Azhar Ali of Pakistan has scored a brilliant century against Zimbabwe on the first day of the second Test being played in Harare. His century helped guest Pakistan score 268 runs at the loss of four wickets till the end of the first day’s play.
Apart from him, Abid Ali has scored the third century of his Test career.
Let’s take a look at the first day’s play and Azhar’s figures.
Azhar surpasses 6,500 test runs.
The 36-year-old Azhar scored 126 runs off 240 balls with the help of 17 fours and a six. He completed the 18th century of his Test career.
During his century innings, Azhar surpassed the 6,500-run mark in his Test career. He has become only the fifth batsman in Pakistan to do so.
His name now stands at 6,579 runs at an average of 43.28.
Azhar equals these legendary players in terms of centuries
He has equalled David Gover, Desmond Haynes, Michael Vaughan and Cheteshwar Pujara in Test centuries.
This is Azhar’s first Test century against Zimbabwe.
He now has 344 runs in five matches against Zimbabwe at an average of 43. Meanwhile, he has also made two half-centuries to his name.
Pakistan reached a strong position due to Azhar.
Pakistan lost the wicket of Imran Butt (2) on a team score of 12. After this, Azhar Ali and Abid Ali batted fiercely and added 236 runs for the second wicket.
Pakistan has scored 268/4 by the end of the first day’s play. Abid from the other end is frozen at the crease scoring 118 *.
Blessing Mujarabani has taken three wickets for Zimbabwe on the first day.