Like Virat Kohli, Babar Azam was also out of rhythm. Like Kohli, he also returned to the rhythm with hundreds. At the same time, Kohli was the Pakistan captain.
Babar scored an unbeaten 110 off 66 balls in the second T20 against England in Karachi on Thursday. Along with that, he reached 8,000 runs in T20 cricket. It took him 218 innings to reach this milestone. He dropped Kohli. The former India captain took 243 innings to reach the milestone of 8000 runs in T20I cricket. Chris Gayle still tops this list. This West Indies batsman reached the milestone of eight thousand runs in 213 innings.
The opening pair of Babar and Mohammad Rizwan saw Pakistan win by 10 wickets. Batting first, England scored 199 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs. In reply, Pakistan reached the target without losing a wicket with three balls to spare. Rizwan remains unbeaten with 88 runs off 51 balls. Babar’s innings has 11 fours and five sixes. Rizwan hit five fours, four sixes.
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The opening pair also held a world record. This is the highest run-chasing pair in an innings in T20 Internationals. Babar-Rizwan broke their own record. The pair scored 197 against South Africa in 2021.
Babar-Rizwan are now number one in total runs for any wicket pair in T20 Internationals. This pair scored 1929 runs after playing a total of 36 innings. Average 56.73. These include seven hundreds, six fifties. They topped the Indian duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma on Thursday. The Indian pair have 1743 runs in 52 T20I innings.
Babar also made a personal record in this match. He holds the record of winning the most T20I matches as a Pakistan captain. Babar led the country in a total of 49 matches and won 30 matches. Sarfaraz Ahmed was on top. He captained 37 matches and won 29 matches.
Pakistan leveled the seven-match series by winning the second T20 match on Thursday. England won the first match by 6 wickets. Next match is Friday.
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