Babar joins elusive list of T20I batters

Babar Azam completed 3000 runs in T20Is, becoming the fifth men’s player and eighth overall to the milestone in the format, and also the joint-quickest to it alongside Virat Kohli.

The skipper became the first Pakistan batter to 3000 T20I runs during his half-century against England in the sixth T20I of the seven-match series. With Mohammad Rizwan rested for the match, the onus was on Azam to carry the Pakistan innings.

The skipper responded by donning the anchor role even as Pakistan lost a couple of early wickets in the Powerplay. Moving to 25 off 19 balls inside the first six overs, Azam completed his 29th score of fifty or more in the format.

He finished on an unbeaten 87 off 59 balls, accelerating in the end overs after making his half-century in 41 balls. The late aggression from Azam helped Pakistan to 169/6 in their 20 overs in Lahore on Friday.