Star opening pair Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, on Thursday, hammered England bowlers as Pakistan thrashed the tourists in the second T20I by 10 wickets at the National Stadium, Karachi.
Babar and Rizwan stitched an unbeaten 203-run stand and propelled Pakistan to chase down 200 with three balls to spare. The duo set the highest partnership ever in a run-chase in T20Is. They surpassed their own record of 197 that they put up against South Africa back in 2021.
In the process, Pakistan captain smashed his second hundred in the shortest format, scoring an unbeaten 110 from 66 deliveries with the help of 11 fours and five sixes. Similarly, Rizwan scored an unbeaten 88 off 51 balls, including five fours and four maximums.
Earlier, England posted 199/5 in their allotted 20 overs, with stand-in captain Moeen Ali smashing an undefeated 55 from 23 deliveries, including 4 fours and as many sixes. Ben Duckett also chipped in with a valuable 43 off 22 balls.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 22, 2022
Amazing run chase from Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) September 22, 2022
I think it is time to get rid of Kaptaan @babarazam258 and @iMRizwanPak. Itne selfish players. Agar sahi se khelte to match 15 overs me finish hojana chahye tha. Ye akhri over tak le gaye. Let’s make this a movement. Nahi? 😉
Absolutely proud of this amazing Pakistani team. 👏 pic.twitter.com/Q9aKqo3iDm
— Shaheen Shah Afridi (@iShaheenAfridi) September 22, 2022
— Hassan Ali 🇵🇰 (@RealHa55an) September 22, 2022
— Muhammad Nawaz (@mnawaz94) September 22, 2022
Chasing 200 without losing a wicket 😱 What an incredible batting display by the best in the world!! Babar Azam & Mohammad Rizwan putting on an absolute exhibition tonight 🔥👏 They timed that run chase to perfection! Well played @TheRealPCB 👏 #PAKvsEng
— James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) September 22, 2022
What a way to finish the game! This will go down as a memorable chase for @babarazam258 and @iMRizwanPak but also all of us as a nation. You can’t stay down for long when you’re the best.🇵🇰 #PAKvsEng pic.twitter.com/WGt6ON2kej
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 22, 2022
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) September 23, 2022
— Imam Ul Haq (@ImamUlHaq12) September 22, 2022
Take a bow 🙌 for these two!
Zabardast win for 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/Tb8xAYmaWo
— Naseem Shah (@iNaseemShah) September 22, 2022
Welcome back Babar! 😉
This is going to be a wonderful series. pic.twitter.com/VHHNOMZI70
— Fakhar Zaman (@FakharZamanLive) September 22, 2022
Class is permanent. The sheer dominance from these two champions. Congratulations skipper @babarazam258 on the ton and the ever dependable and reliable @iMRizwanPak – Allah swt aisay he jorri salamat rakhe, Ameen. pic.twitter.com/cvhldPWyGL
— Iftikhar Ahmad (@IftiAhmed221) September 22, 2022
Highest ever partnerships when chasing in T20Is:
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) September 22, 2022
— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) September 23, 2022
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