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2-1 lead for Pakistan
A 2-1 lead in the One-Day International series is good for PAK, but the hosts can’t maintain that advantage.
Pakistan lost the second match in Johannesburg to lose the series. Rizwan and Babar combined for a 197-run stand in 17.4 overs.
Babar became PAK top ODI scorer after surpassing the 111 not out of Ahmed Shehzad against Bangladesh in 2014.
SA bowlers failed to control the batting conditions, and PAK needed a three-figure score from one batsman to get back in the match.
The tourists were unable to do so, as Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan put on a 197-run partnership, the highest partnership ever in a T20I. Babar and Rizwan will now be seeking a century for the series.
Babar Azam’s batting masterclass against South Africa gave PAK a 2-1 lead in the four-match T20I series.
The Pakistani opener scored 122 runs off 59 balls, while a superb half-century by Mohammad Rizwan put the visitors on the board.
The unbeaten 73 by Rizwan was a landmark century for PAK and a superb start to the series for the hosts.
Mohammad Rizwan struck a century on his debut against SA, making his maiden T20I century.
The two combined for a 197-run partnership. PAK then chased the target of 204 with nine wickets to spare and won the T20 series 2-1.
The visitors’ bowlers struggled to keep pace with the Pakistani openers, allowing the hosts to post an impressive total of 220 runs in the first Twenty20I match.
Babar Azam’s 122
The batting performances by PAK are unmatchable. Babar Azam’s 122-ball knock included 15 fours and four sixes and took PAK to victory. In the previous game, Babar had scored 100 runs in 50 balls, but his innings was a little short of the total.
Imam ul Haq scored an unbeaten 89, but he was not even close to Babar’s total. The Pakistani bowlers also failed to deal with the batsman’s stroke play.
The 122-run knock from Babar Azam against SA is the highest individual score by a Pakistani batsman.
He and Mohammad Rizwan forged a 197-run partnership that helped PAK chase down the target.
Babar’s century was the highest individual score by a Pakistani batsman and took PAK to the finals of the three-match T20I series.
In the t20I series, Babar Azam’s 122 is the highest score by a Pakistani captain in a run chase. Babar Azam also holds the record for the fastest century in a T20I – he took a mere 14 balls to score his century.
He is the only Pakistani to have five centuries in a T20I, with Dawid Malan next. Babar Azam’s innings against SA has been overshadowed by the ODI series win.
The Pakistani captain hit a record 122 off 59 balls to lead his team to victory against SA. The innings marked Babar Azam’s maiden T20 century and helped Pakistan to win the series by nine wickets.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan stitched a century-plus opening stand. They were unbeaten when Azam was dismissed in the 18th over.
Mohammad Rizwan’s 73*
Mohammad Rizwan’s unbeaten 73 off 113 balls lifted PAK to a winning total of 213 in the first one-day international in Johannesburg.
PAK opener had scored 193 in the second one-day international at the same venue, making 27 off 19 balls before being caught behind off Tabraiz Shamsi (two for 29).
Rizwan said he had modelled his innings after Fakhar’s and that he had been told to bat until the end.
The unbeaten 73 by Mohammad Rizwan against SA was one of the most outstanding performances in recent memory.
The opener had been fasting throughout the month of Ramadan and yet he managed to score so many runs.
His knock also surpassed Ahmed Shehzad’s 111 not out against Bangladesh in 2014.
The Pakistani openers came in brimming with confidence and hit some timely boundaries, but the SA were unable to respond.
They finished the match on 203 for five and need to win the final T20I to tie the series. However, Rizwan and Babar combined for 197 runs and gave PAK the victory. In the second T20I, South Africa were unable to defend their target, having opted to bat first.
The 73* by Mohammad Rizwan helped PAK win the T20I series against South Africa. Rizwan opened the innings with Babar Azam and remained unbeaten.
Babar Azam and Rizwan put on an unbeaten 133-run opening stand in the third T20I, despite the fact that Rizwan was fasting.
Babar Azam’s sensational 73*
If you missed Babar Azam’s sensational 74* in PAK vs SA, you are not alone. Babar Azam has earned praise from Pakistan cricket fraternity on Twitter for his brilliant innings.
His remarkable 73* helped PAK beat SA by nine wickets. Babar Azam scored 15 fours and four sixes, which was more than enough to get the team over the finish line.
The third Twenty20 International between PAK vs SA ended in a thrilling game in the middle overs, with PAK winning by nine wickets.
Babar, who is ranked first in ODI batting, also made his debut in T20s. His 73* knock surpassed Mohammad Rizwan’s 73 not out, and his 122 off 59 balls helped PAK chase down a challenging target.
Earlier in the day, Babar Azam, who had scored a sensational 73* in a T20I, was out for a duck after being caught behind on the boundary.
Rizwan hit a boundary to mid-on off the bowling of Shadab Khan, who was not available because of a knee injury.
After his century in the first T20I, Babar Azam smashed a career-best 122 runs, his highest score in T20Is.
His opening stand of 197 with Mohammad Rizwan is the highest T20I partnership by a Pakistani batsman.
This record opening stand is the highest in T20I run chases for PAK. Babar’s innings came with an opening stand of 197.
Mohammad Rizwan’s sensational 122
Mohammad Rizwan’s sensation 122 against South Africa is the highest Test score by an Australian player.
The former opener scored 73 not out while fasting in the second innings. Rizwan has an impressive record against the South Africans, making him the 18th Pakistani to be named in Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
The Pakistani team is currently ranked number three in the ICC Test rankings.
After Babar Azam was out for nought off the first ball of the match, Rizwan shone with the bat. His unbeaten 74 off fifty balls earned him the Player of the Match award.
Rizwan then hammered a couple of sixes off South African spinner Junior Dala on his way to fifty. However, South Africa’s attack crumbled when the Pakistani bowlers invited them to bat.
After SA top-scorer Reeza Hendricks was out on ninety-six, Rizwan took a wicket from the other end.
After Babar and Rizwan smashed a sensational 122 in PAK third Twenty20 international against SA, Pakistan won the match by nine wickets.
Mohammad Nawaz, who is a World Cup winner, took two wickets for his side. Mohammad Rizwan surpassed Virat Kohli’s world record of 204 in a test match, despite being the second highest Test scorer.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan put on a record 197-run partnership. Babar’s 62 off fifty balls was a fine start to PAK innings, while Rizwan’s 73 off forty-nine were the key to the successful chase.
Babar and Rizwan’s 197-run opening stand is the highest T20I partnership of any Pakistani opening duo.