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Howzat!: Afghanistan smash FIVE cricket world records against hapless Ireland

Howzat!: Afghanistan smash FIVE cricket world records against hapless Ireland
Afghan cricket appears to be in rude health after a sensational performance in their T20 International against Ireland on Saturday as they broke an amazing five world records in the second of their three-match series.

Their mammoth score surpasses the T20I total of 263/3 scored by Australia against Sri Lanka in 2016.

The day began ominously for the Irish as Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghan, who opted to bat first, appeared unflappable, posting a record 236 run partnership for the opening wicket at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in India. 

Hazratullah Zazai's 162, meanwhile, was the highest T20 score ever posted by an Asian batsman. It was an irrepressible performance by the 20-year-old, described by icc-cricket.com as being the "most brutal display of batsmanship" that the reporter had ever witnessed.

Afghanistan also claimed the record for the highest numbers of sixes in an innings, 22. They also needed just 42 balls to record the third fastest 100 in in T20 cricket.

Barring a sporting miracle, Saturday's performance will secure victory for Afghanistan in the three-game series.