T20 cricket has changed the game of cricket. Be it aggressive batting, skillful bowling, athletic fielding, the re-emergence of wrist spinners, T20 cricket has brought radical changes to the game. Various T20 leagues around the world have ensured that more youngsters get glued to this format and take up the game of cricket.
The impact of T20 cricket is seen is Test as well as ODI formats too. With the advent of T 20s, cricket fans can now witness centuries being scored in a session in Test. Scores of 300 plus are being chased easily in ODIs too. T20 cricket has made the modern day cricketer aggressive, fearless and ready to take on any challenge in the game of cricket.
Today, we focus on the maiden T20 game of various nations and how they fared in the said game:
Australia and New Zealand
The first ever T20 international was held at Auckland on 17th February 2005 between Australia and New Zealand. The Australian skipper Ricky Ponting scored an unbeaten 98 from 62 deliveries with 8 boundaries and 5 sixes and helped Australia post a huge total of 214 runs for the loss of 5 wickets.
The Kiwis were never really in the run chase and despite Scott Styris's cameo of 66 from 46 balls, they could score 170 runs in their 20 runs. Michael Kasprowicz picked up 4 wickets for 29 runs in his 4 overs and restricted New Zealand to a score of 170.
The first ever T20 was a one-sided affair and the visitors Australia triumphed by 44 runs. Australia has the distinction of being the only cricket nation to win their maiden Test, ODI and T20.