On Friday (6th December), India beat Windies in the first game of the three-match home T20I series at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium (Uppal, Hyderabad). With this victory, the hosts have taken the 1-0 lead in this series with two to go.
After India won the toss and decided to field first, Windies managed to score 207/5 (20 overs) in the first innings. In reply, the hosts chased down that target successfully in 18.4 overs after losing four wickets.
Brief Scores: Windies – 207/5 in 20 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 56, Evin Lewis 40; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/36)
India – 209/4 in 18.4 overs (Virat Kohli 94*, KL Rahul 62; Khary Pierre 2/44)
Result – India won by six wickets
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
i) The visiting side Windies scored 207/5 (20 overs) in the first innings. It is their second-highest T20I total against India. Their record T20I total against India is 245/6 (20 overs) at Lauderhill on 27th August 2016.
ii) Windies suffered a defeat despite scoring 207/5 (20 overs) in the first innings. It is their highest T20I total in a losing cause. Their previous record in this list was 205/6 (20 overs) against South Africa at Johannesburg on 11th September 2007.
i) India successfully chased the 208 runs target in 18.4 overs after losing four wickets. It is the highest successful T20I chase for India. Also, it is the highest successful T20I chase for any home team. Their previous record in both cases was chasing 207 runs (211/4 in 19.1 overs) against Sri Lanka at Mohali on 12th December 2009.
i) The leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has taken 52 T20I wickets, and it is the joint most T20I wickets for an Indian bowler. Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has also picked up 52 wickets in his T20I career.
ii) Pacer Deepak Chahar had the bowling figures of 4-0-56-1. It is the third most expensive bowling figures by an Indian bowler in T20I history. The top two records in this list are 4-0-64-0 by Yuzvendra Chahal (against South Africa at Centurion on 21st February 2018) and 4-0-57-0 by Joginder Sharma (against England at Durban on 19th September 2007).
iii) Playing his 29th T20I innings, KL Rahul (1,036 runs) completed his 1,000 T20I runs. He became the joint third-fastest batsman to score 1,000 T20I runs as he equalled the record of Australian cricketer Aaron Finch (29 innings). Only Babar Azam (Pakistan) and Virat Kohli (India) are ahead from Finch and Rahul in this list as they reached this milestone in 26 and 27 T20I innings respectively.
iv) Virat Kohli has hit 205 sixes in the international career. Kohli is the seventh Indian batsman to hit 200+ sixes in the international career.
v) Virat Kohli has hit 64 sixes in T20I career. Kohli became India’s third most T20I six hitters. Rohit Sharma (115 sixes) and Yuvraj Singh (74 sixes) are ahead in this list from Kohli.
vi) During this match, Virat Kohli (2,544 runs) completed his 2,500 T20I runs. After Rohit Sharma (2,547 runs), Kohli became the second batsman to score 2,500 T20I runs.
vii) While Virat Kohli remained not out on 94 runs, it was his 23rd 50+ scores in T20I career. It is the most number of 50+ scores for a batsman in T20I career. His national teammate Rohit Sharma is in the next position with 22 T20I 50+ scores.
viii) As a T20I captain, Virat Kohli managed his seventh 50+ score. It is the joint-most 50+ scores by a T20I captain (Aaron Finch and Kane Williamson have also played seven times 50+ scores each as a T20I captain). Only Faf du Plessis (South Africa/ICC World XI) has managed eight 50+ scores as a T20I captain.
ix) Indian captain Virat Kohli remained not out on 94 runs. After Rohit Sharma’s 118 runs (against Sri Lanka at Indore on 22nd December 2017) and 111 not out (against Windies at Lucknow on 6th November 2018), the latest knock from Kohli was the third-highest individual score by an Indian T20I captain.
i) Caribbean right-arm pacer Kesrick Williams had the bowling figures of 3.4-0-60-0. It is the most expensive T20I bowling performance by a Windies bowler. The previous record was conceding 56 runs as Nikita Miller, Carlos Brathwaite and Oshane Thomas have experienced that once each.