Records broken in India's first-ever T20I win against New Zealand
Playing the No.1 ranked T20I team, India sailed through to their first ever T20I victory against New Zealand, to take 1-0 lead in the ongoing series. Overpowered by India's bowling performance, the Kiwis failed to chase a target of 203, managing to score just 149/8. Let's look at some records set during the 1st T20I match in Delhi.
1st Innings highlights
In the first of three-match-T20I series at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla, New Zealand won the toss and decided to field first. Having lost just three wickets, India had a comfortable first innings and set up a target of 203 runs for New Zealand. Opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan made big and equal contribution of 80 runs each to the score.
Highest identical scores by openers in a T20I
Rohit and Dhawan's 80 each is the highest identical score for both the openers in a T20I.
Highest opening partnership in T20Is for India
With 158 runs partnership, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma set a new record for the highest opening stand for India. It is also the third highest partnership overall for India in T20s. Further, Dhawan's 80 was his highest T20I score. Incidentally, Dhawan-Rohit's 98-ball partnership is also the longest opening stand in T20I history, topping Kamran Akmal-Salman Butt's 95-ball stand against West Indies in 2010.
Fourth longest international career for India
Playing his last international match for India, Ashish Nehra has the fourth longest international career (18 years 250 days) for Team India after Sachin Tendulkar (24 years 1 day), Mohinder Amarnath (19 years, 310 days) and Lala Amarnath (19 years).
Sharma has hit most sixes by an Indian in T20s
With 4 sixes in today's match, Rohit Sharma took his tally of sixes in T20s to 268 in 257 matches, the most by an Indian in the 20-over format.