World Cup 2019: Babar Azam surpasses idol Virat Kohli to become second fastest to 3,000

first_img graphs World Cup 2019: Babar Azam surpasses idol Virat Kohli to become second fastest to 3,000New Zealand vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Having set a target of 238, Pakistan were 110 for three at the halfway point of 25 overs but Babar Azam rose to the occasion with his 101-run knock. advertisement view more view less commentary Anita Jat BirminghamJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 27, 2019 10:43 IST Babar Azam was adjudged man-of-the-match for his match-winning knock for Pakistan (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBabar Azam became the second fastest batsman to cross 3000 ODI runsBabar’s unbeaten 101 off 127 balls helped Pakistan (241/4) beat New Zealand (237/6) by 6 wicketsBabar became the first middle-order Pakistan batsman to score a World Cup hundred in 32 yearsIn a must-win match for Pakistan, Babar Azam walked in, displayed nerves of steel and stayed till the end of chase to send his side over the line with a 6 wicket win over New Zealand, who, till Wednesday, were unbeaten in the World Cup 2019.In order to remain alive in the contention for semi-finals, Pakistan had to win against New Zealand at Edgbaston. Having set a target of 238, Pakistan were 110 for three at the halfway point of 25 overs but Babar Azam rose to the occasion with his 101-run knock.”This is my best innings. the wicket was difficult and turned a lot in the second half. The plan was to go through to the end and give my 100%.”When we started, the plan was to see out Ferguson. But when Santner came on, the plan became not to give wickets to him and cover up later when the fast bowlers come on. The fans support us here in Birmingham, it’s great,” man-of-the-match Babar Azam said at the presentation ceremony.Babar Azam’s hundred is Pakistan’s first World Cup century scored by a non-opening batsman since…1987!#CWC19 | #NZvPAK | #WeHaveWeWill pic.twitter.com/EJzm7kMHVyCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 26, 2019On his way to his magnificent innings, Babar Azam also crossed the milestone of 3000-run mark to become the second fastest batsman to do so.Babar achieved the feat in 68 innings, which is seven fewer than his idol Virat Kohli. The 24-year-old is now only behind South Africa’s Hashim Amla, who achieved the feat in 11 fewer outings.advertisementInterestingly, Babar also got to the 1,000 and 2,000 run-marks also in fewer innings than Indian captain Virat Kohli.Moreover, Babar also became the first middle-order Pakistan batsman to score a World Cup hundred in 32 years. 103 Javed Miandad (101) and Saleem Malik (100) had scored centuries in the 1987 World Cup.With the win over New Zealand, Pakistan have now moved to the 6th spot on the 10-team World Cup 2019 points table and are tied on points (7 from 7 matches) with 5th-placed Bangladesh. They will now have to win against Afghanistan and Bangladesh to keep their hopes alive for a spot in the semi-finals.Also Read | Not thinking about similarities to 1992, says Sarfaraz Ahmed after New Zealand winAlso Read | Pakistan keep semi-final hopes alive after handing New Zealand 1st defeatAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Memes go viral after Sarfaraz Ahmed’s diving effortAlso Read | Pakistan can do anything: Sarfaraz Ahmed on World Cup 2019 semi-final chancesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Babar AzamFollow New Zealand vs PakistanFollow World Cup 2019Follow NZ v PAK scorecard No data available! Nextlast_img read more