Australian cricketers applaud when Babar Azam returns to the pavilion.© AFP
The second test between Australia and Pakistan ended in a thrilling draw on Wednesday, but the spotlight was on Babar Azam, as a captain scored the highest score in the fourth inning of a test. Azam’s 196-run hit in the second round led Pakistan to a goalless draw, which kept the series at 0-0.
Azam hit a run of 196 runs with the help of 425 21-pointers and one-six. The right-hander was eventually knocked out by Nathan Lyon in 160th place. Once the batsman was released, the entire Australian team congratulated him and shook his hand. Once Babar was returning to the pavilion, the Australians stood behind him and applauded unanimously.
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On the 5th day of the second round, Babar beat Younis Khan to record the highest score of a Pakistani player in the fourth innings of a round.
He also became the first Pakistani player to play more than 400 deliveries in the fourth and final inning of a babar test.
Along with Babar, Shafique also played a 96-yard touchdown, while Mohammad Rizwan remained unbeaten in the 104th. On the 5th day a lot happened in the last session and after removing Babar, Australia got a sniff and Nathan Lyon was able to talk the ball. Faheem Ashraf and Sajid Khan came out cheap, but somehow Rizwan managed to get Pakistan to safety.
Pakistan found 21/2 with 506 behind in the second round, but Babar, along with Abdullah Shafique, made a 228-run run for the third wicket, and the momentum moved away from Australia.
The third and final Lahore Test will begin on March 21st.
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