In the second T20I of the series on Thursday, Pakistan’s opening combination of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan had an amazing effort against England. Pakistan won by 10 wickets and tied the seven-match series thanks to the pair’s record-breaking opening partnership of 203 runs without losing a wicket. After a spate of subpar knocks in their previous matches, Babar and Rizwan hushed their critics who had been questioning the pair’s intentions on way to their outstanding innings.

Since he ended the Asia Cup with the highest runs scored and a strike rate of slightly over 117, Rizwan in particular had drawn attention. In the match against England, Babar Azam scored an unbeaten century (110 off 66 deliveries) with a fantastic strike rate of 166. The run-scoring by Rizwan was significantly better (unbeaten 88 off 51 balls, strike rate of 172).

Shaheen Afridi, Pakistan’s best pacer, defended his teammates after they were dismissed and hit back at critics with a savage punch. Shaheen tweeted, “I think it’s time to get rid of Kaptaan @babarazam258 and @iMRizwanPak.” Vanity gamers are it. Please let me finish the game in 15 overs if it’s feasible. You have passed me. Let’s use this to launch a movement. Nahi? ( These egotistical athletes. If they had played well, they could have won this game in 15 overs, but they instead made it go to the very last over. Shaheen imitated a lot of past cricket players by criticizing Babar and Rizwan’s goals similarly via his tweet.

“Proud of our amazing Pakistani team,” Shaheen said.

The Pakistani bowler’s tweet from Shaheen sparked a fan frenzy, with people both praising and denouncing him for his swipe at his opponents.

By beating the Indian opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, Babar and Rizwan previously broke the record for the most opening partnership runs in T20 Internationals. Rohit and Dhawan are in the second position with 1743 runs, while the opening duo from Pakistan has accumulated 1929 runs.