APL: Hazratullah smashes six sixes in an over

Aubrey Yates
October 18, 2018

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.

Zazai joined the august company of Sir Garfield Sobers, Ravi Shastri, Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh to hit six sixes in an over in any form of cricket.

Representing Kabul Zwanan, the left-handed batsman came out all guns blazing against Balkh Legends left-arm orthodox bowler Abdullah Mazari. When Kabul Zwanan begun the reply innings, opener Hazratullah Zazai clubbed six sixes in an over, thundering the ground. Incidentally, Zazai's 50 is also the joint fastest in T20 cricket alongside Yuvraj who achieved the feat in the same match as he hit the six sixes. He raised his bat for a half century after reaching the mark on 12 balls.

The 20-year-old Zazai, who recently made his one-day worldwide debut against Ireland, told the ICC that it was a "proud moment".

Chris Gayle of Balkh Legends was adjudged man of the match. "I am thankful to Almighty Allah for helping me score the 12-ball fifty", Hazratullah said after the game.

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However, Zazai´s 62 off 17 balls was not enough to claim victory for his side as the Legends won by 21 runs after posting 244-6 built on Gayle´s 80 off 48 balls.

The previous record of 34 sixes was established in a T20 match between Central Districts vs Otago in the Super Smash league in 2016 which was then equalled in a Caribbean Premier League T20 between Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Stars this year.

"It was a surreal moment for me to perform in front of my idol (Gayle)", said Zazai, who has played two one-day internationals and three T20 matches for Afghanistan.

Despite Zazai's fireworks, the Kabul Zwanan could only manage 223 for seven in the chase.

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