Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan set a world record on Thursday© AFP
It is not every day that two batsmen carry their bat through an innings under high pressure and help their team win the match on a canter. Pakistan captain Babar Azam and his trusted deputy Mohammad Rizwan did exactly that as the hosts leveled the 7-match T20I series at 1-1 as both remained unbeaten and chased down the target of 200 runs. And made a new one too. world record.
Babar scored a scintillating century to signal a return to the long-awaited form, while Rizwan seconded to perfection and scored another impressive half-century as the duo posted 203* for the opening wicket, their own tally of 197. Breaking the same record, Script A new world record for highest partnership in a T20I chase.
This is the fifth highest partnership for any wicket in T20Is.
Babar remained unbeaten on 110 off 66 balls while Rizwan smashed an unbeaten 88 off 51 as the Pakistanis demonstrated to the capacity crowd just 2 days after their loss in the first match of the series at the National Stadium in Karachi.
The win breaks one run of three consecutive losses for a team that was drawn from the Asia Cup.
Babar and Rizwan had a similar performance in the 2021 T20 World Cup as Pakistan registered a comprehensive 10-wicket win over arch-rivals India.
This victory comes as a much-needed source of happiness for a country that has been devastated by the floods and is in dire need of some inspiration.
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