To make matters a little worse, Abdullah went on to concede 37 runs in the over, thanks to a wide. Zazai now joins the Sir Garfield Sobers, Ravi Shastri, Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh in being the only batsmen to have hit six sixes in an over in the history of the professional game.
Representing Kabul Zwanan, the left-handed batsman came out all guns blazing against Balkh Legends left-arm orthodox bowler Abdullah Mazari. Although there was some great hitting on display, it was Hazratullah Zazai who grabbed most of the limelight. In the process, Zazai also brought up his half-century off just 12 balls, equalling the record for the fastest T20 half-century jointly held by Yuvraj Singh and Gayle, an ICC report on Monday said.
He is the third player, after Yuvraj and Whiteley, to do it in a Twenty20 match.
In nine overs, they scored 93, with Munaweera being the more attacking of the two smashing 46 off 25 balls before holing out to cover.
The 20-year-old Zazai, who recently made his one-day global debut against Ireland, called it a "proud moment". He raised his bat for a half century after reaching the mark on 12 balls. As he watched Hazratullah smash his way to the half-century, Gayle would surely have been impressed by the man who looks up to him. It was a surreal moment for me to perform in front of my idol (Chris Gayle).
Defending 244, the Balkh posted a 21-run win over Kabul after restricting them to 223/7 in stipulated 20 overs. "I was just trying to play my natural game and did not in any way think of outshining anyone", he said.
The Afghanistan Premier League is still in its infancy stage and it won't be fair to compare it to other popular domestic leagues in the world like the IPL, Big Bash T20 amongst others.