Pakistan’s 10th victory in 11 T20Is puts them in 18th place overall in 2021, but Babar’s No. 1 position is in Danger
On Monday, Babar Azam’s third career nought didn’t stop Pakistan from cruising to a 63-run victory over two-time T20 World Cup champions West Indies at the National Stadium. This was Pakistan’s 18th win in 2021, surpassing their previous best of 17 wins in 2018.
Babar was caught at the wicket on the second ball he faced by left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein, but a 105-run third-wicket stand between Mohammad Rizwan and player of the match Haider Ali, as well as Mohammad Nawaz’s 10-ball cameo, lifted Pakistan to 200 for six after they were 75 for two at the halfway stage.
The West Indies were bundled out for 137 in 19 overs, despite Pakistan dropping three catches. Fast bowler Mohammad Wasim Jnr produced three brilliant wicket-taking yorkers on his way to a career-best four for 40, and Shadab Khan was at his best, picking up three for 17 as the West Indies were bundled out for 137 in 19 overs.
Shai Hope led the way with 31 points, followed by Odean Smith (24), Rovman Powell (23), and Romario Shepherd (14). (21).
This was Pakistan’s 10th T20I victory in 11 games, and their score of 200 was their third 200-run total against the West Indies and ninth overall. At the same location three years ago, Pakistan was 205 for three and 203 for five against the West Indies. The best score in Pakistan’s history is 232 for six against England at Trent Bridge.
Babar’s first duck occurred against Bangladesh in Lahore in January 2020, while his second came in February against South Africa at the same venue.
Babar is now in risk of losing his No. 1 T20I status to England’s Dawid Malan when the ICC reveals the current T20I player rankings on Wednesday, following his latest failure. Babar now has a four-point advantage over Malan, while Aiden Markram of South Africa is currently rated third.
Babar will have to score substantially in the forthcoming T20Is on Tuesday and Thursday if he wants to finish the year as the No. 1 T20I batter.
While Babar failed to amuse a large audience, Mohammad Rizwan, Haider Ali, and Mohammad Nawaz did not let the fans down as they combined for 19 fours and six sixes from 101 deliveries after Pakistan was called into bat.
Rizwan hit his 11th half-century of 2021 with a 52-ball 78 that included 10 fours, while Haider hit his third career half-century with a 39-ball 68 that included six fours and four sixes. Nawaz joined the party with three fours and a six in a 10-ball 30 not out that helped Pakistan reach 60 runs in the final five overs.
Briefly, the following are the results:
Pakistan won the first T20I by 63 runs.
Pakistan scored 200-6 in 20 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 78, Haider Ali 68, Mohammad Nawaz 30; Romario Shepherd 2-43)
West Indies are out for 137 runs in 19 overs (Shai Hope 31, Odean Smith 24, Rovman Powell 23, Romario Shepherd 21; Mohammad Wasim Jnr 4-40; Shadab Khan 3-17)
Haider Ali was named Player of the Match.
The next match will take held in Karachi on Tuesday, December 14th.