Hours after becoming the World No. 1 batsman in ODI cricket, Babar Azam showcased why he is rated one of the best across all formats of the game by smashing a 59-ball 122 to help Pakistan gun down 204 against South Africa in Centurion in the 3rd T20I of a 4-match series on Wednesday.

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan added 197 for the first wicket, the record for the highest opening stand in T20 cricket in a chase. While Rizwan remained unbeaten on 73 from 47 balls, Babar got out for 122 in the 18th over after doing all the damage that was needed.

With Fakhar Zaman (8) hitting the winning runs, Pakistan completed the 204-run chase in just 18 overs. With the emphatic victory, Pakistan took an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the 4-match series. Notably, Pakistan had won the 3-match ODI series 2-1 against South Africa earlier this month.

It was a masterclass in T20 batting from Babar Azam as the Pakistan captain took the aggressive route from the word go on a good batting deck at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday. Babar showcased his wide range of shots and 4 boundaries and 15 sixes.

122 - Highest score by a Pakistan batsman in T20I cricket. He went past Ahmed Shehzad's record of 111 on Wednesday.

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