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17th February 2005: Ponting Stars, Kiwis go Retro in First-ever T20I

On this day in 2005 that the world saw the first glimpse of the maniac that Twenty20 cricket is. It has changed the complexion of the game forever. Since it's inception, the world is divided over how it sees the shortest format of the game.

17th February 2005: Ponting Stars, Kiwis go Retro in First-ever T20I

What is now a regular part of the lives of most cricket fans, it was on this day in 2005 that the world saw the first glimpse of Twenty20 cricket is. It has changed the complexion of the game forever. Since it's inception, the world is divided over how it sees the shortest format of the game. The first ever T20I game was played between Australia and New Zealand at Auckland.

The match is most remembered for Kiwis sporting retro uniforms, with moustaches and wigs.

Batting first, Australia posted a mammoth 214 runs on the board. Ricky Ponting was the star of the innings as he scored brilliant 98 runs from just 55 deliveries, laced with eight boundaries and five hits over the fence.

In reply, Kiwis could only manage to post 170 on board and lost by 44 runs. Only one player, Scott Styris took the attack to the opposition and scored a quick-fire 66.

Aussie bowler Michael Kasprowicz was the star with the ball as he claimed four wickets for just 29 runs.



Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 New Zealand 3198 118
2 Australia 3028 116
3 India 3085 114
4 England 4326 106
5 South Africa 2499 96
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 5405 123
2 India 6102 117
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 4344 111
5 South Africa 3345 108
FULL Ranking
RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 6877 275
2 Australia 6800 272
3 India 10186 268
4 Pakistan 7516 259
5 South Africa 5047 252
FULL Ranking