Pak­istan's Babar Azam hits 'mag­nif­i­cent' 114 in Som­er­set T20 Blast

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SOM­ER­SET: Pak­istan's shin­ing cricket star Babar Azam on Wed­nes­day hit a "mag­nif­i­cent" 114 runs in the English county's Twenty20 Blast, earn­ing praise from his team­mates and the club.

Ac­cord­ing to an up­date on the Som­er­set County cricket club's Twit­ter ac­count, the team ended "with 183/3 from 20 overs".

"Mag­nif­i­cent from Babar Azam (114* from 62) and Lewis Goldswor­thy on de­but (38* from 29)," Som­er­set added.

Babar Azam — ranked among the top T20 bat­ters — re­joined Som­er­set for this year's do­mes­tic T20 Blast, the county had an­nounced last month. He was the lead­ing run-scorer in the 2019 edi­tion.

Cur­rently cap­tain­ing Pak­istan in their T20 series in Eng­land af­ter fea­tur­ing in all three Tests ear­lier in the tour, the crick­eter had agreed to re­turn to south­west club Som­er­set be­fore the coro­n­avirus pan­demic up­ended cricket sched­ules around the world.

The 25-year-old 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 last month.

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