Babar Azam surpassed Amla-Kohli to set a world record for a century
Babar Azam: Pakistan captain Babar Azam has set another record in ODI cricket. The in-form batsman hit a century in the first ODI of the three-match series against South Africa at Centurion today. At the same time, the Pakistan captain has taken the top spot in another fastest record.
Chasing 264 runs against the Proteas, Babur played extraordinary innings of 103 runs. This is the 13th century of his ODI career. As a result, Hashim Amla, Virat Kohli, Quinton de Kock, David Warner, and Babar Azam set a new record for the fastest 13 centuries in ODIs.
The Pakistan captain has scored 13 centuries in the 8th innings of his six-match ODI career. Which is 6 innings less than Hashim Amla’s previous record. Amla scored 13 centuries in 63 innings; Where Quinton de Kock, Virat Kohli like 8 innings.
Babar Azam reached the magic figure of three figures with 103 balls with four hits by Anrikh Narkia at the SuperSport Stadium. However, he was caught behind the wicket just after the century. In the end, he scored 103 off 104 balls, where the Pakistan captain hit 18 boundaries.
Pakistan beat South Africa by 3 wickets in Babar’s century match to take a 1-0 lead.
Pakistan team was batting then. Babar Azam on the wicket. Leading Pakistani cricket statistician Mazhar Arshad tweeted, “The world stops during Babar Azam’s drive.”
Honestly, his cover drive is a monologue to cricket lovers. And so when someone like Virat Kohli or Babur is batting, social media becomes loud. Babur, who became the ‘nucleus’ of Pakistan’s three-wicket win by scoring a century in the first ODI of the series at Centurion today, was met by Pakistani cricket fans.
There are reasons for that. Pakistan did not get fewer world-class batsmen. Many of them have led the national team. But in one place no one was able to get up like that. No Pakistani captain has scored an ODI century on South African soil before Babur picked up a century today.
Babur, as a ‘pioneer’, made his way out with his bat. His innings of 103 off 104 balls were arranged in 18 fours.
However, his teammates sat down to make such an innings in vain. Pakistan has drawn the match that can be won by laughing at the end of the last over. Chasing 283 for 6 in South Africa, Pakistan won by 3 wickets. They needed 3 in the last over. The visitors needed that ball to make that run.
In the third over, Fakhar Zaman (6) was bowled by Kagiso Rabadar and Babar came to the wicket. Imam-ul-Haq’s 181 off 161 balls with him laid the foundation for Pakistan’s victory. Babar was dismissed after Proteas pacer Anrikh Narkia hit his 13th ODI century with four hits.
Babar contributed 103 runs for 18 runs. Pakistan’s collection was 17 for 2 then. Pakistan needed 6 runs from 109 balls. It is not difficult to score 6 runs.
Imam (60) was also out after one over. Bowler Narkia again. Nakia also picked up Danish Aziz and Asif Ali in 10 runs. Thanks to this fast bowler, Pakistan became 203 runs for 5 wickets. Mohammad Rizwan and Shadab Khan, however, overcame the danger. Rizwan returned with 40 runs but Shadab’s determination helped Pakistan start the match in the last over.
But the match was frozen in the previous two overs. Rizwan was dismissed in the 47th over. Pakistan needed 14 runs in the last 2 overs. Fast bowler Lungi Engidi gave 11 runs in that over. In that over, apart from ‘no ball’ (missed chances of bowling out), Shadab’s catch was dropped by Rasi von der Dussen, who scored a century for the Proteas.
Shadab, who scored 33, was dismissed in the first ball of the last over. Fahim Ashraf could not take any run in the next three balls. The fourth ball left incredibly! Pakistan needed 3 runs from the last 2 balls. Fahim took 2 runs in the fifth ball. In the last ball, Fahim got rid of the fielder who was in the equation point of 1 run. Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
In the 8th innings, Babar scored 13 centuries in ODIs. No other batsman has scored 13 centuries in such a short inning. Earlier, Fon der Dussen’s 123-run innings saw South Africa collect the wickets. David Miller scored 50 runs. Corkier took 4 wickets for 51 runs for the Proteas. Fahim and Shaheen Shah Afridi took two wickets each for Pakistan.