Australia v Sri Lanka 1st T20I – Statistical Highlights

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Seekkuge Prasanna of Sri Lanka hugs Chamara Kapugedera after he hit the winning run. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

While an Australian team took on India A in their 3-day warm-up game in Mumbai, another Australian side featured in a T20I against Sri Lanka and ended up on the losing side. Michael Klinger made his long-awaited International debut and scored 38 after Sri Lanka elected to bowl and were asked to chase 169. Some brilliant batting display from Asela Gunaratne and Dilshan Munaweera ensured Sri Lanka chased it down with 5 wickets in hand despite the late hiccup.

4 – Number of T20Is Australia played against Sri Lanka at home; they have lost in all the 4.

4 – Number of T20Is Australia have played at home since 2016, 3 vs India and now 1 vs Sri Lanka; they lost all the 4 games.

5 – Number of Sri Lankan captains including Upul Tharanga who have bagged a duck in T20Is. Four of those five including Tharanga have scored a duck in their very first game as captain.

7 – Number of T20Is Australia have lost to Sri Lanka so far, the joint most they have lost against a single team. They lost 7 T20Is against Pakistan as well.

9 – Number of Australians older than Michael Klinger (36 years 228 days) who made their International debut. The last was Bryce McGain (36 years 359 days) in a Test in 2009.

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29 – Innings taken by Aaron Finch to complete 1000 runs in T20I cricket; the 2nd fastest to the milestone. Indian skipper Virat Kohli took 27 innings to get there.

36y 228d – Age at which Michael Klinger made his T20I debut in this game. He is the oldest Australian to make his T20I debut. Previous oldest was Brad Hogg, who made his T20I debut at the age of 35 years 18 days.

38 – Michael Klinger’s 38 is the 2nd highest score by an Australia’s debutant in T20Is while opening. David Warner’s 89 is the highest. Overall, Klinger’s 38 is the 5th highest score by an Australian on debut in T20Is.

169 – Target chased by Sri Lanka in this game; their 2nd highest successful chase in T20I cricket. The highest is 170 vs South Africa in their last T20I game at Cape Town.

302 – Wickets taken by Lasith Malinga in Twenty20 cricket so far. He became the 2nd player to take 300 wickets in this format after Dwayne Bravo during the game vs PM XI.

1017 – Runs scored by Aaron Finch in T20I cricket so far. He became the 3rd Australian after Warner and Watson to complete 1000 T20I runs. Overall, he is the 35th player with 1000 T20I runs.

2012 – Last time a Sri Lankan captain got out for a duck while opening the innings in any format was Tillakaratne Dilshan in 2012 vs South Africa in an ODI.

22163 – Runs scored by Michael Klinger in professional cricket (FC + List A + T20) before making his International debut; the most by an Australian. Brad Hodge made his International debut after scoring 18652 runs in his career.