Afghanistan seal series against Ireland after posting highest score in T20Is

Hazratullah Zazai's innings helped Afghanistan produce an overall T20 record stand of 236

Hazratullah Zazai's innings helped Afghanistan produce an overall T20 record stand of 236

It eclipsed the previous highest T20I score of 3-263 by Australia against Sri Lanka at Pallekele in 2016. 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.

Zazai, in his fifth T20I, became the second Afghanistan player to score a ton in this format after Mohammad Shahzad.

The hard-hitting 34-year old scored 81 of 36 balls, hitting 6 fours and 7 sixes during his stay at the crease to up the scoring rate considerably.

A complete domination of Afghanistan has been shown as T20I batting records take a massive hit on Saturday. The final match will be played on February 24.

Australia will have to be wary of Khan and the explosive Afghanistan team, with the two sides set to clash in Australia's opening match at this year's World Cup. Their score on Saturday outstripped the 268 runs both teams combined to make in Thursday's series-opener.

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In a record-breaking day for Afghanistan, openers Zazai and Usman Ghani (73) shared a record 236-run partnership - for any T20 wicket - off 105 balls.

- Zazai smashed 16 sixes. It is the most in a T20I innings.

Their innings featured 22 maximums in all - yet another record - while Zazai posted the third-fastest hundred in T20Is after reaching three figures in 42 balls.

Kevin O'Brien and Andy Balbirnie, who made 47, then put on a threatening 96-run second wicket stand to raise hopes of a successful chase but Khan hit back with his leg spin.

- Stirling's 91 is the highest by an Ireland batsman in T20I cricket. Zazai and Ghani scored 64 runs in the powerplay.

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