India’s first international match in the USA against West Indies at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill in Florida saw records tumbling on Saturday.

Put into bat, West Indies posted the third highest total ever in T20Is, 245/6, but they managed to win the tie by just one run in the end. Riding on KL Rahul’s record 51-ball 110 not out, India were cruising towards the massive target as they needed eight runs in the final over with seven wickets in the hand. But MS Dhoni was caught at short third man off Dwayne Bravo in the last ball to give Windies a thrilling victory. The 244/4 scored by India is the highest T20I total ever scored while batting second, and also highest ever by them in the shortest format.

The records keep tumbling in the second innings too. KL Rahul scored the fastest T20I century by an Indian when he reached the landmark in 46 balls. It was the joint second-fastest in the world, just behind South Africa’s Richard Levi’s 45-ball ton against New Zealand in 2012. The ton is also the third by an Indian after Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma. Rahul’s record knock included five sixes and 12 fours.

Lokesh Rahul plays a shot as West Indies’ Andre Fletcher watches. (AP Photo)

After Windies clobbered a world record 21 sixes in their innings, India on their part contributed 11 maximums to take the match total to 32 – another world record for most sixes in a match, two more than 30 scored in the Ireland vs Netherlands match in 2014. For India, Rahul smacked five sixes, Rohit four and Dhoni hit two during their run chase. Earlier for West Indies, the record-breaker Lewis led the carnage with nine sixes, followed by Charles who hit seven. Two each by Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard and one from captain Carlos Brathwaite made it 21. The previous record of 19 sixes was held by the Netherlands against Ireland in 2014.
West Indies openers scored freely from the start and put on an impressive 126 runs in just 9.3 overs to set up a base for a big score. Johnson Charles was the wrecker-in-chief during the first half, hitting 33-ball 79 which included seven massive sixes and six fours, before Evin Lewis joined the party after the first wicket. Lewis raced to hundred in 48 balls as Windies reached 200 in just 15.1 overs. In the end, they posted a massive 245/6, their highest in T20Is, and overall the third highest in the world.