The 20-year-old Zazai smashed the second-fastest century in the format, plundering a record 16 sixes during his innings. @ Twitter/ACB

It was a record-breaking night for Hazratullah Zazai and Afghanistan. A sensational 62-ball 162 helped Afghanistan post the highest ever Twenty20 International total before Rashid Khan’s four wickets restricted Ireland to 194/6 in the second T20I as Afghanistan took an unassailable 2-0 lead at Dehradun on Saturday. (ALSO READ: Hazratullah Zazai’s 162* helps Afghanistan to crushing 84-run win)

The 20-year-old Zazai smashed the second-fastest century in the format, plundering a record 16 sixes during his innings to surpass Aaron Finch’s record of 14, apart from registering the second-highest score by a batsman, another record held by Finch (172).

“Tried to play the natural game and thankfully today was my day. The wicket was good for batting and the bowlers couldn’t really get as much help. As I said before, today was my day and I’m happy for that,” Zazai, who won the Man of the Match for his whirlwind knock, said at the post-match presentation ceremony. (ALSO READ: Afghanistan’s new superstar: The record-breaking Hazratullah Zazai)

Captain Asghar Afghan’s decision to bat first on a batting paradise that saw the scoreboard bleeding with boundaries and sixes, worked magnificently as Zazai forged 236 runs for the opening wicket with Usman Ghani (73) in 17.3 overs which also set the record for the highest partnership for any wicket in T20 history.

“Good for us that we won the series. We will see if we need to give chances to others in the next game. The performance in the top order in the previous game wasn’t great and today was a good day for us. Our top-order did the job and that’s what we expect as a team,” Afghan said.

Chasing a mammoth 279, Ireland did not go down without a fight with captain Paul Stirling and Kevin O Brien conjuring 109 runs in the first 10 overs. However, after their departure, Rashid accounted for the next four wickets as Ireland collapsed under scoreboard pressure. (ALSO READ: Hazratullah Zazai cuts loose, Afghanistan demolish Ireland bowlers, T20I record books)

“Obviously, it’s a tough task and when Rashid’s bowling in the final few overs it is always difficult. Hopefully we will come back strong tomorrow. 220 would have been chaseable I guess,” Stirling said.