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Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is located in the Punjab province of Pakistan. The stadium was established in 1992 and can hold around 15,000 spectators. It has a long history of hosting international matches.

It was one of the venues used for the 1996 Men’s Cricket World Cup hosted jointly by India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. However, it was only in 2020 that Rawalpindi, the home ground of former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar, hosted its first T20I International (T20I) match. 

The three-match T20I series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe was played at the flood-lit Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in 2020, which Pakistan won 3-0. Those remain the only T20I matches played at the venue so far.

Here’s a look at all the ODI records at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Pakistan.

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium T20I records

Most runs

Pakistan captain Babar Azam, with 133 runs from two innings, has scored the most runs at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. His match-winning 82 against Zimbabwe in the first of a three-match bilateral T20I series in 2020 is also the highest individual T20I score at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium

Most wickets

Pakistani wrist spinner Usman Qadir, son of legendary leg spinner Abdul Qadir, has taken eight wickets at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium from three matches played. Usman Qadir took his wickets at an average of 7.50 and an economy of 5.45. His best of 4/13 came in the third match of the bilateral series against Zimbabwe in November 2020. Usman Qadir’s 4/13 is also the best individual bowling performance in T20Is at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

Highest team total

Pakistan smashed the highest team total at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. During the first T20I match against Zimbabwe in the 2020 series, Pakistan scored 157/4 chasing Zimbabwe’s 156/6. Captain Babar Azam top-scored with 82 from 55 balls while Mohammad Hafeez played a helping hand of 36 off 32. Pakistan won the match with six wickets and seven balls to spare.

Lowest team total

Batting first in the third T20I match of the series against Pakistan in 2020, Zimbabwe crawled to a total of 129/9 in 20 overs after being reduced to 87/7 in 15 overs. Pakistani leg-spinner Usman Qadir starred with the ball by taking 4/13. Pakistan won the match by eight wickets and more than four overs to spare. 

Highest partnership  

Pakistan were in a spot of bother after losing opener Fakhar Zaman in the third over while chasing 135 in the second T20I of the three-match series. Babar Azam and Haider Ali then stitched a 100-run stand for the second wicket to help their team chase down the target without many hiccups. Babar Azam departed after scoring 51 off 28 balls while Haider Ali carried his bat with an unbeaten 66 off 43 and helped Pakistan win the match by eight wickets. 

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