Pakistani batsman Babar Azam had the misfortune of having to bowl to his compatriot Shoaib Malik in a T10 charity match, when the latter decided to celebrate Christmas letting off the fireworks in the stadium.The former Pakistan captain, Malik smashed Azam for six sixes in the seventh over of the first innings. Azam though had his revenge as he blasted a hundred off just 26 balls.Malik was representing Shahid Afridi Foundation Red team, and helped them to post 201 in 10 overs. But Shahid Afridi Foundation Green,thanks to a crazed Azam knock, registered a nine-wicket victory.Shoaib Malik’s six sixes -Shoaib Malik smashes 6 sixes in an over off the bowling of Babar Azam in the Shahid Afridi Foundation charity match in Faisalabad #Cricket pic.twitter.com/lV1b4s4cfY- Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) December 24, 2017Babar Azam’s 100 off 26 balls -Babar Azam’s excellent 100 off 26 balls at the Shahid Afridi Foundation match in Faisalabad #Cricket pic.twitter.com/dsKLLuyDE4- Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) December 24, 2017Earlier in December, Shahid Afridi began his T10 cricket stint with a bang as an inspired bowling spell helped the Pakhtoons pick up a victory in the newest format of the game.The veteran all-rounder picked up a hat-trick with the first three balls he bowled to help his team beat a Maratha Arabians side captained by Virender Sehwag by 25 runs.Talking about his new experience, he said: “I really enjoyed it, it is totally different,” Afridi said after the game. “The boys did really well.”advertisement”If the ICC is thinking of cricket in the Olympics, T10 could be the right format because the match gets over in 90 minutes. So it’s like football where the result will come (in quick time). Also, one or two people can win you a match so even the smaller countries can produce those players,” he said.Rohit Sharma, who equalled the record for the fastest century in T20Is in the second match against Sri Lanka, will be heaving a sigh of relief as Azam’s knock won’t stand as it was not an official match. Rohit’s 35-ball ton is the fastest century, along with David Miller, who achieved the feat against Bangladesh at Potchefstroom in October 2017. The Mumbai dasher brought up his second T20 ton on the 12th over of the bowling off Angelo Mathews with a boundary. His whirlwind of an innings ended when he fell for 118 off just 43 balls to Dushmantha Chameera in the 12th over. This was the fastest hundred byan Indian batsman in the format. The previous one was held by KL Rahuloff 46 balls against West Indies in 2016 at Lauderhill.The Hitman blasted 10 sixes and 12 fours in his innings.
ATHENS (AP) — Panathinaikos moved up to minus three points after winning its Greek league season-opener 1-0 at Xanthi on Sunday.Financially troubled Panathinaikos started the season with minus six points due to money owed to players.Yiannis Bouzoukis scored with a long-range effort in the 69th minute, following a half-hearted clearance by Xanthi goalkeeper Zivko Zivkovic.Olympiakos also started with a 1-0 win, at home against Levadiakos, thanks to a 62nd-minute free kick by veteran Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, a new signing from last season’s champion AEK Athens.Also Sunday, OFI Crete drew 2-2 at Panionios.On Saturday, AEK beat Giannena 2-0 and last season’s runner-up PAOK beat Asteras 1-0.Lamia hosts Aris on Monday.TweetPinShare0 Shares