Several individual and team milestones were broken during Pakistan’s batting innings against Nepal in the Asia Cup 2023 opener at Multan.

Several individual and team milestones were broken during Pakistan’s batting innings against Nepal in the Asia Cup 2023 opener at Multan.

After winning the toss, Babar Azam invited Nepal to bat on what appeared to be a good batting strip. The Asia Cup debutants were disciplined in the first overs and kept the scoring rate under control.

Nepal’s precise fieldwork resulted in wickets of Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq in the sixth and seventh overs, respectively. Following that, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan rebuilt Pakistan’s innings and helped the team reach 100.

Nepal, on the other hand, struck back in the middle overs, dismissing Rizwan and Salman Agha. With the assistance of Iftikhar Ahmed, Babar then helped Pakistan establish their dominance in the game.

Babar is the No. 1 ranked batter in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Rankings, with a whopping 100 rating points separating him from the next batter on the list. And, if the Asia Cup opener is any indication, the gap will widen as the tournament progresses.

The pair added 214 runs in 131 balls, which is now Pakistan’s highest fifth-wicket stand in ODI cricket. Umar Akmal and Younis Khan’s previous best was a 176-run partnership against Sri Lanka in 2009.

In the 42nd over, Babar scored his 19th ODI century. He also became the quickest player to 19 ODI hundreds. With this, he moves into second place on the list of Pakistan’s ODI century scorers. This was also his 31st international century, putting him on par with Pakistan legends Javed Miandad and Saeed Anwar.

Babar scored his 19th ODI century in the 42nd over. He also became the player with the most ODI hundreds (19). With this, he moves into second place on Pakistan’s all-time list of ODI century scorers. This was also his 31st international century, matching Pakistan legends Javed Miandad and Saeed Anwar.

Babar’s 151 off 131 balls was not only his second-highest ODI score, but also the second-highest Asia Cup score by an individual batter.

Iftikhar, on the other hand, recorded his highest ODI score. His unbeaten 109 off just 71 balls was also his first ODI century.

Pakistan finished their innings with a total of 342/6.