Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan captain Babar Azam beats Virat Kohli to set a new world record!
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In a historic moment on Wednesday, Pakistan captain Babar Azam set a new world record by going past India's star batsman Virat Kohli. The feat was achieved during the Super 4 match against Bangladesh at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Babar's restrained innings of 17 off 22 balls helped him reach the 2000-run mark in ODIs as a captain, a feat he achieved in just 31 innings, surpassing Virat Kohli's previous record of 36 innings. left.
AB de Villiers of South Africa is third on the list, having achieved the feat in 41 innings, followed by Australia legend Michael Clarke, who took 46 innings to achieve the feat.
In the Pakistan vs. Bangladesh match, Haris Rauf bowled two fiery spells while Imam-ul-Haq scored a brilliant 78 to give Pakistan a comfortable seven-wicket win.
After electing to bat, Bangladesh struggled against Pakistan's pace attack, with Rauf (6-0-19-4) and Naseem Shah (5.4-0-34-3) constantly causing trouble. Despite a 100-run partnership and double half-centuries from Shakib (53 off 57 balls) and former captain Mushfiqur Rahim (64 off 87 balls), Bangladesh were all out for just 193 runs in 38.4 overs.
The target proved to be no challenge for Pakistan, as they achieved it in just 39.3 overs. Fakhar Zaman's poor form continued and Babar Azam fell to a low delivery from Taskin Ahmed. However, Imam-ul-Haq's brilliant 84-ball knock, which included five fours and four sixes, carried the innings along with Mohammad Rizwan (63 not out from 79 balls). Together they added 85 runs for the third wicket and ensured an easy chase.
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With this win, Pakistan will now travel to Colombo to face arch-rivals India in their second Super Four game on Sunday. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will look to regroup and make a comeback in their next encounter