Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan set a world record on Thursday© ETN
It’s not every day that two batters carry their bats through the innings in a high-pressure chase and help their team gallop to win the game. Pakistani captain Babar Azam and his trusted deputy Mohammad Rizwan did just that as the hosts roared to bring the 7-match T20I series to 1-1, as the duo chased a 200-run goal while remaining unbeaten and also a whole new world record.
Babar knocked down a fine century to mark his long-awaited return to form, while Rizwan played second fiddle to perfection to score another impressive half-century as the duo set up 203* for the opening wicket, breaking their own record of 197 broke to write a script. new world record for highest partnership in a chase in T20Is.
It is also the fifth highest partnership for any wicket in T20Is.
Babar went unbeaten on 110 from 66 balls, while Rizwan scored an unbeaten 88 from 51 as the Pakistanis put on a show in front of the packed crowd at the National Stadium in Karachi, just 2 days after a draining defeat in the series opener.
The win breaks a string of three consecutive defeats for the team that had stretched from the Asian Cup.
Babar and Rizwan had put in a similar feat in the 2021 T20 World Cup as Pakistan took a comprehensive 10-wicket win over arch-rival India.
The victory comes as a much-needed source of joy for the country ravaged by floods and in desperate need of inspiration.
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