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Zazai, Afghanistan shatter world records


Afghanistan have slammed Ireland to all parks in the second T20I as they break records at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehra Dun.

Hazratullah Zazai’s 162* (the second-highest T20I score) helped Afghanistan post record-breaking 278/3.

A complete domination of Afghanistan has been shown as T20I batting records take a massive hit on Saturday.

Electing to bat first, the Afghans posted a mammoth 278/3 on board which is not only the highest T20 International score but also attainted top spot in all T20s. Australia’s 263/3 over Sri Lanka was the previous top-score in T20Is.

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Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani put on 236-run stand for the opening wicket, setting up the highest partnership in T20Is. Usman made 48-ball 73 runs including 7 fours and 3 sixes.

Zazai, in his fifth T20I, became the second Afghanistan player to score a ton in this format after Mohammad Shahzad. The left-handed opener brought up his maiden hundred in 42 balls which is the third-fastest.

He batted till the end scoring 162* runs from 62 deliveries hitting 11 fours and 16 sixes. He fell short of Aaron Finch’s record T20I score 172* (vs Zimbabwe in 2018) but set up record for most sixes in an innings breaking Finch’s 14 (during 156 vs England in 2013.

In all T20s, Zazai’s 162* levels up with Hamilton Masakadza as the joint third-highest individual score. Finch’s 172* and Chris Gayle’s 175* are ahead of them. This was Zazai’s second century in T20 cricket after he hit one in Afghanistan Premier League 2018.

Earlier in the series, Afghanistan sneaked through Ireland by five wickets in the last over in the first T20I. Afghanistan are leading the three-match series by 1-0.

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