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Stats Highlights - Wellington T20I (Ind v NZ)

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India and New Zealand clash in the first Twenty20 international at Wellington on Friday. Stay tuned to this space for LIVE milestones and statistical highlights as and when they unfold!


  • Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir became the second opening pair to aggregate 350 runs together for the first wicket. The duo now have put on 367 runs @36.70. The only other opening pair to aggregate more than the Indians are the Australian pair of Gilchrist and Hayden who aggregated 398 runs @ 49.75 in 9 innings together.
  • Incidentally Gambhir & Sehwag opened together for the 10th time in T20Is. They have appeared the most innings together as openers in this form of the game. The Australian pair of Gilchrist and Hayden have appeared in nine innings together.
  • The first six hit in India’s fifth over (4.1 ovs) by Gautam Gambhir off Ian Butler was incidentally the 700th six to be hit in T20 internationals.
  • Yuvraj Singh (21 sixes) became the second player to hit 20 sixes in T20Is. Only New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum (23 sixes) has more in this form of the game.
  • Yuvraj Singh recorded his third fifty in T20Is. Incidentally all his fifties have come against different opposition (Australia, England and now New Zealand).
  • Yuvraj Singh also becomes the seventh batsman to score at least three fifties in this form of the game. For the record, Mathew Hayden and Gautam Gambhir both have the maximum of four fifties in T20Is.
  • When he dismissed Yusuf Pathan, Daniel Vettori (21 wkts) became the highest wicket taker in T20Is. He went past Pakistan’s Umar Gul’s tally of 20 wickets.
  • India’s score of 149 is now the lowest score in three T20Is vs New Zealand. In previous games India had scores of 180-9 and 162-8.
  • When he hit the third boundary of his innings Brendon McCullum became the second batsman to record 50 fours in T20 internationals. By the end of the match, McCullum had taken his tally to 55 fours, going past the previous best of 52 fours by South African Graeme Smith. Incidentally, the Kiwi opener also has most sixes (23) and runs (582) in T20Is.
  • Irfan Pathan has now conceded 13 sixes in T20I - the most by any Indian bowler. S Sreesanth with 11 sixes is the next worst. For the record, England's Stuart Broad (15 sixes) has the dubious distinction of conceding most sixes in T20I’s.
  • Harbhajan Singh’s figures of 4-0-15-1 is the third least conceded by an Indian bowler in T20 internationals, bowling his full quota of four overs.
  • When he claimed the wicket of Ross Taylor, Irfan Pathan became the highest wicket taker for India with 14 wickets. He went past the previous highest of 13 wickets by RP Singh. Pathan now has 15 wickets overall in T20I.
  • Brendon McCullum (69* ) recorded his 4th consecutive fifty in T20 internationals. He becomes the first batsman to do so. He betters the performance of Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya who had scored 3 fifties in a row from 22-12-2021 and 15-9-2007.
  • By scoring his 4th fifty Brendon McCullum joins Australian Mathew Hayden and India’s Gautam Gambhir in the list of most fifties scored in T20 internationals.
  • Brendon McCullum (69*) brought up his highest score in T20Is. It is also now the highest score made by a named keeper in T20Is. The previous highest scores by keepers being 61 by TM Dilshan for Sri Lanka against India at Colombo 10-2-2022 and 61 by McCullum against Australia at Sydney on 15-2-09. 
  • It is also the highest score by a New Zealand batsman in this form of the game. The previous best being the 66 not out by Jacob Oram against Australia at Perth on 11-2-2007.
  • McCullum also became the second opener to carry his bat thro’ the 20 overs in T20Is. South African captain Graeme Smith (89 not out) achieved this against Australia at Johannesburg on 24-2-2006. 
  • India are playing their 13th T20 international and are losing two consecutive T20Is for the first time.
  • It is also the first time in 85 matches, a team (New Zealand) batting second is winning a T20 international of the last ball of the match.
  • For the second time in T20 internationals a pair of brothers took their team to a win. The McCullum brothers put on a crucial 16 runs for the 6th wicket while the Pathan brothers had put on 59* for the 8th wkt against Sri Lanka at Colombo (10-2-09).
  • New Zealand have now beaten India three times in as many T20I matches.
  • Brendon McCullum wins his second MOM award. He becomes the first Kiwi to win more than one MOM award in this form of the game.