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Pakistan opening batter Mohammad Rizwan registered the slowest fifty in T20 World Cup history during his team’s seven-wicket win over Canada at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on Tuesday.

Rizwan reached his half-century off 52 balls. Previously, the slowest fifty in T20 World Cups was David Miller’s 50-ball half-century against Netherlands earlier in the tournament in New York.

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However, Rizwan’s sedate knock was crucial in the context of the match as teams have struggled to score at the venue in the tournament. Chasing a 107-run target, Pakistan lost opener Saim Ayub in the fifth over before Rizwan and skipper Babar Azam struck a 63-run partnership for the second wicket to take their team to safety.

Rizwan also equalled Babar’s record for most 50-plus scores for Pakistan in T20 World Cup cricket as he notched up his fifth such knock in the tournament’s history. The wicketkeeper-batter also drew level (30) with India skipper Rohit Sharma for most 50-plus scores as opener in all T20Is.


  1. 52 balls – Mohammad Rizwan – Pakistan vs Canada, New York, 2024
  2. 50 balls – David Miller – South Africa vs Netherlands, New York, 2024
  3. 49 balls – Devon Smith – West Indies vs Bangladesh, Johannesburg, 2007
  4. 49 balls – David Hussey – Australia vs England, Barbados, 2010