by: TN Media News Pakistan:
In a dazzling display of power hitting, Azam Khan made history by smashing the fastest half-century in International League T20 (ILT20) on Saturday. His whirlwind innings of 50 runs off just 20 balls, including five fours and four sixes, propelled Desert Vipers to a convincing six-wicket triumph over Gulf Giants in the UAE.
Khan’s incredible innings was complemented by his captain, Colin Munro, who contributed 51 runs off 36 balls, featuring six fours and two sixes. The Vipers comfortably chased down the target with 19 balls to spare, elevating them to the third position in the ILT20 table. Meanwhile, the Gulf Giants, defending champions, slid to the bottom of the league.
Gulf Giants posted a competitive total of 160 for 7 in their 20 overs, with notable contributions from Chris Lynn (31), Jordan Cox (26), and an impressive unbeaten 40 from Shimron Hetmyer off just 23 balls.
Rohan Mustafa and Alex Hales initiated the Vipers’ chase, providing a solid start with 23 runs in 3.3 overs. Although Mustafa fell for 10, it was Azam Khan who stole the spotlight. Popular in the UAE, Khan made a statement by smashing the first ball he faced for a six and continued his onslaught.
Reflecting on his remarkable innings, Khan expressed his enjoyment and confidence in his ability to seal the victory at any moment. He emphasized the importance of a good strike rate and credited the ILT20 for providing a platform for Pakistani players to showcase their talent ahead of the Pakistan Super League.
Shimron Hetmyer, the top-scorer for Gulf Giants, acknowledged the defendable total but highlighted the challenge of not getting early wickets. Looking ahead, he remained optimistic about their qualification chances, focusing on upcoming matches and aiming to secure victories in the remaining four games.
Azam Khan’s explosive innings not only secured a crucial win for Desert Vipers but also etched his name in ILT20 history, showcasing the thrilling and competitive nature of the tournament.