Sharjah - Afghanistan's Mohammad Shahzad
smashed the fourth highest score in Twenty20 international history on Sunday
when he made 118 in his side's 81-run rout of Zimbabwe.
The 27-year-old opener carried his bat
having already hit Afghanistan's first ever century in the format, reaching his
hundred off 52 balls with eight fours and eight sixes.
By the end of the blitz, the opener had hit
10 boundaries and faced 67 balls in total to continue his impressive form in
the Gulf having already made 131 not out in the second one-day international
against Zimbabwe two weeks ago.
Zimbabwe were eventually all out for 134 on
Sunday with 11 balls to spare as Afghanistan swept the two-game series having
won the first match by just five runs on Friday.
They had earlier claimed the ODI series 3-2
to follow their victory against the same opponents in Africa in October.
Shahzad's unbeaten 118 was one short of
South Africa's Faf du Plessis's 119 against the West Indies in Johannesburg in
January last year.
The highest ever score in T20
internationals is Australia's Aaron Finch's mammoth 156 against England in
Southampton in 2013 while New Zealand's Brendon McCullum is second on the
all-time list thanks to his 123 against Bangladesh in Pallekele in 2012.
"This is my favourite ground, Sharjah,
and I like batting here," Shahzad told cricinfo.com.
"There is no plan. I want to hit every
ball out of the boundary. I have got used to Zimbabwe's bowlers. I talked with
the captain and we thought 150 would be enough."
Zimbabwe were always struggling in their
reply, collapsing to 34-5 at one stage before Hamilton Masakadza bludgeoned 63
off 44 balls with five sixes as he and Peter Moor put on 77 for the sixth
But once the big-hitting Masakadza was
clean bowled by Rashid Khan in the 16th over, the Africans lost all hope.
"It is our fourth series win against
them," said Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai.
"Phenomenal performance by the guys in
the series. In next ten years, I can say Afghanistan will beat any side."
Both sides now head to Bangladesh -
Afghanistan for the Asian Cup qualifiers in February while Zimbabwe tackle the
hosts in a four-game T20 series next week.
"The way Shahzad batted was
outstanding - we didn't have any answers," said Zimbabwe skipper Elton
"The conditions will be similar in
Bangladesh - we will have to make sure we start well in Bangladesh."