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PAK vs AFG World Cup 2023: Babar Azam reaches another milestone as he scores first WC fifty

Babar Azam, the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, achieved a significant milestone by crossing 1,000 runs in ICC World Cups for Pakistan

Babar Azam, the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, achieved a significant milestone by crossing 1,000 runs in ICC World Cups for Pakistan during a match against Afghanistan at the ICC World Cup 2023.

Babar Azam following footsteps of legend

Babar Azam became only the second Pakistani player, after the legendary Javed Miandad, to reach this milestone in ICC tournaments. Javed Miandad, who played a pivotal role in Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup win, accomplished this feat in 28 innings, while Babar Azam did it in just 26 innings, making it a remarkable achievement for the skipper.

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Stellar record for Babar Azam

Notably, Babar Azam’s performance in the 2019 World Cup, where he scored 474 runs in eight innings, remains unmatched by any Pakistani batter in the history of the tournament, cementing his place as a standout performer on the world stage.

Match first innings

Pakistan is currently facing Afghanistan in a crucial ICC World Cup 2023 match. Babar Azam, along with his team, is striving to set a competitive total. At the time of reporting, Pakistan was at 167-4 in 35 overs, with Babar Azam (49*) and Shadab Khan (2*) at the crease.

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Match Details

Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat in the encounter against Afghanistan. Pakistan has a record of two wins and two defeats in the tournament, while Afghanistan has secured only one victory in four matches. The teams last met in the 2019 World Cup, with Pakistan emerging victorious.

PAK vs AFG squad

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Usama Mir, Shahen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf

Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad

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