LAHORE: Captain Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq smashed brilliant centuries, as a rejuvenated Pakistan mowed down a record run chase of 349 to spectacularly stay alive in the ODI series against a shorthanded Australia.
Recent win of Pakistan is the 1st after losing 10 consecutive ODI losses.
Earlier in 2014, Before this, Pakistan had successfully chased a target of 327 against Bangladesh at Mirpur
Pakistan cricket team skipper Babar Azam registered another record as he scored 114 runs off 83 with 11 boundaries and a six against Australia, leaving Imran Khan (former captain) behind.
Pakistan sealed a fantastic victory against Australia at Gaddafi stadium Lahore as the green side led by Babar chased down a target of 349 runs with six wickets in hand. Once again registered his name in the record books when he became the quickest batsman in the world to reach his 15th ODI hundred, on Thursday.
Earlier in 1990, Khan, while playing against Australia at Brisbane, had scored 82 runs, which was the highest total by any Pakistani against Australia until Babar broke it yesterday.
Babar smashed a century during the second ODI in Lahore to surpass South Africa’s Hashim Amla in the list of taking the fewest innings to score 15 ODI hundreds. The 27-year-old cricketer reached this milestone in the 83rd inning of his ODI career. Amla had scored his 15 centuries in 86 innings. No other batter could score 15 centuries in less than 100 innings.
Virat Kohli is 3rd on the list and took 106 innings to reach the mark of 15 ODI centuries.
Further, in the first ODI of the three-match series, Babar had become the fastest Asian batter to reach the 4,000 ODI runs mark, he was only one inning short of leveling Hashim Amla’s record quickest to 4,000 runs in ODIs.
Babar had earlier scored his 14th century in the 81st inning, and 13th in the 76th innings both quickest for the respective sequence number.