India registered their fastest ever chase in T20 internationals yesterday when they chased down the score of 86 against Scotland in just 6 and a half overs. It was an exhibition of boundary hitting by the Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, particularly KL Rahul who went absolutely ballistic and completed his fifty in just 18 balls.
For India to go past the NRR of Afghanistan and New Zealand, the target had to be chased down in 7.1 overs, but India got it done in the middle of the 7th over itself with Suryakumar Yadav finishing it with a straight six over the head of the Scot leg spinner Chris Greaves.
While the target was quite low for the Scottish bowlers to be able to make any sort of impact on the game, they probably struggled a little bit to handle the pressure of the occasion as well and bowled a few too many fuller balls for the Indian openers to get under and clear the circle.
However, even when the Scots tried to go short a couple of times, the Indian openers were up to the task off the backfoot as well. It was complete domination with the bat by the men in blues.
India’s fastest ever chase in T20Is before yesterday was against the UAE
Before this, the fastest chase that India had pulled off in T20 internationals was against the UAE in the Asia Cup 2016 where they had chased down the target of 82 runs in 10.1 overs. Rohit Sharma was one of the openers in that game as well and had scored 39 off 28 balls to finish the job with Yuvraj Singh, who had played a brisk knock of 25 off 14.
The other two of India’s fastest chases in T20Is have come against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in 13.1 and 13.5 overs respectively, and those two chases also came in 2016.
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2016 was a highly successful season for India in T20 internationals as they whitewashed Australia 3-0 away from home, won the Asia Cup and made it to the semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2016 as well.