Babar Azam, the captain of Peshawar Zalmi, started well to his innings as he smacked Mohammad Amir, a former teammate, for his signature cover drive on the first ball of his.
After Mohammad Haris and Saim Ayub early on, Babar was careful when facing Imad Wasim. But after Tom Kohler-Cadmore struck Imad for three sixes, Babar also seized the opportunity and drove a left-arm spinner’s short-pitched delivery through the covers.
Babar didn’t stop there; he flipped Amir for another boundary, frustrating the left-arm pacer to the point that he desperately threw the following ball Babar’s way.
As he cut a short delivery from Imad and dispatched it for a boundary, Babar reached his fifty in 39 balls.
After achieving his fifty, Babar increased the stakes and hammered Andrew Tye for a six, two fours, and two sixes in one over.
The Zalmi captain was eventually bowled by Imran Tahir and caught on long off.
He scored 68 runs off 46 balls while hitting seven fours and a six.
The left-arm pacer recently told a local television station that his goal is to get wickets regardless of the batsman who is at the crease. Players are kept alert by these types of competitions and player rivalries. I enjoy these obstacles because they help me stay focused, said Amir.
My job is to take wickets and help my team win games, so whether I’m facing Babar or a tailender batting at number 10, my attitude will be the same.