On Thursday (29th August), the 39-year-old Australian cricketer Michael Klinger became the second most centurion in T20 cricket history.
It was the Vitality Blast 2019 (English T20 Blast) match between Gloucestershire and Kent at Canterbury. After Kent decided to bowl first, Gloucestershire opener Michael Klinger played a memorable captain’s knock.
The right-handed batsman Klinger single-handedly handled that entire innings very powerfully. At the end of that innings, he remained not out on 102 runs off 65 balls.
On the very final ball of that innings, Klinger hit a four and completed his eighth T20 century. In that innings, he hit nine fours and four sixes.
Scoring his eighth T20 century, Michael Klinger became the second most century hitter in T20 cricket history. It was the 204th T20 match for the Australian cricketer, including three T20Is for Australia. Only the Caribbean left-handed batsman Chris Gayle is ahead of Klinger in the most T20 centuries list. Gayle has scored 21 T20 centuries till the date.
Batsmen with a minimum of seven T20 centuries
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The century from Michael Klinger resulted in Gloucestershire’s victory
Michael Klinger’s batting helped Gloucestershire to post a good first innings total in that game. Finally, in the first 20 overs, Gloucestershire managed to score 180/3. The second most run-scorer in that innings was Jack Taylor who was not out on 26 runs off 18 balls.
In reply, Kent tried hard but fell just five runs short from Gloucestershire’s first innings total. Kent scored 175/8 in 20 overs. Faf du Plessis and the captain Sam Billings put the major fight in that innings but didn’t get enough support from the other batsmen. Faf scored 60 runs off 45 balls while Billings scored 55 runs off 40 balls. Struggling on 18/2, Faf and Billings managed to put 122 runs partnership for the third wicket, but that was not enough for their victory.