I think this is my best hundred: Sarfaraz Ahmed on his fighting century
Sarfaraz Khan (Source: Twitter)
Riding on Sarfaraz Ahmed's sensational century, Pakistan managed to save the 2nd Test match against New Zealand at Karachi.
Chasing 319, Pakistan began the fifth day with the scorecard reading 0/2, with Abdullah Shafique and Mir Hamza already back in the hut. Although Imam Ul Haq (12) displayed resistance, his wicket put pressure on the hosts.
Shan Masood (35) and Babar Azam (27) were impressive, but could not convert their starts into big innings. It was all upon the lower middle-order and tailenders to save the fixture.
Then, Sarfaraz continued his glorious form and kept his composure to steer the team on the right path. His able support was Saud Shakeel (32) and Agha Salman (30).
The former Pakistan captain finally brought up his century, after failing to do so in the last three innings. However, he was unfortunately dismissed for 118 off 176 balls on the brink of the close of play.
The likes of Naseem Shah (15*) and Abrar Ahmed (7*) stitched an unbeaten 17-run stand before bad light stopped the play. Pakistan fell short by 15 runs, but managed to draw the fixture, which itself was an achievement.
The key architect behind Pakistan saving the series, Sarfaraz reckoned that it was his best-ever ton, which came in the fourth innings. Further, the 35-year-old said it was quite tense, when he came out to bat, but backed his good form to excel in crucial situations.
"Definitely I have more hundreds, but this was a fourth-innings hundred and in the fourth innings, it is not easy to bat anywhere in the world. So I think this is my best hundred.
"I backed my form from domestic cricket and had a good performance."
Sarfaraz emerged as the top-scorer in his comeback series with 335 runs in four innings at an average of 83.75.
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