How many players have scored a hundred in their first T20I?

Until very recently the record for the highest score on T20 international debut dated from the very first such match: Ricky Ponting made 98 not out for Australia against New Zealand in the first one, in Auckland in February 2005. But in the space of three days this August, two men scored hundreds in their first T20 internationals: first, Ravinderpal Singh scored 101 for Canada against the Cayman Islands in Bermuda on August 18, then two days later Jean-Pierre Kotze hit an unbeaten 101 – from 43 balls, with nine sixes – for Namibia against Botswana in Windhoek.

For the full list of highest scores on T20 international debut, click here.

Kyle Abbott took 17 wickets against Somerset. Was this a record in the County Championship? asked Christopher Wright from England
The Hampshire fast bowler Kyle Abbott’s remarkable performance against Somerset in Southampton last week – he followed 9 for 40 with 8 for 46 – put him high on the list of the best match figures in first-class cricket.

Abbott’s 17 for 86 were the best first-class figures anywhere for 63 years, since the England offspinner Jim Laker famously took 19 for 90 against Australia in the Ashes Test at Old Trafford in 1956. It stands 11th on the all-time list, although four of the better analyses came in matches in the 19th century, some of which would not be considered first-class these days.

There have only ever been three better sets of match figures in the County Championship. The Kent slow left-armer Colin Blythe took 17 for 48 (10 for 30 and 7 for 18) against Northamptonshire in Northampton in 1907; Charlie Parker, another left-arm spinner, collected 17 for 56 (9 for 44 and 8 for 12) for Gloucestershire against Essex in Gloucester in 1925; and the Kent legspinner Tich Freeman claimed 17 for 67 (9 for 11 and 8 for 56) against Sussex in Hove in 1922.

Source – espncricinfo

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