Dhoni goes past Ponting, most runs in a T20I and 20 more statistical highlights for India-WI 1st T20I in Florida

Almost 500 runs, two centuries, 35 fours, 31 sixes and much more was witnessed in the first T20I match between West Indies and India at Lauderhill, Florida. Bowling first, Indian bowlers were never in control as the Caribbean openers began hitting boundaries from the very first over. West Indies put up a massive 245 on the board with Evin Lewis’ century and Johnson Charles’ 33-ball 79. In return, Indian team lost their first wicket in the form of opener Ajinkya Rahane early in the innings followed by Virat Kohli’s wicket but from there on, it was all about Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. Further, Rohit got out after scoring 28-ball 62 but Rahul ended up scoring his maiden T20I century. Along with Rahul, captain MS Dhoni too played a decent knock of 25-ball 43 but could not score the much-needed two runs off the final delivery of the match and eventually got out. West Indies won the match dramatically by a run. With this high scoring game, plenty of records were rewritten in the record books and Abhishek Kumar present such stats.

1. Dhoni surpasses Ricky Ponting in terms of most international matches as captain. This was his 325th international match across the formats, while Ponting captained in 324 matches.

2. There was 78 runs scored by West Indies in Powerplay. This is the most runs ever conceded by India in T20Is and second most runs scored by any team in a T20I in Powerplay. The record for most runs in a T20I in Powerplays is also held by West Indies (86 vs South Africa in 2015).

3. Opener Charles completed his fifty from just 20 balls. This is the joint second fastest fifty by a West Indies cricketer in a T20I after Chris Gayle (17-ball fifty vs South Africa in 2015). Charles equalled the feats of Kieron Pollard (20-ball fifty vs Australia in 2012) and Chris Gayle (20-ball fifty vs South Africa in 2015).

4. Partnership of 126 runs for opening wicket between Lewis and Charles is the second highest by any pair against India in T20Is after David Warner and Shane Watson (133 runs for 1st wicket in 2012). Overall, this was 16th biggest opening partnership by any pair in T20Is and third highest by any West Indies opening pair after Gayle and Smith (145 vs South Africa in 2007) and Andre Fletcher and Gayle (133 vs Australia in 2009).

5. West Indies’ scoreof 132 in first 10 overs is the highest by any team batting first in T20I history, previous best was 131 by South Africa against England in 2009.

6. Stuart Binny’s 32-run over is the most expensive over by an Indian bowler in T20Is. Previous most expensive over by an Indian bowler in T20Is was bowled by Suresh Raina, who conceded 26 against South Africa in 2012. Overall, this is joint second most expensive over bowled in the history of T20Is.

7. Lewis is the second batsman to hit five consecutive sixes in an over in a T20I after Yuvraj Singh, who hit six sixes in an over. Also, this is his second T20I and in the first one, he got out on duck. Lewis is one of those rare cricketers who opened his account in international cricket with a six.

8. Lewis completed his century in just 48 balls. This is the fifth fastest hundred in a T20I and second fastest by a West Indies batsman. Other four fastest centuries were scored by Gayle (47-ball century vs England in 2016), Aaron Finch (47-ball century vs England in 2013), Faf du Plessis (46-ball century vs West Indies in 2015) and Richard Levi (45-ball hundred vs New Zealand in 2012). Also, this is joint least innings taken by any player to score his first hundred in T20Is.

9. West Indies total of 245 for6 is the third-highest total in the history of T20Is after Sri Lanka’s 260 for6 vs Kenya in 2007 and Australia’s 248 for 6 vs England in 2013. Also, the top five highest total in T20Is came with the loss of six wickets.

10. Mohammed Shami conceded 48 runs from his spell of four overs. This is the joint most expensive spell of four overs in a T20I by an Indian bowler against West Indies. Same numbers of runs were conceded by Ravindra Jadeja twice in his career against West Indies. Also, Jasprit Bumrah’s spell 4-0-47-1 is the second most expensive spell by an Indian bowler against West Indies in T20Is.

11. Jadeja’s spell of 3-0-39-2 in today’s match is the fifth most expensive spell of three overs by any bowler against West Indies in T20Is and most expensive by an Indian bowler against West Indies in T20Is.

12. West Indies batsmen hit 20 sixes in this match, which is the most by any team in T20Is. Previous best was of 19 sixes by Netherlands against Ireland in 2014. Out of 20 overs, only one over went less than six runs during West Indies batting and that was 13th over of the first innings bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin.

13. KL Rahul became third Indian cricketer to have scored at least one century in all three formats of the game after Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma. Also, KL Rahul’s score of unbeaten 110-run is the highest individual score by an Indian batsman in T20Is and the only Indian to remain unbeaten after completing century in this format of the game.

14. First instance of two batsman scoring hundred in a T20I as Lewis and Rahul both scored hundred for their respective team.

15. Rahul’s hundred was the second century by an Indian batsman on a losing cause in a T20I after Rohit Sharma’s hundred against South Africa in 2015. Also, Rahul’s unbeaten 110 is fifth highest individual score by any batsman on a losing cause after Shane Watson (124* vs India in 2016), Babar Hayat (122 vs Oman in 2016), Faf Du Plessis (119 vs West Indies in 2015) and Chris Gayle (117 vs South Africa in 2007). Overall, this was sixth individual hundred in a T20I on a losing cause.

16. Dwayne Bravo’s spell of 4-0-53-0 and Andre Russell’s 4-0-53-1 is the joint most expensive spell of four overs by a West Indies bowler in the history of T20Is. Also, Sunil Narine’s spell of 3-0-50-0 is the third joint most expensive spell of three overs in a T20I and most expensive by a West Indies bowler.

17. While chasing the humungous total of 246, India eventually fell short of one run but register their highest team total in T20Is, which is also the fourth highest total in this format of the game. Also, India’s 244 is the highest team total in a T20I while chasing.

18. The Partnership of 107 runs for fourth wicket between Rahul and Dhoni is the biggest partnership by an Indian pair for fourth wicket in a T20I. Overall, this is the joint fourth highest partnership for fourth wicket in a T20I.

19. 31-sixes in this match, which is the most number of sixes in any T20Is.

20. Second instance of India losing a T20I by one run. First such loss for India came against New Zealand in 2012.

21. This game saw an aggregate of 489 runs being scored, the highest ever in a T20I game. The previous best was the 2015 T20I between West Indies and South Africa at Johannesburg that saw 467 runs being scored.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed on Twitter @abhik2593 and on Facebook at abhicricket.kumar)