T20 Cricket: When it comes to T20 cricket, Pakistan is one of the best teams. One of the main reasons for their consistency is that they have a solid top-order batsman. They are the 2009 T20 World Cup winners and have ended in the top four thrice in 2010, 2012, and 2021. Every now and then, we see Pakistan producing some of their best performances in this format.
Speaking of the batting record, the skipper, Babar Azam, sets the standard very high for the team. That is why he is on top of all records for Pakistan in this format. There have been three instances when a Pakistani batter has gone past the 100-run mark in T20. In this article, we will cover the highest individual scores for the Men in Green in T20 cricket.
3. Mohammad Rizwan (104* runs) against South Africa at Lahore
The second ever century for Pakistan came from the bat of wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan. It was the first match of the three-match T20I series between Pakistan and South Africa at Lahore. South Africa won the toss and chose to bowl first. The Men in Green had a bad start and they lost their first wicket of Babar Azam in the very first over. In fact, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
But Mohammad Rizwan held on firmly and kept ticking for runs. He smashed a 63-ball century to take Pakistan to a respectable score. He played an unbeaten knock of 104* off 64 balls, including six fours and seven maximums. Pakistan made 169/6 in their 50 overs. And that proved to be the match-winning total for the Men in Green. South Africa made 166/6 and fell short by three runs of the target.
2. Ahmed Shehzad (190/5) against Bangladesh at Mirpur
The first ever century for Pakistan came in the 2014 World Cup against Bangladesh at Mirpur. It was the 27th match between Pakistan and Bangladesh. After winning the toss, the Men in Green chose to bat first. Having lost three top-order batters early, Pakistan was in big trouble, but Ahmed Shehzad played a very steady innings. He hit a 58-ball century to take the score to a competitive total. Shehzad made 111* runs off 62 balls, with 10 fours and five sixes.
As a result, Pakistan scored 190/5 in their 20 overs. In reply, Bangladesh had a bad performance and they couldn’t carry on as per the required run rate. In the end, they only scored 140/7 in their 20 overs. Pakistan won that match by 50 runs, and Shehzad won the “Man of the Match” award.
1. Babar Azam (122 runs) against South Africa (Highest T20 score by a Pakistani)
Babar Azam is arguably the best batsman of the current generation for Pakistan. He is a one-man army and over the years he has proved it. He holds the highest score as a Pakistani batter in T20 cricket. It was the third game of the four-match T20 series. Batting first, South Africa scored a big total of 203/5 in their 20 overs. Both openers, Janneman Malan (55) and Aiden Markram (63), scored their respective half-centuries.
It was a big total to chase and it looked like Pakistan would face difficulties in chasing it. But then came an incredible innings from the skipper of Pakistan, Babar Azam. He, along with Mohammad Rizwan, added 197 runs for the first wicket in 17.4 overs to put Pakistan in the driver’s seat. Babar scored a brilliant century and made 122 runs off 59 balls, including 15 fours and four sixes, to register the highest score by a Pakistani. Rizwan also made 73* runs, and Pakistan won the match by nine wickets and made 205/1 in 18 overs.
List of Highest Individual T20 Score for Pakistan
|Babar Azam||122||59||15||4||South Africa||Centurion||14 Apr 2021|
|Ahmed Shehzad||111*||62||10||5||Bangladesh||Mirpur||30 Mar 2014|
|Babar Azam||110*||66||11||5||England||Karachi||22 Sep 2022|
|Mohammad Rizwan||104*||64||6||7||South Africa||Lahore||11 Feb 2021|
|Mohammad Hafeez||99*||57||10||5||New Zealand||Hamilton||20 Dec 2020|
|Ahmed Shehzad||98*||64||6||6||Zimbabwe||Harare||24 Aug 2013|
|Babar Azam||97*||58||13||1||West Indies||Karachi||2 Apr 2018|
|Umar Akmal||94||54||9||4||Australia||Mirpur||23 Mar 2014|
|Mohammad Rizwan||91*||60||5||3||Zimbabwe||Harare||25 Apr 2021|
|Fakhar Zaman||91||46||12||3||Australia||Harare||8 Jul 2018|
|Babar Azam||90||58||13||1||South Africa||Johannesburg||3 Feb 2019|