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Shahzad breaks record with aggressive batting in T10 League

Shahzad breaks record with aggressive batting in T10 League

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Nov 22, 2018 - 11:50

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad has slammed an unbeaten 74 off 16 balls to give Rajputs a 10-wicket win over Sindhis in the T10 League in Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

The second season of the T10 League got off to a sensational start in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday as Mohammad Shahzad made T10 cricket history with a super destructive innings of 74 off just 16 deliveries.

Shahzad hit eight sixes and six boundaries, setting the record for fastest fifty in the 10-over format, taking his side Rajputs to a 10-wecket victory against the Sindhis with six overs to spare in Sharjah.

The 16-ball-74 by Shahzad was the highest score in T10s ever and the Afghan wicket-keeper was able to bring up his fifty in just 12 balls—another first in T10 cricket.

Batting first, Shane Watson’s Sindhis posted a challenging 94/4 in 10 overs with the help of 20-ball 42 from the skipper.

While the Sindhis could easily have piled up a lot more runs on board, none of their batsmen except Watson managed to reach double-figure marks.

Chasing 95 to win, Afghanistan wicket-keeper opened the innings with captain Brendon McCullum and single-handedly decimated Sindhis’s bowling attack.

Mohammad Nawaz, Jofra Archer, Thisara Perera and Fawad Ahmed all bowled one over each and went for more than 20 runs.

McCullum, who stitched together an opening stand of 96 runs with Shahzad, scored 21 off just 8 deliveries, was a silent spectator to Shahzad’s brilliance on the other end.

While everyone was expecting it to be a tight chase, Shahzad made it a one-sided affair with an incredible inning, that will go down as one of the best-ever knocks by the Afghan opener.

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