Zimbabwe news February 11, 2016

Hamilton Masakadza blasts second-highest T20 score

ESPNcricinfo staff

File photo: Hamilton Masakadza drilled 14 fours and 11 sixes for his unbeaten 162 © AFP

Zimbabwe batsman Hamilton Masakadza blitzed an unbeaten 162 for Mountaineers against Mashonaland Eagles in the Domestic Twenty20 Competition, notching the second-highest individual score in T20 cricket. Masakadza, playing his 104th T20 match, did not take long to start firing, taking 16 runs off Tafadzwa Muzarawetu's first over. The boundaries did not stop there, and Masakadza eventually reached his fifty off just 24 balls; his next 112 runs came off only 47.

Overall, Masakadza slammed 14 fours and 11 sixes at an astonishing strike-rate of 228.16. His onslaught did not spare any bowler, though Tanyaradzwa Munyaradzi (41 off 16 balls) and Chamu Chibhahbha (34 off 11 balls) came in for special treatment. Masakadza reached his 150 in the penultimate over with a two, and with two consecutive sixes off Munyaradzi, he overtook the likes of Luke Wright, Aron Finch and Brendon McCullum in the list of highest individual T20 scores.

Masakadza ended 13 runs short Chris Gayle's record-shattering 175* for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2013 IPL, but he did not face a single ball of the final over bowled by Muzarawetu, who ended nursing figures of 4-0-62-1.

Masakadza's blast, coupled with a five-ball 22 from Kudzai Sauramba, powered Mountaineers to 242 for 3. Eagles could only manage 107 for 9 from 12.1 overs in reply, giving Mountaineers a 125-run D/L win.

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  • ZeeshanMahmud on February 12, 2016, 21:12 GMT

    Video highlights please. Thank you.

  • seansie78 on February 12, 2016, 10:30 GMT

    Refardless of the bowlers involved ...162 against any team is a fantastic knock...thats why we dont se too many of these types of knocks around the world..kudos to him and zim, hopefully he can bring thi formm into the world cup...zim are due for some good perfomances now...

  • YHG4335 on February 12, 2016, 8:37 GMT

    @deepak55 It's not an official domestic tournament as far as I can tell. It's found in the "Other" section on the phone app rather than the "Domestic" section, where T20 matches that count to your record are found.

  • deepak55 on February 12, 2016, 7:35 GMT

    @cricinfo in your list of highest t20 scores why isnt shewag's recent knock of 134 not shown ?

  •   Bl Mureverwi on February 12, 2016, 6:39 GMT

    You are absolutely right, Joshua Olsen

  • Cricfan_23 on February 11, 2016, 19:48 GMT

    I hope this gets recogonised by IPL franschise owners and awarding him a contract.

  • Dawena on February 11, 2016, 18:15 GMT

    This man, when in form, is just awesome!

  • Joshua Olsen on February 11, 2016, 18:02 GMT

    Great achievement and I'm sure he'll be proud of it but I think there is a bigger underlying issue here. The domestic bowling structure of Zimbabwe. They have very few bowlers who seem to be able to bowl well and at a fair clip which makes them fodder for international batsman. It also weakens their own batsman as they are unable to face high quality bowling regularly that it becomes an issue at the International level.

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