Babar Azam was at his best on Thursday night as the Pakistani skipper scored 110 not from just 66 balls to lead his side to a 10-wicket win against England in the second T20I of the 7-game run. The match at the National Stadium, Karachi saw Babar celebrate 11 and hit 5 sixes during his knock. Meanwhile, the innings also helped Babar become the first Pakistani batter to register two T20I centuries. Pakistan defeated England by 10 wickets to make the T20I series 1-1 with five games to go.
Watch how the world reacted to Babar Azam’s knock:
SIMPLE. THE. BEST.
— Pakistani cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 22, 2022
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— Zaru04 (@zaru04) September 23, 2022
Well played #BabarAzam.
— Abdul Khaliq Noon (@khaliq_noon) September 23, 2022
As Babar scored a century, his opening partner Mohammad Rizwan scored an unbeaten 88 out of 51. The duo set up an unbeaten partnership of 203 runs for the opening wicket, breaking their own record of 197 to write a new world record for highest partnership in a chase in T20Is. It is also the fifth highest partnership for any wicket in T20Is.
Speaking of the match, Moeen Ali’s 55 not out and Ben Duckett’s 43 helped England to 199/5 in 20 overs. In response, Pakistan reached home with 3 balls left.
Meanwhile, the win breaks a string of three consecutive defeats for Pakistan that stretched from the Asian Cup.
Pakistan had lost two consecutive games to Sri Lanka in the recently concluded Asian Cup, including a 23-point loss in the final game of the tournament.
Pakistan and England will face each other in the third T20I at the same venue on September 23.
(With AFP inputs)
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