Mohammad Shahzad sets T10 league on fire with 16-ball 74

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Mohammad Shahzad’s fifty came up in just 12 deliveries. (Source: AP)

Afghanistan batsman Mohammad Shahzad set the 10 league on fire in the tournament opener after smashing an unbeaten 74 off just 16 balls. His belligerent innings secured a 10 wicket win for the Rajputs over the Sindhis in Dubai on Wednesday. Batting first the Sindhis scored 94/6 in 10 overs. Chasing a target of 95, Brendon McCullum (21 off 8) and Mohammad Shahzad went all guns blazing from the word go and reached the target in just 24 balls (16 minutes).

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1 4 6 4 4 6 1 6 6 4 6 4 4 6 6 6 – was the sequence of Shahzad’s knock. Shahzad’s 74 which featured  2 singles, 6 fours, 8 sixes is also the highest score in T10 league so far. His fifty came up in just 12 deliveries. Throughout his innings Shahzad did not face a single dot ball. In fact there was only one dot in Rajput’s innings as they romped home with 36 balls to spare.

Earlier, Rajputs won the toss and elected to field. Karachi failed to get off to a good start but Shane Watson’s quickfire 42 helped them reach 94/6 in 10 overs. But the game was over in a matter of minutes as Shahzad went on a rampage and Sindhis finished their innings with a run rate of 24.

Earlier, in a chat with PTI 30-year-old Shahzad had spoken about his stocky built and fitness regime and said, “Dekhiye hum fitness bhi poori karte hain aur khaate bhi poora hain (I work a lot on my fitness but I don’t compromise on food). You want me to have a fitness routine like Kohli, it is not possible, but I am working on it (losing weight).”

“Jitna lamba chakka woh (Kohli) maarte hain, main unse zyadaa maar saktaa hoon, zaroorat kya hain unki tarah itna diet karne ki (I can hit bigger sixes than Kohli so why do I need to follow his diet?),” he added. Truly he has lived up to his word. An IPL call may well be round the corner?