Afghanistan’s batting sensation Mohammad Shahzad played a key role in his team’s triumph in the Desert T20 Challenge was held in Dubai from 14 to 20 January. He scored half-centuries in both semifinal and final, thus becoming the first player to score two T20I half-centuries in a single day.
He also equaled the record of Virat Kohli to score most fifties in an ICC T20 tournament. Virat scored four 50s in the ICC T20 world cup 2014 held in Bangladesh. Shehzad scored more than 300 runs in the tournament with the average above 50, which includes four fifties.
Both semifinals and final held on the same day. In the semifinal, the 28-year-old smashed 80 runs against Oman and followed it up with an unbeaten 52 run against Ireland in the final. Afghanistan remains unbeaten in the tournament.
Ireland scored just 72 runs in the final and Afghanistan won it with all 10 wickets in the hand. Wicket-keeper Shehzad is the leading run-getter of the series and his team mate Mohammad Nabi is the second-highest among the wickets with 8 scalps including 2.2-0-10-4 in the final.