Babar Azam created a career-best 196 under extreme pressure as Pakistan grabbed a draw in the second Test versus Australia.

Trailing a record 506 for an uncertain victory, Pakistan’s best, Babar led as they ended on 443-7, the sixth highest fourth innings total of all time.

Babar’s majestic performance, which involved 21 fours and a six, will be an artistry for his team proceeding into the third and final Test in Lahore on Monday.

“The plan was to bat session-by-session and build partnerships,” the Pakistan captain stated.

“It was a team effort, as others chipped in with useful contributions too. We tried to be positive and play our shots. The team needed this knock, so I tried to bat for as long as I could”, he appended.

The record victory mark was beyond Pakistan’s reach however Babar’s performance 228-run partnership with Abdullah Shafique (96) kept them alive in the contest.

Nathan Lyon (4-112) introduced competition in the final session removing Babar and Faheem Ashraf with successive deliveries nevertheless Mohammad Rizwan’s undefeated 104 assisted Pakistan to grab a draw.

“I’m just really proud of the efforts,” Cummins stated.

 

“The way we batted was fantastic, the way we hunted we took those wickets on day three with reverse swing that was brilliant as well. We were always ahead in the game, so really proud of the boys,” he appended.

The first Test in Rawalpindi had also concluded in a draw.

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