APL 2018: Hazratullah Zazai clobbers six sixes in an over
Hazratullah Zazai poses for a picture.

20-year-old Afghanistan batsman Hazratullah Zazai lit up the APL (Afghanistan Premier League) in style. Playing for Kabul Zwanan, the explosive batter hammered six sixes in an over. It was Abdullah Mazari at the receiving as he conceded 37 runs in an over. Zazai couldn’t connect his first hit perfectly yet the ball sailed over the ropes. He then played the sweep shot to good effect, over the mid-wicket region.

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Kabul Zwanan, Nangarhar Leopards
Kabul Zwanan won the sixth match convincingly of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) beating Nangarhar Leopards by seven wickets at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah

Abdullah was clearly anxious and sent down a quick one through the leg-side. It was a wide and didn’t help matters much. The wide one didn’t had much effect on the batter as he went on to slam one more for a maximum. The next one wasn’t completely a bad one but with little margin for error, Abdullah was taken for yet another biggie.

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The batter then went down on one knee and hit one more to make it five out of five. The crowd couldn’t have asked for more. But the fun wasn’t over yet. He reached out to a wide one and made it six sixes off an over. A feat that will talked about for many years to come.

Hazratullah's 50 off just 12 balls against Kabul Zwanan

6,6, wd, 6,6,6,6✅ First Afghan player to hit 6 sixes in an over✅ Joint fastest Half-century in T20 Cricket Hazratullah was totally on fire today at Sharjah!#APLT20 #GAPLT20 #WeyarDaAfghanano #BLvKZ

Posted by Afghanistan Cricket Board on Sunday, October 14, 2018

Hazratullah Zazai’s efforts goes in vain

Kabul though couldn’t get over the finishing line as they fell short by 21 runs. But Zazai’s six sixes which was a part of his 17-ball 62 will go down as an all-time entertaining knock. Apart from him, his fellow opening partner Luke Ronchi made 47 off 38 balls. Ben Lauglin’s 3/37 saved the day for the Balkhs. Earlier in the day, Chris Gayle made 80 and helped his side get to 244/6 in 20 overs. It was a high scoring game as both the sides tried to get over the line by hitting as many as possible.

The APL is gathering a lot of attention and it urges well for cricket in general. Gayle was adjudged the player of the match as the fans got to witness something special on a Sunday night.

Sayantan Bhattacharjee

A student of the game. Averaged 35-plus in gully cricket.