Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan put on 203-run partnership in Karachi . Azam hit 110 not out for his second T20I hundred .
As Pakistan claimed a thrilling 10-wicket win over England in the second T20 international in Karachi on Thursday, openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan put on an unbeaten 203-run partnership.In a packed National Stadium, Azam hammered 110 not out for his second T20I hundred, while Rizwan scored an unbeaten 88.The two ran a chase of 200 in 19.3 overs.The Azam-Rizwan partnership has become the most prolific in T20Is with 1,929 runs together, topping Indian stars Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma's record of 1,743 runs in 51 matches.After England won by six wickets in the first round, it levelled the seven-match series at 1-1, also in Karachi on Tuesday.Azam, who won the Asia Cup for the first time this month with just 68 runs in six matches, smashed five sixes and 11 fours off 66 balls, while Rizwan hit four sixes and five boundaries in his 51-ball innings.Azams' century came off 62 balls, bringing him to 122 against South Africa at Centurion last year.The pair reached 100 in just 11.2 overs, their seventh century partnership in T20I cricket. Pakistan won their second 10-wicket victory in the T20 World Cup, after their first defeat against India in the previous year.The pair also improved on their 197-run opening line against South Africa last year.We'd done it in the past, so we had the hope that we'll do it again, Azam explained, whose team has now successfully sprinted down three 200-plus targets.batting second under lights was much easier, and Rizwan was excellent, so we did it together, and that was a huge confidence booster. In the end, it was a really good wicket, we batted well, but we lost a big catch, he said.Rizwan and Babar (Azam) were awesome.Moeen led his team to 199-5 after winning the toss and batting first, scoring a quick half-century earlier in the season.In his 23-ball 55 not out, Moeen smashed four sixes and as many fours. In the last two deliveries of the innings, Moeen made two impressive sixes off pacer Mohammad Hasnains.Pakistan bowlers selected Haris Rauf (2-30) and Shahnawaz Dahani (2-37).England is on their first tour of Pakistan in 17 years.On Friday and Sunday, the next two matches will be in Karachi.