World Cup 2019: Babar Azam surpasses idol Virat Kohli to become second fastest to 3,000

In a must-win match for Pakistan, Babar Azam walked in, displayed nerves of steel and stayed till the end of chase to send his side over the line with a 6 wicket win over New Zealand, who, till Wednesday, were unbeaten in the World Cup 2019.In order to remain alive in the contention for semi-finals, Pakistan had to win against New Zealand at Edgbaston. Having set a target of 238, Pakistan were 110 for three at the halfway point of 25 overs but Babar Azam rose to the occasion with his 101-run knock.
“This is my best innings. the wicket was difficult and turned a lot in the second half. The plan was to go through to the end and give my 100%.
“When we started, the plan was to see out Ferguson. But when Santner came on, the plan became not to give wickets to him and cover up later when the fast bowlers come on. The fans support us here in Birmingham, it’s great,” man-of-the-match Babar Azam said at the presentation ceremony.
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On his way to his magnificent innings, Babar Azam also crossed the milestone of 3000-run mark to become the second fastest batsman to do so.
Babar achieved the feat in 68 innings, which is seven fewer than his idol Virat Kohli. The 24-year-old is now only behind South Africa’s Hashim Amla, who achieved the feat in 11 fewer outings.