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). 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 balls. 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.
On behalf of Rajputs, Mohammad Shahzad of Afghanistan and former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum came to open. Shehzad started batting quickly and within a few moments, he completed his half-century in 12 balls. This proved to be the fastest half-century of this tournament. Earlier this record was made by English veteran Eoin Morgan who had completed his fifty at 14 balls for the last time. Now Shahzad played an unbeaten inning of 74 not out in 16 balls. At the other end, McCullum played an unbeaten 21 runs in 8 balls. As a result, Rajput’s team achieved the target in only 4 overs.