Twitter Reactions: Babar’s 86, Malik’s cameo lifts Pakistan to 197/5

Babar Azam scored a scintillating 86 runs for Pakistan.

Babar Azam
Pakistani batsman Babar Azam. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Babar Azam’s 54-ball 86 has helped Pakistan set up a competitive score of 197/5, just three runs short of 200. The Pakistan fans got their money’s worth, as the top order batsman scored 10 boundaries and two sixes. Clearly, it has been a night to remember and we still have World XI’s reply left.

Morne Morkel provided an early strike for the World XI side, by dismissing dangerous Fakhar Zaman for 8 runs in the very first over. Ahmed Shehzad and Babar then went on to stitch a 122 run partnership in quick time. Shehzad made 39 before the humid climate got the better of him, and he went back to the pavilion, becoming a victim to all-rounder Ben Cutting. Along with Morkel, the all-rounder bowled very well and kept the run flow under control.


Solid batting by Pakistan

Shoaib Malik provided some big strikes towards the end of the innings, and played a good solid cameo. The veteran scored 38 runs off just two balls; scoring 2 sixes and 4 fours. Babar missed out on becoming the highest individual scorer for Pakistan in T20I, as he was caught by David Miller off the bowling of Imran Tahir. Former skipper Misbah Ul Haq’s 87 in the year 2008 is at the top.

Big final over

Morkel ended his 4 overs for 1/32, while spinner Tahir, who bowled cleverly, changing his length consistently, had figures of 1/34. Grant Elliott also rolled his arm but went wicketless. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed missed out on scoring a biggie, and went back with single digit. Debutant Faheem Ashraf came in to bat in the last over but could not open his account. Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera was expensive in the last over, and he went for 51 runs in his four overs. All-rounder Imad Wasim smacked two sixes in the last over, before Malik whooped one to get Pakistan to a massive total.  Let’s check out the best tweets from the 1st innings: