Pakistan's Test stalwart Asad Shafiq conjured a fantastic ton on the opening day of the three-day tour game against Australia A. Carrying his good form in tough conditions at Perth, Shafiq played a sublime supporting role to Babar Azam, who also brought up a sensational hundred.
The two were involved in a dominant 276-run stand before deciding to retire out in order to hand the rest of the batters practice in the middle. Shafiq wonderfully applied himself on the crease and exhibited a wide array of strokes during his 245-ball 119.
Pakistan had lost three early wickets but the 33-year-old stabilized the innings with his patient approach and pounced on any delivery off the radar. Shafiq's batting masterclass was reminiscent of his heroic ton three years back at Brisbane, that almost led Pakistan to a record chase in the day/night Test.