Seven balls, seven sixes: Nabi, Zadran rip Zimbabwe apart


Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran spurred life into the Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe T20I at Dhaka on Saturday by hitting 7 consecutive sixes off 7 balls. The six-hitting spree took place between 17th and 18th over of Afghnistan innings when both Nabi and Zadran went berserk. It was the second match of the tri-series being played between Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan, which the latter ended up winning by 28 runs, report agencies.

Afghanistan batted first and were ambling at 123/4 after 16 overs. Tendai Chatara bowled the 17th over with Nabi and Zardan in the middle and the pair took singles off the first two balls. Nabi, started the carnage with a six over deep mid-wicket off the third ball of the over.

The second six came off a fuller delivery that Nabi smashed over the bowler’s head while the third, which was a low full toss on the stumps, disappeared over deep mid-wicket again. The last six of the over was over deep extra cover, thus making it 26 runs for the over.

But that was not the end of it as Zadran decided to pick up where Nabi left off. Neville Madziva bowled the 18th over and his first ball disappeared over deep mid-wicket. The second ball was a short outside off which Zadran pulled higher over the same area. The final six of the streak was hit over fine-leg off the next delivery.

The pair batted till the end of the innings with Zadran remaining not out on 69 off 30 balls. Nabi was dismissed off the last ball for 38 off 18 balls. The duo added 107 runs for the fifth wicket.