India registered their ninth consecutive win in T20Is, Yuzvendra Chahal equalled Jasprit Bumrah
By virtue of a win in the second T20I, India sealed the series with one more match to go. Here are a few noteworthy stats from the second T20I:
Matthew Wade hit the quickest half-century for an Australian against India
Sighting an Injury, the regular captain, Aaron finch wasn’t available for this match. Hence, Matthew Wade had to step in as the captain. Wade in recent past has been an explosive opener in the Big Bash League. However, because of the success of Finch and David Warner, Wade had to be content with playing in the lower order.
In any case, today Wade displayed as to why he is one of the players to watch out for at the top. From the word go, he stepped out with an aggressive intent and at most times, he was successful. He registered a 25-ball half-century, which is the quickest by an Australian batsman against India in T20Is. Before this, Finch had reached the milestone in 27 balls in 2016 in Melbourne.
Second costliest spell for Washington Sundar
Generally, the off-spinner from Tamil Nadu is a miser when it comes to bowling. His overall economy of 6.9 is an evidence of it. Washington Sundar had the natural advantage in today’s game with two left-handers at the top. Howbeit, Wade was in a completely different mindset and was on top of the off-spinner in the first six overs, a phase in which Sundar tends to excel.
By the end of his spell, Sundar had conceded 35 runs in four overs. This is the second costliest spell Sundar has delivered in his T20I career. Although 35 runs in four overs of a T20 match isn’t considered bad, Sundar has set that kind of a standard in this short period.
Indian spinners once again going for runs
Throughout this series, apart from the first T20I, Indian spinners have been leaking runs. In the ODI series, they had conceded at an economy of 6.9 which was the second-worst for them in a bilateral series.
In today’s match, the Indian spinners once again went for runs. The man of the match awardee in the first T20I, Yuzvendra Chahal was bludgeoned as he conceded at an economy of 12.7 for his lone wicket and Sundar went wicketless at an economy of 8.7. Combined, Indian spinners had conceded at an economy of 10.6, which is the third-highest they have conceded in a match after bowling eight overs.
Yuzvendra Chahal becomes the joint highest wicket-taker for India
The wily leg spinner is rapidly growing up the ranks amongst the bowlers. Though he had an off day, he managed to take the wicket of Steve Smith. With that wicket, Chahal reached 59 wickets, which is the joint-most among Indian bowlers in T20Is. Jasprit Bumrah also has 59 wickets, but his average (20.3) is better than Chahal (24.0).
Overall in T20Is, Chahal is the ninth highest wicket-taker amongst the spinners. His best bowling figures of 6/25 against England in Bengaluru in 2017 is the second-best by a spinner in T20I.
Shikhar Dhawan enters the top three
The left-handed dashing opener enters the top three highest run scorers of India in T20Is. Prior to the second T20I, Dhawan with 1589 runs, was behind Suresh Raina (1605) and MS Dhoni (1617) at fifth. With his 11th fifty-plus score in T20Is, Dhawan overtook both of them to reach 1641 runs. Virat Kohli (2843) and Rohit Sharma (2773) acquire the top two spots. Overall in T20Is, especially amongst the openers, Dhawan is at eighth spot amongst the run-scorers.
Second highest target chased in Australia
There is always an added level of confidence when India is chasing, against any country or in any continent. With the likes of Dhawan, Rohit, KL Rahul and Kohli at the top, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja as finishers, a target of 190+ is achievable with ease. It was the repeat of the 2016 Sydney showdown, where India chased a target of 198. In the second T20I, India were chasing three runs less than what they did in 2016.
Helped by a good start, steady in the middle overs and a powerpack finish during the death overs, India chase down their second-highest target in Australia in T20Is.
India’s most consecutive wins in T20Is
Struck by the pandemic across the globe, the year 2020 has been a year to forget. However, for Indian cricket, it has been a successful year. India has played 10 matches this calendar year till now and have been unbeaten. They have now won nine matches on the trot. This is the most consecutive victories that India have tasted in T20Is.
Overall in T20Is, Afghanistan with 12 wins on the trot hold the record. In those nine wins for India, two of them were in a super over against New Zealand in their backyard earlier this year.