PRETORIA (South Africa): Mohammad Hafeez will turn out to be the second Pakistan participant and sixth total to function in 100 T20Is when he takes the sector against South Africa in the primary of the 4 males’s Twenty20 Internationals on the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Hafeez, 40, is one shy of reaching the three-determine mark and all set to hitch the unique membership of Shoaib Malik (116), Rohit Sharma (111), Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, and Ross Taylor (102) who’ve appeared in 100 or extra T20Is because the inception of the shortest format of the sport in February 2005.
Hafeez featured in Pakistan’s first-ever T20I in August 2006 in Bristol and scored 46 in Pakistan’s 5-wicket victory over England. Interestingly, Hafeez’s fiftieth look was additionally on the Wanderers Stadium against South Africa in November 2013 when he as captain took two for 25 and scored 13 not out because the hosts beat Pakistan by 4 runs in a rain-shortened match.
While Hafeez can be aiming to hitch Shoaib in the record of gamers to have performed in 100 or extra T20Is, he will even be seeking to rating, atleast, 13 runs that can assist him leapfrog Shoaib as Pakistan’s main run-scorer in T20Is.
Shoaib has so far scored 2,335 runs in 116 T20Is, whereas Hafeez is sixth on the record with 2,323 runs in 99 matches.
Hafeez has represented Pakistan in 5 of the six ICC T20 World Cups since 2007, however missed the 2009 marketing campaign in England, which Pakistan received underneath Younis Khan at Lord’s.
While Hafeez can be searching for double celebrations on Saturday, Pakistan can be focusing on to hold the momentum of the ODI sequence win and make a successful begin in the 4-match sequence.
In the ICC T20I rankings, Pakistan is sitting in fourth place on 260 factors whereas South Africa is sixth on 251 factors. England is on high with 272 factors, adopted by India (270) and Australia (267).
If Pakistan wins all 4 matches, they are going to earn 4 factors and transfer to 264 factors to cut back the hole to 3 factors with Australia. However, if the sequence result’s reversed, then each the perimeters will swap locations with South Africa rising to fourth on 259 factors and Pakistan dropping to sixth on 254 factors.