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Yuzi Chahal's magic spell is up there with the best

By Rajneesh Gupta
Last updated on: February 02, 2017 10:18 IST
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How does Yuzvendra Chahal's 6/25 stand up against other fine T20I performances?
Fascinating figures from Rajneesh Gupta.

Yuzvendra Chahal

IMAGE: Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates Joe Root's wicket in the Bengaluru T20I game against England, February 1, 2017. Photograph: BCCI

The third and final Twenty20 International between India and England at Bengaluru was supposed to be a cracker.

Batting first for the third consecutive time in the series, India posted a mammoth 202/6.

England were 119/2 at one stage, but in a dramatic collapse lost their last 8 wickets for just 8 runs in 19 balls, giving India a 75 run win and the series 2-1.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal returned figures of 6/25 -- the best ever by an Indian, the best against England and the third best in all Twenty20 Internationals.

Best bowling figures in Twenty20 Internationals

Figures Player For Vs Venue Year
6/8 Ajantha Mendis Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Hambantota 2012
6/16 Ajantha Mendis Sri Lanka Australia Pallekele 2011
6/25 Yuzvendra Chahal India England Bengaluru 2017
5/3 Rangana Herath Sri Lanka New Zealand Chittagong 2014
5/6 Umar Gul Pakistan New Zealand The Oval 2009
5/6 Umar Gul Pakistan South Africa Centurion 2013


Best bowling figures in Twenty20 Internationals

for India

Figures Player Vs Venue Year
6/25 Yuzvendra Chahal England Bengaluru 2017
4/8 Ravichandran Ashwin Sri Lanka Visakhapatnam 2016
4/10 Barinder Sran Zimbabwe Harare 2016
4/11 Ravichandran Ashwin Australia Mirpur 2014
4/12 Harbhajan Singh England Colombo 2012
4/13 R P Singh South Africa Durban 2007
4/19 Zaheer Khan Ireland Nottingham 2009
4/19 Ashok Dinda Sri Lanka Pallekele 2012
4/21 Pragyan Ojha Bangladesh Nottingham 2009


Chahal's bowling -- over by over

Over # Runs Wickets Dots 4s/6s
1 10 1 3 0/1
2 9 0 1 1/0
3 2 2 4 0/0
4 4 3 5 1/0
TOTAL 25 6 13 2/1

England lost their last 8 wickets for only 8 runs in 19 balls, which is the worst ever 8 wicket collapse in Twenty20 Internationals.

This is also the second worst 8 wicket collapse in all international cricket (Tests/ODIs/ T20Is).

New Zealand 8 wickets for only 5 runs way back in 1946.

Worst 8 wicket collapses in international cricket

Collapse For Vs Venue Year Format
5/8 New Zealand Australia Wellington 1946 Tests
8/8 England India Bengaluru 2017 T20Is
8/10 New Zealand Pakistan Auckland 2001 Tests
8/10 Sri Lanka West Indies Sharjah 1986 ODIs
8/10 Australia South Africa Cape Town 2011 Tests
8/11 England West Indies Lord's 1979 ODIs

India registered a comfortable 75 run win, their second biggest by run margin in this format.

Incidentally, the biggest ever has also come against England.


India's biggest wins in Twenty20 Internationals

Margin Opponent Venue Year
90 runs England Colombo 2012
75 runs England Bengaluru 2017
73 runs Australia Mirpur 2014
69 runs Sri Lanka Ranchi 2016
54 runs Zimbabwe Harare 2015

As many as five England batsmen failed to open their account.

This is a new record of most ducks recorded by a side against India.

In all Twenty20 Internationals, there have been only four incidents before. The details:


Most ducks in an innings in Twenty20 Internationals

Ducks For Vs Venue Year
6 Kenya (73) New Zealand Durban 2007
6 Zimbabwe (105) West Indies Port-of-Spain 2010
5 Scotland (99) Ireland Dubai 2010
5 New Zealand (80) Pakistan Christchurch 2010
5 England (127) India Bengaluru 2017

The result gave India a 2-1 series win. Interestingly, India have now won all bilateral series comprising of three matches!


India in bilateral T20I series of 3 matches

Margin Opponent Venue Year Captain
3-0 Australia Australia 2016 M S Dhoni
2-1 Sri Lanka India 2016 M S Dhoni
2-1 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 2016 M S Dhoni
2-1 England India 2017 Virat Kohli

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