12 interesting statistical facts from 2nd T20I between Australia and India at Melbourne
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With yet another victory in the Twenty20 International (T20I) series in the second T20I, India have won the T20 leg of the Australian tour with one more match to go. Indian captain MS Dhoni and his men continued their winning momentum by beating Australia with a margin of 27 runs at Melbourne on Friday. This match was quite similar to the first, as India scored yet another 180-plus total and Virat Kohli slammed second consecutive fifty. Australia once again lost the momentum in the middle overs and eventually lost the match. Just like the previous match, once again Indian and Australian players broke and set few records. Like always, Abhishek Kumar brings to you 12 such interesting statistical-cum-fun facts from the second T20I.

1.  India’s vice-captain Virat Kohli scored another fifty in the series by scoring unbeaten 59 from just 32 balls. He thus became the first Indian to make two fifties in a T20I bilateral series.

 

2.  With this fifty, Kohli now averages 50.65 in the shortest format, which is best in T20Is amongst the cricketers who have played at least 20 innings.

 

3.  Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma built a partnership of 97 runs, which is now the highest partnership for Indian openers against Australia Down Under and second highest overall.

 

4.  The 97-run partnership between Dhawan and Rohit was also the highest opening stand at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

 

5.  Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon made his T20I debut and bowled only one over, conceding 15 runs, which is the worst first over by an Australian player on his T20I debut.

 

6.  In this match, both teams’ openers put up the partnership in excess of 50, which is the first such occasion in the history of T20Is.

 

7.  India scored three for 184, which is now the highest total by any team at MCG.

 

8.  Indian captain MS Dhoni today effected two stumpings and surpassed Kumar Sangakkara’s record for most stumping in international cricket across all the formats. Dhoni has so far done 140 stumpings while Sangakkara has 139 to his name.

 

9.  Aaron Finch scored 74 runs in this match, which is now the second highest individual score by an Australian at MCG in a T20I and third overall at this venue. The other two scores are of David Warner (89) and JP Duminy (78).

 

10.  Australia managed to score only 157 runs while chasing 185 against India and it is now their third highest total while chasing in Australia and highest at the MCG.

 

11.  With the second win in as many matches, India sealed the series by 2-0 margin. This is the first time in the history of Indian cricket when they have won a three-match T20I bilateral series in Australia against them.

12.  This is the second time in the history of cricket when both men’s and women’s teams of same nation have won back-to-back T20I matches against the same opponents, on the same day and at same venue. After the first T20I at Adelaide, both Indian women and men’s team defeated Australian women’s and men’s side at Melbourne on Friday.

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