‘The king is back’, netizens react as Babar Azam’s century propels Pakistan to 10-wicket win against England


A stunning century from Babar Azam (110 out) along with a brilliant knockout (88 out) from Mohammad Rizwan propelled Pakistan to a thumping 10 wicket win in the second T20I over England to put the series at 1-1 the National Stadium, here on Thursday.

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After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Alex Hales and Phil Salt formed a fast 42-point partnership in the first five overs for England. Salt got England going with a six against Mohammad Nawaz and Hales followed it up with a four and six in the next over.

Shahnawaz Dahani turned it around for Pakistan in the final of the Powerplay, scoring a hat-trick with the wicket of Hales and Dawid Malan.

England, however, did not go into a grenade with Ben Duckett counterattacking with the bat. The visitors scored seven limits in the next eight overs and they all came from Duckett on his way to his 22-ball 43.

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Just as England looked dangerous again, the hosts hit back with two wickets in two overs, with both sets of batters going back to the pavilion. Again the visitors fought fire with fire and launched the attack on Pakistan.

Harry Brook and Moeen Ali added 59 runs in just 27 balls in a partnership of three fours and five sixes. The captain made Pakistan pay for the dropped catch in the 18th left and ended with a flurry. With two sixes from the last two balls, Ali reached his fifties and led England to a daunting 199-5 total in 20 overs.

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Mohammad Rizwan had to chase at 10 runs per over and made his intention clear with two limits in the very first over. Babar Azam also got into action with two limits of his own in the third against Sam Curran.

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The carnage continued into the Powerplay’s remaining overs as the two took Pakistan to 59/0 at the end of six overs. The boundaries continued to shift even after the fielding restrictions ended as both Rizwan and Babar reached 50 in 30 and 39 balls respectively.

Moeen’s decision to put himself on the map backfired as the two openers crushed three sixes to collect 21 runs from the over. Adil Rashid received the same disdain when he got two sixes in the 15th.

The Pakistani captain became even more dangerous as he reached his half-century. After reaching his fifty in 39 balls, it only took him 23 more balls to reach his three-digit milestone. With his 62-ball century, he became the first Pakistani batter to score two T20I centuries.

Netizens were impressed by Babar Azam’s knock, look how they reacted,

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The two star batters went undefeated as they chased the total with three balls left to make it 1-1.

Short scores: England 199/5 in 20 overs (Moeen Ali 55 not out, Ben Duckett 43; Haris Rauf 2-30) lost to Pakistan 203/0 in 19.3 overs (Babar Azam 110 not out, Mohammad Rizwan 88 not out ) by 10 wickets.

(With input from ANI)



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