Pakistan started Asia Cup 2023 campaign in style as the official host of the tournament notched up staggering 342/6 in 50 overs.
While batting first, Pakistan had a topsy turvy start as Men in Green suffered early blows in the form of Fakhar Zaman and Iftikhar Ahmed.
But skipper Babar Azam got vital support from Md. Rizwan for third wicket followed by record-shattering partnership with Iftikhar Ahmed for 5th wicket.
The duo added 214 runs from merely 131 balls. Babar and Iftikhar, both smashed brilliant centuries in the Asia Cup 2023 opener to set perfect foundation for the competition.
Here’s list of records written during match-defining stand between Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed in the Asia Cup 2023 opener vs Nepal.
Babar Azam’s 151 off 131:
Babar smashed the fastest 19th ODI hundreds.
Stands second in the list of century-makers among Pakistan batters in ODI format.
His 31st International century equals him with legends like Javed Miandad and Saeed Anwar.
Babar scored second highest score by an individual batter in Asia Cup history.
214 runs stand with Iftikhar Ahmed in 131 balls was the highest fifth wicket stands for Pakistan in ODI cricket.