While there is no doubt about the ability of Babar Azam, the batting sensation from Pakistan. He has several records to his name already but today in the third T20I between PAK vs SA, Babar has shock several international records and name his way to several record books with his blistering maiden century in T20 cricket.
Babar Azam not only scored the century but it was also the quickest by any Pakistani batsmen.
Babar Azam also scored the most runs by a Pakistan batsmen in a T20 match.
Babar is already leading the ICC ranking with top position in ODI Men’s batting category and is at third spot in T20 rankings. But that will surely improve with the ranking updates.
Babar Azam as a skipper of Pakistan cricket team is also growing in confidence with every victory. Pakistan cricket team is finally winning regularly and the fans are ecstatic. In 2nd T20I South Africa batted first and the Pakistani bowlers were taken for plenty. Janeman Malan and A Markram had a wonderful partnership and both the batsmen scored quick fifties. Boundaries were coming with ease but once again some good death bowling from Pakistan restricted Proteas to a total of 203. This was however, South Africa’s highest ever total against Pakistan in T20s.
Babar and Muhammad Rizwan came out to bat in pursuit of this big target and played out the first two overs quietly. Pakistan has a poor reputation in big run chases but after two overs Babar and Rizwan opened up and were playing with full authority. Both were scoring boundaries at will, especially Babar Azam who looked batting ridiculously easy against South African bowlers. He played the inner ring field and had beaten the field everything scoring runs with proper cricketing shots. No extravagant slogs were played by the masterclass, instead it was his sheer class that made look a potent South African attack look extremely miserable.
Babar scored the fastest century by any Pakistani batsmen and posted his ton in just 49 balls. He went on to make 122 runs in just 55 balls with the help of 15 boundaries and 4 cracking sixes. His wagon wheel showed that he had played shots all around the park. Pakistan team were cruising and needed only 7 runs when Babar Azam got out by nicking one short ball from L Williams to the keeper. But the damage was already done and Fakhar Zaman came out and finished the game by hitting two boundaries in two balls to finish thing off for Pakistan and winning the 3rd T20I match by a huge margin of 9 wickets with 2 overs to spare.
This was the best innings of 122 by Babar Azam was the best innings of his T20 career and he said in presentation that he was hoping for such an innings and planned for it in this match. It was needed and finally he was able to make it. Babar Azam just crossed Virat Kohli as number one batsmen in ODI rankings and looks like he is going to take that spot from David Malan soon.
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