Afghanistan is no longer a minnow. The team which has been emerging as a strong contender in the T20s has scripted history by registering the highest-ever total in T20s.
Afghanistan scored 278 against Ireland for the loss of three wickets from 20 overs, to register the highest-ever total in T20s at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. They toppled Australia’s record score of 263/3 which they achieved back in 2016 against Sri Lanka.
Hazratullah Zazai scored 162 runs from just 62 balls. Zazai became the first player from Afghanistan to score 150 or more runs, and his 236-run opening stand with Usman Ghani became the highest partnership in T20Is. The pair beat 223-run stand between Australia’s Aaron Finch and Darcy Short.
Here’s a list of records that were broken during the match:
- 278/3 is the highest team score in T20I cricket. The previous record was Australia’s 263/6 against Sri Lanka in 2016.
- Partnership of 236 runs between Afghan opening pair Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani is the highest for any wicket in all T20I cricket.
- Zazai’s innings of 162 (not out) is the second-highest T20I score, after Aaron Finch’s 172 for Australia against Zimbabwe in 2018.
- Zazai smashed 16 sixes. It is the most in a T20I innings.
- Zazai completed his century in 42 balls. That makes his century the third-fastest in men’s T20Is.
- The opening partnership of 126 runs between Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien was Ireland’s highest for any wicket in T20Is.
- Stirling’s 91 is the highest by an Ireland batsman in T20I cricket.
- A total of 472 runs were scored in the match. It is the third-highest aggregate runs scored in the history of T20Is.