Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi get special jerseys from PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi in recognition of their individual accomplishments

May 14, Dublin, Ireland: Babar Azam, the captain of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), received special jerseys from PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi for being the most successful T20I captain with 45 wins, and Shaheen Shah Afridi, the bowler, for capturing 300 wickets in international cricket.

In their second Twenty20 international match, which Pakistan won by seven wickets in Dublin on Sunday, the pair achieved a significant milestone.

After the win, Babar, 29, surpassed Uganda’s Brian Masaba to become the most successful T20I skipper with 45 wins. However, Shaheen followed Waqar Younis (22 years and 117 days), Saqlain Mushtaq (22 years and 164 days), Rashid Khan (23 years and 265 days), and Kagiso Rabada (23 years and 285 days) as the sixth youngest players to achieve the 300-wicket mark.

At Dublin’s Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Pakistan beat Ireland by 7 wickets to even the three-match Twenty20 International series. Player of the Match was Mohammad Rizwan for his incredible undefeated innings of 75 runs from 46 balls, complete with six boundaries and four maximums.

Thanks to a 140-run partnership between Mohammad Rizwan (75*) and Fakhar Zaman (78), Babar’s squad successfully chased down Ireland’s challenging total of 193/7 with more than three overs remaining, earning Pakistan’s outstanding captain a record-breaking 45th T20I victory.

In the men’s Twenty20 Internationals, Babar has surpassed Uganda’s Brian Masaba (44) for the most wins by a captain, with five more than second-placed Aaron Finch (40). The captain of England at the 2019 World Cup, Eoin Morgan, is in third place with 42 wins, followed by Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni, both with 41 triumphs. In the shortest format of cricket, Asghar Afghan, a former captain of Afghanistan, is tied with Morgan with 42 victories as captain.

Shaheen accomplished a notable milestone in T20 international cricket during the match by taking 300 wickets. To hit the 300-wicket milestone, he removed Ireland skipper Paul Stirling from the game. In his four-over tenure, he concluded with figures of 3/40 overall.

With Ireland chasing 194 and Babar edging a Graham Hume ball to keeper Lorcan Tucker in the second over, Pakistan was able to even the series with Fakhar and Rizwan.

Fakhar showed off his power-hitting skills by hitting six sixes, while the more steady Rizwan did a great job covering the support role as the two quickly scored 140 runs to put the game beyond Ireland.

Azam Khan jumped in and smashed an undefeated thirty from just ten deliveries to lead Pakistan home after Fakhar was removed in the fifteenth over, giving the hosts a ray of hope. Pakistan won the match by seven wickets to tie the series at 1-1.

The series will be decided on Tuesday in Dublin during the third and final game of the three-match series.

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