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Akmal, Butt rewrite history books in a 109-run win
National T20 Cup

Akmal, Butt rewrite history books in a 109-run win

Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt rewrote history books on Friday by registering the highest opening-partnership in a T20 game during a National T20 Cup contest as they put an unbeaten 209 for Lahore Whites against Islamabad.

Akmal stood out with his 71-ball 150 that had 26 boundaries - 14 4s and 12 6s. His 12 6s went down as the most by any Pakistan batsman in a T20 innings. This was also Akmal’s 5th consecutive score of 50-plus which makes him third batsman to achieve the feat behind India’s Virender Sehwag and Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Masakadza.

With 210 needed at more than 10 runs per over, Islamabad batsmen crumbled. The Shan Masood-led Islamabad had their top-three back in the pavilion inside the powerplay for mere 36 runs. Their top-scorer was left-arm orthodox Raza Hasan, who batted at eight, with 19 off 15 balls.

Eventually Islamabad were rolled out for 100 in 18.4 overs.