Top powerplay scores for India in home T20Is

The most runs scored by India in a T20I Powerplay at home is against Sri Lanka in Nagpur in 2009.

77/1 vs SL Nagpur 2009

Sri Lanka batted first and put up a mammoth total of 215, leaving India with no option but to swing for the hills from the beginning. Kumar Sangakkara was the top run scorer for Sri Lanka and made 78 off 37 balls.

In reply, the Indian opening combination of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag added 32 runs within the first three overs. MS Dhoni then came out to back but Gambhir took on the Mantle.

Gambhir started going after the bowlers as India saw themselves at 93 after 8 overs. A collapse followed and India went on to lose the match by 29 runs.

72/0 vs WI Mumbai 2019

India struck 72 runs without losing any wicket in the powerplay in a T20 International against West Indies at Mumbai in 2019.

70/0 vs SL Ranchi 2016

It was once again Sri Lanka who bore the brunt of India’s aggressive batting right at the top of the order as the team raced to 70 within the power play against Sri Lanka at Ranchi in 2016.

69/0 vs NZ Kolkata 2021

Already having won the 3-match series 2-0, India were in a different mode altogether in the final T20 of the series against New Zealand, right after the 2021 T20 World Cup.

The match was played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata as Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan opened the batting for India.

KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma had done an excellent job for the team in the first two matches but KL Rahul was out injured and Ishan Kishan got an opportunity to show what he is made of.

The pair of Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan did not allow any New Zealand bowler to settle down as they made 69 runs within the powerplay without losing any wicket.

Sharma ended up on 56 off 31 balls while Kishan made 29 of 21 balls. Instead of the strong start, India suffered a collapse and could not reach the target of 200, but they still put up a total of 184.

New Zealand were never really in the game and apart from Martin Guptill’s 51 from 36 balls, there was no other batter who could fire as the Kiwis were bowled out for 111 and lost the match by 73 runs.

Saksham Mishra

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