Pakistan managed 149-7 in their 20 overs with their in-form wicketkeeper batsman Rizwan anchoring the innings after they were sent in to bat.
After the loss of recalled Sharjeel Khan for 18 off the last ball of the fourth over, Rizwan and Azam put on 126 runs for the second wicket before the captain was out for 52 in the third ball of the final over.
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Though Babar scored a half-century and Pakistan won the low-scoring warm-up game against the West Indies on Monday, the captain consumed 41 deliveries for his 50, while Rizwan struck his 13 off 17 balls and didn't score a single boundary.
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Pakistan survived Nicholas Pooran’s late blitz to beat West Indies by seven runs in the second T20 of the four-match series at the National Stadium in Guyana. Pooran's unbeaten 62 off 33 balls with 6 sixes and 4 fours.
When Rizwan scored five he overhauled Gayle's 1,165 runs amassed in 2015 in 36 matches. Rizwan took 41 matches to break the record. He was dismissed for 15, taking his tally to 1,676.
Cricketers and fans have hailed Rizwan as a “warrior” after officials revealed he was in hospital with a severe chest infection before taking the field to score a brave half-century against Australia.
This award gives me further motivation and incentive to do even better in 2022 and beyond for Pakistan so that we can collectively achieve our objective of being the top T20I playing side and in the process enhancing our fan-base," said Rizwan.
Fast bowler Shaheen Afridi was named men's cricketer of the year, while his teammates Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan were declared the ODI and T20I cricketers of year respectively. Fatima Sana won the emerging women's cricketer of the year award.