Pakistan captain Babar Azam on Friday broke Virat Kohli’s record to become the fastest skipper to complete 1000 runs in T20Is. The right-handed batter achieved the feat in Pakistan’s match against Afghanistan in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup. He reached the landmark in 26 innings as compared to Virat’s 30.
South Africa’s Faf du Plessis (31), Australian Aaron Finch (32) and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson (36) complete the list of the top five.
Babar scored 51 off 45 balls while Asif Ali accumulated 25 not out off 7 balls, including 4 sixes in the 19th over as the Men in Green defeated Afghanistan by 5 wickets to complete their third consecutive win of the Super 12.
Afghanistan recovered from slumping to 39-4 after 5.1 overs to post 147-6, mainly thanks to an unbeaten 71-run partnership — off 48 deliveries — between Nabi and Gulbadin Naib, who both finished on 35.
Shadab Khan and Shah Afridi were the best of the Pakistani bowlers, having figures of 1-22 off their four overs.
Perhaps bettering them were Afghanistan spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman (1-14) and Rashid Khan, who only came into the attack after 10 overs but had figures of 2-26 and bowled the dangerous Babar off the last ball of his spell to leave Afghanistan in with a chance.
Asif had other ideas.