Pakistan pulled off a record chase in the third and final T20 international on Thursday, powered by the powerful opening combo of Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam, to complete a 3-0 series whitewash against the covid-hit West Indies team. The West Indies scored a respectable 207 for three in their 20 overs, thanks to a half-century from Nicholas Pooran. As Pakistan chased down the target with seven wickets remaining and seven balls to spare, Babar and Rizwan put on 158 runs for the first wicket off just 91 balls. Asif Ali provided the finishing touches as Pakistan chased down the target with seven wickets remaining and seven balls to spare.
In the third T20I, Pakistan broke a number of records thanks to a powerful batting display:
Rizwan has been in incredible form this year, as he made history by being the first hitter to achieve 2,000 T20 runs in a calendar year, leaving his skipper in the dust.
In a calendar year, the following are the most T20 matches:
Mohammad Rizwan will be 2,036 in 2021*.
In 2021, Babar Azam will have a population of 1,779 people.
Chris Gayle scored 1,665 points in 2015.
Virat Kohli scored 1,614 runs in 2016.
In 2019, Babar Azam has a population of 1,607 people.
The West Indies may have believed they had the game won after posting Pakistan’s biggest T20I total, but the hosts were simply too brilliant on the day, instantly surpassing the visitors’ mark.
Pakistan’s highest T20I totals:
PAK vs. WI, 208 PAK vs. WI, Karachi 2021*
PAK 207 WI, Karachi 2021*
PAK 205 against WI (Karachi 2018)
PAK vs. BAN, 203 PAK vs. BAN, Karachi, 2008.
In addition, against the West Indies, Pakistan had the joint-highest successful chase. In Hyderabad in 2019, India scored 208 while chasing the West Indies, and Pakistan managed to match that mark in Karachi on Thursday.
Against the West Indies, the most successful chase was:
Pakistan 208, Karachi 2021*
India is ranked 208th in the world, and Hyderabad is hosting the 2019 World Cup.
South Africa’s 206 (Johannesburg, 2007)
India is ranked 182rd in the world, according to the 2018 census.
Pakistan’s 208-run chase was their greatest in T20Is, surpassing their 205 against South Africa in Centurion earlier this year. This year’s performance has been so good that Pakistan’s top three successful run-chases have all occurred this year.