On the fifth day of Pakistan vs New Zealand’s second Test, Pakistani batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed sparked a revolution. He hit a thunderous century while attempting to reach the 319-run mark set by the Kiwis. In 135 balls, he brilliantly scored a century and kept Pakistan in the game. Sarfaraz batted effectively despite the pressure and struck 9 fours and 1 six to register a magnificent century.
In his Test career, Sarfaraz Ahmed has now reached his fourth century. After nearly 9 years, he achieved a Test century with his last Test hundred coming earlier in 2014. The fact that all three of these centuries arrived within the same year made them unique. He eventually ended the century wait by playing an outstanding knock during a time of need.
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Sarfaraz Ahmed Keeps Pakistan In The Hunt
With the score at 125-5 at lunch, a series-ending loss was expected, but Sarfaraz and Shakeel gave the New Zealand bowlers a run for their money with a sixth-wicket partnership.
The home team’s 314 against Australia in Karachi in 1994 was the greatest victory while chasing in a Test in Pakistan.
Pakistan was shocked earlier by Sodhi and partner spinner Michael Bracewell, who took three wickets in the opening session. Pakistan began the game two runs without scoring any runs, but before reaching three figures, Imam-ul-Haq (12), captain Babar Azam (27), and Shan Masood (35) were all gone.
Haq was struck by a reckless drive from Sodhi, and the ball swung in and hit the stumps. Then, Azam and Masood scored 42 runs, and they were looking good when Bracewell entered the fray. Azam was first dismissed by him with a quick turning ball that was nicked to wicketkeeper Tom Latham, and Masood was caught admirably by Kane Williamson at mid-off after mishitting a lofted drive.
Watch: Twitter Reacts As Sarfaraz Ahmed Scores A Fine Knock
Top knock from Sarfaraz Ahmed 👌
— ICC (@ICC) January 6, 2023
One of the finest 4th innings hundred in recent times, Pakistan was 80 for 5 while chasing 319 runs and then Sarfaraz Ahmed smashed hundred from 135 balls. pic.twitter.com/RwYc5JMXeo
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 6, 2023
A project completed. A dream of a lifetime achieved.
The boy from Karachi who went on to become Pakistan’s Kaptaan.
— Change of Pace (@ChangeofPace414) January 6, 2023
A Test Hundred for Sarfaraz Ahmed after almost 9 years – His celebrations and his family are emotional when Sarfaraz reached the milestone. pic.twitter.com/P6m0tihTvO
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) January 6, 2023
Finally century for Sarfaraz Ahmed 👏 SO HAPPY FOR HIM 🥺 pic.twitter.com/OEMgMmeWzj
— MUSKAN 🇵🇰 (@Musskey) January 6, 2023
— معظم چوہدری (@moazam87) January 6, 2023
Whattt a Test Hundred in Fourth Innings and in Difficult situation. Sarfaraz Ahmed hits fourth Test hundred of his Career.
— Avinash Aryan (@AvinashArya09) January 6, 2023
— Multan Sultans (@MultanSultans) January 6, 2023
— Maham Gillani (@DheetAfridian) January 6, 2023
— Grassroots Cricket (@grassrootscric) January 6, 2023
Sarfaraz Ahmed has been doing well with the bat since his comeback. As if he was looking for an opportunity, but now his race is very long. He also have to perform well with the gloves.#SarfarazAhmed #PakvsNZ pic.twitter.com/NWQUS7iATt
— Farid Razzaqi (@FaridRazzaqi) January 6, 2023