Pakistan captain Babar Azam came to the party in the third ODI against England which scored its 14th ODI ton, albeit a bit late as his team had already lost the ODI series after defeats in the first two games. Azam hit a dazzling 158 in the match to help Pakistan reach a formidable total after being asked to bat first.
Pakistan came from humiliating defeats by England who won the first ODI by 9 wickets and the second match by 52 runs in Cardiff and Lord’s respectively. The Men in Green were scrutinized for their batting and bowling failures. The batting failed in both matches as Pakistan were bowled out for 141 in the first match and then could not chase 248 runs.
However, it got better for Pakistan in the dead rubber match in Birmingham as Ben Stokes won the toss and chose to chase a batting splendor. Fakhar Zaman fell for 6 runs, Imam-Ul-Haq, who had a terrible outing in the first two games, scored 56 runs and added 92 runs, while Babar Azam, who seemed in full control.
Babar Azam Reach 14de ODI Ton In 81 overs; Leave Hashim Amla, Virat Kohli And David Warner behind
Azam anchored the innings but scored at a good pace. After Imam got out, he got support from Mohammad Rizwan. Rizwan hit 74 in 58 balls with 8 fours and added 179 runs along with Babar Azam. Pakistan eventually scored 331/9 in their 50 overs. England’s Brydon Carse picks 5/61 and Saqib Mahmood picks 3/60.
However, the star of the first innings appears to be the captain of Pakistan who showed the world why he is the number one of the ODI batsmen and why he is so highly rated in the cricket fraternity. He made 158 in 139 balls and hit 14 fours and 4 sixes in his turn, taking Pakistan, to say the least, to an amazing total.
In this process, Babar became the fastest batter to reach 14 ODI hundred in terms of the innings played. Babar smashed a boundary of English pacemaker Saqib Mahmood in the points region to complete his ton in 104 deliveries. It was a typical Babar Azam innings as the Pakistani skipper continued to improve his strike rate as time progressed.
On the way to his 14de Babar left behind like Meg Lanning, Hashim Amla, David Warner and Virat Kohli to become the fastest as he took just 81 innings to reach the milestone.
Here is the list of the fastest up to 14 ODI centuries:
81 (innings) – Babar Azam – Pakistan
82 (innings) – Meg Lanning – Australian women
84 – Hashim Amla – South Africa
98 – David Warner – Australia
103 – Virat Kohli – Virat Kohli