South Africa versus Pakistan: Babar Azam hits the primary worldwide 20th century with a powerful victory

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Babar Azam's first T20 ton for Pakistan was also the fastest in the country with just 50 deliveries

Third Twenty20, Centurion
South Africa 203-5 (20 overs): Markram 63, J Malan 55; Nawaz 2-38
Pakistan 205-1 (18 overs): Babar 122, Rizwan 73
Pakistan won by nine wickets
Scorecard

Babar Azam celebrated its first international 20th century as Pakistan headed for a goal of 204 and a nine-wicket win over South Africa.

Captain Babar, who made his century out of 50 balls with 11 fours and four sixes, eventually fell to 122.

Wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan made 73 as the tourists won by 12 balls to take a 2-1 lead in the four-game series.

Aiden Markram made 62 and Janneman Malan made 55 in South Africa 203-5.

Babar, the ended Virat Kohli's 1,258-day reign At the top of the one-day international batting average the previous Wednesday, he had scored four national and franchise centuries in the twenties, the shortest format of the game, and his first international came in his 48th innings.

It's Pakistan's fastest format, beating Ahmed Shehzad's 58-ball-ton against Bangladesh in 2014.

He and Rizwan, who scored five fours and two sixes in his innings, combined superbly to keep Pakistan either at or above the required run rate during their innings.

The 26-year-old was criticized for taking 50 balls for 50 points in the second Twenty20 and then scored his fastest international half-century in the 27-ball format.

Previously, Markram and Malan had split 108 for the inaugural wicket in South Africa, but left-wing weirdo Mohammad Nawaz removed both when Pakistan limited the hosts to just eight runs in 14th and 15th overs to ultimately move the game in the right direction to steer.

The last game in the series takes place on Friday.

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