KL Rahul added 107-runs off just 8.1 overs with MS Dhoni at the rate of 13.10 – the fastest by any Indian pair Image: BCCI
West Indies: 245/6 in 20 overs
India: 244/4 in 20 overs
There are grounds around the world where 245 is a winning total in a 50-over game. Not at Lauderhill, Florida.
The first T20 international on US soil saw a mountain of runs scored from both India and West Indies. When the game began, the pitch looked good, the boundaries short but nobody could foresee the carnage that followed over the next three and a half hours.
West Indies started it.
The openers Johnson Charles and Evin Lewis carted the Indian bowlers around to add 126 runs in just 9.3 overs -- the sixth highest for any hundred partnership in T20Is. Charles scored a 33-ball 79, while Lewis brought up his first T20I hundred in his second game. Interestingly, he got a duck on debut.
Evin Lewis..— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 27, 2016
1st T20I - made 0 in 7 balls v Afg at Nagpur 27-3-2016
2nd T20I - batting 85 in 37 balls v Ind at Lauderhill 27-8-2016#IndvsWI
The carnage continued and in the 11th over, Stuart Binny made it to the record books. The Indian medium pacer was taken to the cleaners by Lewis. He gave away 32 runs in the over that included five sixes. Only England's Stuart Broad has suffered more when Yuvraj Singh hit six sixes off him in 2007.
Most expensive overs from Indian bowlers in T20Is— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 27, 2016
32 Stuart Binny
26 Suresh Raina
25 Yuvraj Singh
24 R Ashwin#IndvsWI
Then, India got into the act.
KL Rahul, third Indian after Suresh Raina & Rohit Sharma to register centuries in all three intl formats!— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 27, 2016
Overall 12th to do so!#IndvsWI
Rohit Sharma started the party but it was KL Rahul who spun it into a frenzy. The Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman thumped a 46-ball hundred to notch up the second fastest hundred in T20Is. He missed Richard Levi's record by just 1 ball. His 100 however, is the fastest by any Indian in any format.
Most sixes in international cricket— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 27, 2016
476 S Afridi
434 C Gayle
305* MS Dhoni#IndvsWI
He wasn't done. He added 107-runs off just 8.1 overs with MS Dhoni at the rate of 13.10 – the fastest by any Indian pair. He also became the only batsman to reach a 100 in every format with a six.
KL Rahul now the only batsman to reach 100 with a six in all three formats in international cricket!#IndvsWI— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 27, 2016
The match aggregate of 489 runs was also the highest in any T20 game breaking the record set by Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2010.
Most runs in a T20 match— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 27, 2016
474* - WI (245/6) v Ind (229/3) today
469 - CSK (246/5) v RR (223/5) at Chennai 3-4-2010#IndvsWI
The match saw 32 sixes – the highest in any T20I. The previous record of 30 sixes in a game happened in a game between Ireland versus Netherlands in the World T20.