Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan were a sight to behold on Thursday night as their dominant opening partnership helped Pakistan thrash England in the 2nd T20I by 10 wickets to level the seven-match series 1-1. Pakistan captain Babar Azam himself slammed a hundred off just 62 balls to smash many records. This was his 2nd T20I hundred and it came off after a dry run in Asia Cup 2022. Rizwan too showed his class with an unbeaten 88 off 51 balls that included 5 fours and 6 sixes respectively. On the other hand, Babar Azam smashed 110 off 66 balls that included 11 fours and 5 sixes respectively.
The 203-run opening stand is now the highest-ever for Pakistan in T20Is. Not to forget, theirs is also the highest run chase in T20 cricket without losing a wicket. The previous highest in international T20s was 169 by New Zealand vs Pakistan in 2016. In all T20s, the previous highest was 184 by Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Lions in 2017.
Take a look at fans reactions to Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan’ knocks…
This was the highest run chase in ALL T20 cricket without losing a wicket. The previous highest in international T20s was 169 by New Zealand vs Pakistan in 2016. In all T20s, the previous highest was 184 for Kolkota Knight Riders vs Gujrat Lions in 2017. Remarkable. #PAKvENG
— Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) September 22, 2022
— Shaheen Shah Afridi (@iShaheenAfridi) September 22, 2022
King is Back
Babar Azam’s coming in form is good for Pakistan
keep it up captain __
Alweys Love u &Pakistan@babarazam258 #BabarAzam pic.twitter.com/0SxeYSPnYZ
— Sohail Shafi (@sohail_shafi3) September 22, 2022
200-0. This is unreal. The best in the sport on the field together. We are in the presence of royalty.#PakvsEng2022 #BabarAzam#PAKvENG pic.twitter.com/Zg7KZVk9me
— Cricket insect (@000insect) September 22, 2022
What a way to finish the game! This will go down as a memorable chase for @babarazam258 and @iMRizwanPak but also all of us as a nation. You can’t stay down for long when you’re the best.__ #PAKvsEng pic.twitter.com/WGt6ON2kej
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 22, 2022
The Pakistan captain became even more dangerous once he got to his half-century. After reaching his fifty in 39 balls, he only needed 23 more balls to reach his three-figure milestone. With his 62-ball century, he became the first Pakistani batter to score two T20I centuries. The two star batters remained unbeaten as they chased down the total with three balls to spare and level the series 1-1.
(With IANS inputs)