New Delhi: When one takes about consecutive sixes in Twenty20 Internationals, Yuvraj Singh’s decimation of Stuart Broad in the 2007 World T20 clash in Durban comes to light. Yuvraj smashed six sixes in one over bowled by Broad and it was the third instance in cricket where this feat was achieved. However, in the game between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur on Saturday, a unique event was witnessed in which seven balls witnessed seven consecutive sixes. Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah had started building a partnership and Tendai Chatara was bowling the 17th over. Aftr the first two balls went for singles, the third ball was a short ball from Chatara and Nabi dispatched it over deep square leg for the first six. The fourth ball was full but Nabi punched a flat six straight down the ground. The fifth ball completed the hat-trick of sixes as Nabi thumped a full toss over deep midwicket for a six. The sixth ball witnessed the fourth six in the over and Nabi thumped the delivery inside out over extra cover. Having seen Nabi hit four consecutive sixes, it was the turn of Najibullah to get going and he decided to target Neville Madziva. The bowler bowled the first delivery short and Najibullah pummelled the pull shot to deep square leg. The second delivery resulted in the sixth consecutive six as Najibullah swatted a short ball to deep square leg for yet anither six. The seventh consecutive six was completed in the third ball as Najibullah scooped a full toss over fine leg for a six. The carnage ended when the batsman sliced a full and wide ball to deep backward point for a boundary and he notched up his fifty off 22 balls. Also Read | WATCH: Clash between Afghanistan and Pakistan fans during ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match in LeedsThe partnership between Najibullah and Nabi resulted in 107 runs in just 40 balls as Afghanistan notched up 197/5. In response, Zimbabwe never got going as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Brendan Taylor smashed a quick 27 off 16 balls while Regis Chakabva managed 42 off 22 balls but Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan captain was the star as they notched up a 41-run win.Also Read | I don’t play for ACB or Gulbadin Naib, I play for Afghanistan: Rashid KhanThis was Zimbabwe’s second loss in the tri-series, having earlier lost in the final over to Bangladesh but this was also their eighth consecutive loss against Afghanistan, making it their wost losing streak against an opposition. This was also their 11th straight win in the Twenty20 International format, having begun the streak during the Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe in the United Arab Emirates in 2018.Afghanistan will next take on Bangladesh in the next match on September 15 and this will be the last match in Mirpur before a three-day break for the next round of matches will take place at the Zahue Ahmed Chowdhury stadium in Chattogram. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Michael Ryan said that a high level of competition for all places is essential if the team are to be successful. Ahead of tonight’s match, he says the Waterford Crystal Cup offers the chance for players to contest positions and put their hands up for selection in the league.
Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and some of the most known faces of the tennis world took the London tube ahead of the start of the ATP Finals in London on Sunday.The season’s final ATP event is all set for a start in the London O2 arena but ahead of that the tennis stars decided to have a little fun on the public domain.Sighting tennis stars like Federer and Djokovic is a rarity but some of the commuters of the London tube came across this opportunity suddenly and surely would not have complained.”Although we’ve probably all ridden on the tube a time or two, this was very different. It’s a very cool way to make an entrance. There were quite a few surprised looks on the faces of folks, especially when Roger and Novak walked by. It was a pretty cool treat for them,” John Isner was quited as saying by the ATP World Tour website.ATP shared videos and photos of the journey these stars had in the tube and it sure like it was a fun-filled time spent.It wasn’t just our #NittoATPFinals doubles players that hopped on to the London Underground this evening! #Selfie #Londonisopen pic.twitter.com/9ewxS76rAkATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 9, 2018The name’s Federer………Roger Federer. pic.twitter.com/4Dx4AYy0eJATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 9, 2018So @rogerfederer where are we going? #NittoATPFinals #Londonisopen pic.twitter.com/dcN5vrpWG6ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 9, 2018Alexander Zverev’s no-socks appearance was one of the highlights of the fun evening with Marin Cilic decided that the style is “Sascha” and is not for him.advertisement.@cilic_marin has decided that the no socks’ combo isn’t for him #Marinsfashionworld pic.twitter.com/UWFNQ5aVK3ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 9, 2018Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are the top billings in the eight-man event and are also placed in different groups increasing their chances of a final meet.Group Lleyton Hewitt consists of Federer, Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori while Group Guga Kuerten comprises of Djokovic, Zverev, Cilic and John Isner.Federer is aiming for a 100th career ATP title in London and going by the early judgements, his prime thorn will be Djokovic. Federer won his 99th ATP title in Basel, his home and bid for his 100th in Paris before he ran into Djokovic in the final, which extended his wait.Djokovic, on the other hand, has had a sensational return to form since the Wimbledon. After scooping the Wimbledon title, Djokovic has won the Cincinnati Masters, US Open, Shanghai Masters and Paris Masters, making him the hot favourite to win the ATP Finals title.Zverev, who has been touted as the Gen Next leader has won three Masters title so far but is yet to shine at the Grand Slam stage. Cilic, Anderson, Nishikori and Thiem are all Grand Slam finalists but topping Federer and Djokovic in London might be a huge ask of them.