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Uganda All-Rounder Riazat Ali Makes 'THIS' Unwanted Record Against AFG In T20 WC 2024

Riazat Ali scored 11 off 34 balls [AP]Riazat Ali scored 11 off 34 balls [AP]

One of the best cricketing stories this year has been the rise of Uganda, who qualified for the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024 beating several high-profile teams in African Qualifiers.

However, in their opening encounter against Afghanistan, in which they lost quite handsomely, the difference between top tier, and an associate team became quite glaring, given how they performed with the bat. All-rounder Riazat Ali Shah, who originates from Pakistan, despite his resistance with the bat, earned an unwanted T20 World Cup record.

Shah, who scored 11 off 34 deliveries, registered the lowest strike rate (32.35) in an innings in the history of the T20 World Cup, where the batter has faced a minimum of 25 balls.

Shah bettered West Indies' Dwayne Smith's 29-ball 11 against India in the 2014 edition. Others on the list include Bangladesh's Alok Kapali, Scotland's Majid Haq, and West Indies' Lendl Simmons. 

Lowest strike rate (32.35) in an innings in T20 WC (minimum balls faced 25)

T20 WC Edition
Riazat Ali Shah11 (34)32.35Afghanistan2024
Dwayne Smith11 (29)37.93India2014
Alok Kapali14 (35)40South Africa2007
Majid Haq14 (31)45.16Pakistan2007
Lendl Simmons16 (35)45.71South Africa2021

The 26-year-old born in Gilgit, Pakistan has represented Uganda in 57 T20Is, and has slammed 1,212 runs, which include a top score of 98 not out, and has picked up 40 wickets at an average of 21.27. 

About the match, Afghanistan posted an imposing 183 for 5, riding on the back of a 154-run stand between Rahmanullah Gurbaz, and Ibrahim Zadran.  In reply, Uganda crumbled against the pace of Fazalhaq Farooqi, who claimed a memorable fifer which includes the wicket of Shah, who got his stumps castled.