Rawalpindi, Sep 8: Sialkot Region's opener Mukhtar Ahmed today set a new record in Pakistan's Twenty20 history against Karachi Region Whites at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
Ahmed, who has played 5 T20 Internationals, blasted a 67-ball 123 with 18 fours and 3 sixes in a Cool and Cool Presents Haier Mobile T20 Cup match on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old's 123 is a new record in Pakistan T20s. The previous highest individual score was 115 by Imran Farhat.
Pakistani cricket statistician Mazher Arshad confirmed the record. "RECORD ALERT: Mukhtar Ahmed, batting on 118, breaks Imran Farhat's (115) record of the highest score in the T20 history in Pakistan," he wrote on his Twitter page today.
Ahmed scored 90 runs in boundaries, which is the second highest in T20s in Pakistan, Arshad added. The right-handed Ahmed also joined an elite list of batsmen to have scored 2 centuries in T20 cricket in the country.
"Mukhtar Ahmed scored 90 runs in boundaries (18 fours and 3 sixes), the second highest in T20s in Pakistan after Bilal Asif (92) in FSD'15," he wrote.
As a result of Ahmed's record, Sailkot won by 7 runs. The team posted 198/5 in 20 overs and Karachi Region were fell short by 7 runs in the chase (191/6 in 20 overs).