Zimbabwe middle-order batsman Ryal Burl hit Bangladesh’s Nasum Ahmed for an incredible 34 runs in an over in the third T20I against the Tigers at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.
Ryan Burl smashed five sixes and a four in 15th over of the innings bowled by Ahmed, the joint-second most runs scored in an over in men’s T20Is.
The first six disappeared over long-on while the next three were also smashed on the leg-side. He missed a big one off the fifth with the ball bouncing once before hitting the ropes. Off the last ball, he cleared long-off to complete a stunning over for Zimbabwe.
Yuvraj Singh and Kieron Pollard hold the record for the most runs in an over (36) in men’s T20Is after recording six sixes against Stuart Broad and Akila Dananjaya respectively.
Tim Seifert and Ross Taylor hit 34 runs in an over off Shivam Dube in 2020. Burl equalled this tally with his incredible hitting in Harare on Tuesday.
However, Burl also broke his own record for most runs in an over by a Zimbabwe batter. He had earlier hit Shakib Al Hasan for 30 runs in an over in a T20I in Mirpur in 2019. Then, Burl hit three sixes and three fours off Shakib in the 16th over of the innings.
Burl finished with 54 runs off 28 balls and hared a 79-run partnership off 31 balls between with Luke Jongwe who scored 35 off 20 balls.
The pair’s heroics ensured Zimbabwe recovered from 55 for five in the 10th over to reach 156 for eight in their allotted 20 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat first.