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Hazratullah Zazai starred in the victory with a swashbuckling 33-ball 74

Hazratullah Zazai becomes third to hit six sixes in an over in T20s

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Afghanistan's Hazratullah Zazai became only the third batsman to hit six sixes in an over in a Twenty20 match, for Kabul Zwanan against Balkh Legends in the Afghanistan Premier League 2018.

Zazai opened the Kabul batting with his team chasing a mammoth 245 for victory, courtesy Chris Gayle's 48-ball 80. He laid into Abdullah Mazari in the fourth over of the innings, hitting all the balls in the over for sixes, as 37 runs came of the over that also had one wide ball.

As a result of Zazai's belligerence, Kabul raced to 70 for no loss in just four overs and looked good to push Balkh to the wire. In the process, Zazai also brought up his half-century off just 12 balls, equalling the record for the fastest T20 half-century jointly held by Yuvraj Singh and Gayle.

While Singh had hit a 12-ball 50 against England in the ICC World T20 2007 when he had smashed Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over, Gayle had achieved this feat batting for Melbourne Renegades against Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League 2016.

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Yuvraj Singh's six sixes. India V England World T20 2007
Watch Yuvraj Singh's famous six sixes against England in the 2007 World T20

Zazai's efforts could not, however, take his team to victory, as Kabul were restricted to 223/7 in their 20 overs with Zazai making 62 off just 17 balls with four fours and seven sixes. He was caught by Gulbadin Naib off the bowling of Ben Laughlin, who ended with three wickets.

The elite six-sixes club

Batsman Format Bowler Match details
Garry Sobers First-class Malcolm Nash Nottinghamshire v Glamorgan, 1968
Ravi Shastri First-class Tilak Raj Mumbai v Baroda, 1985
Herschelle Gibbs ODI Dan van Bunge South Africa v the Netherlands, 2007
Yuvraj Singh T20I Stuart Broad India v England, 2007
Ross Whiteley T20  Karl Carver Worcestershire v Yorkshire, 2017
Hazratullah Zazai T20 Abdullah Mazari Kabul Zwanan v Balkh Legends, 2018


The 20-year-old Zazai, who recently made his one-day international debut against Ireland, called it a "proud moment". "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," he said after the match.

"It was a surreal moment for me to perform in front of my idol (Gayle). I was just trying to play my natural game and did not in any way think of outshining anyone."

Fastest half-centuries in T20 cricket

Batsman Balls taken Opposition
Yuvraj Singh (India) 12 England, 2007
Hazratullah Zazai (Kabul Zwanan) 12 Balkh Legends, 2018
Chris Gayle (Melbourne Renegades) 12 Adelaide Strikers, 2016
Marcus Trescothick (Somerset) 13 Hampshire, 2010
Imran Nazir (Sialkot) 14 Lahore Eagles, 2005
Gerard Brophy (Yorkshire) 14 Derbyshire, 2006

 

Worcestershire batsman Ross Whiteley had also achieved the feat in T20s when he slammed Yorkshire spinner Kark Carver for six sixes in a domestic match in 2017. In other competitive cricket, Sir Garfield Sobers, Ravi Shastri and Herschelle Gibbs are the three men to have sent all deliveries of an over across the boundary line.

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