In the second game against Afghanistan, Pakistan’s dynamic combo of Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq achieved a stunning ODI milestone and permanently inscribed their names in cricket history. They broke the record previously held by seasoned batters Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan thanks to their superb cooperation.
Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq displayed their prowess in a thrilling match at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota by forming an incredible 108-run combination. This important partnership played a crucial role in Pakistan’s thrilling one-wicket victory over Afghanistan, which they achieved by completing the difficult 301-run chase with one ball remaining.
It wasn’t Babar and Imam’s first notable accomplishment. Ten times in ODIs, this explosive pair has accumulated an astounding 100-run partnership. Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, who had created 100-run partnerships nine times during their remarkable careers, no longer hold the record for this feat. In 50-over cricket, Mohammad Yousuf and Inzamam ul Haq created eight partnerships of 100 runs.
Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq’s partnership grew to be a significant 100-run stand for the second wicket, giving Pakistan’s innings the much-needed steadiness. Babar added 53 runs off of 66 balls before he was eventually out. He made a brave effort. However, Pakistan briefly declined when Babar left, going from 170-2 to 211-6.
Afghanistan chose to bat first and set a lofty aim of 300 runs against the backdrop of this partnership. Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s outstanding 151-run innings, which featured 14 fours and three sixes, served as the foundation for their innings. Nevertheless, Pakistan’s bowlers mounted a comeback, slowing Afghanistan’s run of runs and regularly picking up vital wickets.
Pakistan’s batting started off with them losing their first wicket at 52 runs while chasing the target. Though batting lower in the order, Shadad Khan’s important 48 runs off 35 balls helped Pakistan get closer to their objective. Naseem Shah’s final runs ultimately led the squad to a glorious series victory.
Babar Azam offered his thoughts on the historic alliance and the result of the game. He emphasised the group’s emphasis on forming alliances throughout the innings and working to pick up speed in the home stretch. Babar’s upbeat view looked ahead to the third and final ODI of the series, hoping to keep the winning streak going.
“All praise to the boys. Simply said, our goal while taking the bat first is to form partnerships. I simply wanted to assess where we are after 40 overs. possessed the ability to bat later. Naseem has demonstrated good performance under pressure. Cricket requires constant improvement. You never feel content. must participate in the natural game. eagerly anticipating the most recent game. In an effort to maintain the momentum, Babar stated.
Pakistan’s ODI partnerships with the most 100-run innings
10 times each for Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq
Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf met nine times.
Mohammad Yousuf and Inzamam-ul-Haq eight times