Pakistan skipper Babar Azam turned the quickest to 14 ODI centuries reaching the milestone in 81 innings at Edgbaston, Birmingham within the third ODI in opposition to England. Azam additionally turned the second Pakistan captain to attain an ODI century on English soil. Solely Imran Khan had beforehand hit a century in England when he registered an unbeaten 102 in opposition to Sri Lanka in World Cup 1983. This additionally makes Azam the first-ever Pakistan skipper to attain an ODI century in opposition to England in England.
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Together with his eighth fifty-plus rating in England, Azam additionally broke Mohammad Yousuf and Zaheer Abbas’s document of most fifty-plus ODI scores within the format touring England. The third-wicket partnership of 179 runs between him and Mohammad Rizwan is now the best partnership for any wicket by Pakistan in opposition to England. His 158-run knock is the best rating by a Pakistan batsman in opposition to England in ODIs. The earlier greatest belonged to Fakhar Zaman who scored 138 in World Cup 2019.
The century got here after disappointing scores within the first two ODIs of the three-ODI sequence in opposition to England’s second-string aspect led by Ben Stokes. The Eoin Morgan-led workforce which performed limited-overs sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka has been in isolation after three gamers and 4 help workers members examined optimistic for Covid-19. It helped the guests put up 331/9 on the board.
Azam registered scores of zero and 19 within the first and second ODI respectively. Azam’s third ODI rating of 158 from 139 deliveries can also be his private greatest within the format. He was given two probabilities by England in 44th and 45th over when he was batting on 126 and 134 respectively. His record-breaking inning was laced with 14 fours and 4 sixes.
Azam additionally turned the primary Pakistan skipper to attain a 150 in ODIs cricket. His 158 is the third-highest rating as a captain in England after Kapil Dev (175*) and Glenn Turner (171*). He joined the checklist of elite Asian skippers as properly who’ve scored a century in England. Other than Mahela Jayawardene who has scored two ODI centuries in England, Imran, Dev, Sanath Jayasuriya have achieved the feat as soon as.
Earlier Stokes received the toss and elected to bowl first on a pitch that favoured the batters. Coming to bat within the fifth over, Azam performed 14 dot deliveries earlier than getting off the mark with a boundary.
That is Azam’s third ODI century in England. The primary two got here in opposition to England and New Zealand in World Cup 2019.