Babar Azam Breaks Virat Kohli’s Record for Fastest 2000 ODI Runs as Captain

Pakistan captain Babar Azam became the fastest captain to reach 2000 ODI runs in just 31 innings, surpassing the previous record held by India’s Virat Kohli. Azam scored 17 runs off 22 balls before being dismissed in Pakistan’s seven-wicket win over Bangladesh in Lahore.

However, this knock helped Babar Azam reach 2000 ODI runs in just 31 innings surpassing Kohli, who accomplished it in 36 innings. Following them on the list are AB de Villiers from South Africa (41 innings) and Michael Clarke from Australia (46 innings).

In the match, Pakistan secured a convincing seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh. Haris Rauf took 4 wickets for 19 runs in his 6-over spell, while Naseem Shah also chipped in with 3 wickets for 34 runs. Bangladesh was bowled out for a mere 193 runs in 38.4 overs.

Imam-ul-Haq scored 78 runs off 84 balls to help Pakistan chase down the target in just 39.3 overs. He was well-supported by Mohammad Rizwan, who remained unbeaten with 63 runs off 79 balls.

Bangladesh faced two batting collapses in the match. They were reduced to 47 for 4 during the initial Powerplay and later lost six wickets for just 47 runs between overs 30 to 39.

Pakistan will face arch-rivals India in their second Super Four game in Colombo on Wednesday.

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