The Dubai International Cricket Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Established in 2009, the Dubai International Cricket Stadium is UAE’s biggest cricket stadium and has a seating capacity of 25,000.
Built by Canadian architect Awsam Matloob, the Dubai International Cricket Stadium staged its first One-Day International (ODI) between Australia and Pakistan in April 2009. Pakistan won the match by four wickets.
Formerly known as the Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium, the venue later hosted its first T20 international played between Australia and Pakistan. Led by Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan secured a seven-wicket victory.
In 2010, the stadium staged its first Test match as Pakistan and South Africa clashed. The match later ended in a draw.
Apart from T20 internationals, the Indian T20 League, Pakistan Super League, International League T20 League and various other T20 leagues have been held at this venue.
Let’s have a look at Dubai International Cricket Stadium T20 records and stats:
Dubai International Cricket Stadium T20 records and stats
Highest team total
Team Hyderabad holds the record for the highest team total at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in T20 cricket. During an Indian T20 League match in 2020, the David Warner-led Hyderabad posted 219/2 in their 20 overs. Warner’s 66 off 34 balls and Wriddhiman Saha’s 45-ball 87 powered Hyderabad to a record T20 total at the venue. Hyderabad later bowled out Team Delhi for 131 in 19 overs to register a comprehensive 88-run victory in Dubai.
Lowest team total
The West Indies cricket team registered the lowest team total at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in T20s. West Indies were skittled out for 55 in 14.2 overs by England during an ICC Men's T20 World Cup clash in 2021. Star leg-spinner Adil Rashid scalped four wickets while Moeen Ali and Tymal Mills picked two wickets each to help England bowl out West Indies for an embarrassing total. England later chased down the target in just 8.2 overs to win the game by six wickets.
Pakistan star batter Babar Azam has scored the most runs at the venue in T20 cricket. While representing the likes of Islamabad United, Pakistan, Pakistan A, and Karachi Kings between 2015 and 2022, the swashbuckling right-handed batter has accumulated 1,102 runs in 35 matches at an average of 33.39 and a strike rate of 113.60. Azam has slammed 10 fifties in the T20 format at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. India’s KL Rahul features second on the list with 863 runs in 21 matches.
Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi scalped the most wickets at this cricket ground in cricket’s shortest format while representing teams like Karachi Kings, Multan Sultans, Pakistan and Peshawar Zalmi. The leg-spinner bagged 39 wickets in 39 matches at an average of 22.94 and an economy of 6.53 between 2009 and 2019. Afridi’s best T20 bowling figures at this venue is 3/14. His former teammate Sohali Tanvir is second on the list with 39 wickets in 34 matches.
Highest individual score
KL Rahul holds the record for the highest individual score at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in T20 cricket. Playing for his former franchise Team Punjab, captain KL Rahul led from the front as he slammed an unbeaten 132 off just 69 balls to help his side post a huge total of 206/3 against Team Bangalore in an Indian T20 League encounter in 2020. Rahul’s magnificent knock included 14 fours and seven maximums. In reply, Bangalore were bundled out for 109 in 17 overs as Punjab won the game by 97 runs.
Best bowling figures
Former Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul registered the best bowling figures at this venue in the cricket’s shortest format. During a Pakistan Super League clash in 2018, Umar Gul recorded figures of 6/24 in his quota of four overs for Multan Sultans. Defending 152, Gul dismissed Quetta Gladiators’ Asad Shafiq, Shane Watson, Rilee Rossouw, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali and Mohammad Nawaz to bring the Sultans back in the game. Despite Gul’s incredible spell, the Gladiators won the match by two wickets.
Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis hold the record for the highest partnership at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in T20 cricket. Representing Team Chennai, Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis forged a match-winning unbeaten 181-run stand for the opening wicket against Team Punjab during an Indian T20 League match in 2020. Chasing 179, Watson scored an unbeaten 83 off 53 balls while du Plessis smashed a 53-ball 87 not out to help Chennai chase down the target in 17.4 overs. Chennai thrashed Punjab by 10 wickets.
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