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This was Afghanistan’s 8th consecutive win in T20Is — the joint-most by any team. England and Ireland are the other teams to do this © Getty Images

The final of the inaugural Desert T20 2017 Challenge was played between Afghanistan and Ireland at Dubai. The Afghans, led by Mohammad Nabi, bowled out Ireland for a mere 71. Nabi claimed 4 for 10, while Amir Hamza, Fareed Ahmad and Karim Janat got 2 each. Afghanistan chased down the target easily with the help of Mohammad Shahzad’s blistering batting. Shahzad scored a belligerent 52 off 40 balls, while skipper Nawroz Mangal remained unbeaten at 17 and won the contest by 10 wickets. Mangal had earlier announced his retirement from international cricket but played this game as his farewell and led the side too.

Nabi won both Man of the Match (MoM) and Series awards for his excellent all round performances throughout the tournament. This victory was a historic moment in Afghanistan’s cricket history. We present some interesting numbers from the match.

— This was Afghanistan’s 36th T20I win, 21st in UAE — the most by any team, 6th at Dubai and 4th against Ireland — once again, the most by any team.

— Ireland’s defeat was their 26th, 5th in UAE, 3rd at Dubai and 4th against Afghanistan.

— This was also Afghanistan’s 8th consecutive win in T20Is — the joint-most by any team. England and Ireland are the other teams to do this.

— Afghanistan’s 10-wicket win was their biggest win in terms of wickets.

— Afghanistan also completed their chase with 73 balls remaining — the most by them in a T20I.

— Afghanistan’s win/loss ratio of 1.894 is the best among all teams with 50 matches. The only closest team to them is India with 1.586 from 78 games. On the other hand, Ireland’s ratio of 1 is the 3rd-worst, followed by Bangladesh (0.465) and Zimbabwe (0.325).

— A total of 127 balls bowled in the entire match, the 2nd-least number of balls bowled in a T20I where no overs were reduced. The record still remains 93 balls in the match between Sri Lanka and Netherlands in World T20 2014.

— Afghanistan chased down the total in only 7.5 overs (47 balls), the 4th-fewest in history and 2nd least by an Associate Nation. Of course, this excludes rain-reduced matches.

— Shahzad became the 1st cricketer to score fifties in two different international games on the same day. Also, during his course of 52-run knock, his tally of T20I runs reached to 1,656. He went past Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez and JP Duminy. He is behind only Brendon McCullum (2,140), Tillakaratne Dilshan (1,889), Martin Guptill (1,806), Umar Akmal (1,690), David Warner (1,686) and Virat Kohli (1,657). His strike-rate of 136.63 is the best among all batsmen with 1600 T20I runs.

— Shahzad scored 52 out of Afghanistan’s total of 75, which amounts to 69.33%. This is the 3rd-highest percentage of runs by a batsman in a completed innings and 2nd-highest by a player from an Associate Nation. The only others to have bettered this are Kane Williamson (42 out of 60, 70%) and Babar Hayat (122 out of 175/7, 69.71%).

— This was Shahzad’s 12th T20I fifty score, the joint 5th-most by any batsman after Kohli (16), Chris Gayle (15), McCullum (15) and Dilshan (14).

— Shahzad also had 2 dismissals while wicketkeeping. This was the 3rd instance when Shahzad scored fifty and had 2 dismissals in a T20I. He became the 3rd wicketkeeper batsman to do so for three times after Kamran Akmal (4 times) and McCullum (thrice).

— Shahzad scored 176 runs in this series, the 2nd-most by him in a tournament after his 222 runs in World T20 2016.

— Nabi’s bowling figures of 4 for 10 are his best and 2nd-best by any Afghan bowler after Samiullah Shenwari’s 5 for 13 against Kenya in 2013-14. This is also the 2nd-best bowling figures by anyone against Ireland after Elias Sunny’s 5 for 13 in 2012.

— Nabi also became the 3rd Afghan cricketer to receive the Man of the Series award in T20Is after Shahzad and Shenwari. This was also Nabi’s 6th MoM award — the 2nd-most by an Afghan player after Shahzad (10).

— Nabi now has 56 T20I wickets, which put him at the 11th spot in history. The top 10 spots are held by Shahid Afridi (97), Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul (85 each), Lasith Malinga (78), Shakib Al Hasan (67), Ajantha Mendis (66), Stuart Broad (65), Dale Steyn, Nathan McCullum and Nuwan Kulasekara (58 each).

— Ireland were bowled out for mere 71, their 2nd-lowest. Their lowest total of 68 came against West Indies in the 2010 World T20.

— This was also the 2nd-lowest total by any team against Afghanistan after Kenya’s 56 in 2013-14. Overall, this is the joint-10 lowest total in a T20I.

— Ireland’s 71 is the lowest in a tournament final. The previous record was 101 by Sri Lanka in the 2012 World T20.

— 9 Irish batsmen were dismissed for single-digit scores. This is the joint 3rd-most (10 batsmen have been dismissed for less than 10 twice).

— Ireland were bowled out in only 13.2 overs (80 balls). This is the joint-3rd fewest in history, 2nd-fewest by an associate team and fewest against Afghanistan.

— This was Shenwari’s 50th T20I. He became the 3rd Afghan player to reach this landmark after Shahzad (55) and Nabi (52).