There is absolutely no stopping Haider Ali at the moment. With every passing innings, the youngster is growing from strength. On Wednesday, he further enhanced his reputation with a sensational performance for Northern against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the ongoing Pakistan National T20 Cup.
He smashed 90 runs off just 48 balls with the help of seven fours and five sixes against a bowling lineup consisting the likes of Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz. His stunning knock helped Northern pile up a mammoth total of 242 for 3.
Another highlight of the innings was his 180-run partnership for the second wicket between Haider Ali and Zeeshan Malik. The stand is now the highest second-wicket partnership in the tournament’s history. Malik slammed 77 runs off 46 deliveries. The previous record was held by Yasir Hameed and Younis Khan who had 169* in 2014.
Here is a highlight clip of Haider Ali’s innings:
Haider Ali in the opening game of Pakistan's #NationalT20Cup today:
? 90 runs
? 48 balls
? Seven fours
? Five sixes
His innings helped Northern (Pakistan) pile up 242/3 against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ?pic.twitter.com/3aX11GvWlx
— ICC (@ICC) September 30, 2020
Northern went on to win the game by 79 runs. Chasing the improbable target, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa managed only 163 for 9.
Haider Ali’s impressive year:
Earlier this month, Haider Ali had made his T20I debut and scored an impressive fifty against England. He had scored 54 off just 33 balls with the help of 5 fours and two sixes, helping Pakistan win the game and draw the series.
Haider Ali, who played in this year’s U19 World Cup, earned his maiden call-up from the senior team after impressing in PSL 2020 with his big-hitting ability. The right-handed batsman became the youngest player to score a fifty in the PSL. In 9 games that he played for Peshawar Zalmi, Haider scored 239 runs at an average of almost 30, but it was his strike-rate of 158.27 that caught everyone’s attention.