PakvsNZ 2nd T20I Mohammad Hafeez has been blistered in the T20I cricket as his stats in 2020 has been brilliant so far. The seven innings he has played in the present year compose of 374 runs at an average of 93.50.
In the ongoing three-match PakvsNZ T20I series, the Kiwis have gotten a fair grip on the series win declaring two back-to-back successes in the first two matches.
Hafeez, who played a majestic knock of 99, remaining not out on just 57 balls, could not spare his side as his magnificence went vacant. With the return of Kane Williamson to the host, the side gave a huge blow to Pakistan despite Hafeez’s record-breaking smash.
PakvsNZ 2nd T20I: Hafeez blistering 99* is a new record
Notably, Pakistan’s veteran batsman’s score is the highest as no player aging 40 or above has reached 99 or above in the format. He has surpassed the record of Heinrich Gericke’s of Malta who scored 91 against Bulgaria at the age of 40 and above. However, there are many 99 and above scores in the format in the age of below 40 categories.
It is astonishing to mention that if he would have made a single more run, it would have made him the second Pakistani cricket player to score a T20I hundred as no other than Ahmed Shehzad has potent to rise to such an extent.
Shehzad, being the only Pakistani batsman to score a T20I hundred, achieved the milestone during World T20 in 2014 against Bangladesh.
Discussing further, 22 is the second-highest score in Pakistan’s inning as Mohammad Rizwan reached on 20 balls with Tim Southee grabbing him at 5.4 over.
The returns of Williamson and Southee have been proved as ‘beneficiary’ for the hosts as the bowler ended up picking four wickets whereas the skipper contributed 57 off 42. Tim Seifert’s 84* off 63 is also appreciatable.