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UAE vs Afghanistan 1st T20I 2023-24 Highlights

Watch the highlights of UAE vs Afghanistan 1st T20I 2023-24 - Afghanistan tour of United Arab Emirates (UAE) 3-match Twenty20 international series of the 1st T20I match played between Afghanistan and United Arab Emirates at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in 29th December 2023.

UAE vs Afghanistan 1st T20I 2023-24 Highlights
Rahmanullah Gurbaz celebrates his maiden T20I century © UAE Cricket Official / Twitter

Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz's 50-ball record-breaking maiden T20I century and Captain Ibrahim Zadran's brilliant half-century sets up to Afghanistan's record 72-run victory over UAE, despite a Vriitya Aravind's unbeaten 70 and take a 1-0 lead in the first T20I.

Match Stats :
  • Afghanistan's 72-run win was their sixth largest victory by terms of runs in T20 international and It is their biggest win against UAE in T20Is, previous biggest win by 44-runs at ICCA Dubai in 2016.
  • Afghanistan's 203 was their sixth highest score in T20 international and It is their highest total against UAE in T20Is, previous highest was 189 at ICCA Dubai in 2016.
  • Afghanistan's 203 was the second highest score by any team at Sharjah in T20Is after their 215 against Zimbabwe in 2016.
  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz hammered a 50-ball second fastest century by an Afghanistan batsman in T20Is after Hazratullah Zazai's 42-ball hundred against Ireland at Dehradun in 2019.
  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz became the third Afghanistan batsman to score a hundred in T20Is after Mohammad Shahzad and Hazratullah Zazai.
  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz became the first Afghanistan batsman to score a century against UAE in T20I cricket history.
  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz's 100 was the third highest score for Afghanistan in T20 international and the highest-score by an Afghanistan batsman against UAE in T20Is, surpassing the previous record of 74 held by Mohammad Shahzad at Edinburgh in 2015.
  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz became the third batsman to score a century at Sharjah in T20Is after Mohammad Shahzad and Jos Buttler.
  • 7 : Rahmanullah Gurbaz equalled a his joint most sixes hit in an innings for Afghanistan in T20 international and the most-sixes hit by an Afghanistan batsman against UAE in T20Is, surpassing the previous record of 5-sixes jointly hit by Mohammad Shahzad at Edinburgh in 2015 and Karim Janat's 5-sixes hit at Abu Dhabi earlier in this year.
  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran set up the record second-wicket partnership for Afghanistan in T20 international, previously held by the 110-run stand between Mohammad Shahzad and Asghar Afgan against Scotland at Edinburgh in 2015, It is the Afghanistan's highest any-wicket stand against UAE in T20Is, previously held by the unbeaten 80-run stand between Ibrahim Zadran and Karim Janat at Abu Dhabi earlier in this year and It is the Afghanistan's second highest any-wicket stand in T20Is, The highest is 236-run stand for the first-wicket between Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani against Ireland at Dehradun in 2019.
  • UAE's 131 was their lowest score against Afghanistan in T20Is, previous completed innings total was 142 at Abu Dhabi in earlier in this year.
  • 75* : Vriitya Aravind and Tanish Suri set up the record fifth-wicket partnership for UAE against Afghanistan in T20 international, previously held by the unbeaten 48-run stand between Muhammad Usman and Mohammad Shahzad  at Fatullah in 2016 T20 Asia Cup and the UAE's third highest fifth-wicket stand in T20Is.

Afghanistan scored mammoth total of 203-3 in 20 overs with top scorer by Rahmanullah Gurbaz hammered a 100 off 52-balls - which was his 1st T20I hundred.

Ibrahim Zadran cracked a 59 off 43-balls including 4-fours & 2-sixes with strike rate of 137.20 and Azmatullah Omarzai blasted a unbeaten 19 off 8-balls included 2-fours & a six with strike-rate of 237.50.

UAE best bowler by Aayan Afzal Khan, Muhammad Jawadullah and Junaid Siddique each took one-wickets.

UAE scored 131-4 in 20 overs with top scorer by Vriitya Aravind hit a unbeaten 70 off 64-balls including 7-fours & a six.

Debutant Tanish Suri - who scored a unbeaten 20 off 25-balls on his debut T20I match - including a boundary and Basil Hameed hit 18 off 14-balls included 2-fours & a six.

Afghanistan best bowler by Fazalhaq Farooqi took 2-wickets and one for Qais Ahmad - Naveen-ul-Haq.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz named Player of the match for his record-breaking batting performance to smashed a career-best 100-runs knocked off facing 52-balls including 7-sixes and 7-fours with strike rate of 192.30.


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