Babar Azam Hits “Special” Ton, Strikes Record Stand With Rizwan in Win Vs England. watch
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan celebrating after the victory.© AFP
Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam returned to form with a scintillating century against England in the second T20 International in Karachi on Thursday. Babar, who had a short Asia Cup campaign, scored an unbeaten 110 off just 66 balls and was involved in a 203* stand with fellow opener Mohammad Rizwan (88*, 51 balls). This is the highest opening stand while chasing in T20. Both broke their own record of 197 runs (vs South Africa, 2021). For Babar, who hit five sixes and 11 fours in his innings, it was his second T20I ton – the first for a Pakistan side to reach the milestone. Seeing the brilliant performance, Pakistan achieved the target of 200 runs in 19.3 overs with 10 wickets remaining.
Watch: Babar Azam’s brilliant century
Earlier, England’s stand-in captain Moeen Ali hit a swift half-century to take his team 199-5 against Pakistan in the second T20 International in Karachi on Thursday. Moeen hit four sixes and as many fours in his innings of 55 not out off 23 balls, after which England won the toss and elected to bat at the National Stadium.
Ben Duckett (43), Harry Brooke (31) and Alex Hales (30) also contributed to the run-fest as England posted 119 runs in the last 10 overs. Moeen hit two sixes in the last two balls of fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain’s innings.
England, who are on their first tour of Pakistan in 17 years, won the first game by six wickets, that too in Karachi on Tuesday, to take a 1-0 lead in the seven-match series. After the victory of Pakistan, the series is now level at 1-1.
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