India vs England 2020-21, 5th T20I: A look at the records smashed as India scripts series win
India and England produced a fine display of gameplay during the five-game Twenty20 International series. India won the series 3-2, thus extending its unbeaten streak to eight series. Meanwhile, it also brought England's eight-series unbeaten run to an end.
Team India came up with a heavenly display of gameplay in all departments. It dominated England by 36 runs in the fifth and final Twenty20 International at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Saturday. With this, the host has extended its unbeaten run in the format to eight series.
Although the game was heart-breaking for the visitor, ending its eight-series undefeated streak, it did put on a show and gave India the fight, justifying its number one ranking. Nonetheless, the game did produce some records, as we take a look.
Virat Kohli scripts another with the bat
Kohli was in a composed yet phenomenal mood to bat, as he slammed an unbeaten 80. In the process, he has now become the highest run-scorer in the format as captain, with more than 1,400 runs, thus going past Aaron Finch (1,462). He also slammed the most half-century in the format, as the captain (12), surpassing Kane Williamson's (11). Having scored 231 runs in the series, he has now achieved the most runs in a bilateral T20I series involving the full members, eclipsing KL Rahul's 224against New Zealand in 2020. Furthermore, Kohli has now scored the second-most 80-plus scores in T20Is (7), while the record is held by Rohit Sharma (9).
India produces some bests
India managed to score 60/0 during the powerplay. It was India's best score during the phase in the series, going past its previous best of 50/1 in the second game. Also, India utilised 16 players during the series, which is the most India has used to date in a T20I series. Meanwhile, four Indian batsmen managed a strike-rate above 150 in the series, which is only the second time, with the first instance being against Ireland in 2018. Moreover, India hit the second-most sixes in the opening ten overs of a T20I (8), with the most being ten against New Zealand in 2009.
Rohit Sharma is a best
Rohit played a terrific knock of 64, while he has scored 2,864 runs in the format. As a result, he has now become the second-highest run-scorer in the format after Kohli (3,159). Also, on ten occasions, he has hit five or most sixes in a T20I, surpassing Chris Gayle and Colin Munro (9).
Dawid Malan produces a best
Despite England's heart-breaking outing, Malan played a delightful knock of 68. He also scored his 1,000 T20I runs in the process, which also happened to be the fastest in the format, in just 24 innings, going past Babar Azam's 26.
England's woes against India continue
The defeat brought England's eight-series unbeaten streak to an end. It was England's third series defeat since the 2016 ICC World T20, while all three have come against India.
Electing to bowl, the English bowlers were battered all over the park, as India posted a big total of 224/2, thanks to Rohit's 64 and Kohli's unbeaten 80. Although the English batsmen put up a fight, namely Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan, the scoreboard pressure, followed by an all-round bowling effort, choked the visitor out.
Brief scores: India 224/2 (Rohit 64, Kohli 80*; Stokes 1/26) beat England 188/8 (Buttler 52, Malan 68; Thakur 3/45) by 36 runs.