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Babar Azam leaves Chris Gayle behind to become fastest batter to 10000 T20 runs

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LAHORE: Peshawar Zalmi’s captain Babar Azam has completed 10,000 runs in T20 cricket during the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) 9 match against Karachi Kings.

Babar Azam became the 12th batter in the world to achieve this historic feat, however, he is now the fastest to 10,000 T20 runs after surpassing West Indies’ legend Chris Gayle.

Azam completed his 10,000 runs in only 271 innings, while Gayle took 285 innings, followed by Indian star batter Virat Kohli, who took 299 innings to reach the milestone.

Azam reached the elusive milestone during his valiant 72-run knock amid his side’s dramatic collapse against Peshawar Zalmi.

Zalmi faced a horrible collapse courtesy of brilliant bowling by Karachi Kings and were bowled out at a meagre 154 despite being at 136-5 at one point.

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Karachi Kings drew first blood with veteran Shoaib Malik castling Saim Ayub on the first ball. Babar Azam kept the scoreboard moving but could not get support from the other end early on as his side slipped to 40-3 inside the power play.

Rovman Powell then joined hands with the skipper and together they knitted a partnership of 68 runs from 46 balls to help their side recover from the early damage.

Powell was the core aggressor of the partnership with a 25-ball 39, which featured three boundaries and two sixes, while Azam played the anchor’s role.

Powell’s entertaining knock came to an end when he tried to reverse hit Mohammad Nawaz but top-edged the ball only to land in the safe hands of Mir Hamza.

Azam top-scored for Zalmi, scoring a gutsy 72 off 51, which featured seven boundaries and one six.

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