T20 WC: Babar Azam has so far scored four fifties in the ongoing T20 WC.© AFP
Pakistan captain Babar Azam scored another fifty and continued to distract from the front T20 World Cup 2021. Babar scored 66 runs in 47 deliveries while Pakistan scored 189/4 in 20 overs. During his epic battle, Pakistan captain Virat Kohli and Matthew Hayden equaled the record for most fifty plus scores by a batsman in a single edition of the T20 World Cup. Babar’s half-century was his fourth of the continuous tournament and thus matched Kohli’s performance in the 2014 event and Hayden’s fifty-four in the first tournament in 2007.
Babar started the tournament with an unbeaten run of 68 runs from 52 balls against arch-rivals India in their opening match in Dubai. He then scored 51 off 47 balls in his team’s win over Afghanistan.
Babar then struck another battle against Namibia.
The captain’s form was one of the most striking aspects of Pakistan’s unbeaten run in the Super 12 phase.
Against Scotland, Pakistan defended the 190-run target in style as the former were limited to 117/6 in their 20 overs.
In addition to Babar, Shoaib Malik also recorded a magnificent half-century when bowlers carried out their plans to perfection to record their fifth victory in as many matches.
Babar has scored 1,627 runs in the T20I format so far this calendar year and it looks good to add more to his score as Pakistan have at least one more match to play that goes further into the tournament.