Babar Azam record PSL Final, PSL 2023: Pakistani Captain Babar Azam recorded the fastest 9000 T20 runs, breaking the record set by Chris Gayle. His record-breaking knock helped Peshawar Zalmi to close in on the PSL Final for the record fourth time. Babar Azam’s record-breaking innings proved significant in setting up Peshawar’s total of 183 for 8 while batting first in the knockout match on Thursday.
The right-handed batter provided a solid start for the innings, putting on 60 runs for the first wicket with his opening partner Saim Ayub, who scored 23 off 16 balls. Mohammad Hafeez’s quickfire knock of 34 off just 17 balls gave the innings the necessary momentum in the middle overs.
Following Babar’s dismissal in the 13th over, Peshawar faced a collapse, losing five wickets for just 46 runs in the last seven overs. Despite this, Afghan fast bowler Fazalhaq Farooqi, along with Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Wasim, delivered a brilliant bowling performance in the final five overs.
During the chase, Islamabad United was cruising at 128-1 in the 14th over. However, Peshawar bounced back with an impressive display of death bowling which turned the game on its head. Their remarkable efforts restricted Islamabad to 171-6, thereby securing a crucial 12-run win for Peshawar Zalmi to get one step closer to the PSL Final.
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PSL 2023: Babar Azam record breaking innings
Babar Azam has broken Chris Gayle‘s record and become the fastest cricketer to score 9000 runs in T20s. It took him only 245 innings to achieve this feat, while Gayle took 249 innings. Virat Kohli stands second on the list, having completed 9000 T20 runs in 271 innings.
Babar Azam has established himself as a record-breaking cricketer, much like India’s Virat Kohli. Whenever the Pakistani captain scores big in any format, he seems to set some sort of record.
In the Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United PSL Eliminator 1, Babar Azam continued this trend by leading from the front with a scorching 39-ball 64 while opening the batting. His efforts helped Peshawar knock out two-time champions Islamabad with a 12-run triumph in Lahore on Thursday.
During his innings, Babar Azam hit 10 boundaries and scored at a remarkable strike rate of 164, showcasing his fluent strokeplay. This inning marked Babar’s fifth half-century in this year’s PSL. Moreover, his outstanding performance helped him become the quickest cricketer to amass 9000 runs in T20s, adding yet another feather to his illustrious cap.
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