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Shoaib Malik becomes 3rd Pakistan cricketer to complete 1500 runs in T20Is

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Only Umar Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez has more runs than him.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - SEPTEMBER 24:  Shoaib Malik of Pakistan bats during the second T20 International match between Pakistan and West Indies at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Veteran Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik played a valuable knock in the second match of the three-match T20I series against West Indies as Pakistan registers a win in the match and attained an inaccessible lead of 2-0 in the series. Pakistan registered quite a simple 23 run win over the visitors as they were restricted to 144/9, in the chase for 161.

Babar Azam and Khalid Latif steadied the ship and helped Pakistan recover from the early loss of Sharjeel Khan and the duo added 54 runs for the second wicket. Later on, it was Malik along with the Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who took them to a total of 160. The duo started to up the ante by the 15th over of the match which was bowled by Carlos Brathwaite.

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In the process, Malik went past the 1500 runs in T20 internationals and he is the 10th player in the world and the 3rd Pakistan player to achieve this feat. Umar Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez are the other two Pakistan batsman, who have scored more than 1500 runs. Malik has been a key player for Pakistan over the years with over 6300 runs in ODIs and almost 1900 runs in Test cricket.

Pakistan seems to have to bring in good performances under their new skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who replaced Shahid Afridi after the team’s poor shows in the Asia Cup T20 and the T20 World Cup. This is Pakistan’s third consecutive win in the shortest format of the game, having the T20I against England and two T20Is in this series thus far.

Here is the list of top 10 leading run-getters for Pakistan in T20Is:

Player

Mat

Inns

Runs

HS

Ave

SR

100

50

Umar Akmal

81

77

1690

94

26.82

122.9

0

8

Mohammad Hafeez

77

75

1614

86

22.73

115.03

0

9

Shoaib Malik

81

75

1505

75

26.87

113.58

0

5

Shahid Afridi

98

90

1405

54*

18.01

150.75

0

4

Ahmed Shehzad

44

44

1049

111*

24.97

114.39

1

5

Kamran Akmal

54

49

897

73

20.86

120.4

0

5

Misbah-ul-Haq

39

34

788

87*

37.52

110.2

0

3

Salman Butt

24

23

595

74

28.33

107.98

0

3

Imran Nazir

25

24

500

72

21.73

135.13

0

3

Younis Khan

25

23

442

51

22.1

121.42

0

2

Note: Stats updated till 25th September 2016


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