Pakistan Found an Unlikely Batting Hero in Yasir Shah
After being unable to breakthrough Babar Azam’s defense, Australia focused on batsmen on the other end and found great success in the first innings of the 2nd Test match.
Babar Azam quietly saw Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Mohammad Rizwan return to the pavilion while he remained helpless on the other end.
Struggling at 89 for 6, Yasir Shah stepped in. His arrival brought smiles on the faces of Aussies as they only had to dismiss the tailenders to stamp their authority on the match.
However, their hopes were ruined by a masterclass by Yasir Shah, becoming only the ninth Pakistan to score a century at number 8 position.
Yasir’s innings of 113-runs included 13 boundaries as he faced 213 deliveries. He was eventually dismissed by Pat Cummins as Pakistan finished the innings at 302 all out.
ere are some of the most remarkable statistics from Yasir Shah’s maiden century against the Australian team.
377 — Most balls played by a Pakistani batsman throughout the series. Yasir Shah managed to play 83 and 55 runs in the first Test match while he played 213 and 26 deliveries in the second Test match.
113 — Highest individual score throughout the series by a Pakistani.
7 — Only the 7th ever batsman to score a century against Australia coming at number 8 position.
2006 — The last time a number 8 batsman scored a century was back in 2006 when Kamran Akmal scored 113 against India in Karachi.
2 — Yasir Shah is only the second batsman to score a century with the lowest Test average. His average stands at 14.06 after the century.
213 — Total number of runs added by Pakistan’s tailenders in the first innings at the Adelaide, second-highest ever for Pakistan.
7 — Babar Azam and Yasir Shah scored 105 runs together, which is the 7th best partnership stand for Pakistan in Australia.
87 — This was Pakistan’s highest ninth-wicket stand in Australia and overall, it was the second-best in Australia for that wicket.
89.33 — This is Pakistan’s average 7th wicket stand. The top-four average 18.77 while the bottom-four average 40.