The 5 days of drama in the second Test between Pakistan and Australia at National Stadium in Karachi lastly ended with the hosts securing a draw, thanks to their skipper Babar Azam’s breathtaking knock.
In the primary innings, Pakistan managed simply 148 runs in response to Australia’s 556/6d, which featured Usman Khawaja’s scintillating century. The guests didn’t proceed with the follow-on and declared their second innings at 97/2, establishing a huge goal of 506 runs.
In reply, the hosts virtually did the unattainable and managed to attain 443/7 in the fourth innings earlier than the top of ultimate day’s play. Babar and younger Abdullah Shafique performed the anchor position to type a 228-run stand in 524 balls to preserve Pakistan’s hopes alive.
Shafique missed the three-figure mark by 4 runs, however vice-captain Mohammad Rizwan stepped up and additional pissed off the vacationers. Babar missed out his double century by a whisker after getting out for 196, whereas Rizwan reached his hundred and remained unbeaten on 104 earlier than the officers introduced the stumps on Day 5.
“The plan was to bat session-by-session and build partnerships. It was a team effort, as others (Shafique and Rizwan) chipped in with useful contributions too. We took the onus, and the main focus was to build partnerships right throughout the day. Rizwan was outstanding as he saved the Test for us eventually. We wanted to continue to bat in the same way (after the tea break), and we tried to be positive and play our shots. The team needed this knock, so I tried to bat for as long as I could,” mentioned Babar after the match.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Five action-packed days gave us loads of moments to have fun and be taught from. Two proud captains led their groups from the entrance and the group was right here for it! #BoysReadyHain l #PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/wz99jx70Ok
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) March 16, 2022
Special effort from @TheRealPCB to draw the match @babarazam258 & @iMRizwanPak 2 particular gamers saved the match. Test match filled with thrill & pleasure until final over of the sport ✅. Two check matches resulted in draw video games. Let’s hav sequence decider subsequent week in Lahore 😍
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) March 16, 2022
— Dimuth Karunarathna (@IamDimuth) March 16, 2022
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) March 16, 2022
Some innings give victories,
however some construct character. And the latter are all the time useful in the long term. Character constructing innings and match from @babarazam258 and co. Well achieved to @patcummins30 and his males too, virtually pulled off one thing particular. 👏🏼 #PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/nF712KNFnd
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 16, 2022
Terrific Test match. Incredible particular person performances. Played in nice spirit from each side. Bring on the subsequent one #PAKvAUS
— Adam Burnett (@AdamBurnett09) March 16, 2022
Test cricket was the place Babar Azam wanted to take a step up and right here it’s. 480 to get and 170 overs to bat when he walked in. Hope of a miraculous win might need flickered however even a draw is a nice end result. What a participant.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 16, 2022
Pakistan is barely the second group in Test historical past to save the sport by batting 1000+ balls in 4th inns. The first was England in the timeless Test in Durban in 1939. That match went on for 10 days and had to be stopped in any other case England would have missed the boat for dwelling. #PakvAus
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) March 16, 2022
Mohammad Rizwan has performed some unbelievable knocks in worldwide cricket in the previous few years #AUSvPAK
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) March 16, 2022
Remarkable efficiency from Pakistan during the last couple of days in Karachi. Pulled off one of many nice attracts. Babar and Rizwan incredible on the ultimate day. 171.4 overs in the sector for Australia in Pakistan’s second innings 😣 #PAKvAUS
— Rob Johnston (@RobJ_Cricket) March 16, 2022
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) March 16, 2022
Can’t consider many extra entertaining centuries in a dramatic draw than this one from Mohammad Rizwan. Never modified his recreation, actually took the equation out of the image & ended up because the toast of Karachi #PAKvAus pic.twitter.com/khLX4zCGla
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) March 16, 2022
As the gamers walked off the sector it was fairly clear which facet was happier. #PAKvAUS
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) March 16, 2022
Players with worst bowling figures in an innings of Test debut:
0/163 – Adil Rashid 🏴
0/159 – Zafar Gohar 🇵🇰
0/156 – Mitchell Swepson 🇦🇺
0/149 – Bryce McGain 🇦🇺
Coincidentally Swepson is the primary specialist leg-spinner to debut for Australia since McGain in 2009.#PAKvAUS
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) March 16, 2022
It’s a draw in Karachi.
Pakistan batted for 171.4 overs in the 4th innings against Australia to make second Test a draw – 196 by Babar, 104* by Rizwan & 96 by Shafique – A traditional ultimate day.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 16, 2022