Since taking over as England captain, Stokes has led the team to nine wins from 10 Tests, completing series victories over New Zealand and South Africa at home, beating India in the one-off postponed Test to level the series at 2-2 and hammering Pakistan 3-0 away from home - England's best ever margin of victory in the country.
It might be surprising to note that Babar only played nine ODI matches in 2022, but the 28-year-old made them count as he smashed three centuries, a further five half-centuries and only really failed with the bat on one occasion.
Marcus Rashford's marvellous solo effort gave United the lead, but Wout Weghorst's first goal in a Red Devils uniform, together with Bruno Fernandes' late third, gave Erik ten Hag's squad a dominating lead going into the second leg at Old Trafford.
The boost follows Manika Batra's outstanding performance at the WTT Contender Doha last week when she advanced to the semifinals. The world No. 17 Chen Szu-Yu of Chinese Taipei was defeated in the opening match by the Indian table tennis (TT) star during the competition.
Aizawl, a strong home team themselves, are not in a comfortable position either. They are also coming off a 1-2 defeat to NEROCA. Right now, the People's Club are eighth on the table with 17 points from 13 matches, one point ahead of Thursday's rivals.
The likes of Kalaripayattu master SRD Prasad, Thang Ta guru K Sanathoiba Sharma, former cricketer and veteran cricket coach Gurcharan Singh will be honoured with the Padma Shri for distinguished service in their respective fields.
"Today is a historic day in cricket as the bidding for teams of inaugural #WPL broke the records of the inaugural Men's IPL in 2008! Congratulations to the winners as we garnered Rs.4669.99 Cr in total bid," BCCI Secretary Jay Shah tweeted.