History was written last evening when the Netherlands and Irelands participated in one of the most exciting T2OI matches of all time, where records tumbled after every other over. Ireland had set up a stiff target of 190, which the Dutch needed to topple in 14.2 overs to secure qualification to the Super 10 stage. And there were fireworks on display as the Netherlands ensured a Super 10 berth by scoring 193 in 13.5 overs. What a match! And WAIT, the tournament wasn’t even started!
1. 6th highest successful run-chase in T20I history
Netherland‘s heroics ensured that the men in orange etched their name in the history books as their stunning chase of 190 was only the 6th highest successful run-chase in T20Is. India hold the record for the highest successful run-chase : the men in blue scored 211 runs for 4 to defeat Sri Lanka at Mohali in 2009.
2. 2nd highest run rate at the end of the match
Netherlands overcame Ireland by scoring 193 in just 13.5 overs, their innings run-rate was an outstanding 13.95, which is only the 2nd highest in T20I history. New Zealand, in a curtailed game of 7 overs, scored 90 in 6 overs at a run-rate of 15, to defeat Scotland at The Oval in 2009.
3. Fastest team to each 100 runs in a T2OI game
Netherlands notched up 100 runs in just 7 overs, the fastest by any team in the history of the format. Another record smashed by the men in orange!
4. Maximum runs scored in powerplay overs
The powerplay overs usually don’t tend to be the most productive ones, but Netherlands managed a staggering run rate of 15.16 in the powerplay to score 91 runs in 6 overs.
5. 2nd joint-fastest fifty by a batsman
Netherlands’ Stephan Myburgh scored the 2nd joint-fastest fifty by a batsman in T20Is when he reached the landmark in just 17 balls. India’s Yuvraj Singh holds the record for the fastest fifty in T2OIs when he brought up his fifty in a mere 12 balls against England in 2007. Think Stuart Broad. Six sixes. You get it now!
6. Most sixes hit in an innings
Netherlands smashed a world-record 19 sixes in their innings in a persistent demolition of the Irish bowling attack. Myburgh himself smashed seven sixes while Tom Cooper contributed six of his own. The previous best was Australia‘s 18 against England.
7. Most sixes hit in an innings
Netherlands contributed 19 to the record, while the Irish batsmen chipped in with 11 as the two minnows of world cricket produced a spectacle fit for a final. The previous holders of this particular record were New Zealand and India when they faced off against each other in 2009 – 24 sixes were hit on that particular day.