Afghanistan took to the field against Ireland in Dehradun for the second One Day International (ODI) which concluded in the former’s favour. What caught the eyes of the audiences in the fixture was Hazaratullah Zazai’s stunning batting display. Hazratullah’s knock was something special as he slammed an unbeaten 162 to enter the record books.
Hitting 11 fours and 16 sixes in his innings, Hazratullah led his Afghanistan side for a record 278 for 3. His score is now the second-highest individual innings in the twenty-over format of the game.
In the match, Hazratullah Zazai (162 not out off 62) and Usman Ghani (73 off 48) set a new record for the opening-wicket partnership with a 236-run stand as Afghanistan surpassed Australia’s 263 for 3 posted against Sri Lanka at Pallekele in 2016.
In response, Ireland ended with 194 for 6 with skipper Paul Stirling (91 off 50) being with the top-scorer. Star spinner Rashid Khan ended with four wickets, conceding 25 runs in four overs.
Hazratullah’s unbeaten 162 was the highest score by an Asian batsman in T20 Internationals. It was also the second highest T20I score and the third-fastest men’s century.
After Afghanistan elected to bat, Hazratullah blasted as many as 16 sixes and 11 fours in his unconquered innings, while other opener Ghani scored seven fours and three sixes.
Afghanistan had won the first T20 by five wickets to go 1-0 up in the three-match series. The final game will be played on Sunday.
Both teams will also play five ODIs and one Test after the T20 series.
(With PTI Inputs)