Babar Azam’s heroic 196 help Pakistan save second Test match vs Australia

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With skipper Babar Azam blasting an incredible century (196), Pakistan cricket team performed a stunning inning against Australia to draw the second Test at Karachi’s National Stadium. 

Pakistan set a new record for playing the most overs in a five-day Test match thanks to their excellent innings. 

Pakistan batted for 1030 balls in the fourth innings to level the game, with spectacular performances by Babar (196), Abdullah Shafique (96), and Mohammad Rizwan (104) preventing Australia from winning. 

In 1995, England bowled 165 overs to draw with South Africa, whereas Australia bowled 124 overs to draw with the same team — the Proteas — in 1950. 

Pakistan is the first team in five-day cricket to play 1000+ balls in the fourth innings to save a Test match, and the only team in overall Test matches to do so. 

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England was the other team to do so, scoring 218.2 runs off 8 balls against South Africa in a time-less Test match in 1939. 

Babar Azam Misses First-Ever Double Century 

After holding strong against all odds in the second innings of the second test match against Australia being played at Karachi’s National Stadium, top Pakistani batsman Babar Azam missed his first ever double century in test matches by four runs. 

After facing 424 balls, the right-handed batsman made 196 runs before being caught behind by Labuschagne on a delivery from Nathon Lyon. 

With a brave century-knock against Australia under pressure during the second test match, Pakistan’s top batter and skipper Babar Azam has set multiple records. 

With Babar’s most recent century, which occurred on the fourth day of the ongoing Karachi Test against Australia. The right-handed batsman became only the third skipper in cricket history to score a century in each of the three formats. 

Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka and Faf du Plessis of South Africa were the first two captains to accomplish this accomplishment. 

Babar Azam became only the second hitter in world cricket history to achieve a century in each format while chasing with his unbeaten century in the run chase against Australia. KL Rahul of India was the first batter to reach this milestone. 

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