Skipper Babar Azam hopes that Pakistani hitters can maintain faith in his abilities as he tries to make history chasing the highest goal in test cricket to beat Australia in Karachi.
Babar broke the century of battle with great support from opener Abdullah Shafique Tuesday as Pakistan thwarted Australia’s hopes of a quick win in their second test in Karachi.
Having set a dreadful goal of 506 points, Babar knocked in the sixth test century (second against Australia).
On the final day, Babar went unbeaten with 102 and Abdullah 71, adding 171 in his third wicket and the home team must add 314 points in their final day’s over-par 90 to win and three sessions to a draw. .
“The match is not over yet,” Azam told broadcasters. “You have to keep typing and keep your beliefs like this (making history).
“Obviously, my bag was needed by the team and my plan is to build a partnership that Shafique and I had but we have to go on like this (Wednesday).”
Pakistan lost Imamul Haq (1) and Azhar Ali (6) before Abdullah and Babar led the counterattack, leaving Australia ruthless in the final session. Despite catching a second new ball after 80 overs.
Baba reached the triple digit record by sweeping-off spinner Mitchell Swebson into the short fine leg in 21 innings after throwing 143 innings against Bangladesh in February 2020 at Rawalpindi.
His bag came out on 12 borders in 247 minutes.
Abdullah was as steadfast as his captain, hitting 4 lines and 6 lines with Azam in 265 minutes.
No team had more pursuits than the 418-7 the West Indies gathered against Australia at Antigua in 2003, and Pakistan’s most successful pursuit was 377 against Sri Lanka at Palekele in 2015.
After restarting the two innings 81-1, Australia added 16 runs in the 26th minute and declared it 97-2.
The visitors sent off Pakistan for 148 after being declared 556-9 in the first inning.
The home team wanted Azhar to lock in two innings, but the senior hitter got stuck lbw by Cameron Green while trying to avoid a short pitch.
Azhar decided not to review the trudge, but regretted to learn from a TV replay that he hit the ball with a glove.
Australia had the lead 21-2 and were looking for a 1-0 lead in their three-game series, but their efforts were thwarted by a slow turning pitch and Pakistan’s excellent hitting pair.
Australia could have played Abdullah at number 20, but experienced Steve Smith blew the catch directly from Pacer Pat Cummins.
Australian hitting coach Michael Di Venuto described the opportunity as part of the match.
“Smith has a good hand and he catches it 9 times out of 10. But that happens,” said Di Venuto.
“It’s going to be tough (tomorrow), and it’s going to be interesting because there are a lot of different bounces on the pitch.”
Despite the cracks in the National Cricket Stadium arena, Australian spinners Nathan Lyon and Swepson have not fallen into a vicious cycle.
Previously, Imam and Abdullah were both cautious as it took up to the fifth over to score the first before Lyon scored.
In their first draw test at Rawalpindi, scoring 100 points in each inning, Inform Imam was stuck on a single after failing to connect to a sliding delivery.
Earlier, Marnus Labuschagne fired a sharp 44 from Shaheen Shah Afridi, urging captain Cummins to finish the Australian inning with Pakistan-born century maker Usman Khawaja, with the remaining 44 not out.
Australia is visiting Pakistan for the first time since 1998.