Playing for Kabul Zwanan in the Afghanistan Premier League, 20-year-old Hazratullah Zazai produced a whirlwind 12-ball half-century against the Balkh Legends.
Hazratullah is the second man after Yuvraj to do it in a Twenty20 match. (Afghanistan Premier League Twitter)
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Afghanistan batsman Hazratullah Zazai smashed six sixes in an over during an Aghanistan Premier League (APL) T20 match on Sunday. Playing for Kabul Zwanan, the 20-year-old smashed a 12-ball 50 against the Balkh Legends. It is the first time any player has managed this feat in the APL and also the first in T20s since Yuvraj Singh in 2007. Incidentally, Zazai’s 50 is also the joint fastest in T20 cricket with Yuvraj who achieved the feat in the same match.
Abdullah Mazari was the bowler who bore the brunt of Hazratullah’s fury. Unlike Stuart Broad in 2007 though, Mazari ended up conceding 37 runs in the over owing to a wide ball. Zazai now joins the Sir Garfield Sobers, Ravi Shastri, Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh in being the only batsmen to have hit six sixes in an over in the history of the professional game.
Yuvraj had hit six sixes off a Stuart Broad over to move to a 12-ball half-century. Hazratullah, Yuvraj and West Indies’ superstar Chris Gayle too has managed a half-century in only 12 balls.
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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.
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