Babar Azam NZ vs PAK: Pakistan captain Babar Azam scored a brilliant century in Karachi Test match against New Zealand. This is the ninth century of Babar Azam’s Test career. Babar Azam created many records based on this century innings.
Babar Azam NZ vs PAK: The first match of the two-match series between Pakistan and New Zealand started in Karachi. Pakistan captain Babar Azam appeared on the first day of this match. Babar completed the century while batting brilliantly. Babar completed his century off 155 balls with 10 fours and a six. This is Babar Azam’s 9th Test century.
When Babar Azam came to bat, the Pakistan team lost two wickets for 19 runs. After some time, Imam-ul-Haq (24) also left. Pakistan’s score at that time was 48/3. In such circumstances, Babar added 62 runs along with Saud Shakeel (22) and saved the Pakistan team from trouble. After Shakeel’s dismissal, Babar Azam put on a stunning fifth-wicket century partnership with former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.
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With this century, Babar Azam became the most batsman to score 50 or more runs in a calendar year. This is Babar’s 25th 50+ score this year. In the year 2005, Ricky Ponting scored a total of 24 scores of fifty or more. Pakistan team’s performance in Test cricket this year is very poor. But, Babar Azam’s Golden Farm remained intact.
The Pakistan captain has scored more than 1000 runs in nine Tests this year. Apart from Babar, only three batsmen have succeeded in reaching the 1000-run figure in Tests this calendar year. Babar Azam became the highest run-scorer for Pakistan in a calendar year. Babar surpassed Mohammad Yusuf who scored 2435 runs in 2006.
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Moreover, Babar Azam became the highest run scorer in Test cricket this year. In this regard, he has surpassed former England captain Joe Root (1,098). Babar has scored fifty or more for the 11th time in Test cricket this year. With this, Babar became the Pakistan captain who scored the most 50+ Tests in a calendar year. Babar surpassed Inzamam-ul-Haq to score 50+ runs in Test cricket 10 times in calendar years 1995, 2000, 2005.
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