PAK vs CAN: Mohammad Rizwan bags unwanted record after scoring fifty

The 32-year-old became first Pakistan batter to score fifty in this T20 World Cup

By Web Desk
June 11, 2024
Mohammad Rizwan gestures during batting. - AFP

Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan played a knock of 53 runs off as many balls as the Men in Green defeated Canada by seven wickets in their third match of the T20 World Cup 2024 at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on Monday.

The 32-year-old became the first Pakistan batter to score a fifty in this World Cup and also the third batter to cross fifty at this venue.

Meanwhile, Rizwan bagged an unwanted record as this knock is the slowest fifty in the history of the T20 World Cup.

Earlier, the record was with South Africa's David Miller. He made fifty in 50 balls against the Netherlands in the ongoing edition.

Slowest fifty in men's T20 WC history

52 balls - Mohammad Rizwan vs Canada, 2024

50 balls - David Miller vs The Netherlands, 2024

Chasing the 107-run target, Pakistan had a tough start as they failed to score a boundary in the first four overs. Saim Ayub soon departed for the pavilion after scoring just six runs, leaving the Green Shirts 20-1 in 4.2 overs.

However, Pakistan continued to play with caution as Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan formed a 63-run partnership.

Azam lost his wicket for 33 runs but Rizwan remained on the pitch and took Pakistan over the line by chasing the target in 17.3 overs.

Earlier in the first innings, the day belonged to Pakistan bowlers as the Canadian batters had no answers to their attack. Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf all did their part with the ball as the Green Shirts managed to restrict Canada to 106-7 in New York.

For Canada, Aaron Johnson played a valiant knock and scored 52 runs on 44 balls with the help of eight boundaries.

Amir and Rauf bagged two wickets each while Naseem and Shaheen managed to take one each.