Islamabad Region invited Lahore Region Whites to bat first in the 27th match of the National T20 Cup 2017/18. Lahore Whites had already qualified for the knockout stage of the tournament while Islamabad needed to win this match to stay in the race for semi-finals.
Openers Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt looked in fine mood as they racked up boundary after boundary. Kamran Akmal was the aggressor in the partnership as he hit 14 fours and 12 sixes to become the first Pakistani batsman to score 150 runs in Twenty20s. Lahore Whites scored 209 runs in their 20 overs without any loss. Three of Islamabad’s bowlers conceded runs at more than 10 RPO.
In return, Islamabad Region was bundled out for just 100 runs, conceding a 109-run defeat. Bilal Asif and Asif Ali took 3 wickets each. Kamran Akmal was adjudged the Man of the Match for obvious reasons.
The match saw many records tumble and rewritten. Here are some of them listed below from a statistician’s eye:
Kamran Akmal's 150 is the:
Highest score by a Pakistani batsman (Previous: 123 by Mukhtar Ahmed)
Highest score by any batsman in Pakistan (Previous: 123 by Mukhtar Ahmed)
Highest score by a wicketkeeper batsman overall (Previous: 126* by Quinton de Kock)
10th highest score by any batsman overall (Highest: 175* by Chris Gayle)
Kamran Akmal also scored 71.77% of the total runs posted by Lahore Region Whites which is the highest by any batsman in the format. (Previous: 71.21% by Cameron White for Somerset v Worcestershire)
Kamran Akmal hit 14 fours and 12 sixes in his mammoth effort today which are the:
Most 6s in an innings by a Pakistani batsman in T20s (Previous: 10 by Bilal Asif)
Most 6s in an innings by any batsman in Pakistan (Previous: 10 by Bilal Asif)
Most 6s by a wicketkeeper batsman in an innings (jointly with Nicky van den Bergh)
Most runs from fours and sixes by a Pakistani batsman (Previous: 96 each by Sharjeel Khan & Mukhtar Ahmed)
Most runs from fours and sixes by any batsman in Pakistan (Previous: 96 each by Sharjeel Khan & Mukhtar Ahmed)
Kamran Akmal's hundred was his 3rd century in the T20 format and his second in Twenty20s played in Pakistan. These 100s are the:
Most hundreds by a wicket-keeper batsman overall (jointly with Quinton de Kock)
Most hundreds (3) by a Pakistani batsman (jointly with Ahmed Shahzad, Mukhtar Ahmed and Khurram Manzoor)
Second-most hundreds (2) jointly by any batsman in Pakistan (Most: 3 each by Mukhtar Ahmed and Khurram Manzoor)
Fastest (52 balls) by any batsman at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi (Previous: 53 balls each by Mukhtar Ahmed and Kamran Akmal)
With scores of 52, 63, 65, 52 and 150* in his recent outings, Kamran Akmal has become the only Pakistani and 3rd batsman overall in the history of T20 cricket to score five consecutive fifty-plus scores. Other batsmen with this unique record are Virender Sehwag and Hamilton Masakadza.
Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt added an unbeaten opening stand of 209 runs, which is:
Highest opening partnership overall (Previous: 207 between Joe Denly and DJ Bell-Drummond)
Highest partnership for any wicket in Pakistan (Previous: 169* between Younis Khan and Yasir Hameed)
3rd highest partnership for any wicket overall (Highest: 229 between Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle)
Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt scored their 4th century partnership as a pair which is the most by a Pakistani pair. (Previous: 3 between Mohammad Hafeez and Asif Hussain)
Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt have now scored 1438 runs as a pair in the format which is the second-highest for a Pakistani pair surpassing Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shahzad (1235 runs). Highest: 1695 runs between Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shahzad.
Kamran Akmal has scored 382 runs in 6 innings during the National T20 Cup which is the most by a Pakistani wicketkeeper batsman in any T20 tournament breaking his own record of 356 runs scored in the Bangladesh Premier League 2011/12.