Babar Azam scored a career-best 196 under intense pressure as Pakistan held Australia to a draw in their second test on Wednesday.
PAK vs. AUS: Babar, Rizwan hundred save Pakistan in Karachi (AP Photo)
- Pakistan snatched a draw from defeat in the 2nd Test
- Under immense pressure, Babar Azam produced the best 196 of his career
- Lyon’s four wickets fell short as the hosts formed a solid rearguard
Captain Babar Azam’s resilient career-best 196 and Mohammad Rizwan’s gritty hundred helped Pakistan salvage a draw with Australia in Wednesday’s second Test.
Chasing a record 506 for an unlikely win, Pakistan beat on the final day when Babar led by example and helped the hosts finish with 443/7, the sixth-highest fourth inning of all time.
Pakistan vs Australia, Test 2, Day 5 highlights
Babar’s majestic shot, which included 21 fours and a six, will be an inspiration for his team as they head into the third and final Test in Lahore on Monday.
The plan was to hit session after session and build partnerships,” said the Pakistani captain, who was named player of the game, at the awards ceremony.
“It was a team effort as others also contributed with useful input.”
“We tried to stay positive and play our s
The hosts were behind after folding for 148 in response to Australia’s massive first innings 556-9 aggregate at the National Stadium.
The record win goal was never within Pakistan’s reach, but Babar’s marathon 228-run partnership with opener Abdullah Shafique (96) kept them afloat in the competition.
Nathan Lyon (4/112) added fresh drama in the final session by sending off Babar and Faheem Ashraf with back-to-back goals, but Mohammad Rizwan’s unbeaten 104 helped Pakistan salvage a tie.
The opening test in Rawalpindi also ended in a draw.