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Babar smashes record 122 in Pakistan win

Captain Babar Azam hit a record-breaking 122 to lead Pakistan to an impressive nine-wicket victory over hosts South Africa at Centurion and a 2-1 lead in the four-match Twenty20 series.

Mohammad Rizwan scored an unbeaten 73 as he and Babar, whose century came off 49 balls, shared a record 197-run partnership on Wednesday in a devastating display that enabled the tourists to reel in South Africa’s competitive 5-203 with consummate ease.

They won with two overs to spare after making 1-205, dispatching the home bowling to all corners of the ground.

Babar’s record T20 score for Pakistan, including 15 fours and four sixes off 59 balls, came a day after he had become the top-ranked one-day batsman in the world, taking over from Virat Kohli.

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