Klinger’s late debut, Finch’s 1000 T20Is runs, Tharanga’s duck on debut as a captain – all this happened in the first T20I between Australia and Sri Lanka at Melbourne which Sri Lanka managed to win in the last ball of the match.
Here are some statistical highlights of the game.
36 The oldest player for Australia to make T20I debut by Michael Klinger. He ages 36 years 228 days today when he made his debut today. Brad Hogg (35 years 18 days) was the previous oldest Australian to make debut for his team.
1000 T20I runs for Aron Finch, third Australian to score 1000 or more T20I runs after David Warner (1686) and Shane Watson (1462).
1 Player quicker than Aron Finch to score 1000 T20I runs. He took 29 innings to complete 1000 T20I runs. India’s skipper Virat Kohli had taken 27 innings to mark 1000 runs.
3 Sri Lanka captain in T20Is in three consecutive matches, including Upul Tharanga today. Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews were other captain for Sri Lanka in T20I series against South Africa earlier this month.
0 Runs scored by Upul Tharanga today, the fourth Sri Lankan captain to score a duck on debut as a T20I captain. Mahela Jayawerdene, Tilakratne Dilshan, Lasith Malinga are captain to achieve this unique record for their team.
4 Successive defeats for Australia in T20I at home. They had been whitewashed by India at home last year before the T20 World Cup. Also, this is their fourth-successive loss to Sri Lanka at home.