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Babar & Rizwan power Pakistan to remarkable win over England

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Pakistan captain Babar Azam struck 110 and fellow opener Mohammad Rizwan made 88 in a record stand; England posted 199-5 after an unbeaten 55 from captain Moeen Ali; Watch the third T20I between Pakistan and England live on Sky Sports Cricket at 3pm on Friday

Last Updated: 22/09/22 7:17pm

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Pakistan captain Babar Azam struck a brilliant century to help his side pull off a remarkable victory over England

Pakistan captain Babar Azam struck a brilliant century to help his side pull off a remarkable victory over England

A stunning unbeaten opening partnership between Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan saw Pakistan pull off a remarkable run-chase to beat England by 10 wickets and level their T20I series at 1-1.

Pakistan captain Babar struck 110 from 66 balls, with opening partner Rizwan finishing on 88 from 51 deliveries as the hosts chased down a target of 200 with three balls to spare in Karachi.

England appeared to be in a hugely strong position after captain Moeen Ali’s unbeaten 55 helped his side post 199-5 having won the toss and chosen to bat, on a surface that both skippers had said they expected to favour the bowlers.

The partnership between Babar and Rizwan was the highest in any chasing effort in men’s T20 internationals, extending their previous record of 197 against South Africa in 2021. A seventh century stand between the pair also saw them extend their record for the most between any two batters in T20Is.

Babar’s century, which saw him strike 11 fours and five maximums, made him the first Pakistani batter to score two centuries in T20 internationals.

Pakistan’s remarkable batting display ensured the home side levelled the seven-match series, with the teams set to meet again just 24 hours later for their third encounter at the same ground on Friday.

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