Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan once again proved his dexterity in the recently concluded third T20I against West Indies. In a massive chase of 208, Rizwan, along with skipper Babar Azam formed a match-winning partnership of 158 runs for the opening wicket to help Pakistan whitewash the visitors in the T20I leg in Karachi on Thursday.

Babar scored 79 off 53 balls, while Rizwan made 87 from just 45 deliveries, including 13 boundaries. It was Rizwan’s 18th half-century in the format as he scripted history after crossing the 2000-run benchmark in a calendar year in T20Is. He is the first batter in history to achieve such a milestone in the shortest format.

Most T20 runs in a calendar year:

  • 2036 – Mohammad Rizwan in 2021*
  • 1779 – Babar Azam in 2021*
  • 1665 – Chris Gayle in 2015
  • 1614 – Virat Kohli in 2016
  • 1607 – Babar Azam in 2019

Earlier, Nicholas Pooran shined with the bat to help Windies post a humungous 207/3 on the board in their allotted 20 overs. The left-handed batter smashed a quickfire 64 off 37 balls with the help of eight boundaries, including 6 sixes.

Apart from the West Indies skipper, openers Brandon King and Shamarh Brooks also displayed top-quality batting, scoring 49 each to give the tourists a flying start. For the hosts, Shahnawaz Dahani was the most impressive bowler. In a massive run-fest, Dhani only conceded 23 runs in his quota of 4 overs and picked up one wicket.

Highest successful chase by Pakistan:

  • 208 vs West Indies, Karachi 2021*
  • 205 vs South Africa, Centurion 2021
  • 189 vs South Africa, Johannesburg 2021
  • 187 vs Australia, Harare 2018

“We are preparing for the T20 World Cup in Australia, and the team is giving 100 per cent. The way Rizwan has played throughout the year and the way he has improved his batting – all the youngsters should look at him and take him as a role model,” said Babar after the match.

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