PERTH: Pakistan batting mainstay Babar Azam continued his run-making form during the ongoing tour of Australia by hitting a quickfire unbeaten century in the day-night warm-up match against Australia ‘A’ on Monday.
Batting first at the Perth Stadium, Pakistan were in trouble at 60-3 with their top order – including new Test captain Azhar Ali – gone without making any sizeable contributions.
It was left to Asad Shafiq and Babar to steady the ship and they did that with aplomb. Shafiq scored an unbeaten 119 and Babar was giving him company on 157 when stumps were drawn.
The two added 276 runs for the fourth wicket to take Pakistan to 336-3 after 90 overs.
Babar was in an aggressive mood, taking just 197 balls to score his runs with the help of 24 boundaries. His strike rate for the innings was more than 79, which is excellent. The right hand batsman took just 126 balls to reach three figures in the pink-ball match.
An absolute masterclass 🤩
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 11, 2019
Babar had a good time with the bat during the preceding T20 series, which the visitors lost convincingly to Australia. The T20 captain scored two fifties in three matches but could not stop his team from losing the series 2-0. Rain saved the men in green in the first match, otherwise Pakistan would have lost their top ranking in the format as well.