A brilliant century by Asad Shafiq on Sunday helped Pakistan fight back to get a respectable position in the opening Test against Australia in Brisbane.
Pakistan was set a mammoth target of 490 runs by Australia to win the opening Test after Pakistan’s batting failure in the first innings where the visitors were all out for 142.
However, the team looked in defiant mood in the second innings, and reached 382 for 8 wickets at the close of play in the fourth innings of the Test which is being played under lights.
Pakistan’s fight back was mainly led by Asad Shafiq who is unbeaten at 100. This is his overall 10th century and, of all, his 9th while batting at number 6 in a Test, the most in a Test match by a batsman playing at number 6.
Asad surpassed great Garry Sobers with century against Australia. The West Indian legend had scored eight centuries while batting at number 6.
Earlier in Pakistan’s innings, Younis Khan also returned to form with a half-century. His 65th score of fifty or more in Test cricket. Third most by a Pakistani batsman in Test Cricket. Younis is one fifty short of Miandad (66) and six shorts of Inzamam (71) in this list.
Younis Khan’s 4th innings batting average is now 55.42. Third best by any batsman in fourth innings of a test, followed by Geoffrey Boycott and Sunil Gavaskar.
Pakistan has also scored the highest 4th innings total at Brisbane, 382/8 so far. The previous highest fourth innings score at Brisbane was 370 runs by England, scored in 2006. The score is already Pakistan’s jointly highest 4th innings score and is likely to be improved as Pakistan’s highest 4th innings score on 5th day of the Test.
The visitors have, so far, played 123 overs in the fourth innings of the Test, the most by faced by Pakistan in last sixteen years and third most overall by Pakistan.