Mohammad Rizwan, the Pakistani wicketkeeper-batter scripted history in the shortest format of the game. Rizwan surpassed Virat Kohli to join Babar Azam on an elite list.
Setting a new benchmark in the shortest format of the game on Tuesday, Pakistani wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan achieved the feat during Pakistan’s historic meeting with England in the 1st T20I of the bilateral series at the National Stadium Karachi.
Leading the batting attack of the Green Army in England’s first-ever tour of Pakistan after 16 years, Mohammad Rizwan smashed a quick-fire half-century for the host nation at the National Stadium.
Mohammad Rizwan Completes 2000 Runs; Becomes Joint Quickest To Do So With Babar Azam
Playing a gritty knock against the Three Lions in the series opener, Mohammad Rizwan achieved a massive feat as the star batter joined the likes of batting superstars Babar Azam, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Aaron Finch in an elite list.
Mohammad Rizwan completed 2,000 runs in the shortest format for Pakistan during the curtain-raiser of the seven-match series between the two former world champions.
Interestingly, Mohammad Rizwan eclipsed run-machine Virat Kohli by completing the special feat in his 52nd appearance for the Green Army. He surpassed Virat Kohli, who achieved the same milestone in 56 innings. Interestingly, the Pakistan opening batter shares the record of being the quickest batter to 2k runs with his captain Babar Azam.
Babar Azam Had Also Reached 2000 Runs In 52 T20Is
Pakistan’s all-format skipper Babar Azam also reached 2,000 runs in his 52nd T20I innings for the Asian giants. Last year, Mohammad Rizwan became the first batter to smash 2,000 T20 runs in a calendar year. The 30-year-old has amassed 2,011 runs from 49 matches for Pakistan in the shortest format of the game.
Talking about the recently concluded T20I meeting between Pakistan and England, keeper Mohammad Rizwan smashed 68 off 46 balls to help the Green Army post a challenging total of 158-7 in the 20-over contest.
While Mohammad Rizwan notched up a sublime half-century, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam scored 31 off 24 balls in the series opener at Karachi.
However, the keeper’s batting heroics went in vain as Pakistan were upstaged by Jos Buttler-led England in the 1st T20I at Karachi. Alex Hales’ 40-ball 53 guided England to a 6-wicket win over the hosts in the Karachi encounter.
Alex Hales made a half-century on his first England appearance in more than three years as the tourists began their seven-match series by completing a comfortable chase under the Karachi floodlights. Alex Hales fell for 53 off 40 with 17 needed but an unbeaten 42 from Harry Brook, in his fifth T20I, saw England home with four balls to spare.
Debutant left-arm fast bowler Luke Wood grabbed 3-24 to help limit Pakistan to 158-7 after England captain Moeen Ali won the toss in his country of roots and elected to field.
England 160 for 4 (Hales 53, Brook 42*) beat Pakistan 158 for 7 (Rizwan 68, Wood 3-24) by six wickets