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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Highlights: India v England, 2nd T20I

Statistical highlights of the 2nd T20I between India and England:

# Wankhede Stadium became the seventh Indian ground to host a Twenty20 International. All seven Twenty20 Internationals on Indian soil have all been played at different grounds!

# Joe Root became the 63rd player to represent England in Twenty20 Internationals.

# India (177/8) have posted their third highest total in T20Is in India - the highest is 211 for four against Sri Lanka at Mohali on December 12, 2009.

# Gautam Gambhir’s innings of 17 off 27 balls (SR 62.96) is the second slowest for an Indian facing at least 25 balls in a T20I; MS Dhoni scored 9 off 27 balls (SR 33.33) against Australia in 2008.

# Gambhir and Kohli were associated in a stand of 57 - India's highest against England for the second wicket in T20Is in India.

# Virat Kohli (38 off 20 balls) registered strike of 190.00 - his best in an innings in T20Is, eclipsing the 170.73 in the course of his 70 off 41 balls against New Zealand at Chennai on September 11, 2012.

# Virat Kohli became the leading run-scorer in international cricket in 2012, moving ahead of Australia’s Michael Clarke’s tally of 2145 runs.

# Interestingly, Virat Kohli has been India's most successful batsman in all the three formats this year! Kohli’s performance in 2012: 689 runs in 9 Tests (avg 49.21), 1026 runs in 16 ODIs (avg 73.28), 435 in 12 T20Is (avg 48.33).

# The last time an Indian batsman was the leading run-scorer in international cricket in a calendar year was in 2008 when Virender Sehwag scored 2355 runs.

 # Kohli, with 435 runs (ave.43.50) in 12 matches, is the top run-getter this year in T20Is.
 Suresh Raina took his aggregate to 829 at an average of 34.54 in 34 matches.  Only Gautam Gambhir - has managed more runs than Raina - 868 at an average of 27.12 in 35 matches.

# England raced to 34/0 after the first three overs – the highest score by any team after the first 3 overs against India in Twenty20 Internationals. New Zealand had made 33/0 at Wellington in 2009.
R Ashwin has now conceded 23 sixes off his bowling in Twenty20 Internationals – the most by any Indian. He went ahead of Irfan Pathan, who has conceded 21.

# Yuvraj's brilliant figures of 3 for 17 are his career-best in T20Is, surpassing the 3 for 19 against England at Pune on December 20, 2012.  His tally of six wickets at an average of 6.00 in two games is his best bowling performance in a bilateral series in T20Is.

# Yuvraj's superb economy rate of 4.50 is his best in a competition/series.  He has received the Player of the series for the first time in T20Is - 42 runs (ave. 21.00) and six wickets (ave.6.00).

# Luke Wright (2/38) has registered his best bowling performance in T20Is.
 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (38 off 18 balls) has registered a strike rate 211.11 - his highest when he has posted 25 runs or more in a T20I.

# Dhoni (38) has posted his highest score against England in T20Is.

# Raina and Dhoni were associated in a stand of 60 - India's second highest partnership for the sixth wicket in T20Is, behind the 63 (unbroken) between Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan against England at Lord's on June 14, 2009.

# Michael Lumb (50) has recorded his maiden fifty in T20Is. he became the third England player to post a fifty against India in T20Is, joining Hales (56 at Pune on December 20, 2012) and Pietersen (53 at Kolkata on October 29, 2011).

# Lumb and Hales put on 80 - England's highest opening partnership against India. The said stand is England's highest opening partnership away from home in T20Is - their third highest overall in T20Is.

# With 98 runs at an average of 49.00 in two matches, Hales is the leading run-scorer in the current series.

# Eoin Morgan (49 not out) has equalled his highest score against India in T20Is.  He had posted 49 at Manchester on August 31, 2011.

# Morgan has got his third Man of the Match award in T20Is - one each against Pakistan, India and South Africa.

# England (181/4) have posted their highest total against India in T20Is in India. The said total is their second highest against India in T20Is, behind the 200 for six at Durban on September 19, 2007.

 # For the first time in a T20I against India, England have recorded a last-ball victory while batting in the second innings. England have won four and lost three out of seven contested against India in T20Is - success % 57.14.

England pulled off the highest successful chase against India in Twenty20 Internationals. Interestingly, the previous highest was also by England when they made 169/4 at Manchester in 2011.

# This was only the second instance in Twenty20 Internationals when a match was decided off the last ball with a six. India were at the receiving end in the only other instance as well. Sri Lanka’s Chamara Kapugedera hit Ashish Nehra for a six to give Sri Lanka 5-wicket win at Gros Islet in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20.

# This was the eighth time a match was decided off the last ball (excluding instances where D/L method came into play). India have now suffered this fate on three occasions – the most for any team.

 # England have won three matches each by six wickets against India in T20Is.  Both the teams have shared the series 1-1.

Man of the Match: England skipper, Eoin Morgan, for his match-winning unbeaten 49 runs off 26 balls.

Man of the Series: Yuvraj Singh for six wickets and 42 runs in two matches

Brief scores: England 181/4 (Michael Lumb 50, Eoin Morgan 49*, Yuvraj Singh 3/17) beat India 177/8 (MS Dhoni 38, Virat Kohli 38, Jade Dernbach 2/37) by six wickets
Dhoni: "Dew changes the course of the game but what was important was their start, we gave away too many runs in the first 6 overs and it was difficult to come back. The last two overs with the bat probably cost us too, overall I think our fast bowlers were a bit rough and there is plenty of room for improvement and we will continue to back them."
Morgan: "What a fantastic game of cricket, both sides were in the game throughout. We were confident we could chase it down especially at this ground and we are delighted to get our heads over the line at the end. Our fielding was outstanding today and that won us the match in the end. It was one of the best atmospheres I have played in tonight and it was a great match."
Yuvraj Singh is named Man of the Series: "I tried to do it for the team, bowl a few overs, vary my pace and try to confuse them. It's tough to bowl with the dew, the ball comes quicker on to the bat and runs away. Morgan is a great finisher for England... I've been batting well, hitting the ball well, so that's good for me."
source: ndtv.com, bcci.tv


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