In their very second T20I match, Romania created a world record in T20I history. This European side has recently recorded the largest victory (by runs) in T20I history.
On last Thursday (29th August), Romania met Turkey in the Romanian Cup at Ilfov County. Both sides were playing their second game in T20I history. After Turkey sent the Romanian team to bat first, the hosts scored 226/6 in 20 overs. In reply, Turkey were bundled out for just 53 runs (13 overs) as Romania won that game by 173 runs. It is the new largest victory (by runs) in T20I history.
Before this match, the previous largest T20I victory (by runs) record was by 172 runs by Sri Lanka against Kenya. It was the Group Stage game of ICC World T20 2007 where Sri Lanka beat Kenya by 172 runs at Johannesburg (14th September 2007).
Romania managed to score a giant first-innings total, thanks to the unbeaten century by Sivakumar Periyalwar. The Indian-origin right-handed batsman remained not out on 105 runs off 40 balls. He slammed 12 fours and six sixes in that knock. Apart from him, no other batsman reached the 40-run mark in that entire match.
During Romania innings, extras and wides also broke the T20I records
The second-highest run-scorer during Romanian innings was the record extras. Turkey bowlers conceded a total of 36 extras in that innings, including 31 wides – both overall extras and wides were the new records in a T20I innings history. The previous most extras record in a T20I innings history was 29 as South Africa conceded that against West Indies at Johannesburg on 18th January 2008.
Meanwhile, the previous most wides record in a T20I innings was 23. South Africa conceded 23 wides against West Indies at Johannesburg in the opening match of ICC World T20 2007 (11th September 2007).
In Turkey’s innings, only two batsmen reached the double-digit scores. Mehmat Sert and the wicketkeeper-batsman Ali Kose scored 16 and 15 runs respectively.
Earlier, on the same day morning, Romania and Turkey both made debut in T20I cricket.