Babar Azam’s first ton in Sri Lanka saves Pakistan from huge first innings deficit

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Babar Azam Century

Under difficult conditions, the Pakistani captain played a fantastic innings on the second day of the first Test of Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2022, which was played in Galle. Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam scored his seventh century in a Test match to help his team out of a difficult situation.

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With the help of 11 fours and two sixes, Azam, 27, improved upon his overnight total of 1* to record a commendable 119 (244) in the second day. Azam scored his third century in a Test against Sri Lanka, his sixth in Asia, his fifth at No. 4, his second away from home, his first in Sri Lanka, and his most against any opponent.

A huge first innings deficit for the visitors was anticipated as Pakistan was briefly reduced to 85/7. But a determined Azam made it a point to not give up so quickly, working hard from one end. The right-handed batter, who is primarily recognised for a combination of technique and patience, was successful in overcoming a challenge posed by Sri Lankan spinners.

It is important to note that Naseem Shah, a fast bowler, provided excellent assistance to Azam as the pair laboured diligently to put together a 185-ball 70-run partnership for the 10th wicket. Azam and Shah’s stand, while not among the top ten-wicket partnerships in Test cricket, was sufficient for Pakistan to score 218 in 90.5 overs.

Azam managed to complete 10,000 runs in international cricket, becoming him the fifth-fastest hitter to do so. This century will be remembered for a very long time.

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