Babar Azam’s Record Breaking 150 Propels Pakistan to Huge Total
In a spectacular display of cricketing prowess, Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam orchestrated a record-breaking spree during the opening match of the Asia Cup 2023. On a memorable Wednesday, August 30, at the Multan Cricket Ground, Babar Azam’s monumental knock of 151 runs in 131 balls not only propelled his team to a remarkable recovery but also etched his name in the annals of cricketing history.
Babar stabilizes the innings after early wickets
Facing the early challenge of early wickets, Babar Azam showcased his mettle by leading from the front and steering Pakistan to a commanding total of 342 for 6 in 50 overs against Nepal. His performance shattered records and rewrote the narrative of the Asia Cup.
The remarkable feat that set Babar Azam apart was becoming the first captain in the history of the Asia Cup to achieve a score exceeding 150. The captaincy had witnessed a similar awe-inspiring performance in the past when Virat Kohli held the record with his 136 against Bangladesh in Fatullah in 2014. However, Babar Azam’s dynamic innings surpassed this benchmark, securing his place in the league of cricketing legends.
Babar and Iftikhar launch an all-out attack in the closing overs
The Pakistani skipper’s journey to greatness began with the steady accumulation of runs, marked by his 19th ODI century, a brilliant feat he achieved in just 107 balls. At a point where Pakistan encountered a stumbling block at 111 for 3 in the 22nd over, having lost Mohammad Rizwan to an unexpected run-out, Babar Azam rose to the occasion and anchored the innings.
Guided by the able partnership with Iftikhar Ahmed, Babar Azam orchestrated a magnificent 227-run alliance for the 6th wicket. This remarkable partnership formed the cornerstone of Pakistan’s imposing total, infusing new life into their Asia Cup campaign.
Pakistan’s closing overs saw a staggering resurgence, with Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed mercilessly dismantling Nepal’s bowling attack. This aggressive display contributed to the 129-run surge in the final 10 overs, establishing Pakistan’s dominance and setting a formidable target for their opponents.
Babar Azam’s record-breaking performance extended beyond the boundaries of the Asia Cup opener. His achievement placed him in illustrious company alongside cricketing luminaries like Brian Lara, Mahela Jayawardene, and David Warner, all of whom have attained 19 ODI centuries. Babar Azam’s quest for excellence continues, as he stands just one century away from equalling the Pakistan record held by Saeed Anwar, who boasts an impressive tally of 20 centuries.
A second hero for Pakistan
In this remarkable match, another hero emerged in the form of Iftikhar Ahmed, who celebrated his maiden ODI century by remaining unbeaten at 109 in just 71 balls. His onslaught encompassed 11 boundaries and 4 sixes, complementing Babar Azam’s masterclass.
Babar Azam’s innings demonstrated his strategic approach, reaching his half-century in 72 balls before accelerating his pace to achieve the elusive century. As the innings progressed, Babar’s dynamism and fierce determination led him to a record-breaking 151, marked by 14 boundaries and 4 sixes.
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