With a remarkable win over South Africa in the third twenty20 international (T20I), Pakistan captain Babar Azam and his partner Mohammad Rizwan stormed the record books with several accolades to their names.
Pakistan chased the 205-run target comprehensively with 12 balls remaining and at the loss of just one wicket to mark one of the country’s most memorable run-chases.
The team score of 205 for one is Pakistan’s best in T20Is after their 205 for three against West Indies at Karachi in 2018.
Babar, who scored career best 122 and became the third Pakistani to score a T20I century, added 197 with Mohammad Rizwan for the first wicket to mark Pakistan’s highest opening partnership in the shortest format of the game.
The partnership is the highest for any wicket in T20Is against South Africa and is also the highest for any wicket in T20I run chases by any team. Previously, the record was with Martin Guptil and Kane Williamson who had scored 171* against Pakistan at Hamilton in 2016.
Babar’s score of 122 is the highest individual total by a Pakistani batsman in T20Is after Ahmed Shahzad who had scored 111. It is also the highest individual score by any batsman against South Africa. The score is jointly second highest in T20I run chases after 125* by West Indian Evin Lewis against India in 2017.
The Pakistani captain was playing his 48th inning of T20I career and with a score of 122, he took his total run aggregate to 1916; most by any player in initial 48 innings of career. The record was previously with India’s Virat Kohli who had amassed 1852 runs in initial 48 innings of his career.
The 26-year-old batsman has 18 scores of 50 or more, including one century, which is also the most scores of 50 or more by a batsman from initial 48 innings of career.
Meanwhile, wicket keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan remained not out with individual score of 73. This was the batsman’s third half-century in run-chases; the greatest number of half-centuries by a Pakistani batsman while chasing a target.