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Stats corner: Pakistan's most consecutive wins and Finch betters his own record
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Stats corner: Pakistan's most consecutive wins and Finch betters his own record

9 – Number of consecutive T20 Internationals Pakistan have won while chasing which is most by any team in the short history of 20 overs internationals going past Australia and England who had won eight games on the trot from 2016 to 2018 and 2010 to 2011 respectively. Pakistan have not lost a single match while chasing under Sarfraz Ahmed’s captaincy. Five of their nine wins have come against Windies, two against Sri Lanka and one each against England and Zimbabwe.

2000 – Two batsmen entered 2000 runs club in T20 Internationals in the last week. Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik became the first Asian to the milestone in the T20 tri-series in Zimbabwe and was followed by another Asian, Virat Kohli, in the first T20I against England in Manchester. Overall, only four batsmen – Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill being the other two – have scored 2000 runs in T20Is. Kohli, who reached there in just 56 innings, is the quickest of the four.

172 – Australian T20 captain Aaron Finch bettered his own record of the highest individual score in T20Is with a blistering knock of 172 against Zimbabwe in the tri-series in Harare. Finch hit 16 fours and 10 sixes before getting out hit wicket. His previous highest was 156 against England in Southampton in 2013. The Aussie captain fell just three runs short of equaling Chris Gayle’s 175, the highest ever score in T20s.

223 – About 13 years after the first match, T20 Internationals finally witnessed a 200 runs partnership when Australian opening pair D’Arcy Short and Finch stitched 223 runs together against Zimbabwe in the tri-series in Harare. The previous record was 171 not out between Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson against Pakistan in Hamilton in 2016.

43 – Bangladesh had a miserable start to their tour of West Indies as they were bundled out for 43 on the opening day of the series. It is the lowest total by Bangladesh in Tests and lowest by any team against Windies. That happened despite the opening batsman Liton Das scoring 25. Interestingly, 43 is the lowest total in Test history with one batsman scoring more than 20 runs. The previous record was 47 by South Africa against England in Cape Town in 1889 when AB Tancred scored 26 not out.

59 – Number of overs Bangladesh’s two innings lasted in Antigua – all out on 43 in 18.4 overs in the first innings and 144 in 40.2 overs in the second. It is the least number of overs they have batted in a Test when losing all 20 wickets and also the least number of overs Windies have bowled to dismiss the opposition twice. Bangladesh have lost back to back Tests finishing inside eight sessions. The Antigua Test was over before lunch on third day whereas their previous Test, against Sri Lanka in Mirpur, was over before tea on third day.

4 – Number of consecutive three-wicket hauls taken by Andrew Tye in T20Is, the joint-most by a bowler along with Ajantha Mendis. Tye’s figures in the tri-series in Zimbabwe has been 3-28, 3-35, 3-12 and 3-38 whereas Mendis grabbed 3 wickets in four consecutive matches between 2008 and 2009.

147 – When Pakistan defeated Malaysia by 147 runs in Women’s T20 Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur last month, it wasn’t even an international win. Now it is not only an international win but also highest winning margin in history of Women’s T20Is. As all the games between ICC members after July 1, 2018 will have international status, ICC retrospectively granted international status to all the games in the Women’s Asia Cup as well. That made Pakistan’s win over Malaysia the most convincing victory ever. Malaysia were bowled out for 30 in reply to Pakistan’s 177.

1 – Number of players who have scored a century and taken a hat-trick in the same T20 match. The English all-rounder Joe Denly became the first player to achieve the feat when opening for Kent he scored 102 against Surrey at the Oval and followed it with three wickets off three balls to give his team a 6 runs win in their first match of the Vitality Blast.

0 – Number of wickets taken by Windies spinners in their last three Tests – two against Sri Lanka and one against Bangladesh. Of 56 wickets taken by Windies in the last three games, 55 were taken by fast bowlers whereas one batsman was a run out. Spinners didn’t take a single wicket. The Caribbean pacers have registered five 5-wicket hauls and one ten-wicket haul in the last three games.