Babar Azam in motion for Pakistan within the ODI match towards New Zealand© AFP
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam on Friday grew to become the quickest batter to finish 5,000 one-day worldwide runs to raise his staff to 334-6 within the fourth match towards New Zealand in Karachi. The 28-year-old beat South African Hashim Amla’s report throughout his 117-ball 107 for his 18th ODI hundred after New Zealand received the toss and despatched the house staff in to bat at Nationwide Stadium. When Azam reached 19 in his 97th innings in 99 one-day internationals he accomplished 5,000 runs, enhancing on Amla’s feat of reaching the milestone in 101 innings from 104 matches. Azam added 50 for the second wicket with Shan Masood (44), 127 for the fourth wicket with Agha Salman (58) and one other 41 for the sixth with Iftikhar Ahmed who scored 28.
Azam, who has been the primary batter on the Worldwide Cricket Council for the final two years, knocked 10 boundaries earlier than he was caught at deep mid-wicket off debutant Ben Lister within the 48th over.
Azam is the 14th Pakistani to finish 5,000 or extra runs in ODI cricket, with former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq on the high of the listing with 11,701 runs.
Azam can be the quickest to 18 ODI a whole bunch, beating Amla’s report of 18 a whole bunch in 102 innings.
Salman chipped in with two sixes and 4 boundaries in his 46-ball knock earlier than being caught and bowled by pacer Matt Henry who completed with 3-65.
Shaheen Shah Afridi hit three sixes and a boundary in his seven-ball 23 not out as Pakistan plundered 94 runs within the final 10 overs.
Pakistan lead the five-match sequence 3-0.
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