On day two of the 2018/19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Andhra created a world record. In the Group A encounter at Mulapadu, they beat Nagaland by 179 runs. It is the largest victory margin (by runs) in T20 cricket history.
Previously, the Sri Lanka national cricket team was the record holder with a 172-run victory against Kenya in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Here are the top five largest T20 victories (by runs)
|Team||Victory margin (by runs)||Opposition||Venue||Date|
|Andhra||179||Nagaland||Mulapadu||22 February 2019|
|Sri Lanka*||172*||Kenya*||Johannesburg*||14 September 2007*|
|Balkh Legends||171||Nangarhar Leopards||Sharjah||19 October 2018|
|Trinidad & Tobago||167||Leeward Islands||North Sound||11 January 2012|
|Prime Bank||159||Mohammedan||Sylhet||26 December 2013|
|Bengal||159||Mizoram||Cuttack||21 February 2019|
(Special Note: *Sri Lanka vs Kenya match had the T20I status)
After winning the toss, Andhra decided to bat first against Nagaland. Nagaland is one of the nine new teams who has started to compete in Indian domestic tournaments for the first time from the ongoing season. Andhra dominated over the Nagaland bowlers and managed to score 244/4 in 20 overs.
Ricky Bhui scored 108 in just 42 balls with the help of five boundaries and ten over-boundaries. The 22-year-old completed his maiden T20 century in only 38 balls – joint fourth fastest T20 century by an Indian batsman. Also, the captain Hanuma Vihari scored 44 off 34 balls (six boundaries and one over-boundary), and Girinath Reddy played a knock of 62 off just 31 balls (three boundaries and five over-boundaries).
In reply, Nagaland only managed to score 65 runs (13.1 overs) before getting all-out. Apart from captain Rongsen Jonathan (30) and Paras Sehrawat (13), none of the other batsmen reached the double-digit scores in that innings.
One-day earlier, Bengal won by 159 runs
Just one day earlier, on day one of the tournament, Bengal won by 159 runs against Mizoram. It was the joint fifth largest T20 victory (by runs) for a team (then it was the joint fourth largest T20 victory). While Bengal scored 221/4, Mizoram only managed to score 62 runs (13 overs).