Most matches as captain for MS Dhoni and 10 other other statistical highlights from 3rd T20I between Zimbabwe and India

The third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) match of series proved to be a thrilling encounter between Zimbabwe and India at Harare. Indian captain MS Dhoni wanted to bat first and similarly happened as Zimbabwean captain Graeme Cremer decided to bowl first after winning the toss. Zimbabwe bowlers did an excellent job with the ball by sending three Indian batsman at the score of 27 and from there on, India kept on struggling. Somehow, Kedar Jadhav stuck at the crease and but had a couple of lucky escapes during his stay. In the end, Axar Patel’s 11-ball 20 helped India post a decent total of 138. In return, Zimbabwe had a pretty shaky start as wickets kept falling regularly and in the end, it came to a situation where they needed 21 from last over. Barinder Sran somehow managed to pull the match from there even after being hit for six and two boundaries in the same over and India won the match by three runs. With this win, once again many records entered the record book and Abhishek Kumar presents the statistical highlights.

1.  Dhoni equalled Ricky Ponting’s tally of most international matches as captain with this match. This was his 324th match as captain across the formats for India.

2.  Zimbabwe player Hamilton Masakadza became the first player from his country to play 50 T20Is.

3.  With this match, India beat Pakistan’s record of playing most matches in a calendar year. This was India’s 19th T20I match this year; Pakistan played 18 T20Is in 2010.

4.  First instance of India losing their first three or more wickets in powerplay against Zimbabwe in a T20I. Also, India’s score of 29 in first six over is their joint fourth lowest score in T20Is at the end of six overs.

5.  Jadhav’s score of 58 is the third highest score by an Indian batsman while batting at No. 5

6.  138 is the lowest total defended by India in T20Is.

7.  Dhoni was bowledin today’s match and this is the 10th instance of him getting out in this way in T20Is, which is the most by any Indian player in T20Is. Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma have been bowled nine times in T20Is.

8.  Dhoni and Jasprit Bumrah have played 19 T20Is so far in 2016, which is the most by any players in a calendar year beating the previous best record of Saeed Ajmal and Umar Akmal, who played 18 T20Is in 2010.

9.  Second instance of Indian side winning a T20I bilateral series after losing the first match. Previous instance was against Sri Lanka on February 2016.

10.  Fourth instance of Indian bowler starting the innings with a maiden over. Sran did this today and in previous three instances it was Harbhajan Singh against Australia in 2010, Praveen Kumar against West Indies in 2011 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar against UAE in 2016.

11.  Interestingly, both the teams first over was a maiden over.

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