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Mohammad Rizwan levels T20I record set by Rohit Sharma

Pakistan's wicket-keeper batsman achieves another T20I milestone with victory over Canada

By Web Desk
June 12, 2024
This combination of images shows Pakistans Mohammad Rizwan and Indias Rohit Sharma in action. — AFP/Files
This combination of images shows Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan and India's Rohit Sharma in action. — AFP/Files

Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan has equalled India skipper Rohit Sharma's T20 International record during the Green Shirts' seven-wicket victory over Canada on Tuesday.

Pakistan secured their first win in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 by defeating Canada, keeping their hopes alive for advancing to the Super 8 phase of the tournament.

During the match, Rizwan, with his run-a-ball knock of 53, achieved another milestone in his T20I career. Both Rizwan and Rohit have surpassed a total of 30 fifty-plus scores as openers in the shortest format, NDTV reported.

Babar Azam's men achieved this crucial victory by chasing down a target of 107 runs in 17.3 overs at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium.

The Men in Green were left in a do-or-die state as after suffering back-to-back losses against USA and India but their triumph over Canada came as a breather, winning them crucial two points.

The match saw Pakistan bounce back despite a shaky start when they failed to score a boundary in the first four overs.

Saim Ayub soon departed for the pavilion after scoring just six runs, leaving the Green Shirts 20-1 in 4.2 overs.

However, Pakistan continued to play with caution as Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan formed a 63-run partnership, giving the 32-year-old wicket-keeper batsman a new T20I achievement that he shares with India's 37-year-old captain.

Pakistan skipper trails behind them in second place on the list with 28 fifty-plus scores as an opener.

He is followed by Australia opener David Warner who sits in third place with a total 27 fifty-plus scores.