Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt pulled off something which has never been achieved in T20 cricket. They shared a record-breaking partnership of 209 from 120 balls in a National T20 Cup game between Lahore Whites and Islamabad. The previous record was held by Kent cricket club’s Joe Denly and Daniel Bell-Drummond (207 runs) which they achieved on August 17, 2017. Akmal-Butt also have the third highest partnership in T20s. The top two are occupied by Royal Challengers Bangalore duo Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers (229 and 215*).
It was Akmal who dominated Islamabad bowlers right through the innings. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored his first 150 of T20 career. His innings was studded with 14 fours and 12 sixes. He got to his century in the 16th over. The 35-year-old scored at a strike rate of 211.26.
On the other end, Butt scored 55 runs from 49 deliveries. He played the role of an anchor and scored at a strike rate of 112.44. The southpaw let Akmal strike big. The 33-year-old scored only 8 boundaries in his innings.
Here’s the video of the innings –
The bowling lineup of Islamabad was not ordinary either. Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali and Umar Gul were hit for boundaries by the centurion.
The target 0f 210 turned out to be too high for Islamabad. They kept losing wickets right through the innings and never looked like they’ll chase the target. They were bundled out for 100 runs with 8 balls to spare in the innings. Lahore Whites won by a big margin of 109 runs.
Asif Ali and Bilal Asif picked three wickets each. Wahab Riaz picked up two wickets as well followed by a wicket each for Ehsan Adil and Aamer Yamin.