The dream of a century came true in the first Test in his hometown

Pakistani batsman Faheem Ashraf was dismissed during the 64-run innings.

Karachi: Flexibility has been a sign that Fawad Alam has been playing cricket all his life. On Wednesday, he saw these qualities again. The third ton of his Test career was abruptly shortened by Shenanigan, who was in charge of Pakistan’s national team selection.

After going there, the traditional celebration with a huge six in the hands of Keshu Maharaj, with his left hand and raised legs in the air was another emphatic gesture for the national selectors of the past to accept a ton of courage and determination. He was ungrateful for their collective failure. The Karachi-born left-hander and son of former first-class cricketer Tariq Alam, whose brother Rifat Alam also played in the top tier of domestic cricket.

“Obviously, there is nothing more gratifying than scoring a Test century in your hometown, and that too in the first attempt,” Pakistan’s batting hero told reporters after scoring a bold 109 during the World Pressure. That ultimately put the hosts in a position of power.

“I will never forget that moment in my life, even though it was too late. Century in New Zealand [102 at Mount Maunganui last month] It was special because so many people wrote to me. But it made me happier because the team needed it the most. I left it to Allah Almighty to grant me success in this test. I dreamed of having something special and cherishing it for the rest of my life. To score a ton in one’s hometown is a feat everyone dreams of. I couldn’t ask for more after the performance I gave today. At the moment I am feeling absolutely on the moon.

Fawad said that despite a poor start by Pakistan, he was confident that the rest of the batsmen were capable of coming off well.

“Both of them [Azhar Ali] And I decided together last night that there would be no better way out of the day’s events than just pressing the panic button. [when Pakistan were in the mire at 33-4 at stumps] Negative thoughts had to be taken out of mind, “Fawad went on.” Our only goal was when we wanted to bat deep today. We used ourselves and our collective work was rewarded.

“Honestly, we felt we could keep them [South Africa] We did exactly that by rotating the strike on a regular basis. As a team, we are proud of the way we came back to the Tests. All that was left was to be able to set up the stage well and quietly [Mohammad] Rizwan and Fahim [Ashraf] Fawad added that when they were most needed, everyone cooperated.

KARACHI: Fawad Alam celebrated after scoring a century while team-mate Faheem Ashraf watched the second day of the first Test between Pakistan and South Africa at the National Stadium on Wednesday. The 35-year-old third Test century put Pakistan in charge when he scored 109 and led the hosts to 308-8 by the end of the game. This was an 88-run lead in the first innings. The left-hander hit nine fours and two sixes to take Pakistan out of an uncertain total of 33-4 overnight. Azhar Ali and Faheem Ashraf also scored half-centuries after Pakistan bowled out South Africa for 220 on the first day.

Maharaj, meanwhile, admitted bowling with someone in an unconventional batting style. Fawad was disappointing for South Africa.

“Yes, it was difficult for the bowlers because Fawad led the way in the fight but I think we have overcome the scoring rate. [of Pakistan]. We have never seen a batsman take such a strange position while on the crease. But the way they are [Fawad] Batting will be appreciated.

It was difficult to find the right places to trouble Fawad because of him [batting] Style is something we have never experienced before. Thanks to him for playing a great knock under extreme pressure. ”

Maharaj thought the wicket behaved normally but admitted that it was too early to expect it to be difficult to bat in the final stages of the match.

“I think the wicket is looking great at the moment but yes, no one can say how it will play out [over the remaining days]. But one area where we have to improve is to make great runs in the second innings. No one can say whether there will be a problem in batting in the depths of the match. Here are the marks created by the bowlers that can come into play. And Yasir Shah, being a wrist spinner, can upset our batsmen.

“It is important that we limit Pakistan’s lead to a minimum and try to bat as much as possible to set Pakistan up with a good target,” he said. [to chase]The Maharaja remarked.

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