Lowest Powerplay scores for India in T20Is
In a bid to make full use of the batting powerplay, there are times when the batting team loses a few quick wickets and has no option but to recede.
21/3 v Pak Mirpur 2016
In the fourth match of the 2016 Asia Cup played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, India were in a spot of bother against Pakistan. Chasing just 84, the team was expected to win comfortably but the way the ball was swinging, anything could have happened on that day.
AjinkyaRahane and Rohit Sharma, the two Indian openers, were both dismissed for nought as India found themselves at 2/2. Suresh Raina was also dismissed with the score at 8 and the score at the end of the batting powerplay for India was 21/3. It was courtesy of a brilliant 49 off 51 balls from ViratKohli that India sealed the match in the 16th over.
22/3 v Eng Ahmedabad 2021
India entered the five match T20 series against England on a high after a comprehensive victory in the preceding test series by 3-1. However, the change of format brought change of fortune for England as India were left tottering at 24/3 with each of their top 3 in KL Rahul, ViratKohli and ShikharDhawan dismissed without making a mark.
India could only manage 124 in the match and England chased it down comfortably to win by 8 wickets.
24/4 v Aus Bridgetown 2010
In the 15th match of the 2010 T20 World Cup between India and Australia, the Aussies posted 184 runs on the board. In reply, India could only manage 135 and lost the match by 49 runs.
The team needed to get off to a good start in order to overhaul the target which was not the case as India found themselves at 24/4 at the end of the first 6 overs with the dismissals of Murali Vijay, GautamGambhir, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh.
24/3 v Eng Ahmedabad 2021
In the 3rd T20I of the recently concluded 5 match series between India and England, the script of the series opener repeated itself as India found the pace of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood too hot to handle. Each of their top 3 batsmen in Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan were dismissed within the powerplay with India left struggling at 24/3.
With a brilliant knock of 77 off 46 balls, ViratKohli did his best to pull things back in India’s favour. However, England chased down the target of 157 in the second last over.