Spectacular Babar Azam blows Glamorgan away with unbeaten 114

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

17th Sep, 2020. 01:23 pm
Babar Azam

Pakistan T20I Skipper Babar Azam, the prolific batsman, enabled Somerset to set up a competitive total with his career-best 114 not out from 62 balls.

Azam was dropped twice, as Glamorgan bowlers weren’t at their best and the fielding was sub-standard.

Andrew Salter dropped a difficult chance at the backward point when Azam was playing on 10, while Owen Morgan spilled an opportunity at third man when the Pakistan T20 captain was on 66.

Somerset team ended with 183/3 from 20 overs. Babar Azam is playing Somerset’s final seven group matches plus the knockout stages should they qualify.

“He is a great player, is so easy on the eye and fitted brilliantly into our environment last year,” Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry said about the Pakistani star, who had compiled 578 runs at an impressive average of 52.54 in his first season with the county.

“We consider Babar to be one of our own,” Hurry had said.

The Lahore-born player has also become the third-fastest batsman to score 5,000 T20 runs.

His performance came for a winning cause as Somerset beat Glamorgan by a comfortable margin of 66 runs.

“For obvious reasons, this year has been very different from what we were all expecting, and I fully appreciate the challenges the game has faced globally as well as here in England. We have all had to adapt and I’m just really pleased that we could find a way to make this happen. I hope that I can help to contribute to success on the field for Somerset again” said Babar.

In his first season for the county, Babar totaled 578 runs at an average of 52.54 with a strike rate of 149.35 which had impressed the coaches and senior officials.

Following a poor fielding display, Glamorgan could only manage 117 in 15.5 overs in response.

Catches win matches

Glamorgan head coach Matthew Maynard said “Catches win matches. We saw that in the third over of the game when we dropped Babar and in the second over of our chase they caught (David) Lloyd. Both in a way were game-changing.

Match Result

T20 Blast, Sophia Gardens

Somerset 183-3: Azam 114*, Goldsworthy 38*, Sisodiya 1-26

Glamorgan 117: Morgan 24, C Overton 3-36, Van der Merwe 2-15

Somerset win by 66 runs

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