Pakistan’s Babar Azam struck his second 20-year jubilee to prepare for Somerset’s victory over Hampshire in the T20 blast in England.
Babar, the No. 1 batsman on the MRF Tires ICC T20I Ranking, put his bat on Friday, August 9, in Southampton to a career high of 102 * in 55 balls. The milestone came with a final ball of six over a square leg – one of six six, which he beat with seven fours in the innings. The second fifty came in only 23 balls.
It took its side to 202/4. Babar then took two catches when Hampshire was reduced to 69/6 in 12.1 Overs before rain washed out the rest of the game.
Babar, who now has a career T20 average of 42.6 and a hit rate of 123.73, was in good shape in the tournament. He is the leading scorer with 425 runs in eight innings, 99 more than his nearest rival, D’Arcy Short. In the previous game between the same teams he had made 95 *.
“You can see Babar is No. 1 in the world for a reason,” said Tom Abell, the captain of Somerset, who shared a stand with the Pakistani with 113 runs. “He plays a different game than the rest of us, with the punches he plays and how clean he hits the ball, and it’s amazing for younger guys to be at the other end and in the locker room.
“Some of the shots he plays only take your breath away. The nice thing about Babar is that he plays real cricket punches all the time and we can fly around him. “