Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt set record for highest T20 opening stand

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KARACHI: Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt set a record for the highest opening partnership in T20s, adding an unbroken 209 runs.

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Their partnership meant that Lahore had another T20 record – the highest innings score by a team without losing a wicket.

Kamran’s knock was devastating, as the former Pakistan wicketkeeper scored 150 off 71 balls, the highest score by a Pakistani batsman in the format. He hit 14 fours and 12 sixes.

He also surpassed South Africa’s Quinton de Kock to post the highest individual T20 score by a wicket-keeper; the South African wicket-keeper had scored 126* before Kamran overtook him by scoring an unbeaten 150 today.

The pair surpassed the opening partnership of 207 set by Kent batsmen Joe Denly and Daniel Bell-Drummond in the Natwest t20 Blast earlier this year, and notched up only the third 200-plus opening stand in T20 cricket.

The inning has also helped Kamran Akmal to become the first Pakistani and only third overall player to score fifty or more in five consecutive T20 innings.

During the inning, Kamran Akmal also created a new national record of most sixes in a T20 inning by smashing 12 sixes, surpassing the record of 10 sixes in an inning by Bilal Asif.