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Babaz Azam's blitz sets up 25-run win for Somerset
T20 Blast 2019

Babaz Azam's blitz sets up 25-run win for Somerset

Babar Azam became the first batsman to score over 500 runs in the ongoing T20 Blast season as Somerset broke into the top four of the South Group following their victory over Glamorgan on Saturday.

Maintaining his supreme form in the competition, Babar slammed another match-winning performance to raise his tally of runs to 541 at 60.11 in the tournament.

Put in to bat first, Somerset motored along to a rapid start with Tom Banton scoring 34 off 21 deliveries in the opening stand with Babar.

Later, the Pakistan top-order batsman drove Somerset's charge in emphatic fashion launching boundaries to all parts of the ground including a delectable straight six into the Sir Ian Botham Stand.

When Babar finally fell for a breezy 42-ball 63, Somerset were well on their way to posting an imposing total.

They finished with 177-8 following a productive last over from Marchant de Lange, who hit the stumps thrice in five deliveries.

The target of 178 proved to be way beyond the visitors' reach as they got off to a dreadful start losing Colin Ingram in the second over of the innings owing to a poor Nick Selman call for a quick single.

Frequent wickets stemmed Glamorgan's progress with only David Lloyd offering some resistance.

He received little support from his team-mates as Glamorgan could manage just 152 in reply with Lloyd contributing 63 runs off 37 balls.

Spinners Max Waller (3-19) and Roelof van der Merwe kept the pressure on the batsmen sharing four wickets between them while Jerome Taylor chipped in with two scalps.

Glamorgan continue to languish at the bottom of the table as they are still winless after 12 games.