Making his International debut way back in 2010 against Australia, Pakistani Test batsman Azhar Ali continued to record impressive progress. However, he then experienced a bit of slump which stretched for a year as his performance looked toothless in the ongoing year. Nevertheless, the track of Karachi and the support of home crowd allowed the veteran to announce his comeback to batting form in no uncertain terms.
After conceding a lead of 80 runs in the first innings, Pakistan needed their batters to fire against the Islanders and all of them responded immediately. As if the openers Abid Ali and Shan Masood didn’t damage Sri Lanka, skipper Azhar Ali showed his prowess by registering his 16th Test century. Azhar couldn’t have picked a better time for this ton as this allowed the boys in green to strengthen their grip over the game.
Batting aggressively, evident from a strike-rate in excess of 75, the dexterous batsman punched the Islanders bowling department to score 13 boundaries. He was eventually dismissed for 118 runs in an attempt to increase the scoring rate. Nevertheless, it was a much needed century as the voices against him were starting to gain momentum.