Babar Azam and Fawad Alam lifted Pakistan on day 1 of a terrible start of the current second Test against West India in Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica.
The visitors lost their top three batsmen for just 2 runs before Babar and Fawad recovered their unit from hot water. The duo added a crucial standout of 158 runs for the fourth wicket and led Pakistan to stumps to 212/4.
Babar, with the help of 13 fours, played a tremendous 75-run beat against 174 deliveries before being hit by the field Charid Roach. Similarly, Fawad also had a strong innings of 76 runs before being injured due to cramps.
The highest Test partnership after 3 wickets fell on the same score:
- 158 – Babar Azam and Fawad Alam, Pakistan vs West India, 2021 *
- 155 – Tamim Iqbal & Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh vs Australia, 2017
- 147 – Fakhar Zaman & Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan vs Australia, 2018
Mohammad Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf are up by 22 and 23. They put together an unbeaten partnership of 44 runs for the fifth wicket.
For the hosts, Roach was the bowlers’ choice, and he bagged a three-wicket haul for 49 runs in his 17 overs. Young man Jayden Seales claimed one scalp for 25 runs in his 11 overs.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
Stompies by Sabina Park 🏏
– ICC (@ICC) 20 August 2021
The highest Test partnership just after 3 wickets dropped on the same score: –
158 * – Babar Azam & Fawad Alam🇵🇰 v WI, 2021
155 – Tamim Iqbal & Shakib Al Hasan🇧🇩 v AUS, 2017
147 – Fakhar Zaman & Sarfaraz Ahmed🇵🇰 v AUS, 2018#WIvPAK
– Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) 21 August 2021
Nowadays, Pakistan does not regularly tackle an entire session without losing a wicket. Excellent efforts by Babar Azam and Fawad Alam after the highest order failed again #WIvPAK #Cricket pic.twitter.com/sBjdI2Sga3
– Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) 20 August 2021
Fawad Alam is a 💎 He deserves a place in one-day matches to provide consistency in the middle order. He already has a good one-day average.#PAKvWI
Wajahat Kazmi @KazmiWajahat 20 August 2021
From 2/3 to 136/3 run 134 runs for the fourth wicket partnership by Fawad Alam & Babar Azam. This is the 2nd most runs by a couple at this position after the team lost 3 wickets for less than 10 runs. Clive Lloyd and Larry Gomes added 237 after Western India lost 3 to 1 to India in 1983.
– Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) 20 August 2021
Excellent session for Pakistan .. 83 runs that came off of it .. no loss of wickets .. It was brilliant how Babar and Fawad sent Pakistan away from the early shots. patience and eagerness 👏👏 #WIvPak pic.twitter.com/M2BUuH5pjy
– Sawera Pasha (@sawerapasha) 20 August 2021
Babar Azam in Test series vs West India:
Pakistan – 21 for 2, scoring 30 (64)
Pakistan – 65 for 4, scoring 55 (160)
Pakistan – 2 for 3, scored 75 (174) pic.twitter.com/ohzaeoODtt
– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) 21 August 2021
– I stan Fawad✨❤ (@ CricketGirl7) 20 August 2021
Every time Fawad Alam acts in a difficult situation, I think of the painful decade when he was put on the bench for no reason. #PAKvWI
– Shazziya Mehmood (@shaziyaaM) 20 August 2021
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