Openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan set up a record-breaking partnership as Pakistan defeated England on Thursday in the second game of the T20I seven-game series at the National Stadium in Karachi. Babar anchored the pursuit in Pakistan with an unbeaten 110 from 66 balls, while Rizwan completed him with an unbeaten 88 from just 51 balls. Babar and Rizwan chased a goal of 200 and took over the house with three balls. While Rizwan was on top form for the team, Babar’s form had declined slightly during the Asian Cup.
The Pakistani captain, however, silenced his critics and helped his team make the seven-game run to 1-1.
Analyzing Pakistan’s pursuit, former Indian batter Aakash Chopra said that while Babar may be more skilled than his opening partner, Rizwan is more important in terms of their partnership.
“Watching highlights of Pak’s great chase from last night…although there is no discussion of who is more skilled between Babar and Rizwan, I strongly feel it is the latter that is more important in their partnership. Especially in the PP overs. Thoughts/observations welcome,” Chopra tweeted.
Looking at the highlights of Pak’s great chase from last night… while there’s no discussion of who is more skilled between Babar and Rizwan, I strongly feel the latter is more important in their partnership. Especially in the PP-overs. Thoughts/comments welcome
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 23, 2022
Notably, it was Rizwan who took on the role of aggressor early in the innings, with Babar starting cautiously.
However, after completing his fifty, Babar accelerated the innings with his effortless power-hitting.
Speaking of Thursday’s game, Moeen Ali’s 55 and Ben Duckett’s 43 helped England to 199/5 in 20 overs. In response, Pakistan reached home with 3 balls left.
Meanwhile, the win breaks a string of three consecutive defeats for Pakistan that stretched from the Asian Cup.
Pakistan and England will face each other on Friday in the third T20I of the seven-game series.
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