Czech Republic Registers Many T20I Records Against Turkey
The new T20I side Czech Republic has registered many T20I records in their recent match against Turkey.
It was the Continental Cup 2019 (Romanian Cup) match between the Czech Republic and Turkey at Ilfov County on 30th August 2019. In that game, Turkey sent the Czech Republic to bat first after winning the toss. The Czech Republic side scored 278/4 in 20 overs. It was the joint highest total in T20I history.
On 23rd February 2019, Afghanistan managed 278/3 (20 overs) against Ireland at Dehradun. Now, the Czech Republic has also put their name in this record too.
Czech Republic batsman Sudesh Wickramasekara scored the joint-fastest T20I century
According to CricketEurope, Czech batsman Sudesh Wickramasekara hit a joint-fastest T20I century in just 35 balls. Previously, South African batsman David Miller and Indian opener Rohit Sharma once completed their T20I centuries in just 35 balls. Wickramasekara finally scored 104 not out off just 36 balls. He hit eight fours and 10 sixes in that innings.
World record men's T20I score for Czech Republic. pic.twitter.com/ME5GhtjD2q
— Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) August 30, 2019
CricketEurope report also claimed that the Turkey bowler Tunahan Turan conceded 70 runs in four overs. It was also the most expensive spell in T20I history. The previous record was 4-0-69-0 by the Ireland medium-pacer Barry McCarthy against Afghanistan at Greater Noida on 12th March 2017.
In reply, Turkey were bundled out for just 21 runs. It was the new lowest completed T20I total for any team. The previous record in this list was 28 runs, which once again Turkey managed against Luxembourg on the previous day.
So, Czech Republic won that match by a whopping 257 runs. It was the largest victory (by runs) in T20I history. On the previous day of this match, Romania had created the previous largest T20I victory (by runs) record after beating Turkey by 173 runs at the same venue. However, under the 24 hours of that record, Czech Republic created a new record. Before their records, Sri Lanka were holding this record as they beat Kenya by 172 runs at Johannesburg on 14th September 2007.
Some first choice Turkey players were unavailable for this series due to visa issues.
Finally, Austria won that Continental Cup tournament after beating the Czech Republic in the final by 30 runs.
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