APL T20: Hazratullah slams six sixes in an over, match witnesses record 37 maximums

first_imgAn Afghanistan Premier League match between Balkh Legends and Kabul Zwanan witnessed 37 sixes in total, the most in any T20 game ever on Sunday.Hosts Balkh Legends posted a mammoth 244 for 6 on the board batting first with Chris Gayle, top-scoring with 80 off 48 balls. He slammed 10 sixes and 2 boundaries in his knock.Kabul in reply, rode on a swashbuckling 62 off 17 balls from Hazratullah Zazai to come close to the target but they fell short by 21 runs in the end.During his knock, Zazai achieved one of the rare feats in the game when he smashed six sixes in the fourth over of the second innings.The 20-year-old produced a whirlwind 12-ball half-century which included 7 sixes and four boundaries.Left-arm spinner Abdullah Mazari was the bowler who bore the brunt of Hazratullah’s fury. Abdullah went on to concede 37 runs in the over, thanks to a wide.This match today is all about making new records. The flamboyant batsman Hazratullah Zazai has smacked 6 sixes in an over. Got his fifty in just 12 balls. #APLT20 @ACBofficials #BalkhVsKabul pic.twitter.com/KN1s5MJY5yAfghanistan Premier League T20 (@APLT20official) October 14, 2018Only Sir Garfield Sobers, Ravi Shastri, Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh have managed the feat in the history of the game.”It is a proud, unforgettable moment for me. It is a very enjoyable moment for me that my name is now linked to so many big names of the game, who are really legends of the game,” Zazai said.Hazratullah is the second man after Yuvraj to do it in a Twenty20 match. Yuvraj had hit six sixes off a Stuart Broad over to move to a 12-ball half-century at Durban during the inaugural World T20 in South Africa in 2007.advertisementHazratullah, Yuvraj and West Indies’ superstar Gayle too has managed a half-century in only 12 balls.”It was a surreal moment for me to perform in front of my idol (Gayle),” said Zazai, who has played two one-day internationals and three T20 matches for Afghanistan.”I was just trying to play my natural game and did not in any way think of outshining anyone.”However, Hazratullah’s feat came in a losing cause as Kabul Zwanan lost to Balkh Legends by 21 runs, chasing a stiff 245-run target.Gayle had hammered 80 off 48 balls for Balkh Legends and his innings included as many as 10 sixes. His team scored 244 for six in 20 overs while Zwanan managed 223 for seven.Balkh Legends vs Kabul ZwananBL – 164/3 (15 Overs) | Mohammad Nabi – 1*(1), Darwish Rasooli – 22*(16)#APLT20 pic.twitter.com/WKzSnZOiVGAfghanistan Premier League T20 (@APLT20official) October 14, 2018The 37 sixes that were hit in total by batsmen from both sides is also a T20 record.The previous record of 34 sixes was established in a T20 match between Central Districts vs Otago in the Super Smash league in 2016 which was then equalled in a Caribbean Premier League T20 between Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Stars this year.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more