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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Highlights: India v England, 1st T20I

Statistical highlights of the 1st T20I between India and England:

# This match was the sixth between these two teams. Both have won three matches each. Both sides have won one match each played on Indian soil.

# Stuart Meaker and James Tredwell were making their T20I debut for England. Parvinder Awana was making his T20I debut for India.

# Eoin Morgan was playing his first T20I as captain. He became the seventh player to captain England in the shortest format.

# Pune’s Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium became the sixth Indian ground to host a Twenty20 International after Mumbai Brabourne, Nagpur’s VCA Stadium, Mohali’s PCA Stadium, Kolkata’s Eden Gardens and Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium.

# Alex Hales’ innings of 56 is the highest for England against India. The previous highest was 53 by Kevin Pietersen at Kolkata on October 29, 2011. Interestingly, Hales had made 0, 11 and 0 in his three previous innings against India.

# Hales raced to his fifty off just 26 balls – the third fastest fifty by any batsman against India. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara had taken 21 balls to score his fifty at Nagpur on December 9, 2009. South Africa’s Morne van Wyk had taken 24 balls for his fifty at Durban on January 9, 2011.

# Ashok Dinda (2/19) has recorded his best bowling figures against England.

# Jos Butler (33 not out off 21 balls) has registered a career-best in T20Is.

# Yuvraj Singh’s figures of 3 for 19 are the best by any bowler in a T20I on Indian soil. He obliterated England’s Steven Finn’s 3 for 22 against India at Kolkata on October 29, 2011. Incidentally, the previous best figures by an Indian in India were 3 for 23 by Yuvraj himself, against Sri Lanka at Mohali on December 12, 2009.

# Yuvraj Singh has had 19-wkt in T20I, the 3rd most wicket-taker for India in T20I. His current bowling figure 3/19 is best ever in his T20Is

# Luke Wright (34 off 21 balls) has recorded his highest score against India in T20Is.

# Gautam Gambhir became the first Indian batsman and the eighth to complete a century of fours (102) in T20Is.

# Yuvraj Singh (38 runs and 3/19) provided the second instance of an Indian performing the all-round feat of scoring 25 runs and capturing 3 wickets in the same match. Interestingly, it was Yuvraj, who did so on the earlier occasion – 60 runs and 3/23 against Sri Lanka at Mohali on December 12, 2009.

# Yuvraj Singh has hit 12 sixes against England in T20Is, only Loots Bosman has had most sixes (13) against them in that format.

# Yuvraj Singh completes 700 runs in Twenty20 internationals, the 3rd Indian to achieve the feat after Gambhir (851) and Raina (768).

# Yuvraj now joins Australia’s Shane Watson and Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez in performing the all-round feat of 25 runs and 3 wickets in a match on more than one occasion. Watson, in fact, has done so on three occasions.

# Yuvraj has now hit 12 sixes against England. Now only South Africa’s Loots Bosman has hit more sixes against England – 13.

# India registered their fourth highest successful chase in Twenty20 Internationals.
Overall in T20Is, England has defended 150-plus target on ten occasions while India has chase down 150+ target on three occasions.

# The number of balls remaining (13)for India is the highest for India in a successful chase of 150 or more.


Yuvraj Singh won his fifth man of the match award in Twenty20 Internationals. No other Indian has won more than two awards.

# Dhoni's aggregate of 676 at an average of 33.80 in 38 matches as captain is only second in T20Is, next only to Graeme Smith's 803.# Ajinkya Rahane became the first Indian fielder to take three catches in a T20I against England and the fourth Indian fielder overall in T20Is, 

# For the first time, India have won consecutive matches against England in T20Is - by 90 runs at Colombo, RPS on September 23 and by five wickets at Pune on December 20 - both this year.

# India and England have won three matches against each other in T20Is. India have won 19 games under Dhoni's leadership in T20Is - the most by any captain in T20Is.

India win by 5 wickets

Dhoni: "I think the pressure was on the bowlers after the way they started, it was important from the 8th over onwards that we got ourselves back into the game. Yuvraj was brilliant, he bowled at the right pace which was crucial and the team's fielding was brilliant. I was a bit worried after the way they started as all the bowlers struggled a bit at some point. The way we started with the bat was important, we needed it to be positive and we did that. Overall it was a very good performance and we had to get that win on the board after losing the test series."

Morgan: "We lacked a bit of discipline with our batting, Hales & Wright got us off to a great start but again in that middle period we failed to kick on. Again that positivity wasn't there in our batting and we were about 20 or so short. It was a shame as we were on for a big score. We were always up against it with that score on the board and our bowlers just were not up to it today. We will have to pick ourselves up quickly for the next game"

Yuvraj Singh is named Man of the Match: "When it comes to T20 I like to express myself. I try to hit everything straight and see how it goes. I tried to bowl a bit slow, I thought that might help, tried not to give any loose balls. Chasing was a good idea because of the dew and the ball comes on later in the day. I just need to keep playing, keep hitting the ball straight. I want to play as much as possible, train harder, work harder."

source: bcci.tv, espncricinfo.com



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