2nd T20I: Babar Azam hundred powers Pakistan to record 10-wicket series-leveling win over England in Karachi

2nd T20I: Captain Babar Azam's stunning hundred helped Pakistan record a 10-wicket series-leveling win over England in Karachi. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar forged an unbeaten 200-run opening stand.

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Record-breaking Babar-Rizwan stand helps Pakistan hammer England in Karachi (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Babar Azam stormed back into form to hit his 2nd T20I hundred
  • Mohammad Rizwan and Babar forged an unbeaten 203-run opening stand
  • Pakistan beat England by 10 wickets in the second T20I

Pakistan captain Babar Azam stormed back into form with a stunning 62-ball hundred and struck a record, unconquered 203-run opening stand with World No.1 T20I batter Mohammad Rizwan to hammer England by 10 wickets in the second T20I and level the seven-match series 1-1 in Karachi.

PAK vs ENG, 2nd T20I: Highlights

Mohammad Rizwan did offer England a few chances - on 23 (dropped by Alex Hales), 32 (stumping missed) and 83 (dropped by Moeen) but the visitors didn't take any and from thereon, it was one-way traffic. Babar Azam was a bit slow off the blocks but once he got into his groove, we were treated to some incredible strokeplay from him. Babar roared back to form with a stupendous century and the spectators had a ball cheering for him.

In terms of getting answers to their shortcomings, the hosts didn't gain much as the middle order was not tested at all, while the other department of their game was quite below par on the field. Still, it's a win to lift the confidence of the team, and they will hope to get things fixed in other areas.

Earlier, England's stand-in skipper Moeen Ali scored a quickfire fifty to help the tourists post a daunting total of 199/5 against Pakistan. Moeen smashed four sixes and as many fours in his 23-ball 55 not out after England opted to bat first after winning the toss at National Stadium.

Ben Duckett (43), Harry Brook (31) and Alex Hales (30) also contributed to the run-fest as England hammered 119 in the last 10 overs. England, who are on their first tour of Pakistan in 17 years, won the first game by six wickets.

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