Babar Azam played a terrific knock of 101 off 127 balls to help Pakistan clinch their third win of the tournament over New Zealand on June 26. Azam scored his maiden century in the ongoing World Cup, scoring eleven boundaries en route to his unbeaten knock. He was adjudged the Man of the Match for his innings that drove Pakistan to a convincing win over second-placed New Zealand.
Babar Azam also achieved another rare feat as he entered the list of most runs scored by a player at 24 years of age playing at a World Cup.
Azam has scored 333 runs in 6 innings, playing the key role for Pakistan at the top of their batting line-up. Azam played some exquisite shots including some picturesque cover drives. Prior to the match, Babar Azam was advised by former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar to take inspiration from the former's idol Virat Kohli and implement the batting style while playing the innings.
Cricketing fans over overjoyed with Babar's century as they heaped praise on social media for the Pakistani batsman. Catch some of the reactions here:
Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets as they chased down the target of 238 with five balls to spare. Shaheen Afridi played a crucial role with the ball as he picked up three wickets for 28 runs in his 10 overs spell at an amazing economy rate of 2.80. Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed clinched a blinder behind the stumps that sent New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor packing.
Pakistan will next play Afghanistan at Headingley, Leeds as they will look to seal their semi-final berth with a victory over the bottom-placed team.