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Babar, Rizwan declared the most destructive opening pair at the T20 World Cup

Babar Rizwan

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan’s captain and opening partner, have scored more runs in their T20 World Cup partnership than any other batting pair. 

The two have a total of 402 runs between them. The record was set at the Dubai Cricket Stadium on Thursday during Pakistan’s semi-final against Australia. 

This wasn’t the only world record broken throughout the match. 

Read more: Babar Azam breaks another big T20 World Cup batting record

Rizwan became the first and only hitter to score 1,000 T20I runs in a calendar year. It took him 20 innings to reach his goal. 

Moreover, during the semi-final match, Babar smashed another record set by India’s Virat Kohli. 

The Pakistani captain became the fastest player to reach 2,500 T20I runs, doing so in just 62 innings. Kohli had previously held the record, scoring 2,500 T20I runs in 68 innings. 

Babar Rizwan declared the most destructive opening pair at the T20 World Cup

“Babar and Rizwan have created a unique opening for themselves,” Hayden told AFP at the T20 World Cup.

“They are very independent players with their own styles but that blend and mix make for the perfect combination.

“They are unique and it’s special to watch the way they have gone about playing in this World Cup. They chased down a target against India for victory in a perfect run chase, none down for a victory that Pakistan will remember.”

PCB names 12-member squad for first T20I against Bangladesh

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Thursday announced 12—player squad for the first T20I against Bangladesh, which will be played at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium on Friday.

  • Babar Azam (Captain)
  • Shadab Khan (Vice Captain)
  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Haider Ali
  • Haris Rauf
  • Hasan Ali
  • Khushdil Shah
  • Mohammad Nawaz
  • Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper)
  • Mohammad Wasim Jr.
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi
  • Shoaib Malik

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