ENG vs PAK: Babar Azam goes past Rohit Sharma in elite list, all set to break Virat Kohli's record to create history

Updated - 25 May 2024, 11:41 PM

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Babar Azam-led Pakistan suffered a crushing defeat in the recently concluded second T20I against England in Birmingham. The hosts thrashed the visitors by 23 runs to take the lead in the four-match series.

Asked to bat first, England scored 183 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs. Their captain Jos Buttler led from the front and top-scored for them. The right-handed batsman, who recently scored two centuries in IPL 2024, scored 84 runs off 51 balls with the help of eight fours and three sixes. Apart from him, no other England batter could touch the 40-run mark.

In reply, Pakistan were bowled out for 160 in the 20th over. Openers Mohammad Rizwan (0) and Saim Ayub (2) failed to give the team a good start before Babar Azam (32) and Fakhar Zaman (45) steadied the ship. However, once the partnership was broken, Pakistan's innings got completely derailed. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for 160.

"It was a par score, our bowlers bowled very well. In the batting, there were moments, but we didn't finish well. Small partnership between me and Fakhar and later on, there was no big partnership. If someone got 40 and 50s, it could have been different," said Babar after the game.

Babar Azam goes past Rohit Sharma:

While Babar Azam could not take his team home, he scored enough runs to go past India captain Rohit Sharma in the list of leading run-scorers in T20Is. The right-handed batsman is now only behind Indian superstar Virat Kohli on the list. 

Kohli is currently at the top of the list with 4037 runs while Babar has scored 3987 runs. Rohit is third with 3974 runs. Babar now needs only 13 runs to become the first-ever Pakistani player to reach the 4000-run mark in T20Is. He also needs only 51 runs to go past Kohli. With two more matches to go in the series, Babar would be looking to break Kohli's record and enter the T20 World Cup as the leading run-scorer in T20Is.

He can also become the first-ever captain to score 2500 runs in the shortest format of the game. The Pakistan captain needs only 16 runs to achieve the feat. He is currently the leading run-scorer as a captain in T20Is.

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