Afghanistan openers Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani registered the highest partnership ever recorded in T20Is on Saturday during the second clash of the three-match series against Ireland.
Zazai and Ghani stitched a partnership of 236 runs, shattering the previous record partnership of 223 runs set by Australians Aaron Finch and Darcy Short.
278/3 - Highest T20I total
236 - Highest T20I partnership
16 - Most sixes in an individual T20I innings
162* - Second-highest T20I score
42 balls - Third-fastest men's T20I ton
— ICC (@ICC) February 23, 2019
The former smashed 162 runs off 62 deliveries in a knock comprising of eleven boundaries and sixteen sixes. Zazai's knock is the second highest score ever recorded in T20Is with the 20-year-old further scoring the third fastest ton in men's cricket, consuming just 42 deliveries.
Ghani provided valuable support at the other end, scoring 73 runs off 48 deliveries in a knock which consisted of seven boundaries and three sixes.
This exciting partnership helped Afghanistan post a total of 278 runs in 20 overs, surpassing the record totals of 263 and 260 previously set by Australia and Sri Lanka respectively in T20 Internationals.