Krunal Pandya concedes second most runs by an India spinner in T20Is
Glenn Maxwell hit four of the six sixes struck off Krunal Pandya, including three in a row. @AFP

The left-spinner Krunal Pandya conceded 55 runs in his four overs during the first T20I between India and Australia in Brisbane on Wednesday, which is the second most expensive figures by an Indian spinner in the format.

It is also the second most runs conceded by a spin bowler in a T20I in Australia, behind the 56 that West Indies’ Nikita Miller went for in 3.4 overs in 2010.

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The most expensive four overs by an Indian spinner belongs to India’s highest-ranked bowler in T20Is, Yuzvendra Chahal, who was benched for this match. The wrist-spinner conceded 64 runs in his quota during a T20I in South Africa in February.

Pandya, in his fourth T20I, conceded 55 to move to second in the list of most expensive figures by an Indian slow bowler ahead of Yusuf Pathan who went for 1/54 against Sri Lanka in Nagpur on 2009. Kuldeep (3/52) and Chahal (4/54) are the other instances of an India spinner going for more than 50 runs in a T20I.

Pandya conceded six sixes in his four overs, of which three came in successive balls by Glenn Maxwell in his third over which cost 23 runs. Marcus Stoinis successfully reviewed an lbw verdict in Pandya’s second over, which added to the bowler’s frustration.

In Pandya’s last over, the 16th of Australia’s innings, Stoinis and Maxwell hit him for a six each. Off the sixth ball, Maxwell miscued a slog up in the air but the ball hit the Spidercam and was called a dead ball. The miscued shot looked set to be caught by one of the fielders around the pitch, but it was not to be Pandya’s evening.