Barinder Sran smashes records on T20 International debut

first_imgBarinder Sran, who finished with of 4/10, recorded the second-best bowling figures on T20 International debut, eclipsing Ajantha Mendis’ 4/15 against Zimbabwe, achieved way back in 2008. Sran also recorded the best figures by an Indian bowler on T20 International debut, overtaking Pragyan Ojha’s 4/21 against Bangladesh in the 2009 World T20. These were also the second-best T20I figures by an Indian bowler after Ravichandran Ashwin’s 4/8 against Sri Lanka in February this year. (SCORECARD)Sran was one of two changes in the Indian XI today after Zimbabwe shocked the more fancied visitors in the opening game of the three-match series on Saturday. (HIGHLIGHTS)Opting to bat first, Zimbabwe faced a much sharper pace attack with Sran and Dhawal Kulkarni probing away. Sran made the first breakthrough, when he removed opener Chimu Chibhabha with the penultimate delivery of his second over in T20 Internationals.The 23-year-old left-arm pacer then returned to knock off Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza and Mutombodzi in his third over. Brought back into the attack for his final over in the closing stages of the Zimbabwean innings, Sran was on a hat-trick but he could not achieve the feat.Sran, in fact, became the second Indian bowler after Ashok Dinda to take three wickets in an over in T20 Internationals. Dinda had achieved the feat against Sri Lanka at Pallekele in 2012.Congratulations @sranbarinder on winning the man of the match award on your debut T20 #ZIMvIND Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 20, 2016The strapping pacer gave away a solitary run and finished with 4/10. Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah picked 3/11 to record career-best figures. advertisementSran was named Man-of-the-Match after Indian openers Mandeep Singh (52 not out) and Lokesh Rahul (47 not out) cruised to the target without any fuss.Sran revealed he was under no pressure and added that he was happy with the way things worked out for him.”I was very happy. There was no pressure, it took a while for me to debut in T20Is but I feel happy with the way I bowled. The ball was swinging a bit and I concentrated on bowling good lines, that’s what worked for us today.last_img

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