T20 Blast: Somerset batsman Babar Azam blows Glamorgan away

Babar Azam was the leading run-scorer in last year's T20 Blast, making 578 runs in 13 innings
Babar Azam was the leading run-scorer in the 2019 T20 Blast, making 578 runs in 13 innings which included his previous 20-over best of 102
T20 Blast, Sophia Gardens
Somerset 183-3: Azam 114*, Goldsworthy 38*, Sisodiya 1-26
Glamorgan 117: Morgan 24, C Overton 3-36, Van der Merwe 2-15
Somerset win by 66 runs

Pakistan batsman Babar Azam guided Somerset to a crushing 66-run victory against Glamorgan with a career-best T20 innings in Cardiff.

Azam was dropped twice on his way to an unbeaten 114 from 62 balls in Somerset’s total of 183-3.

The 25-year-old shared a fourth-wicket stand of 110 runs in 10.4 overs with teenage debutant Lewis Goldsworthy.

Following a poor fielding display, Glamorgan could only muster 117 in response.

Somerset kept alive their chances of quarter-final qualification from the Central Group, with Glamorgan now out of contention for the last eight.

Azam had only scored 58 in four innings in 2020 for Somerset before this game and was the beneficiary of some Glamorgan fielding generosity after the visitors were put into bat.

Andrew Salter dropped a difficult chance at backward point when Azam was on 10, while Owen Morgan spilled an opportunity at third man when the Pakistan T20 captain was on 66.

Azam finished with nine fours and five sixes, while teenager Goldsworthy was also dropped by Callum Taylor on his way to 38.

Glamorgan made a disastrous start in the run chase when captain Chris Cooke and vice-captain David Lloyd fell to the second over bowled by spinner Roelof van der Merwe in a two-wicket maiden.

The hosts never recovered as Goldsworthy, 19, also chipped in with two wickets on a successful debut, while Craig Overton took three wickets.

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