With an explosive display of power-hitting, Nabi smashed three towering sixes and six fours to reach this milestone, claiming his 16th fifty in the ODIs. His whirlwind performance proved to be a game-changer for Afghanistan in their pursuit of Sri Lanka’s imposing total of 291 for 8, posted while batting first.
Nabi, batting at No. 6, entered the fray and made an immediate impact, ensuring that Afghanistan remained well within reach of the target and in contention for the coveted Asia Cup Super Fours stage. His partnership with Hashmatullah Shahidi was nothing short of spectacular, as the duo orchestrated a lightning-quick 80-run stand for the fifth wicket in just 7.5 overs, firmly placing Afghanistan in the driver’s seat.
Nabi finally fell in the 27th over, when Dhananjaya de Silva took a running catch at long-on off the bowling of Maheesh Theekshana. The right-hander scored 65 off just 32 balls, which included five sixes and six fours.
Fastest ODI fifties for Afghanistan (by balls taken)
|24 – Mohammad Nabi vs Sri Lanka, Lahore, 2023
26 – Mujeeb Ur Rahman vs Pakistan, Colombo, 2023
27 – Rashid Khan vs Ireland, Abu Dhabi, 2021
28 – Mohammad Nabi vs Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, 2014
28 – Shafiqullah Shinwari vs Ireland, Greater Noida, 2017
This breathtaking knock showcased Mohammad Nabi’s immense talent and his ability to thrive under pressure, highlighting his pivotal role as an all-rounder in Afghanistan’s lineup.