Babar Azam went past Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to register a big record with a 55-run knock vs BAN
On Thursday, the Pakistan team led by Babar Azam registered a thumping win over Bangladesh in the ongoing tri-series in New Zealand. In the 6th match of the series, Pakistan won by seven wickets courtesy of another good performance from Babar and Mohammad Rizwan.
After winning the toss, Bangladesh chose to bat first, and they did a pretty good job with the bat. Littion Das added 42-ball 69 runs, while Shakib Al Hasan scored 68 off 42. Thus, Bangladesh scored a decent score of 173/6 in the first innings.
It needed a good start and that's what happened when you have the world's best T20I openers in the team. Both Babar and Rizwan added 101 runs for the first wicket in 12.3 overs, and both batsmen also reached their half-centuries. Babar scored his 29th T20I fifty and made 55 off 40 balls.
Rizwan, on the other hand, scored 69 off 56 balls. In the end, Mohammad Nawaz provided Pakistan with the much-needed finishing touch. He scored an unbeaten 45 off 20 balls to seal the deal for the Men in Green. Now Pakistan and New Zealand will play in the final of the tri-series on Friday (October 14).
In his innings of 55 runs, the Pakistan skipper broke a couple of records. Babar has reached 11,000 runs in his international career and it took him 251 innings to do so, breaking the record of Virat Kohli (261 innings). Babar is not the fastest Asian batter to reach 11,000 runs in international cricket.
Sunil Gavaskar (262) and Javed Miandad (266) are at Nos. 3 and 4 on this list. The Pakistan skipper has made 4664 runs in 90 ODI innings, 3216 runs in 86 T20I innings, and 3122 runs in 75 innings of 42 Test matches.
Apart from this, Babar has also gone past the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma (28) in terms of most T20I fifties. He has now scored his 29th T20I fifty and is just behind Virat Kohli (33) in the list.