PSL 9: Saim Ayub breaks Haider Ali’s T20 record


The 21-year-old achieved this milestone yesterday in Eliminator 2 against Islamabad United.

Saim Ayub, a Pakistani batsman who played for Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League (PSL 9) season nine, has made history by becoming the youngest cricketer from Pakistan to achieve the milestone of hitting 100 T20 sixes.

Yesterday, during the Eliminator 2 match against Islamabad United, the promising batsman reached this significant milestone.

At the age of 21 years and 297 days, Ayub surpassed the previous record set by Haider Ali, who accomplished this achievement at 22 years and 259 days old.

Saim currently leads in six-hitting statistics for PSL 9. With 21 sixes in just 11 innings, he has showcased an impressive display of power-hitting.

Youngest Pakistanis to reach 100 T20 sixes

Saim Ayub – 21 years, 297 days

Haider Ali – 22 years, 259 days

Shadab Khan – 24 years, 30 days

Azam Khan – 24 years, 42 days

It’s important to highlight that Islamabad United secured a victory over Peshawar Zalmi by a margin of five wickets in the Eliminator 2 match.

Imad Wasim and Haider Ali combined forces to construct an impressive partnership of 98 runs for the sixth wicket, rescuing United from a precarious position of 91/5 during their pursuit of 186 runs.

Imad notched his inaugural half-century of the season, staying undefeated on 59 runs from 40 deliveries, whereas Haider blazed his way to a brisk 52 off 29 balls, showcasing his prowess with five towering sixes and two boundaries.

United’s chase got off to a rocky beginning, as they faltered early on, losing three wickets in the initial four overs with just 21 runs to their name.

Showing his current good form, opener Martin Guptill staged a brief resurgence, particularly impressing by accumulating 22 runs in an over against Saim Ayub. However, his momentum was halted as he fell victim to Khurram Shehzad on the last delivery of the batting powerplay.

Guptill continued to make a significant impact for United, tallying 34 runs from 21 deliveries, which featured five boundaries and a six.

With the scorecard displaying 50/4 at the conclusion of six overs, Azam Khan joined forces with Imad in a bid to initiate a revival for their team.

The duo exhibited sensible batting for approximately five overs until Luke Wood managed to dismiss Azam for 22 runs on the final delivery of the 11th over, disrupting United’s attempts at recovery. However, Imad and Haider took charge, guiding their team to an exhilarating victory.

United’s advancement to the PSL 9 final marks their return to the title clash for the first time since 2018. They are set to square off against Multan Sultans on March 18 at the identical venue.

Beforehand, Saim Ayub’s dynamic innings of 73 runs, supported by Mohammad Haris’ contribution of 40, propelled Zalmi to a total of 185/5.

Naseem Shah spearheaded United’s bowling assault, securing figures of 3/30 in his quota of four overs, while Shadab and Obed McCoy also made valuable contributions, each clinching a wicket apiece.

United is set to clash with Multan Sultans in the final showdown on March 18th, with Multan Sultans having previously emerged victorious against Zalmi in the Qualifier match.

United finds themselves in the PSL final for the first time since 2018, contrasting with Sultans who will be making their fourth consecutive appearance in the final stage.

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