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How T20I records have transformed after new teams were welcomed into internationals

More and more countries are playing international cricket and rewriting records Getty Images

Six, 11, 10, 17, 14. A sequence of scores that could get you dropped if you were a specialist batsman. But these are team totals, recorded in a span of six days; they are five of the ten lowest totals in women's T20Is. The team in question was Mali. Their tormentors were Rwanda and Uganda, in June this year.

Ever since the ICC granted international status to all T20s between its 104 members - for women from July 1, 2018 and men from January 1, 2019 - there has been a clutch of such numbers. On the one hand, smaller teams have been given a platform, helping spread the game. On the other, the record books are being inundated. For instance, before the ruling, the lowest team total in women's T20Is was Malaysia's 27 against India in the 2018 Asia Cup. That is now joint 16th on the list. And men's cricket has some equally strange numbers. Here's a look at some of these records:

Highest and lowest team totals
Mali were at the wrong end of the highest and second-highest women's T20I totals - Uganda's 314 for 2 and Tanzania's 285 for 1. The highest women's T20I total between two ODI-playing nations is England's 250 for 3 against Australia.

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Mali's 6 all out, helped by five extras, remains the joint-lowest total in women's T20Is. Earlier this month, Maldives too were bowled out for 6 by Bangladesh.

In men's T20Is, Czech Republic have equalled Afghanistan's record for the highest team total with their 278 for 4 against Turkey last August. In that match, Turkey were shot out for 21, the lowest in the format. The next two lowest team totals also belong to Turkey: 28 v Luxembourg and 32 v Austria. The previous lowest was Netherlands' 39 against Sri Lanka in 2014, which is now in fourth place.

Largest victory margins
With such large - and small - totals, we're also seeing some of the biggest win margins recorded. Three of the four biggest victories (in terms of runs) in women's T20Is have come against Mali, when they lost by 304 runs to Uganda, by 268 runs to Tanzania, and by 216 runs to Rwanda. In third place is Maldives' 249-run defeat to Bangladesh. Pakistan's 147-run win over Malaysia, which was the largest in June last year, has now slipped to 12th position.

Mali batted first when they were dismissed for 6 and 11, and Rwanda and Tanzania took just four balls each to chase down the bite-sized targets. Meanwhile, Nepal women needed five deliveries to chase down a target of 17 against Maldives.

In men's cricket, Turkey were trounced by 257 and 173 runs by Czech Republic and Romania respectively, the second one just a shade bigger than Sri Lanka's 172-run victory over Kenya at the 2007 World T20.

Fastest fifties and hundreds
Austria's Mirza Ahsan took only 13 balls to reach his half-century against Luxembourg, making it the second fastest fifty in men's T20Is, after Yuvraj Singh's 12-ball effort against England at the 2007 World T20. The day before, at the same venue, Czech Republic's Sudesh Wickramasekara reached the three-figure mark against Turkey in 35 balls, equalling Rohit Sharma's and David Miller's joint record for the fastest T20I hundred.

Most extras
One reason women's teams have managed big totals without threatening the fastest hundred and fastest fifty records is the generous helpings of extras they have received from their unfortunate opponents: Uganda's 314 for 2 against Mali, for example, included 61 extras.

But the record belongs to Costa Rica women, who gave away 67 extras (35 wides and 32 no-balls) against Mexico. Then Mexico returned the favour with 33 wides and 14 no-balls, making it a record 114 extras for the match. Previously, there had not been more than 35 in a match.

Turkey tops the list in men's T20Is, having conceded 39 to Czech Republic (when they scored 278 for 4), followed by the 36 they gave away against Romania. In third place is the 36 extras by Serbia against Bulgaria.

Youngest and oldest players
At 14 years and 211 days, Kuwait's Meet Bhavsar became the youngest to play a men's T20I. At the other end of the spectrum is Turkey's Osman Goker, who was 59 years and 181 days old when he took the field against Romania. So far Turkey have fielded four cricketers aged 54 or more. Before the ICC ruling, the two records belonged to Ireland's Josh Little (16y 309d) and ex-Australia player Ryan Campbell, who turned out for Hong Kong at the age of 44.

The youngest in women's T20Is is Nia Greig of Jersey; she was all of 11 years and 40 days old on her debut. Two days later, Jersey fielded another 11-year-old, Taci Alker. In fact, the Jersey side that took on France in July had eight players aged 14 or under, while their captain, Rosa Hill, is over 51.

There have been three women players older than Hill: Belize's Yvette Reynolds was 55 when she played against Costa Rica. And Mexico's S Hernandez and Netherlands' Caroline de Fouw were 53 and 52 respectively when they played against Brazil and Uganda.