Babar Azam conjured a masterful innings to rack up the second century of his Test career as he pummeled the Australian bowlers to delay the homes side’s victory charge. The elegant right-hander failed to cash in on the opportunity to score big in the first innings where he perished off just one run after throwing his hands at a half-volley outside off-stump.
Making great amends to his first-innings slump, Babar set up a breathtaking display of wonderful strokes to punish the Australian bowlers and herald Pakistan’s goal of erasing the gargantuan deficit. Sumptuous drives were a notable feature of Babar’s outstanding knock as he brought up his first Test century on Australian shores.
He reached the three-figure mark by a delectable cover drive and celebrated with great zeal implying how much the special innings meant to him. Babar eventually got out to Nathan Lyon while trying to punch off the back foot and he raised his bat to the galleries while making his way to the pavilion soaking in the raucous applause.