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India Record Biggest Ever T20I Win in Cuttack as Sri Lanka Slump to Worst Defeat

This majestic victory over the Islanders is now team India's biggest win in the shortest format of the game — in terms of runs. While as for the Lankans, this was their heaviest loss.

Cricketnext Staff |December 21, 2017, 12:42 PM IST
India Record Biggest Ever T20I Win in Cuttack as Sri Lanka Slump to Worst Defeat

New Delhi: Yuzvendra Chahal spun a web around the Sri Lankan batsmen as India coasted home and recorded a comfortable 93-run win over the Lankans in the first T20I at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Wednesday.

This majestic victory over the Islanders is now team India's biggest win in the shortest format of the game — in terms of runs. While as for the Lankans, this was their heaviest loss.

Biggest Margin of Victory for India in T20Is

93 Runs - Sri Lanka, 20th December 2017, Cuttack

90 Runs - England, 23rd September 2012, Colombo

75 Runs - England, 1st February 2017, Bengaluru

73 Runs - Australia, 30th March 2014, Dhaka

69 Runs - Sri Lanka, 12th February 2016, Ranchi

Biggest Margin of Defeat for Sri Lanka in T20Is

93 Runs - India, 20th December 2017, Cuttack

85 Runs - Australia, 6th September 2016, Pallekele

81 Runs - Australia, 9th May 2010, Bridgetown

69 Runs - India, 12th February 2016, Ranchi

52 Runs - Pakistan, 12th August 2009, Colombo

The hosts are now 1-0 up in the three-match series, courtesy of Chahal who ended the match with figures of 4/23 that helped to break the backbone of Sri Lankan batting as he accounted for Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne and Dasun Shanaka.

He was aided by his able partner Kuldeep Yadav, who ended with figures of 2/18, as the visitors were never allowed to settle in the chase of 181. Only Tharanga and Kusal Perera showed some resistance, scoring 23 and 19 respectively.

Earlier, after being put into bat by Thisara Perera, India got off to a steady start as KL Rahul - who had replaced Shikhar Dhawan - and Rohit Sharma stitched together a 38-run partnership. However, Lanka struck just when it seemed Rohit would start going. The Indian skipper mistimed one off Mathews and Chameera completed a simple catch at mid-on.

In form Shreyas Iyer joined Rahul in the middle but struggled to get going. However, Rahul found his timing and did most of the damage as the two put 63 runs together for the second-wicket.

MS Dhoni, whose spot in the T20 team has been up for debate in recent times, walked in to bat at no.4 and scored a crucial unbeaten 39 off 22 balls. He got some time to get going as he was on 11 off 10 balls before accelerating towards the end of the innings, including a maximum off the last ball.

He was well supported by Manish Pandey, who scored 32 off 18 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes. The two got 60 runs off the last four overs to help India reach 180/3 which was above par on the wicket.

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5211 116
2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
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