Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have been the best opening batters in T20Is. The two have been ruling the shortest format for the last few years. In the second T20I against England, they shared a 203-run partnership while chasing 200.
The duo added another milestone in the fourth game of the seven-game series. Babar and Rizwan are now the first pair to add 2000 partnership runs in men’s T20Is.
The closest pair is Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, with 1743 runs.
The two added 97 for the opening wicket in the latest contest between the two teams. Rizwan was the highest run-getter with 88 off 67, laced with 9 fours and a six.
On the other hand, Azam contributed 36 off 28, with the help of 3 fours. Pakistan scored 166/4 in 20 overs.
England won the toss and chose to bowl in the fourth Twenty20 international against Pakistan on Sunday.
Leading the seven-match series 2-1, England continued its rotation policy to give proper rest to players who have returned from injuries. It made three changes from the team, which won the third T20 by 63 runs after a resounding 10-wicket defeat in the second T20.
Fast bowler Olly Stone, who has played three test matches and four ODIs, made his T20 debut and replaced Mark Wood.
Wood dismantled Pakistan’s top-order with 3-24 in his comeback game from an elbow injury but was rested this time as England planned not to rush the pacer ahead of next month’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
Opener Alex Hales and left-arm seamer David Willey returned to the side after being rested for the last game and replaced Dawid Malan and Sam Curran, respectively.
Pakistan also made two changes and brought in power-hitter Asif Ali for the first time in the series in place of Haider Ali
Fast bowler Shahnawaz Dahani, who returned 0-62 in the last match, made way for Mohammad Wasim after the fast bowler recovered from a side strain.
England is touring Pakistan after 17 years, and the series is a buildup for the T20 World Cup. Lahore will host the next three games. The fifth T20 is on Wednesday.
Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam (captain), Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Wasim.
England: Alex Hales, Phil Salt, Will Jacks, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali (captain), Liam Dawson, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Olly Stone, Reece Topley.