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PAK vs ENG 2nd T20: Babar Azam smashes Virat Kohli’s RECORD, scores century in large 200-run partnership with Mohammad Rizwan

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A shocking century from Babar Azam (110 not out) together with a superb knock (88 not out) from Mohammad Rizwan powered Pakistan to a thumping 10-wicket win within the second T20I over England and stage the collection 1-1 on the Nationwide Stadium, Karachi on Thursday (September 23). After profitable the toss and opting to bat first, Alex Hales and Phil Salt placed on a quickfire 42-run partnership within the first 5 overs for England. Salt received England up and working with a six in opposition to Mohammad Nawaz and Hales adopted it up with a 4 and 6 within the subsequent over.

On the course of his century, Babar Azam accomplished 8,000 T20 runs – changing into the second-fastest to realize this landmark after West Indian legend Chris Gayle. The Pakistan skipper smashed Virat Kohli’s file of finishing 8,000 runs in 243 innings, reaching this landmark in 218 innings. Gayle holds the file by scoring 8k runs in 214 innings.

Listed here are the batters to attain quickest 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 round for Pakistan within the ultimate over of the Powerplay and was on a hattrick with the wicket of Hales and Dawid Malan. England, nonetheless, didn’t go right into a shell with Ben Duckett counter-attacking with the bat. The guests scored seven boundaries within the subsequent eight overs and all of them got here from Duckett en path to his 22-ball 43.

Simply when England had been as soon as once more trying harmful, the hosts struck again with two wickets in two overs with each set batters heading again to the pavilion. As soon as once more, the guests fought hearth with hearth and took the assault to Pakistan. Harry Brook and Moeen Ali added 59 runs in simply 27 balls in a partnership laced with three fours and 5 sixes. The captain made Pakistan pay for the dropped catch within the 18th over and completed with a flurry. With two sixes off the final two balls, Ali received to his fifty and led England to a frightening complete of 199-5 in 20 overs.

In case you assume Babar and Rizwan have been the issue… you actually haven’t been watching the final couple of years !!
— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) September 22, 2022

Needing to chase at 10 runs an over, Mohammad Rizwan made his intent clear with two boundaries within the very first over. Babar Azam too received in on the act with two boundaries of his personal within the third over in opposition to Sam Curran.

The duo placed on the very best opening partnership whereas chasing, scoring 203 unbeaten runs – beating their very own file that they set in opposition to South Africa in Centurion in final 12 months.

Highest Opening Partnership whereas chasing…

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 within the remaining overs of the Powerplay as the 2 took Pakistan to 59/0 on the finish of six overs. The boundaries continued to movement even after the fielding restrictions ended as each Rizwan and Babar received to their fifties in 30 and 39 balls respectively.

Transient scores: England 199/5 in 20 overs (Moeen Ali 55 not out, Ben Duckett 43; Haris Rauf 2-30) misplaced to Pakistan 203/0 in 19.3 overs (Babar Azam 110 not , Mohammad Rizwan 88 not out)

(with IANS inputs)

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