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French batter Gustav McKeon breaks T20I World record

CricketFrench batter Gustav McKeon breaks T20I World record

Srinagar: French batter Gustav McKeon has set new T20I World record with a century in the third T20 World Cup 2024 Europe Sub-Regional Qualifier tournament against Switzerland in Finland.

At 18 years and 280 days, French opening batter Gustav McKeon became the youngest Men’s player to score a T20I hundred, blasting five fours and nine sixes in a 61-ball 109 against Switzerland in Vantaa.

McKeon broke Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai’s record by more than two years, with the Afghanistan opener’s 162* from 62 balls against Ireland in 2019 scored at 20 years and 337 days.

Despite the century, McKeon’s France couldn’t finish the job, losing a final-ball thriller to their neighbours who chased down a target of 158.

Swiss skipper Faheem Nazir led at the top of the order with a 46-ball 67, with Ali Nayyer’s late-over heroics ensuring the last-gasp victory.

Nayyer blasted 12 off the final three balls, including a four off the last ball to break French hearts, meaning that the pair sit level on two points in group stage action. Norway lead Group 2 thanks to two resounding victories over Czech Republic and and Estonia, with the pair yet to get off the mark.

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