Pak vs Zim: Babar Azam closes in on 2,000 T20I runs

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HARARE:  Babar Azam has been pitted towards Virat Kohli many instances and as soon as once more many observers have put them towards one another because the Pakistan captain is about to change into the quickest to attain 2,000 T20I runs.

If the Pakistani skipper achieves the feat within the upcoming collection towards Zimbabwe, he’ll change into the 11th participant to attain 2,000 T20I runs.

“Babar, who last week was named the number-one ranked player in the ICC ODI Rankings, needs 60 more runs to break Indian captain Virat Kohli’s record of fastest to 2,000 T20I runs, which the Kohli achieved in 56  innings,” mentioned the PCB in an announcement.

Currently, the Pakistan group captain has scored 1,940 runs at a mean of 48.50 from 49 innings. He is simply 60 runs shy of the landmark. Azam will likely be hoping to attain these runs within the first of the three-match T20I collection towards Zimbabwe that begins on Wednesday.

The batsman is in good kind currently and had not too long ago scored his maiden T20I hundred in Pakistan’s nine-wicket win over South Africa within the third T20I at SuperSport Park final week.

He was additionally awarded the ‘Player of the Series’ award for his 210 runs scored at a mean of 52.50 within the four-match collection.

“Babar’s captaincy has been on a constant improvement since last year series against Bangladesh. The men in green have won four T20I series (Bangladesh 2-0, Zimbabwe 3-0 and South Africa 2-1 at home and 3-1 away against South Africa) besides the 1-1 series draw against England, they are yet to lose a single T20I series,” learn the PCB assertion.

Pakistan seeking to slim hole with Australia on T20I rankings

The PCB mentioned Pakistan will likely be eyeing a whitewash to slim the hole with third-placed Australia within the T20 rankings.

With the not too long ago concluded collection towards South Africa, Pakistan gained two and consolidated their fourth place with 262 factors on the ICC T20I rankings.

Currently, England are high with 272 factors, adopted by India (270) and Australia (267).

“If Pakistan win all three matches against Zimbabwe, they will gain one point and narrow the gap with third-ranked Australia to four points. Winning the series 2-1, will still keep them to fourth position but will cost them two points and take them down to 260,” mentioned the PCB.

However, if Zimbabwe whitewashes Pakistan then the guests will likely be demoted and collectively share the fifth spot with New Zealand on 255 factors.

“On the contrary, if the hosts win the series or even a single match, they will climb one spot from 12th to 11th in the ICC rankings,” mentioned the PCB.

Head to move

On the face to face chart, Pakistan have received all 5 bilateral T20I collection towards Zimbabwe.

They have received all 14 T20I matches. Pakistan final visited Zimbabwe in July 2018, to function in a tri-nation match involving Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Australia.

Pakistan beat Australia by six wickets on the Harare Sports Club to win the match.