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Thursday Sep 14 2017

Shoaib Malik becomes Pakistan's highest T20I run scorer

Shoaib Malik in action during Independence Cup

LAHORE: Pakistan’s energetic all-rounder Shoaib Malik on Wednesday became the country’s leading runs scorer in T20 internationals, surpassing Umar Akmal to achieve the feat. 

Malik scored 39 off 23 deliveries in the second T20I against the ICC World XI at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, smashing three sixes and one four to become Pakistan's top run scorer.

Wednesday's innings was Malik’s 82nd, raising his total runs tally in T20 internationals to 1,702 runs, 12 more than Umar Akmal.

Malik is also the only Pakistani to score 7,000 runs in T20 matches. With 7,069 runs in T20 cricket, he is at seventh place in the list of all-time top scorers in the shortest format of the game.

The ageless all-rounder reacted to his achievement after the match by offering thanks to the Almighty.