Zimbabwe Players Couldn't Help But Laugh When Afghan Cricketers Hit 7 Sixes In 7 Balls Vs Them
Everytime the world seems to be forgetting the Afghanistan cricket team, they do something so extraordinary that remind us why they are one of the most entertaining and exciting international sides to play international cricket.
Currently in the middle of a T20I tri-nation series against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, Rashid Khan's men were in the middle of the second match of the season against Hamilton Masakadza's side.
Having lost the toss, the Afghans were asked to bat first. Finding themselves to be in a little bit of trouble, the score read 90/4 as the former skipper of the squad Asghar Afghan walked back to the dressing room for the fourth wicket.
So batsmen on strike, Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran decided to do something about it and smashed seven huge sixes in seven balls to completely change the face of the match, and to give the rest of the world a glimpse of exactly how dangerous the Afghanistan team can be, given the form.
7 sixes in a row 😯😯💪💪— Ali ahmed shah (@Aliahme32052752) September 14, 2019
AFG vs ZEM #ACBpic.twitter.com/MeTtuscHXI
Forming a partnership of a massive 107-runs off just 40 deliveries, the two batsmen also became the duo to score the second-highest fifth-wicket stand in the 20-over format of the game.
An amazing partnership of 107 between @iamnajibzadran and @MohammadNabi007 off just 40 deliveries ensured Afghanistan set a big target of 198 runs for @ZimCricketv in their first match of the T20I Triseries.#AFGvZIM#Triseries@Farhan_YusEfzaipic.twitter.com/HYwevoIYLC— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) September 14, 2019
The beatdown began in the 17th over when big-time hitter, and Afghanistan's ICC World Cup 2019 hero, Nabi, sent his first six flying off on the third ball of Tendai Chatara's over. The 34-year-old then went on to send three more deliveries flying over the lines consecutively, only to give strike to Zadran after the over ended.
It felt as if, Zadran was really eager to join the party as he went on to smash three more maximums in the first three deliveries of off Neville Madziva's 18th over.
With now an extremely challenging score to defend with their bowling attack, the skipper Rashid Khan took over and alongside his teammates held the opposition to 169 at the end of the 20th over, to win the match by 28 runs.
Afghanistan started off their campaign at the tri-nation T20I series today beating @ZimCricketv by 28 runs at Sher-e Bangla Stadium, Dhaka.— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) September 14, 2019
While the seven back-to-back sixes were obviously the highlight of the day, what is impressive is that this is also Afghanistan's eighth consecutive win against Zimbabwe in the shortest format of the game.
Sure, Afghanistan isn't the most popular team in the world right now and lacks the kind of players that can take their side to the top of the table, but they have a lot of heart and courage and the will to become a great cricketing nation. The typical underdogs in the international scenario right now, people truly love them.