Malta. Gibraltar has created a new history in T20 International cricket. The team’s opener batsmen batted full 20 overs. This incident happened for the first time, while the opener batsmen of a team have batted full 20 overs. The population of the country is only 30 thousand and they are an associate member of the ICC. This history was made in the match between Gibraltar and Bulgaria during the Valletta Cup. Playing first, Gibraltar had scored 213 runs without a wicket. In reply, Bulgaria’s team could only score 192 runs for 6 wickets. In this way he won by 21 runs.
In the match Gibraltar won the toss and decided to bat. Captain Balaji Pai and Lewis Bruce did not let the team get any setback. However, Bruce missed out on scoring a century. He remained unbeaten on 99. 63 balls faced. Hit 11 fours and 2 sixes. At the same time, Pai stood till the end after scoring 86 runs off 59 balls. Hit 11 fours and a six. The team got 28 runs as extra. Bulgaria adopted 8 bowlers, but could not take any wicket.
Pai also took 2 wickets
Bulgaria had also started well chasing the target. At one time the team’s score was 87 for one wicket after 8 overs, but in the end the team could only score 192 runs for 6 wickets. Sam Hossain scored the highest 64 runs. He faced 31 balls. Hit 7 fours and 2 sixes. Captain Balaji Pai also bowled brilliantly. He took 2 wickets for 38 runs in 4 overs. Samarth Bodha also got 2 wickets.
This is the 13th T20 International match of 40-year-old Balaji Pai. He has scored 493 runs at an average of 45. Has scored one century and 3 half-centuries. The strike rate is 127. Apart from this, he has taken 14 wickets. His best performance is 3 wickets for 14 runs. At the same time, 16-year-old Lewis Bruce has scored 465 runs in 13 matches at an average of 42. Has hit 6 fifties. The strike rate is of 126. He has also taken 6 wickets. 4 wickets for 13 runs is the best performance.
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 13, 2022, 17:18 IST