Babar Azam closes in on Rohit Sharma with Lahore hundred

The Pakistan skipper is now near the top of the list of batters with the most T20I tons


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Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

Published: Sun 16 Apr 2023, 9:06 AM

Babar Azam notched up a fine T20I hundred in Lahore in his 101st T20I to help Pakistan take a 2-0 lead in their home five-match series against New Zealand.

The Pakistan skipper put on a 99-run opening stand with Mohammad Rizwan, before the wicketkeeper was dismissed in the 11th over of the innings. Matt Henry, fresh off a hat-trick last game, sent back Fakhar Zaman's next ball to dent Pakistan further.

Babar, however, continued in the same vein, getting to his half-century from 36 balls. He stepped on the pedal thereafter, slamming 51 runs off the next 22 deliveries, including 36 runs off the last three overs.

He completed his century off the final ball of the innings, smashing James Neesham for two fours and a six in the last over.

It helped Pakistan to 192/4 from their 20 overs, and the hosts went on to restrict their opponents to 154/7. He shared an unbeaten 87-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Iftikhar Ahmed (33 not out off 19 balls) to lead Pakistan's surge in the late overs.

The 58-ball ton was Babar's third T20I ton. Notably, he is the only Pakistan batter with more than one hundred in the format. The hundred puts Babar close to the top of the list of batters with the most T20I tons.

Rohit Sharma with four T20I hundreds tops the list with five other batters, including Babar now, on three hundreds. Notably, both Babar and Rohit have 33 scores of fifty or more in T20Is, second only to Virat Kohli, who has 38 such scores.


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