36-year-old player made a splash in T20, scored 137 runs in 49 balls, hit 15 sixes in the innings
New Delhi: There was a time, when T20 cricket was called only a game of youth, but now the times have changed. At present, players of all ages are making a splash in cricket. The most recent example of this was presented by Hungarian opener Zeeshan Kukikhel. Against Austria, 36-year-old Zeeshan scored 137 runs off just 49 balls.
Scored a century after chasing the target
Zeeshan Kukikhel played this memorable innings while chasing the target. Actually, Hungary had a target of 197 runs, which the team achieved by losing 6 wickets in the last ball of the 19th over. Zeeshan looked aggressive from the start and wreaked havoc on the Austrian bowlers. He scored 137 runs in 49 balls at a staggering strike rate of 279.59. In this century innings, 7 fours and 15 long sixes were seen with his bat. This was the first century of the cookie game in International T20 cricket. He has also scored 3 half-centuries for Hungary in this format. In 7 T20I matches, Zeeshan has a total of 425 runs in his name at an impressive average of 60.71.
Austria had made a big score
The match started with Austria winning the toss and electing to bat. Austria made a mammoth score of 196 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 6 wickets. Captain Razmal Shigiwal played an unbeaten innings of 95 runs in 47 balls. In his innings, Razmal hit five fours and seven sixes. Apart from him, wicketkeeper Mehr Cheema contributed 33 runs in 28 balls. Opener Iqbal Hussain also scored 24 runs. Sandeep Mohandas took 3 for Hungary, while Ali Yalmaz got 2 wickets in his account. Zeeshan also took 1 wicket for 23 runs.
3 match T20 series drawn
The 3-match T20I series played between Hungary and Austria ended in a 1-1 draw. Host Austria won the first match of the series by a huge margin of 105 runs. Austria had scored 201/5 in the match, in response to which Hungary were all-out for only 96. The second match was not played due to rain and Hungary won the third.
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Story first published: Monday, June 6, 2022, 8:25 [IST]