India bounced back strongly in the second T20I to level the five-match series 1-1. Here are a few noteworthy stats from the second T20I between India and England:
Sam Curran becomes the second English bowler to bowl a wicket-maiden first over
A deflating end with the bat in hand saw England score only 164 in the first innings. On the other hand, Sam Curran provided the perfect start. For the first five balls, Curran didn’t give away a single run and was rewarded with the wicket of KL Rahul in the last ball of the first over. Hence, he became the second England bowler after Jade Dernbach to register a wicket-maiden in the first over of the innings. Dernbach achieved this against West Indies in 2014.
Second Indian batsman to score a half-century in his debut innings
Power-packed performances on a consistent basis fetched rewards for Ishan Kishan as well as Suryakumar Yadav. But, it was the young wicket-keeper who brought out the best. The early exit of Rahul didn’t hamper Kishan’s confidence. With the captain around him to guide, Kishan unleashed his usual attacking intent and took the English bowlers to the cleaners. Kishan registered a half-century off just 28 balls and became the second Indian after Ajinkya Rahane to post a 50+ score in his debut innings. His score of 56 is the second-highest for an Indian on debut.
Most sixes by debutant for India
Kishan in his innings of 56, clubbed four sixes and five fours. No other Indian had hit more sixes than him in their debut innings. Prior to him, Murali Vijay against Afghanistan in 2010 and Rahul Dravid against England in 2011 had three sixes each, which was the highest. In addition to his blazing innings, Kishan’s strike rate of 175 is the fifth-best for an opener amongst debutants who have scored over 50 runs.
Fourth highest second-wicket partnership after being 0/1
Chasing a tricky total of 165, India were off to the worst possible way. However, the chase master Virat Kohli and the raw talent of Kishan saw through the Powerplay overs and then extended it with a 94-run partnership. The match-winning second-wicket partnership of 94 is the fourth-best when a team has lost their first wicket without a run on board. This was the seventh instance of India losing the first wicket for a naught. The last time this happened was in December 2020 against Australia in Sydney.
12k runs in international cricket as captain
Another day, another record for the milestone man. It is a guarantee when Kohli bats long, he will be among the record books, sometimes multiple records. He has turned out to be one of the best captains for India. Today, it was with the bat. Kohli went past 12000 international runs as a skipper. He became the third captain to achieve this feat and join the elite list alongside Ricky Ponting (15440) and Graeme Smith (14878).
Most 50+ scores in T20Is
The run machine is back to his usual self. Often this has been the case with Kohli. The ability to bounce back even after two or three bad innings is why he is one of the most consistent batsmen of the modern era. Prior to today’s innings, Kohli was tied alongside Rohit Sharma for the most 50+ scores in T20Is. By virtue of a sensational unbeaten knock of 73, Kohli went past Rohit to become the best.
Most runs in T20Is
Already the highest runs scorer in T20Is before the start of this series, Kohli was short 72 runs to become the first-ever batsman to 3000 international T20 runs. He missed an opportunity in the first match, but reached the milestone in the second. By scoring 73 runs, Kohli achieved the feat. Brendon McCullum was the first batsman to 1000 and 2000 T20I runs and today, Kohli became the first to 3000 runs.
India’s impeccable record in the first two matches
In T20Is, India have played 18 bilateral series consisting of three or more matches. Though they have lost the first or the second match on several occasions. Never in their 18 series including this, have they lost their first two matches in succession. To emboss more on how good India have been in bilateral series, they have lost a series only once and drawn one out of 17 times prior to the England one. This is purely an indication as to why India are known for their counterpunch, even after being down one-nil down.