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Babar Azam slammed the third century of his T20I career in the second game against the Kiwis on Saturday, April 15. Pakistan won the match by 38 runs and are now leading 2-0 in the five-match series.

Pakistan won the first match by 88 runs and the second by 38 runs. The Men in Green have dominated the Kiwis in the first two games playing at home. Their bowlers have taken wickets and their batters scored the runs.

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Batting first, Pakistan scored 192/4 powered by Babar Azam’s third T20I ton. He scored 101 off 58 deliveries 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.

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New Zealand reached 154/7 in their 20 overs in the chase. Mark Chapman scored an unbeaten 65 but there was nothing more from the rest of the batters. Five of their batters scored in single digits with Chad Bowes scoring the next best with 26. The Kiwis now need to win the last three games on the trot to win the series.

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Babar Azam is now one short of equalling Rohit Sharma who has the most T20I tons in international cricket. Azam joined the likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Glenn Maxwell, and Colin Munro, and with three T20I tons to their name.

Rohit Sharma with four T20I tons leads the list and Babar has a chance to equal him in the next game. He is the top-scorer for Pakistan in T20I cricket and is now closing in on 2500 T20I runs.

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Babar Azam Closing In On Rohit Sharma

Player Country T20I hundreds T20I fifties
Rohit Sharma India 4 29
Babar Azam Pakistan 3 30
Sabawoon Davizi Czech Republic 3 5
Glenn Maxwell Australia 3 10
Colin Munro New Zealand 3 11
Suryakumar Yadav India 3 13

“There was a bit of help for the fast bowlers early on but Rizwan and myself saw that period through, built a partnership and then Iftikhar and myself finished it off. We utilized the last five overs and got to a very good total. Losing wickets back to back is a concern and we will discuss these things, it does put pressure on the batters when you lose wickets in clusters. We have very good fast bowlers and they performed brilliantly” said Babar on Pakistan’s performance in the second T20I.

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The third T20I between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played on Monday, April 17.

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Anshuman Roy

A Hardcore Cricket Enthusiast Having Previously Worked With Cricwizz, Circle of Cricket, Times Now, The Quint, Cricfit and Now With Cricket Addictor.