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Established in 2009, Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates has become one of the most common venues for T20 cricket in recent years. 

One of the four venues for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, the multi-purpose stadium has hosted many Test matches, ODIs and T20Is in its 12 years of history.

It has also hosted domestic T20 tournaments like the Pakistan Super League and the Indian T20 League, Dubai International Cricket Stadium hosted its first-ever T20I match on May 7, 2009, played between Australia and Pakistan. 

The Aussies were bundled out for just 108 on the night owing to the bowling brilliance of Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi. And it took Pakistan a little more than 16 overs to reach their target, with Kamran Akmal scoring a 42-ball 59.

Dubai International Cricket Stadium T20I records

Highest team total: The highest team total at Dubai International Cricket Stadium was scored by Sri Lanka in December 2013 against Pakistan. Riding on the back of Kusal Perera and Tilakaratne Dilshan’s century-run stand followed by Kumar Sangakkara’s 21-ball 44, the Lankan Lions went on to score 211/3 in 20 overs. They managed to restrict Pakistan at 187 to win the match by 24 runs.

Lowest team total: Kenya’s T20 World Cup qualifier against Ireland in 2012 saw the former stumbling to the lowest team total at the venue. After electing to bat, Kenya were bundled for a mere 71 runs and Ireland won the match inside eight overs without losing a wicket.

Highest individual score: Quite interestingly, not even a single century has been scored at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Twenty20 internationals. It was on the same night when Sri Lanka posted the highest team total at the venue that another record was created. Kusal Perera’s 59-ball 84 remains the highest individual score in Dubai.

Best bowling figure: Umar Gul’s figure of 4/8 against Australia in the first-ever T20I of the venue remained the best bowling figure until 2016. However, on September 23, 2016, Imad Wasim cut through the West Indies’ batting line-up to finish with figures of 5/14, which is the best bowling figures at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Highest partnership: The likes of Alex Obanda and Steve Tikolo of Kenya played a 126-run opening wicket stand against Canada in a T20 World Cup qualifying match in 2010. It still remains the highest ever partnership by runs at the venue.

Dubai International Cricket Stadium Indian T20 League records

Most runs: Team Punjab opener KL Rahul has scored the most runs (392) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Indian T20 League. Rahul’s total is marginally better than David Warner’s tally of 371 Indian T20 League runs at the venue.

Most wickets: The likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kagiso Rabada are the joint-highest wicket-takers at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Indian T20 League. The bowlers have picked 13 wickets in nine matches. 

Highest team total: The 47th match of the 2020 Indian T20 League saw Team Hyderabad posting 219/2 on board against Team Delhi. This remains the highest team total at the venue. 

Lowest team total: The sixth match of the 2020 Indian T20 League saw the best of KL Rahul, who scored a blistering 69-ball 132 as Team Punjab posted 206/3 for Team Bangalore to chase. Bangalore’s batting line-up stumbled to a paltry 109 which is the lowest team total at the venue.

Best bowling figures: As many as six different bowlers have picked four wickets in an innings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Indian T20 League. Mohit Sharma (in 2014) and Jasprit Bumrah (in 2020), however, have both finished with figures of 4/14 which are the best at the venue.

Highest individual score: KL Rahul’s 69-ball 132 against Team Bangalore on September 24, 2020, is the highest individual score at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Indian T20 League. The batsman hit 14 fours and seven sixes at an impressive strike rate of 191.30.

Featured photo: AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACE

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