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KL Rahul, Evin Lewis smash records in first T20 international on United States soil

The match aggregate of 489 runs was the highest in any T20 game, breaking the record set by Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2010

Jaideep Chakrabarty 28 August 2016, 7:25 PM
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

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.

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.

Then, India got into the act.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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