Hazratullah Zazai’s sensational 62-ball 162 helped Afghanistan post the highest T20I total – 278 for 3 – before they sealed an 84-run win over Ireland to clinch the three-match series 2-0 in Dehradun on Saturday.
Highest totals in 20-over cricket
162* The unbeaten knock of 162 by Hazratullah Zazai is the second-highest individual score in a T20I after Aaron Finch’s 172 against Zimbabwe in Harare last July and the joint third highest in all T20 matches.
Highest individual score in T20s
236 The opening stand of 236 between Zazai and Usman Ghani is the highest partnership for any wicket in the history of T20 cricket. The pair went past the previous record of 229 for the second wicket between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Gujarat Lions in Bengaluru in 2016.
Highest partnership in T20s
|H Zazai/ U Ghani||236||1st||Afghanistan||Ireland||Dehradun||23-Feb-19|
|V Kohli/ AB de Villiers||229||2nd||RCB||GL||Bengaluru||14-May-16|
|A Finch/ D Short||223||1st||Australia||Zimbabwe||Harare||3-Jul-18|
|V Kohli/ AB de Villiers||215*||2nd||RCB||MI||Mumbai||10-May-15|
|S Iyer/ S Yadav||213||3rd||Mumbai||Sikkim||Indore||21-Feb-19|
42 Balls taken by Zazai to reach his maiden T20I century – the third fastest in terms of balls faced after 35-ball tons by David Miller against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom and by Rohit Sharma against Sri Lanka in Indore, both coming in the year 2017.
16 Sixes hit by Zazai in his 62-ball knock – the most ever in a T20I surpassing 14 maximums by Aaron Finch against England in Southampton in 2013. In the inaugural edition of Afghanistan Premier League in Sharjah last year, he hit six consecutive sixes in an over.
22 sixes smashed by Afghanistan in their innings is the most ever in a T20I, bettering 21 each by Windies against India in Lauderhill in 2016 and by India against Sri Lanka in Indore in 2017. There is only one instance of more hits over the fence in all T20s – 23 by Balkh Legends against Kabul Zwanan in Sharjah last October.
3 This was the third instance of both teams putting up a 100-plus opening stand in a T20I. Alongside Zazai and Ghani who scored 236 for Afghanistan, Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien added 126 for the first wicket for Ireland. The previous instances were: New Zealand against Australia in Auckland last February and Ireland against Scotland in Al Amerat last week.
9 Consecutive wins for Afghanistan in T20I – the joint second best in the format. The record is held by Afghanistan itself who won 11 in a row between March 2016 and 2017. They are currently sitting level in the second spot alongside Pakistan who also had nine successive wins between July and November last year.
24 Wickets taken by Rashid Khan against Ireland in T20Is – the most for any bowler against an opponent in T20I. He surpassed Shahid Afridi’s 21 wickets during his spell of 4/25. Rashid’s 24 wickets against Ireland have come in just nine matches at an average of 7.58.
Brief scores: Afghanistan 278/3 in 20 overs (Hazratullah Zazai 162*) beat Ireland194/6 in 20 overs (Paul Stirling 91; Rashid Khan 4-25) by 84 runs.