PAK vs ENG 2nd T20: Babar Azam breaks Virat Kohli’s record, scored a century in a huge 200-run partnership with Mohammad Rizwan
A scintillating century from Babar Azam (110 not out) as well as a scintillating innings from Mohammad Rizwan (88 not out) led Pakistan to an impressive 10-wicket win over England in the second T20I and level the series 1-1 at the National Stadium. Gave. , Karachi Thursday (23 September). Electing to bat after winning the toss, Alex Hales and Phil Salt put on a quick 42-run partnership for England in the first five overs. Salt carried England forward and ran for a six against Mohammad Nawaz, followed by a four and a six by Hales in the next over.
During his century, Babar Azam completed 8,000 T20 runs – becoming the second fastest player to achieve the feat after West Indian legend Chris Gayle. The Pakistan captain broke Virat Kohli’s record of completing 8,000 runs in 243 innings, reaching the milestone in 218 innings. Gayle holds the record by scoring 8k runs in 214 innings.
These are the fastest batsmen to score 8,000 runs in T20 matches.
Chris Gayle – 214 innings
Babar Azam – 218 innings
Virat Kohli – 243 innings
Aaron Finch – 254 innings
David Warner – 256 innings
Shahnawaz Dahani turned it around for Pakistan in the final over of the powerplay and was on a hat-trick with the wickets of Hales and David Malan. England, however, did not go into a shell with Ben Duckett striking back with the bat. The visitors hit seven fours in the next eight overs and it all came in his 22-ball 43 for the duck.
When England looked dangerous once again, the hosts took two wickets in two overs and both the set batsmen returned to the pavilion. Once again, the visitors opened fire with fire and carried the attack to Pakistan. Harry Brooke and Moeen Ali added 59 runs in 27 balls with three fours and five sixes. The captain paid Pakistan for a dropped catch in the 18th over and ended in a flurry. With two sixes in the last two balls, Ali completed his half-century and took England to a total of 199-5 in 20 overs.
If you think Babar and Rizwan have been the problem…you are really not seeing the last few years!! — nasser hussain (@nassercricket) September 22, 2022
To chase down 10 runs per over, Mohammad Rizwan made his intention clear with two boundaries in the very first over. Babar Azam also took action with his two fours in the third over against Sam Curran.
The two shared the highest opening partnership in the chase, scoring 203 not out – breaking their own record which they set against South Africa at Centurion last year.
The biggest opening partnership chasing the target…
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan – 203 runs vs England (2022)
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan – 197 runs vs South Africa (2021)
Aaron Finch and Jason Roy (Surrey) – 194 runs vs Middlesex (2018)
Nama Ojha and David Warner (Delhi Daredevils) – 189 runs vs Deccan Chargers (2012)
Neil Broom and Brendon McCullum (Otago) – 188 runs vs Northern Districts (2012)
The carnage continued in the remaining overs of the Powerplay as the duo took Pakistan to 59/0 at the end of six overs. The boundaries continued to flow even after the fielding ban ended as both Rizwan and Babar scored half-centuries in 30 and 39 balls respectively.
Brief scores: England 199/5 in 20 overs (Moeen Ali 55 not out, Ben Duckett 43; Haris Rauf 2-30) lost to Pakistan 203/0 in 19.3 overs (Babar Azam 110 not out, Mohammad Rizwan 88 not out)
(with IANS inputs)