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In a recent match during the Cyprus Cricket Association BAO Financial T20 Cup 2020, a Pakistan-born player Attah Ullah, who is better known as Rehman in Cyprus cricket, stunned everyone with his 250+ knock. Meanwhile, his team Riyaan CC also set the 300+ total in that T20 match.
This match was played between Riyaan CC and Limassol Gladiators CC at Ypsonas Cricket Ground (Cyprus) on last Sunday (28th May 2020), which was the second round of that Sunday-based tournament.
Limassol Gladiators CC decided to field first after winning the toss. Opener Rehman dominated the entire first innings. While he had the 257 runs opening partnership with his partner Jeewan Lasmal, Lasmal scored only 36 runs off 32 balls before losing his wicket in 17th over.
Rehman scored 251 not out, Riyaan scored 311/1
While Riyaan CC managed to score 311/1 (20 overs) in the first innings, the left-handed opening batsman Rehman scored 251 not out off just 80 balls with the help of 24 fours and 22 sixes. After reaching his fifty in just 16 balls, Rehman reached the three-figure score in just 30 deliveries. Later, he completed 150 runs in 48 balls and registered 200 runs in 64 balls.
Rehman told the European Cricket Network, “It’s the best day of my life. My achievement is the result of prayers of my family and friends. It would not be possible without their support. My thanks to almighty Allah who gave me strength to reach this achievement.”
Riyaan captain Shoaib Ahmed remained not out on 11 runs off eight balls.
In reply, Limassol Gladiators only managed to score 126/6 (20 overs) in the second innings as Riyaan won that match by a giant margin of 185 runs.
In the recognised T20 cricket, we haven’t experienced any double-century yet. The highest individual score is 175 not out by Chris Gayle during the IPL 2013 (for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors India on 23rd April 2013).
However, in the non-recognised T20 cricket, we experienced some double-centuries before the latest knock-in Cyprus.
Also, no team has ever reached the 300-run total in the recognised T20 cricket. The record total in recognised T20 cricket is 278 runs (278/3 by Afghanistan against Ireland and 278/4 by the Czech Republic against Turkey).