First Cricketer To Score A Half Century In T20 Cricket.

Ricky Ponting of Australia became the first batsman to score a half century in T20 cricket when he made 98 unbeaten runs against New Zealand on 17 February 2005. 

The match played at the Eden Park, Auckland was the first ever T20 International

Brief Match Stats: Batting first, Australia boosted by an unbeaten 98 from skipper Ricky Ponting and some fine hitting by Andrew Symonds and Mike Hussey put up 214 runs on board for the loss of 5 wickets. New Zealand in their chase fell short of the target and could manage only 170 runs from their 20 overs. Mike Kasprowicz took 4 wickets as Australia won the match by 44 runs.