T20 Blast witnesses record-breaking night
Yorkshire’s Adam Lyth and Kent’s Joe Denly and Daniel Bell-Drummond have shattered T20 records on Thursday night in the NatWest T20 Blast 2017 matches. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ এ যেন রেকর্ডের রাত!]
Lyth have blasted 161 runs off 73 balls including 20 fours and seven sixes against Northamptonshire in North Group match at Headingley Leeds. He has recorded the third-highest individual score by a batsman in T20 cricket. Chris Gayle’s 175 not out from 66 balls in 2013 IPL and Hamilton Masakadza’s 162* from 71 deliveries in a Zimbabwean competition last year are ahead of Lyth’s score.
Lyth started to be hard against Northamptonshire bowlers right from the start. He contributed 63 from 28 when his team were 80/0 in the powerplay. He reached his maiden T20 ton in the 14th over. He got two chances in his innings; dropped on 106 and survived a run out opportunity on 116.
The left-hander made it count and scored the highest individual score in English T20 history. Yorkshire posted 260/4, the joint-third highest score in T20s and the highest in English domestic history. Yorkshire thumped a 124-run victory with Azeem Rafiq taking five wickets for 19 runs.
On the other hand, in the South Group, Kent’s opening duo Denly and Bell-Drummond put on world-record 207-run stand for the opening wicket against Essex at Chelmsford, the third-highest for any wicket. This was the third time they have put on 150+ stand for Kent.
Previously, the record for opening stand was held by Peter Ingram and Jamie How, who put on 201 for Central Districts against Wellington in 2012.
Denly has smashed 127 runs from 66 deliveries hitting 11 four and seven sixes while Bell-Drummond made 49-ball unbeaten 80 runs with seven fours and two sixes as Kent posted 221/2 in 20 overs.
Essex fell short by 11 runs, scoring 210/5. Varun Chopra also scored a hundred as he hammered 116 off 59 including six fours and nine sixes.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com