Pakistan faced South Africa in the third T20I at SuperSport Park, Centurion, on 14th April 2021. After whatever was witnessed from the visitors’ end, is worth notable and will be remembered forever in the history of cricket.
Here is what they brought up:
Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, who is criticized on an off for his innings missing power-hitting, describes the definition of that one can top the world charts by the classic knocks inclusion. He has been elaborating with the bat that ‘boundaries’ do not adhere to ‘imperfection’.
Babar dethroned Kohli to be the World’s No. 1 ODI batsman:
As the men in green coiled up a three-match ODI series versus South Africa, Babar became the world’s No. 1 ODI batsman. The International Cricket Council (ICC) took a longer tenure to update officially on its page.
As of now, Babar has dethroned Virat Kohli’s years of supremacy as he stayed ranked No. 1 ODI batsman for over 41 months. Starting his career way late than Kohli, Babar’s promising innings holding consistency has been granting a lot to his stat along with team stats.
Getting back to the glimpses of the third T20I, the two teams were in a do and die situation before the encounter began. As SA lacked their key players who have flown away for the Indian Premier League (IPL), Pakistan could have grasped an advantage.
This ‘advantage’ was unsure as the men in green had lost the 2nd T20I facing the same Proteas squad missing on their ‘key players’. It has taken a lot of courage to implement in – just to create a history.
Pakistan’s highest-ever successful chase in T20Is:
As the day began, the bowlers flopped in the first inning as the score crossed 200. Pakistan finally had a target of 204 runs in 20 overs to chase for.
Being known for ups and downs and unpredictability on and off, there were several jerks and mini heart attacks for the watchers. In the end, it was worth watching.
Babar’s highest-ever T20I score:
Babar and Rizwan joined the forces to chase for the hungry target. By the grace, the day terminated with one wicket down as the skipper’s supremacy yielded 122 runs coming from those 59 poor deliveries.
It was Pakistan’s successful chase in the t20Is along with Babar being declared on the top of the list of ICC rankings for batsmen officially.
Rizwan’s terrific part brought up Pakistan’s highest-ever opening stand in T20Is:
Mohammad Rizwan’s contributions are always unforgettable. The lad, who won the National T20 Cup for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was already expected to owe much more in his coming days – he did not fail to inspire.
Rizwan’s improving form as a batter and as a wicketkeeper is forcing the national board to keep him consistently in the team. He became the second Pakistani after Ahmed Shehzad to have a T20I century during the South Africa tour of Pakistan, thus, having tons in all three formats.
The Rizwan-Babar duo brought up 197 runs at the opening stand which concluded Pakistan’s highest-ever T20I stand.
Babar owed the highest-ever T20I score by any Pakistani:
Now, Babar is in the elite list of the Pakistanis with centuries in all three formats. This ‘list’ comprises of only three Pakistanis; Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Rizwan, and Babar Azam.
Maiden T20I ton for the captain:
Not only this but Babar’s 122, bringing up his maiden T20I century, is also his highest-ever score in the format. Probably, highest by any Pakistani.
Rizwan appearing in the Widen cricketers of the year’s list
If the praises were finished, Rizwan was also named in the list of the Wisden cricketers of the year on 14th April.
Hence, it has been a lucky day for Pakistan Cricket and the fans will absolutely be celebrating next year as they do Champions Trophy 2017 with the joy gathered.