Pakistan skipper Babar Azam on Wednesday scored his maiden T20 worldwide ton in opposition to South Africa, propelling Pakistan to win the third T20 in opposition to the Proteas.
When Pakistan got here out to bat, it was at all times going to be a troublesome job to chase South Africa’s mammoth 204-run goal. That, too, in a T20 sport.
Yet Azam rose to the event, once more.
With him, Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Muhammad Rizwan performed a spectacular inning as nicely, smashing an unbeaten 73 runs off 47 balls.
However, the day belonged to Azam who smashed his first century within the T20 format. The Pakistani skipper drove Tabraiz Shamsi for a boundary, mentioning his century off solely 49 balls.
As quickly because the ball made its option to the fence, Azam went down on his knees, giving out an emphatic roar earlier than thanking the Almighty.
For each Pakistani fan on the market, it was a sight for sore eyes.
Records tumble as Babar Azam, Rizwan see Pakistan to a different win
Babar Azam scored a formidable 122 runs, comprising a whopping 15 fours and 4 sixes, whereas Mohammad Rizwan scored an unbeaten 73 runs, with 5 fours and two sixes.
The Pakistani skipper proved to the world why he’s the perfect batsman after he toppled Indian captain Virat Kohli to grow to be the top-ranked ODI batsman on this planet.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan placed on 197, the fourth-highest T20I partnership total, and the very best ever in a chase, in keeping with ESPN.
Fakhar Zaman, who got here to bat after Azam was despatched again to the pavilion, hit two fours to finish the match.
Earlier, South Africa’s top-order batsmen — Janneman Malan and Aiden Markram — gave a tricky time to the Pakistani bowlers, as they hit a mixed rating of 118 runs.
Malan hit 55 runs off 40 balls, whereas Markram was in a position to rating 63 off 31 balls, which helped the Proteas obtain the 200+ goal. George Linde and Rassie van der Dussen hit 22 and 34 runs, respectively.
Hassan Ali conceded most runs, 47, from Pakistan’s bowling aspect; nevertheless, he took a wicket for the staff. Meanwhile, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Faheem Ashraf additionally picked up a wicket every.
Mohammad Nawaz took two wickets and conceded 38 runs.
The motion for the final two T20Is has moved to Supersport Park in Centurion after the primary two video games of the collection had been performed on the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
Both sides are utilizing the collection as preparation for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup that can be performed in India later this yr.
In the final sport, South Africa beat Pakistan by six wickets after comprehensively chasing the 140-run goal set by Pakistan.
South Africa’s Aiden Markram hit 54 runs off 30 balls, skipper Heinrich Klaasen scored 36, and George Linde scored 20 runs, serving to the Proteas stage the collection 1-1.
Pakistani bowlers had been hapless in opposition to South Africa batters as they managed to select up simply 4 wickets. Usman Qadir managed a pair of wickets whereas Hassan Ali and Mohammad Hasnain took a wicket every.
Pakistan reached a measly 140 for 9, courtesy Babar Azam’s 50 off 50 balls and Mohammad Hafeez’s 32 off 23. However, the remainder of the batting lineup failed to supply many runs.
George Linde did the large harm within the Powerplay earlier than Lizaad Williams, Sisanda Magala, and Tabraiz Shamsi joined in in a while.