Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani (236) break Aaron Finch-D’Arcy Short record for highest runs scored in a partnership for any wicket in T20I cricket. @Twitter

22 sixes, 19 fours, a 42-ball hundred and plenty of records under threat. Afghanistan batsmen put on an absolute show and scored in the second Twenty20 international against Ireland in Dehradun on Saturday. (ALSO READ: Hazratullah Zazai’s 162* helps Afghanistan to crushing 84-run win)

Asghar Afghan won the toss, elected to bat and then like many others enjoyed a spectacle unfold before his eyes at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium as Hazratullah Zazai (162 not out off 62 balls) and Usman Ghani tonked the ball and zoomed past many records and threatened to break a few more. (ALSO READ: Today was my day: Hazratullah Zazai after record 162*)

The opening duo Zazai and Ghani created a T20I record for the highest partnership for any wicket (236) as they went past Australia duo Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short’s previous record of 223. Afghanistan, meanwhile, also surpassed Australia (263) to become the team with most number of runs (276) in a T20I innings.

Afghanistan also set a record for most number of sixes (22) in a T20I innings, going past West Indies’ 21. Zazai also broke Finch’s record of most sixes in an innings as he hit 16 off Afghanistan’s 22 sixes tonight. (ALSO READ: Afghanistan’s new superstar: The record-breaking Hazratullah Zazai)

While Aaron Finch’s record for most runs (172) for a batsman in T20I innings remained safe, the left-hander went past Finch’s second-highest T20I score of 156, Glenn Maxwell’s 145 and Evin Lewis’ 125 not out to jump to the second spot in the list of batsmen with most runs in a T20I innings.

While Ghani missed out on a hundred, he, too his credit, hit 73 off 48 balls with the help of 7 fours and 3 sixes. Zazai, meanwhile, was in some other league, as he simply dominated the Ireland bowling attack, scoring at will.

Most runs in a T20I innings for a batsman:

Player Team Opposition Runs Fours Sixes Team score Year
Aaron Finch Australia Zimbabwe 172 off 76 balls 16 10   229/2 2018
Hazratullah Zazai Afghanistan Ireland 162* off 62 balls 11 16   278/3 2019
Aaron Finch Australia England 156 off 63 balls 11 14   248/6 2013
Glenn Maxwell Australia Sri Lanka 145* off 65 balls 14 9   263/3 2016
Evin Lewis West indies India 125* off 62 balls 6 12   194/1 2017

Most runs for a team in a T20I innings:

Team Opposition Team score Fours Sixes Year Venue
Afghanistan Ireland  278/3 19 22 2019 Dehradun, India
Australia Sri Lanka 263/3 25 14 2016 Kandy, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Kenya 260/6 30 11 2007 Johannesburg, South Africa
India Sri Lanka 260/5 21 21 2017 Indore, India
Australia England 248/6 19 18 2013 Southampton, England

Highest partnerships in a T20 innings:

Players Team Opposition Runs Year Venue
Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghan Afghanistan Ireland 236 2019 Dehradun, India
Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short Australia Zimbabwe 223 2018 Harare, Zimbabew
Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson New Zealand Pakistan 171 2016 Hamilton, New Zealand
Graeme Smith and Loots Bosman South Africa England 170 2009 Centurion, South Africa
Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka West Indies 166 2010 Bridgetown, West Indies

Most sixes for a team in a T20 innings:

Team Opposition Sixes Year Venue
Afghanistan Ireland 22 2019 Dehradun, India
West Indies India 21 2016 Lauderhill, United States of America
India Sri Lanka 21 2017 Indore, India
Netherland Ireland 19 2014 Sylhet, Bangladesh
Australia England 18 2013 Southampton, England

Most sixes for a batsman in a T20I innings:

Player Team Opposition Sixes Year Venue
Hazratullah Zazai (162*) Afghanistan Ireland 16 2019 Dehradun, India
Aaron Finch (156) Australia England 14 2013 Southampton, England
Richard Levi (117*) South Africa New Zealand 13 2012 Hamilton, New Zealand
Evin Lewis (125*) West Indies India 12 2017 Kingston, West Indies
Chris Gayle (100*) West Indies England 11 2016 Mumbai, India