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Babar Azam Scripts PSL History with 3000 Runs

Peshawar Zalmi captain Babar Azam added another feather to his cap as he became the first player to score 3000 runs in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) history. The former Pakistan skipper achieved the landmark in the match against Quetta Gladiators at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Sunday.

Babar, who is widely regarded as one of the best batters in the world, smashed 68 runs off 42 balls with four boundaries and four sixes. He also completed his 29th half-century in the PSL, the most by any player in the tournament. He shared a 91-run stand for the first wicket with Saim Ayub, who scored 42 runs.

However, Babar’s brilliant knock went in vain as Peshawar Zalmi fell short of the target of 207 by 16 runs. Quetta Gladiators, led by Rilee Rossouw, posted a mammoth total of 206 for 5, thanks to the fifties from Jason Roy and Saud Shakeel. Roy scored 75 runs off 48 balls, while Shakeel made 74 runs off 47 balls on his PSL debut.

Peshawar Zalmi’s bowling was lacklustre and expensive, as none of their bowlers could contain the onslaught from the Gladiators. Aamer Jamal, Luke Wood, Mohammad Zeeshan, Salman Irshad, and Saim Ayub conceded more than 9 runs per over.

In reply, Peshawar Zalmi started well with Babar and Ayub but lost their way after Ayub’s runout. Abrar dismissed Babar and Akeal Hosein dismissed Mohammad Haris in quick succession. Mohammad Amir removed Rovman Powell and Mohammad Wasim removed Dan Mouseley. Peshawar Zalmi could not recover from the middle-order collapse and ended up with 190 for 6.

Babar is on the verge of another milestone in his illustrious career. He is just six runs away from becoming the fastest player to reach 10,000 runs in T20 cricket. He has scored 9,994 runs in 274 innings so far, and has a chance to break Chris Gayle’s record of 285 innings.

Babar will have an opportunity to achieve the feat in Peshawar Zalmi’s next match against Karachi Kings on Wednesday.

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