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Dots of the WC

The first to 2000
On March 29, in the game against the Netherlands, New Zealand's Brendon McCullum became the first batsman to score 2,000 international T20 runs. He has two centuries and 13 half-centuries in T20Is, with a highest score of 123.
Freak dismissal
In the game against New Zealand, South Africa's Hashim Amla was given out caught & bowled by Corey Anderson, but the edge did not come off his bat. Unfortunately for Amla, his straight drive hit JP Duminy's bat at non-striker's position and gently lobbed into Anderson's palms.
Orange records
The Netherlands broke a series of records when they chased down Ireland's 189 in 13.5 overs. They scored 91 runs in the first Powerplay, the highest ever. They also hit 19 sixes in that innings, beating Australia's 18. Unfortunately they also managed to get bundled out for just 39, against Sri Lanka -- the lowest ever T20I score.
Two 100s


Alex Hales's unbeaten 116 versus Sri Lanka is the highest individual score of this World T20. The special innings helped England beat one of the favourites. Ahmed Shehzad was the tournament's only other centurion, scoring an unbeaten 111 against Bangladesh. However, Virat Kohli with no centuries tops the run-scorers' list.
Average Gayle
That Chris Gayle was not in the best of forms in this World T20 is quite obvious from his average. He scored 143 runs in five games at an average of 28.60 -- his lowest among World T20s.
Pace v Spin
There have been plenty of talks regarding how spinners have dominated the tournament. While that may be true, a majority of the wickets have been taken by pacers. Pacers had 214 scalps as opposed to the 163 taken by spinners, before the final game.
Two 5-fors
There were two five-wicket hauls taken in the tournament. Netherlands pacer Ahsan Malik finished with 5 for 19 against South Africa, which almost led them to a win. Slow-left armer Rangana Herath's 5 for 3 against New Zealand, took Sri Lanka into the semis.
Expensive Mash
An injury-ridden Mashrafe Bin Mortaza finished with figures of 0 for 63 against Pakistan, which is just one run short of the most expensive bowling in T20 Internationals. Sanath Jayasuriya holds the ignominious record with 0 for 64.

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