Pakistani captain Babar Azam and co-opener Mohammad Rizwan have formed a formidable partnership at the top of the order, and on Thursday they sewed the highest partnership ever for any team in a T20I chase as they hit 203 runs against England in the 2nd T20I in Karachi. They improved their own record of a 197-run tie in a chase against South Africa. After the match, the two spoke to Pakistan Cricket Board about their partnership and what drives them.
Both players acknowledged that they have good communication and understanding, and Rizwan added that they trust each other blindly while hitting.
“We trust each other so much that we often trust each other blindly. If he says, ‘Rizi, you have to hit’, then I do too,” Rizwan said.
“Because our communication is, we always try to understand that ‘okay now he can hit, let him do it now’. Just like in today’s innings, I hit more first. Then there came a time when he took over and we were able to achieve our goal,” he said.
Babar Azam, who reached an undefeated century in the match against England while Pakistan chased 199, said they keep talking to each other during the batting and that they always have a plan.
“We play depending on the situation and try to build a partnership and create a podium for the middle order so it’s easier for them. We plan it so we score 80-90 in the first 10 overs. We plan things over to about, which ones to take risks and which ones to play it safe,” said Babar.
“Like Rizwan said, sometimes he and I don’t click and sometimes I and he don’t click. But when we both play well, we’re in constant contact. We keep talking to each other and that really helps us. we go deep into it, we know we can get 10-15 runs each,” said the Pakistani skipper.
While Babar Azam finished undefeated at 110 out of 66 deliveries, Rizwan scored 88* out of 51 deliveries.
This was Babar’s second T20I century, with both pursuits.
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