Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam have been underneath strain attributable to their strike charges.© AFP
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan batted like rockstars towards England on Thursday within the second T20I in Karachi. Pakistan skipper Azam hammered 110 not out for his second T20I hundred whereas Rizwan scored an undefeated 88 because the pair accomplished a chase of 200 in 19.3 overs at a packed Nationwide Stadium. With 1,929 runs collectively, the Azam-Rizwan partnership has grow to be essentially the most prolific in T20Is, beating Indian stars Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma’s document of 1,743 in 51 matches. Azam and Rizwan have achieved the document in simply 36 video games. Pakistan’s 10-wicket win levelled the seven-match sequence at 1-1 after England gained the primary sport by six wickets, additionally in Karachi on Tuesday.
The 203*-partnership between Babar and Rizwan – the very best in a chase in T20s – got here a very good time for the duo. After Pakistan’s Asia Cup last loss to Sri Lanka, Rizwan and Babar got here underneath strain. There have been numerous talks in regards to the duo’s T20 strike-rates, however with their knocks towards England on Thursday, they’ve shut up their critics.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain got here out in assist of the duo after Pakistan’s win. “In the event you assume Babar and Rizwan have been the issue… you actually have not been watching the final couple of years!!,” he tweeted.
In the event you assume Babar and Rizwan have been the issue… you actually have not been watching the final couple of years !!
— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) September 22, 2022
Azam, who endured a depressing Asia Cup earlier this month with simply 68 runs in six matches, smashed 5 sixes and 11 fours off 66 balls, whereas Rizwan struck 4 sixes and 5 boundaries in his 51-ball innings. Azam’s hundred got here off 62 balls, including to his 122 towards South Africa at Centurion final 12 months. The pair reached 100 in simply 11.2 overs — their seventh century stand collectively in T20I cricket.
England, nevertheless, went on to beat Pakistan by 63 runs within the third T20I a day later to edge forward 2-1 within the sequence.
With AFP inputs
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