Just two days after Gloucestershire trolled Babar Azam for his poor performance against them in the ongoing Vitality Blast T20 league, the Pakistan star bounced back in style to play his career-best knock in T20s. He starred with the bat, scoring 114 off 62 balls to guide Somerset to a crushing 66-run victory against Glamorgan.
His knock came after he was trolled by Gloucestershire after managing just 10 off 17 balls against them on Sunday. Gloucestershire had taken to Twitter to troll the Pakistan batsman as they posted a video where Babar Azam was seen struggling to bat against David Payne.
Babar managed to score only 6 runs off 10 balls against Payne before he was dismissed by the left-arm pacer as Gloucestershire tweeted: “Rankings don’t matter on the pitch”.
Babar Azam’s reply:
Well, Babar Azam did not take long to show why he was the top-ranked T20I batsman in the world not very long ago. At present, he is at second spot. His stunning knock helped Somerset put up a formidable total of 183 for 3. The 25-year-old shared a fourth-wicket stand of 110 runs in 10.4 overs with teenage debutant Lewis Goldsworthy.
In reply, Glamorgan put up a poor display with the bat too as they could only manage 117 in 15.5 overs. With the latest defeat, Glamorgan are now out of the contention for the last eight while Somerset have kept alive their chances of quarter-final qualification from the Central Group.
Before his 114-run knock, Babar Azam had only scored 58 in four innings in 2020 for Somerset. But he stepped up when his team needed him the most as Somerset returned to winning ways after losing their previous three games. The Pakistan skipper’s knock was studded with nine fours and five sixes.
? 114* runs
⚪ 62 balls
? Nine fours and five sixes
Babar Azam hit his first century for Somerset in this season's T20 Blast and also became the third-fastest player to 5000 T20 runs ? pic.twitter.com/xe5qGy5ynf
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