is are Johann Nel, Ray Price, Shapoor Zadran, Sulieman Benn, Shaun Tait, Ajantha Mendis, Graeme Swann, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammad Nabi, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Sohail Tanvir, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Rohan Mustafa, Mudassar Bukhari, and Jasprit Bumrah. Bhuvneshwar’s first 2 overs in this match were maidens.

81 for 9 – The score made by UAE against India, which is the second-lowest total any team have posted against India in T20Is. England’s score of 80 from 14.4 overs is at top in that list, which they made against India at Colombo (RPS) on September 23, 2012.

5 – Number of Maidens bowled by Harbhajan Singh in his T20I career, which is joint second-most by a bowler in T20Is. Nuwan Kulasekara is at the top in that list with 6 maidens, while Trent Johnston, Ajantha Mendis, and Harbhajan are at the second place with 5 maidens each. READ: Defeats notwithstanding, UAE should be proud of their campaign in Asia Cup T20 2016

23 – Number of Maidens bowled by Indian bowlers in T20Is, which is joint second-most by any team in T20Is. Pakistan are at the top of the list with 25 maidens, while Sri Lanka are at second place along with India, with 23 maidens.

4 – Number of Maidens bowled by India’s bowlers in their match against UAE, which is joint most by any team’s bowlers in the first innings of a T20I. In other instance, Nepal’s bowlers had also bowled 4 maidens in a match against Hong Kong at Colombo on November 24, 2014. READ: India’s biggest victory and 10 other statistical highlights from Asia Cup 2016 match between India and UAE at Mirpur

59 – Number of balls remaining when India beat UAE. It is India’s largest victory against any other nation in terms of balls remaining in T20Is. India’s victory margin was much larger than their next three in terms of balls remaining: against Sri Lanka (37 balls), Afghanistan (31 balls) and Zimbabwe (30 balls).

8th – India’s victory over UAE with 59 balls remaining is 8th largest victory (in terms of balls remaining) registered in a T20I. The other 8 largest victories are for Sri Lanka (90 balls vs Netherlands), Ireland (76 balls vs Kenya), New Zealand (74 balls vs Kenya), Ireland (72 balls vs Nepal), New Zealand (70 balls vs Bangladesh), Ireland (63 balls vs Canada), Scotland (60 balls vs UAE) and New Zealand (60 balls vs Sri Lanka). READ: Yuvraj Singh reinventing himself as batsman

336 – Number of Runs scored by Rohit Sharma from 10 matches in T20Is this year, which is the most by any player in T20Is so far in 2016. He scored 39 runs from 28 balls, hitting seven fours and a six against UAE. Hamilton Masakadza is at second place on that list with 318 runs.

69 – Number of Sixes hit by Yuvraj Singh in his T20I career, which is the fourth-highest by any player in T20Is. Brendon McCullum (91), Chris Gayle (87), and Shane Watson (76) are ahead of him. READ: From ICC World T20 2014 to Asia Cup 2016, life has come a full circle for Yuvraj Singh

5th – Pawan Negi became the fifth Indian fielder to take two catches on T20I debut. The other four Indian players who achieved the same milestone are Suresh Raina, Piyush Chawla, Manoj Tiwary, and Ambati Rayudu.

21 for 2 –UAE’s score against India in the power play overs was the joint lowest total made by any team against India. The other instance happened when Zimbabwe scored also 21 runs with loss of 2 wickets against India at Harare in 2010.

11 – Number of Balls taken by UAE openers against India to make their team’s first runs. This is the second-most number of balls taken by any team in T20Is. Zimbabwe once took 21 balls to make their team’s first runs against West Indies in 2010 at Port of Spain. READ: Hardik Pandya is proving himself an ideal all-rounder for India in T20Is

8 – Number of runs conceded by Bhuvneshwar in his 4 overs. This is the joint lowest number of runs conceded by any Indian bowler in a T20I 4-over spell. Ravichandran Ashwin also gave only 8 runs against Sri Lanka in February 2016 at Vizag, where he also took 4 wickets.

2nd – This is the second instance when any Indian bowler has bowled 20 dot balls in a T20I innings. Bhuvneshwar bowled 20 dot balls against UAE at Dhaka from his 4 overs. Ravindra Jadeja too had bowled 20 dot balls against Sri Lanka at Vizag in February 2016.

11 – Number of Wickets lost by UAE in this Asia Cup in the powerplay overs from 4 matches. This is the most by any team in this Asia Cup. Surprisingly, India are at the second place in that list, having losing 7 wickets in the powerplay overs from 4 matches in this Asia Cup.

(Umang Pabari is an Indian mechanical engineer and a cricket enthusiast. Rahul Dravid and AB de Villiers are his role models.)