Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam has entered the record books by becoming the fastest Pakistani batsman to register five centuries in Test cricket.
The Pakistani cricketer achieved the feat in his 22nd innings, which was during the final game of the ongoing two-match Test series against West Indies. He smashed an unbeaten 124 runs to top the list of the fastest Test tons in the format. Previously, the record by help by former Pakistan skipper Younis Khan, who has achieved the feat in 28 innings. Saleem Malik is now the third fastest in the run, achieving the milestone in 29 innings.
Moreover, he has now become the fastest Asian cricketer to get to five Test tons, a record previously held by Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (24 innings). Former Indian team skippers Sourav Ganguly and Sunil Gavaskar have now been pushed to the third position in registering the fastest five Test tons.
On Sunday’s game, Alam also registered his name as the sixth Pakistani batsman to score a ton at Sabina Park. He joins Imtiaz Ahmed (122 in 1958), Wazir Mohammad (106 in 1958), Asif Iqbal (135 in 1977), Younis Khan (106 in 2005), and Inzamam-Ul-Haq (117* in 2005) in the list.
The third day of the second Test between West Indies and Pakistan saw the visitors gain the dominating position with Alam’s 124* propelling the team to a healthy 302 total in the rain-affected match. However, gaining control did not come easy for the team as their first three wickets toppled when they were just at two runs. Captain Babar Azam then took charge to add 75 runs to help the team stay afloat. He was then joined by Alam, who helped turn the tables.
“It wasn’t easy,” Fawad said. “The conditions were challenging.
“On day one it was hot and we were 3-2. We needed to come back in this test match, we had to build partnerships as me and Babar (Azam, who made 75) did on the first day.”
On Friday, our star had to be forced out of the field retired hurt at 76 runs, thanks to a severe and recurring cramp in his left leg. The time gap provided by bad lighting and rain, which marred the game until the first session of the third day, Alam got enough time to recuperate.
The team resumed their innings on Sunday with the scoreboard reading 212 for 4. The winners of the first game Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales were coming strong with their attacks to clinch 3 wickets each. Seales returned figures of 3-31 while Kemar Roach, who bowled 27 overs, took 3-68. Jason Holder took another two wickets, registering 2-46 from 23 overs before Pakistan declared the innings at 302 for 9.
The visitors continued to have control of the match, with Shaheen cancelling out captain Kraig Braithwaite (4) and Kieron Powell (5), and Faheem Ashraf dismissing Roston Chase (10).
West Indies will resume the game from 39/3 on the fourth day.
Brief Scores of Day 3 Stumps: West Indies 39 for 3 (Afridi 2-13) trail Pakistan 302 for 9 dec (Alam 124, Babar 75, Seales 3-31) by 263 runs
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