India recovered from few early jolts, inflicted by a devastating spell from Mohammed Aamir, before notching up a five-wicket victory against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup T20 tournament, in Mirpur, on Saturday.
A collective effort from the Indians bowlers was backed brilliantly by the fielders as it became a ‘no-contest’ from the moment India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni opted to field on a pacer-friendly wicket.
Rajneesh Gupta has some interesting numbers from the match. Check them out.
IMAGE: India’s Virat Kohli bats during the Asia Cup. Photographer: Solaris Images
83.83 Virat Kohli’s average in successful run-chases in Twenty20 Internationals.
6 Number of Man of the match awards won by Virat Kohli in Twenty20 Internationals –only Yuvraj Singh has won more awards for India (7). Interestingly three of those awards have come this year for Kohli.
1 Number of batsmen with 40+ average in all three formats of international cricket (Tests, ODIs and T20Is) –Virat Kohli.
IMAGE: Pakistan’s Mohammad Aamir celebrates with his team mates after claiming the wicket of India’s Suresh Raina. Photographer: Solaris Images
18 Number of dot balls bowled by Mohammad Aamir in the match – joint-most by any bowler against India. Amir joined South Africa’s Charl Langeveldt who also bowled 18 dots against India at Johannesburg in 2006.
68 Number of dot balls faced by Pakistan batsmen – second most any team has faced against India. The record is 69 by Sri Lanka at Visakhapatnam recently.
IMAGE: India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni run outs Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi during their Asia Cup match at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. Photographer: Solaris Images
83 Pakistan’s total– their third lowest in Twenty20 Internationals. This was also the third lowest by any side against India.
21 India’s total after first six overs- their lowest in the Powerplay. They had made24 against Australia at Bridgetown in 2010.
14.28 Pakistan’s win-percentage against India – their lowest against any opponents in Twenty20 Internationals.
2 Number of times India lost two wickets in the first match of their innings. The only other instance had come against Sri Lanka at Pune recently when Kasun Rajitha took two wickets in his first over on Twenty20 International debut. Interestingly Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane were the batsmen who got out on that occasion too.
0 Instances of both Indian openers getting dismissed for ducks in the same match before Saturday. This also provided the first instance of both openers getting out LBW for duck in a Twenty20 International.
5 Number of completed Twenty20 Internationals in which not even a single six was hit.