Pakistan skipper Babar Azam on Wednesday made light work of Australia bowlers, and as a result, he registered a couple of massive records. Babar scored 196 off 425 balls, which is now the highest score by any captain in the fourth innings of a Test. The maverick batter achieved the feat on Day 5 of the ongoing second Test at the National Stadium, Karachi. The stylish right-hander had earlier gone past former Pakistan batter Younis Khan to register the highest score by a Pakistan player in the fourth innings of a Test. Younis had scored an unbeaten 171 against Sri Lanka in 2015.
I will remember this innings for many reasons. Special knock by @imabd28, @iMRizwanPak and my entire team showed massive character.— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) March 16, 2022
Thank you Karachi, you were spectacular! ? pic.twitter.com/zl6uHcwj9i
During the course of this knock, Babar also became the first Pakistan batter to play more than 400 deliveries in the fourth innings of a Test. However, the right-handed batter was dismissed four runs short of a double century, and he was sent back to the pavilion by Nathan Lyon in the 160th over of the innings.
Pakistan needed to pull off a record chase of 506 runs with eight wickets remaining. But Babar stood tall like a wall, brining up his first Test hundred in over two years and then doubling it in the final session. With Australia managing to pick up two more wickets in the day and reducing Pakistan to 277/4, it seemed as if another batting collapse was inevitable. But not on Babars watch. He batted splendidly to deny Australia and produced a fighting knock in the fourth innings of a Test match.