Azhar Ali becomes 4th Pakistani to score 300 runs in Test cricket
Azhar Ali joined an exclusive club of three other Pakistani cricketers to have scored a triple-century in Test century on Friday in the first Test between Pakistan and West Indies at Dubai.
The Pakistani ODI team captain Ali slammed an unbeaten 302 to make him the fourth Pakistani after Hanif Mohammad, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younis Khan to slam a 300 in Test match cricket. Pakistan declared their first innings on a flat Dubai surface at 579 for three after Azhar Ali got to his triple-century.
The first ever Pakistan cricketer to score a triple-century in Test cricket was Hanif Mohammad when he 337 in a game against West Indies. Hanif who died recently finished with a Test average of 43.98 for his 3915 runs.
This was followed by Inzy’s 329 in a Test against New Zealand before Youni Khan hit a 313 against Sri Lanka in 2009 just days before international cricket was stopped in Pakistan.
Ali’s 302 came off 469 deliveries and had 23 fours and two sixes in it, which means he did a lot of running to get to his triple-hundred. He was ably supported by three century-run partnerships, with Sami Aslam, Asad Shafiq and debutant Babar Azam, all scoring fifties. Such was the flat nature of the pitch and the docile nature of the surface that they would be kicking themselves not to have helped themselves to a century apiece as well.
Pakistan declared their innings at 579 for three the West Indian openers made their way to the centre.
Pakistan were recently crowned the number one Test team for the very first time in the history of Test cricket before India defeated New Zealand in a Test series this month to take over that top spot. Azhar Ali who plays for Lahore Qalandar’s team next year will step down from captaincy.