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Pakistan’s Salman Agha Brings Up Fighting Century In Karachi

2022/12/29
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Salman Agha came to the crease after a fantastic 196-run partnership between skipper Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed. Many people were stunned to see Salman Agha playing late in the day and expected a night watchman to complete the day. At the end of day’s play, Salman Agha was at the crease at 4 whereas Azam was sitting at 161.

Pakistan’s Salman Agha Brings Up Fighting Century In Karachi

The newly-crowned Peshawar Zalmi captain was unable to add to the score on the second day as he got out on the bowling of opposing skipper Tim Southee. With just the tail to support him, Salman Agha had a huge job to do.

Salman Agha’s Lower Order Assault

Firstly, he tried to build a partnership with Nauman Ali, who tried to show resistance against the Kiwis. The left-arm spinner scored 7 off 75 balls and tried to give the maximum support to the lower-order batsman.

With Muhammad Waseem Jr. and Mir Hamza also departing early, Salman Agha understood that he had to attack the bowlers rather than just blocking out the overs. Eventually, he tried to be aggressive against both Ajaz Patel and Ish Sodhi.

The right-handed batsman tried to use the maximum balls bowled in an over before giving the strike to the tail-enders on the last couple of balls. In the 128th over, he scored consecutive boundaries off Sodhi in the last two balls to bring up his maiden century.

The 29-year-old roared in celebration with the rest of the supporting staff standing up to applaud the magnificent effort.

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Pakistan Cricket Captain Azam won the toss and decided to bat first. However, the big storyline was the changes in the side. Mir Hamza returned to the Test side for the first time since 2018 in place of Faheem Ashraf.

On the other hand, Sarfaraz Ahmed also returned to the national side in place of Muhammad Rizwan. The former captain was playing in his home ground for the first time in his career and played in his 50th Test match overall.

Pakistan Cricket Team started their first innings exactly how they finished their recent series against England i.e. on the back foot. For the first time in history, the first two wickets of an innings were taken through stumping. Abdullah Shafique and Shan Masood were the two casualties in this case.

Imam ul Haq and Saud Shakeel both had starts, but didn’t get a move along. After a slow start with the top order, Pakistan Cricket Team were finally able to build momentum in their innings through Azam and returning wicket-keeper Ahmed.

Pakistan Cricket Team Keyplayer Salman Agha

The Pakistan Cricket Team skipper scored 161 runs off 280 balls with 15 fours and a six. On the other hand, Ahmed scored 86 runs on his return, with nine boundaries to his name. Both put on a partnership of 196 runs for the fifth wicket before the wicket-keeper was caught at first slip by Daryl Mitchell.

With Azam losing his wicket just on the third ball of Day 3, Salman Agha had all to do with the Pakistan Cricket Team tail. And he did it magnificently. Surprisingly, only five Pakistan Cricket Team batsmen were able to get to double figures in this huge total. Pakistan Cricket Team eventually were bowled out for 438 as Salman Agha was judged leg before wicket off Southee’s bowling.

This is an important test series for the hosts as they are coming into it on the back of a 3-0 clean sweep defeat against England. Furthermore, there have been changes in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) with chairman Ramiz Raja removed in place of Najam Sethi.

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