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Babar Azam beat Martin Guptill to Become the Third top Run-Getter in the T20I

On Friday, Babar Azam, Pakistan’s best batsman, completed a meaningful milestone by becoming the third-highest run-scorer in T20 Internationals (T20Is), higher than Martin Guptill. Despite his resilient half-century in Pakistan’s 46-run loss to New Zealand, Babar currently has 3,542 runs in just 99 innings at almost 41.67, as well as three centuries and 31 fifties.

Now, India’s Virat Kohli leads the T20I run charts with 4,008 runs in 107 innings, followed intimately by Rohit Sharma with 3,853 runs in 141 innings. Particularly, Babar Azam is the only batsman between the highest four to achieve this feat in fewer than 100 innings.

Despite Babar’s best performance, Pakistan looks out on a 46-run defeat against New Zealand, getting bowled out for 180 while chasing an ambitious target of 227.

Saim Ayub provided a quick start for Pakistan with a dynamic 27-run inning from eight balls, spotlighting two boundaries and three sixes before getting run out. Mohammad Rizwan scored 25 off 14 balls before being caught behind by Southee.

Additions from Fakhar Zaman and Iftikhar Ahmed come behind, but for all Babar Azam’s 57 runs from 35 balls, including six boundaries and two sixes, Pakistan couldn’t stay away from the loss. Southee took four wickets for New Zealand, while Milne and Sears picked two each.

In the previous innings, New Zealand established a formidable total of 226/8 in 20 overs, thanks to half-centuries from skipper Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell.

In the previous innings, New Zealand established a formidable total of 226/8 in 20 overs, thanks to half-centuries from skipper Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell.

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