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Numbers game: India finally break Kiwi jinx!

November 02, 2017 12:06 IST

India recorded their first win against New Zealand in six matches in T20Is. With this victory, India registered wins against every full member team in T20Is. 

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IMAGE: India's players celebrate a wicket during the first T20 International against New Zealand in New Delhi. Photograph: BCCI

India thrashed New Zealand by 53 runs to give veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra a winning farewell, in the first Twenty20 International in New Delhi on Wednesday.


Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan smashed half-centuries to power India to commanding 202 for three before restricting New Zealand to 149 for eight in the series opener.

Left-arm paceman Nehra, 38, ended his international career at his home ground nearly 18 years after his 1999 Test debut against Sri Lanka.

Statistical analysis of the first T20 International:

1 Having lost the previous five matches to New Zealand, India recorded their first win against them in six matches in T20Is. With this victory, India registered wins against every full member team in T20Is.

53 India's 53-run triumph is their sixth biggest in terms of runs in T20Is -- their largest being 90 runs against England at Colombo (RPS) on September 23, 2012.

202 India's score of 202 for three is their highest against New Zealand in T20Is, eclipsing the 180 for nine at Johannesburg on September 16, 2007.

7 Overall, India have recorded seven scores of 200 or more in T20Is. The list includes four such totals in India.

80 Shikhar Dhawan (80) posted his career-best score in T20Is, surpassing the 60 against Bangladesh at Dhaka on March 6, 2016.  His only other fifty in this format is 51 against Sri Lanka at Ranchi on February 12, 2016.

Rohit's 80 off 55 balls is his third highest score in T20Is - the top two being 106 off 66 balls against South Africa at Dharamsala on October 2, 2015 and 83 off 55 balls against Bangladesh at Dhaka on February 24, 2016.

Both Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, with 80 each, jointly hold an Indian record for the highest individual innings vs New Zealand in T20Is.

1 Dhawan's first Man of the Match award against New Zealand is his third in T20Is.

12 Rohit Sharma's first fifty against New Zealand is his 12th in ODIs.

2 Rohit has become the second Indian batsman to complete 1,000 runs in a winning cause in T20Is - his tally being 1010 at 37.40, including ten fifties, in 41 matches. Virat Kohli has amassed 1322 runs at an average of 69.57 in 34 matches, including 13 fifties, in a winning cause.

158 Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were involved in a stand of 158 for the first wicket - India's highest partnership for any wicket in Twenty20 Internationals, eclipsing the 138 for the second wicket between Virat Kohli and  Rohit Sharma against South Africa at Dharamsala on October 2, 2015. India's previous highest opening stand in T20Is was 136 between Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag against England at Durban on September 19, 2007.

Overall, the 158-run stand is the third highest opening partnership in T20Is - the highest being 171 (unbroken) between Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson for New Zealand against Pakistan at Hamilton on January 17, 2016. The aforesaid stand is the highest by any pair for any wicket vs New Zealand in T20Is, eclipsing the 143 (unbroken) for the first wicket between Michael Lumb and Alex Hales for England at Wellington on February 15, 2013.

98 Rohit and Dhawan had played 98 balls during their aforesaid partnership - the highest by any pair and the second highest for any wicket next only to the 99 balls faced by Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara during their stand of 166 for the second wicket for Sri Lanka against West Indies at Bridgetown on May 7, 2010.

3 Rohit Sharma (80) and Shikhar Dhawan (80) have recorded 75-plus - the third instance when both the openers have accomplished the feat in the same innings in T20Is - the first two were South Africa's Graeme Smith (88) and Loots Bosman (94) against England at Centurion on November 15, 2009 and West Indian Johnson Charles (79) and Evin Lewis (100) against India at Lauderhill on August 27, 2016.

268 Rohit Sharma took his sixes' tally to 268 in 257 matches, establishing an Indian record in Twenty20, overtaking Suresh Raina's tally of 265 in 259 matches.

17 Chahal's bowling record is excellent in T20Is, capturing 17 wickets in ten matches at an average of 17.35, including a five-wicket haul -- 6 for 25 against England at Bengaluru on February 1, 2017.

0 For the first time, New Zealand could not get a wicket of their opponent in the first ten overs while bowling first in T20Is. Trent Boult (4-0-49-1) has conceded most runs in his four-over spell in T20Is.

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