Babar Azam, the Pakistan captain created a massive world record during the second ODI of the rescheduled series against the West Indies. The Pakistan captain is toppling a record in almost every appearance of late, and on Friday, the Pakistan skipper yet again reached another massive feat in men’s international cricket history.
The right-handed batter scored 77 off 93 balls in the second ODI of the series against West Indies, and with yet another fifty-plus score to his name, he entered the record books for a massive batting record.
Babar Azam Scores 9th Consecutive Fifty Plus Score-The Longest Streak Recorded
This was Babar Azam’s ninth-consecutive fifty-plus score in men’s international cricket in all formats combined, which is now the longest streak for any batter. His streak began with a 196 during the second Test of the series against Australia, following it up with a 66 and 55 in the third and the final Test.
In the three-match ODI series against Australia, Babar Azam scored two centuries, registering scores of 57, 114, and 105* in the three games. In the only T20I against Aaron Finch’s side Australia, the Pakistan skipper scored 66. The Pakistan captain, then, returned to international action in the ongoing ODI series against West Indies, slamming a century (103) in the first match.
Babar Azam Had Gone Past Virat Kohli Becoming The Fastest Skipper En Route To Reach 1000 Runs As ODI Skipper
Incidentally, Babar Azam had also gone past former India captain Virat Kohli in the previous game, when he reached the 1000-run mark as the skipper of Pakistan in only 13 games. With this, he became the fastest captain to reach the figure in the fifty-over format.
Earlier in the second ODI, Pakistan put a total of 275/8 in 50 overs, thanks to contributions from Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq (72), as well as the lower-middle order. Their bowlers, led by Mohammad Nawaz’s four-wicket haul, reduced West Indies to merely 155 in the run-chase, as Pakistan took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The third and final ODI of the series takes place in Multan on June 12.
In the 1st ODI, Shai Hope’s century gave West Indies 305 to defend, and with their death bowling, they nearly pulled it off. The usual hundred from Babar Azam – his fourth in five innings – set Pakistan up for what looked like a fairly straightforward chase of 306, before a middle-order stutter let West Indies back in.
In the end, it was left to a gem of a cameo from Khushdil Shah, who smashed four sixes en route to an unbeaten 23-ball 41, to see Pakistan home by five wickets and four balls to spare.