Pakistan, led by Babar Azam, has a commanding lead over England, led by Moeen Ali, in the ongoing seven-match series. In the sixth Twenty20 International of the seven-match series, Babar and company will take on an England team without Jos Buttler on Friday at the Gaddafi Stadium. Mohammad Rizwan of Pakistan blasted 63 runs off of only 36 balls as the hosts defeated the Three Lions by 6 runs in Lahore. Babar completes 3000 runs in T20I is news of the day!
Babar completes 3000 runs in T20I
Babar Azam, captain of the Pakistani cricket team, became the first player in the sport’s shortest format to reach the 3,000-run mark. The T20I encounter versus England at Gaddafi Stadium was another feather in the player’s crown. Babar reaches this milestone in 81 innings, making him the fifth player to do so.
Ex-India captain Virat Kohli is the other player to reach the mark in the same amount of games. Pakistan and England are in the middle of the sixth game in a seven-game series. Babar smacked seven fours and three sixes while racking up 87 runs off of 59 balls. Pakistan is currently leading the series 4-3.
During the second T20 match, the captain also scored a century, breaking his centuryless streak. Rizwan, Pakistan’s opening batsman, scored the most runs of any player in the series. During England’s current tour of Asia, Rizwan has scored 315 runs in five matches. Babar, the captain of Pakistan, and Rizwan’s batting partner, failed miserably in the fifth T20I against England.
Pakistan’s all-format skipper was out for 9 off of 12 balls in their previous game. If Babar performs better than he did in the fifth T20I against England, he will also go down in history on Friday. The Green Army’s best hitter needs only 52 more runs to reach 3,000 in the shortest format. Babar has a chance to become only the fifth player in T20I cricket history to achieve 3,000 runs, joining the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in an elite group.