Kolhi's six against Australia

Virat Kohli became the first batsman to score six 50-plus scores in T20Is against a single opponent, Glenn Maxwell became the latest visiting batsman to score a T20I century in Asia and more.

6The number of 50-plus scores registered by Virat Kohli against Australia in Twenty20 Internationals – the most by any batsman against one particular opponent in the format. During his unbeaten 72 at Bangalore, he went past the tally of five fifties by Sri Lankan Kusal Perera against Bangladesh.

Most 50-plus scores against one particular opponent in T20Is

50-plus scores

Batsman

Country

Opponent

100s

50s

90s

Matches

Innings

6

Virat Kohli

India

Australia

0

6

1

16

15

5

Kusal Perera

Sri Lanka

Bangladesh

0

5

0

7

7

4

Kevin Pietersen

England

Pakistan

0

4

0

8

8

4

Chris Gayle

West Indies

Australia

0

4

0

8

8

4

Tillakaratne Dilshan

Sri Lanka

West Indies

0

4

1

9

9

4

Virat Kohli

India

Sri Lanka

0

4

0

4

4

4

Martin Guptill

New Zealand

Pakistan

0

4

0

15

15

4

Rohit Sharma

India

Bangladesh

0

4

0

8

8

4

Aaron Finch

Australia

England

1

3

0

9

9

4

Mohammad Shahzad

Afghanistan

Ireland

0

4

0

12

12

4

Wesley Barresi

Netherlands

Scotland

0

4

0

9

9

4

Paul Stirling

Ireland

Scotland

0

4

0

5

5

Note: Virat Kohli is the only batsman to make four or more 50-plus scores against two countries – Sri Lanka and Australia.5The number of visiting batsmen who have managed to hit a T20I century in Asia. Australia’s Glenn Maxwell at Bangalore became the first visiting batsman to register two.

Centuries by visiting batsmen in Asia

Score

Batsman

Country

Opponent

Venue

Date

Result

145*

Glenn Maxwell

Australia

Sri Lanka

Pallekele, Sri Lanka

September 6, 2016

Won

123

Brendon McCullum

New Zealand

Bangladesh

Pallekele, Sri Lanka

September 21, 2012

Won

116*

Alex Hales

England

Sri Lanka

Chittagong, Bangladesh

March 27, 2014

Won

113*

Glenn Maxwell

Australia

India

Bangalore, India

February 27, 2019

Won

109*

Colin Munro

New Zealand

India

Rajkot, India

November 4, 2017

Won

100*

Chris Gayle

West Indies

England

Mumbai (Wankhede), India

March 16, 2016

Won

5The number of times India has lost a T20I series of two or more matches. The recent defeat against Australia was its its second at home.

India’s losses in T20I series of two or more matches

Month, year

Opponent

Result (Matches)

Venue

India captain

February 2009

New Zealand

0-2 (2)

New Zealand

M. S. Dhoni

October 2015

South Africa

0-2 (2)

South Africa

M. S. Dhoni

August 2016

West Indies

0-1 (2)

USA

M. S. Dhoni

February 2019

New Zealand

1-2 (3)

New Zealand

Rohit Sharma

February 2019

Australia

0-2 (2)

India

Virat Kohli

4The number of occasions India has lost a T20I match after setting a target of 191 or more.

India losing after setting targets of 191-plus in T20Is

India score

Opponent

Opponent score

Overs

Venue

Date

India captain

199/5

South Africa

200/3

19.4

Dharamsala

October 2, 2015

M. S. Dhoni

192/2

West Indies

196/2

19.4

Mumbai (Wankhede)

March 31, 2016

M. S. Dhoni

190/6

West Indies

194/1

18.3

Kingston

July 9, 2017

Virat Kohli

190/4

Australia

194/3

19.4

Bangalore

February 27, 2019

Virat Kohli

Note: The Bangalore chase was Australia’s fourth successful run chase in T20Is and its best chase against any side in Asia. 

Queries CornerIs the recent T20I series loss to Australia Virat Kohli’s first as captain at home? – Pooja Mishra, Chandigarh.

Yes, this is Virat Kohli’s first loss as India captain at home across any format. Before this recent defeat, his series tally at home read: 14 wins and one drawn.

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Q2. In the Grenada One-Day International, both Jos Buttler and Chris Gayle both hit 150-plus scores. Is this the first time two batsmen have managed to do so in the same match? – Ajay Jha, Patna.

A2. This is the fifth occasion in ODI cricket that two batsmen have registered 150-plus scores in the same match. However, the Grenada ODI provided only the third occasion when two opposing batsmen have managed 150-plus scores. Sachin Tendulkar (186*) and Rahul Dravid (153) against New Zealand at Hyderabad (Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium) in November 1999 and the Kiwi pair of James Marshall (161) and Brendon McCullum (166) against Ireland at Aberdeen in July 2008 are the only ones to do so in the same innings.

Q3. Is Chris Gayle’s batting strike rate the highest by a batsman while reaching the landmark of 10,000 runs in ODIs? – S. Kartik, Vellore.

A3. Chris Gayle recently became 14th batsman to reach the ODI landmark of 10,000 runs at a batting strike rate of 86.68. However, three other batsmen have managed better strike rates than Gayle while reaching this landmark.

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Q4. Is Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai’s recent century against Ireland at Dehradun the fastest in T20I cricket? – Kamal Saxena, Chandigarh.

A4. If you mean his reaching 100 in 42 balls, then it is the third fastest in T20Is after the 35-ball century by South African David Miller against Bangladesh at Potchefstroom on October 29, 2017, and Indian Rohit Sharma against Sri Lanka at Indore on December 22, 2017. However, Zazai reaching his 150 in just 58 balls is the fastest individual 150 in T20I history, faster than the 60-ball 150 by Aussie Aaron Finch during his 156 against England at Southampton in August 2013.

Q5. How often have the last pair in Test cricket successfully chased targets of 300-plus? – Ramesh Korde, Mumbai.

A5. The recent instance at Durban when the last pair for Sri Lanka put on 78 unbeaten runs against South Africa while chasing the target of 304 is the fourth such instance in Test cricket. Incidentally, Sri Lanka has successfully chased targets of 300-plus in the fourth innings on four occasions, of which on two occasions it was thanks to the last wicket pair!

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Note: All figures above are updated as on March 1, 2019.