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14 Apr 2021
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam scored the fastest century in T20I format from a Pakistani batsman in the third T20i of the series against South Africa in Centurion.
Opening the batting with Mohammad Rizwan chasing a mammoth target of 204, Babar put Proteas bowling attack to the sword and brought his hundred from just 50 balls. Babar was dismissed after a 59-ball-122 that led Pakistan’s chase.
He broke the previous record held by Ahmad Shehzad who had notched up a 58-ball century against Bangladesh.
On his way to the match-winning innings, Azam also registered two more records against his name. His 122 against South Africa is the highest score by a Pakistan batsman in the international T20 games. Also, it is the second-highest score by any batsman while chasing in the history of T20I cricket.
Azam’s century and splendid innings from Rizwan from the other end helped Pakistan in chasing a big score with 12 balls to spare.
Interestingly, Azam had scored the slowest fifty by a Pakistan batsman in only the last game off 50 balls.
The day has been full of wonderful developments for Azam, who dethroned Indian captain Virat Kohli as the number one batsman in the ODIs.