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Stats: George Worker joins elite company with a debut 50

Roy Dilawer
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New Zealand won comfortably by 80 runs

New Zealand won the one-off T20 by a huge margin of 80 runs as debutant George Worker joined elite company with a 50 on his debut. Here are some of the most important numbers that we came across from this game:

Players who have scored a 50 on their T20I debut
Player Country Score Opposition Date Ground
Ricky Ponting Australia 98*  New Zealand 17 Feb 2005 Auckland
David Warner Australia 89 South Africa 11 Jan 2009 Melbourne
H Patel Canada 88* Ireland 03 Feb 2010 Adelaide
RR Roussouw South Africa 78 Australia 5 Nov 2014 Adelaide
Junaid Siddique Bangladesh 71 Pakistan 20 Sep 2007 Cape Town
Scott Styris New Zealand 66 Australia 17 Feb 2005 Auckland
AJ Redmond New Zealand 63 Ireland 11 Jun 2009 Nottingham
George Worker New Zealand 62 Zimbabwe 09 Aug 2015 Harare
Graeme Smith South Africa 61 New Zealand 21 Oct 2005 Johannesburg
Dwayne Smith West Indies 61 England 28 Jun 2007 Oval
Ajinkya Rahane India 61 England 31 Aug 2011 Manchester
AP Devcich New Zealand 59 Bangladesh 06 Nov 2013 Dhaka
Ryan Ten Doeschate Netherlands 56 Kenya 02 Aug 2008 Belfast
Marlon Samuels West Indies 51 England 28 Jun 2007 Oval

450 –  International T20 Matches played so far since the first match on 17 February 2005 played at Auckland between Australia and New Zealand.

6-0 – New Zealand’s record in T20 International Matches vs Zimbabwe- most wins for NZ against any team. Second on the list is Sri Lanka against whom they have won 5 matches but lost 6.

3 – Number of teams which have never won a T20I match against New Zealand (minimum 2 matches). Apart from Zimbabwe (6 defeats), the other two are India (4) and Bangladesh (3).

37 – Number of T20I Matches won By New Zealand from 81 matches they played. They have lost an equal 37 matches which is the most for any team. 

28 – defeats for Zimbabwe in T20Is- most for any team which has played a maximum of 40 matches. Their W/L (0.250) in T20Is is worst for any team which has played at least 10 matches.

62 – runs scored by George Worker in today’s game- 8th highest for any player making a debut in T20 Internationals. The record for the highest score on debut is held by Ricky Ponting when he scored an unbeaten 98 vs New Zealand at Auckland in the very first international 20-20 match. 

13 – players before today’s match who have hit a half-century on debut in T20 International matches. George Worker became the 14th player overall and 5th New Zealander to do so.

199 the target given to Zimbabwe to chase down. It is the joint highest target Zimbabwe have been asked to pursue. Pakistan scored 198-4 at Harare against them on 16 Sep 2011. 

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Roy Dilawer
A law graduate by education, and a writer by interest and a cricket fan by all means.
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