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#PAKvSA: Babar Azam’s brilliant knock help Pakistan thrash home team in 3rd T20I

Pakistan beat South Africa by 9 wickets in the third T20 match thanks to a brilliant century by captain Babar Azam and a half-century by Mohammad Rizwan.

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan put on 197, the fourth-highest T20I partnership overall, and the highest ever in a chase.

Pakistan achieved the target of 204 runs given by South Africa in the 18th over.

In this match being played in Centurion on Wednesday, Pakistan decided to field first after winning the toss against South Africa.

The national team captain’s decision proved to be wrong when the South African openers crossed the 100 marks in the first 10 overs without losing a wicket.

In the eleventh over of the innings, Aiden Markram was dismissed for smoky 63-run innings, but the home team’s score did not slow down.

One batsman after another came on the wicket and contributed and thus South Africa put up a mountain-like total of 203 runs on the board.

In addition to Markram, South Africa’s Yaniman Milan scored 55, Vander Dawson 34, George Linda 22, and Heinrich Klaassen 15 runs.

For Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz took two wickets while Hassan Ali, Fahim Ashraf, and Shaheen Afridi took one wicket each.

Pakistan´s captain Babar Azam (R) celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) as Pakistan´s Mohammad Rizwan (L) looks on during the third Twenty20 international cricket match between South Africa and Pakistan at SuperSport Park in Centurion on April 14, 2021. — AFP

In pursuit of the target, Muhammad Rizwan and captain Babar Azam’s partnership made the 204 runs also fell short for the Proteas to defend.

Babar Azam hit 122 runs, comprising a whopping 15 fours and four sixes, while Mohammad Rizwan scored an unbeaten 73 runs, with five fours and two sixes leading the team to a crucial victory. 

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Here is how Twitter reacting to Babar Azam’s brilliant knock:

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