Brian Lara praised Azhar Ali innings
Caribbean legend Brian Lara, like CPL, kept the TV remote in Azhar Ali’s innings. Brian Lara praised Azhar Ali innings as he wrote in his Instagram post, ‘Azhar Ali has battled to save the country a Test in a match where there is no chance of winning. If he had played to win, it would have been a delicate endeavour. ‘
On the contrary, I was watching the best Test innings I have ever seen. Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan formed two great partnerships. But in modern cricket, Azhar Ali has played one of the best innings as a captain. I know the Trincomalee Knight Riders won the CPL match but my remote was untouched. Azhar Ali played well. The real captain’s innings.
Pakistan, rain and lack of light are roughly the hosts of the third and final Test against Southampton. Despite fighting with both the opponent and nature, at the end of the fourth day, victory is giving a hand to Joe Root’s team. Pakistan needs 210 runs to avoid an innings loss on the fifth day, England needs 6 wickets before they need to win.
So much so that anyone would bet on the English. But with the fear of rain, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali could deprive the hosts of the win. Because Azhar Ali is what Pakistan has received in the current Test. Babar Azam survived the crease after playing almost a hundred balls (92) in the second innings.
In the first innings, the captain played a great inning standing on the pile of destruction. No, in his 141-run innings, Pakistan did not lose the reins of the match or Pakistan could not avoid the follow-on. But in the 262-ball innings, there was a jaw-dropping promise. There was an intense desire to blow away the pressure of giving the gift of frustration throughout the series.
Above all, he has emerged as a saviour in the danger of the team. Otherwise, Pakistan would have been ashamed to lose 5 wickets for 75 runs in reply to the English’s 573 runs. Opener Shan Masood came to the crease after the departure of 6 runs, standing at the other end and saw Abid Ali, Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq returning to the pavilion one by one. Jimmy Anderson, who was on the verge of 700 wickets, lost four wickets for 30 runs.
Returning to the Test team after 11 years, he tried to turn around with Fawad Alam. But when Fawad (21) returned after another failure, Pakistan became 75 for five. From there, wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan made a pair of 137 runs. Rizwan returned with 53 off 113 balls with the return of Chris Oakes.
Although Rizwan returned, Azhar Ali picked up the 16th Test century of his career. The highest innings from his bat in the previous two Tests was 20 runs. He also touched the milestone of 6,000 Test runs as the fifth Pakistani batsman to score a century. However, Pakistan’s innings did not last long as wickets fell at regular intervals.
However, the visitors made 263 runs on the scoreboard before being bowled out for three easy catches by Jimmy Anderson. Two of them were Azhar, who scored 117 and 129 runs twice and was unbeaten in the end with 141 runs. Pakistan fell behind by 310 runs. At the end of the fourth day, Azhar Ali’s team trailed by 210 runs with 6 wickets in hand.
Azhar is unbeaten on 29 off 92 balls and Babar Azam is unbeaten on 4 off 18 balls. Pakistan will be looking at the bats of these two to save the match on the last day. Only time will tell. However, in the first innings, Azhar picked up a great century in the face of pressure and garnered praise.